One of the many reasons for this blog is to get comfortable with my blogging voice. I love to write and share what I learn, but as soon as I sit down to tackle writing a blog, objections pop up. Things like: “I don’t have anything interesting to say,” or “I do not know what to talk about,” or my favorite debilitating excuse, “No one is reading my blog, so why bother?”
These statements are my critical voice determined to stop me. I have interesting things to say, whether it comes out as eloquently as I’d like is a different story. Usually, I have at least ten things I want to talk about. My problem is focus.
And as for the why bother? These posts are practice for me. They help me assemble my thoughts, to test out the things I’m learning, and to remind me of where I’m headed. Not to mention, they are holding me accountable for learning and posting on a weekly basis.
Similar statements run through my mind about setting up a newsletter. In my imagination, I envision the newsletter being an opportunity to share what I learned, keep my readers updated about what I’m doing, and receive replies from my readers in the form of questions and comments. When I sit down to write a newsletter, I feel the same panic I do about writing the blogs.
My critical voice loves to undermine my confidence. It follows me around like an unwanted ghost, pointing out my mistakes and quibbling with my word choices. The only way I’ve learned to silence it is to keep plugging away at what I want. It is easier to say than to do.
A future writing will be about building a newsletter and getting subscribers. I need to try some techniques before I share what I’m doing. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, which I have a feeling is related to my critical voice.
If you read this practice post, thanks for reading. I hope you can tame your critical voice monster, too.