My first attempt at a blog was pathetic, and after terminating it six months ago, I thought I would never have a blog again. The posts were useless. I didn't enjoy writing it. Other people didn't enjoy reading it. And three weeks ago I discovered why: my old blog lacked me.
I was a spectator. I wasn't present in my words. You couldn't hear my voice. It was as if I had checked out and let a robot do the work. There was no personality, no passion, no love. And the worst part, I thought I was doing the right thing. By taking myself out of the writing - by making the words completely objective, I was being as selfless as possible. I thought people didn't want or need to hear about the trials and tribulations of my life or my opinions.
But, you know, if that were true, reality television wouldn't be a hit.
Through this journey of being a writer I have come to learn that what turns people on is a real voice. We want honesty. We want a personal connection. We want to experience the emotion captured in the passionate beats and lyrics of our favorite songs. And the second you begin writing like a journalist you zap all potential of creating that bond with your readers.
Well, I won't make that mistake again.
This time around, my blog will aspire to attain an intimate connection with you. You'll get a full view into my life - my home, no matter how imperfect it may be. Together we'll discover what it means to own a house, create a home, decorate a space and perhaps what it's like to laugh or cry at a blog post written by someone you've never met.
It is my promise to you to let it all hang out and obliterate my objective journalistic tendencies. If those frigid, scholarly habits creep their way back in, let me know. I'll pound out those ideas of reporting substance and facts and bring back the truth of human existence: the masses want raw emotion.
So let's get this blog on the net and see what happens. That sounded much better in my head.
Posted by Meghan Carter on Monday, Dec 3, 2007 in
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