Writer’s Block vs. Writer’s Hesitation

by SimplySharpe on May 23, 2010

From the looks of this blog, you may think I have stumbled upon a massive case of writer’s block.

Wrong.

What I am really suffering from is writer’s hesitation.

On a good day, I have up to 4-5 new post ideas. On those same days, I decide what is not worthy based on what other people may or may not think. Is this going to offend so and so, will this blog make me unemployable, is it okay to be honest about what really goes on behind the curtain. etc.

I let other people’s opinions get in my way.

I remember vividly when this all began. I started listening to the sometimes solicited, but mostly unsolicited advice of what a blog is supposed to be and what my writing should focus on. Why don’t I have a niche? Why do I think writing about my life is so important? Why do I not do this or why do I do that with my blog?

Guess what? This is not your blog!

If I wanted to write about my puppy one day and mortgage rates the next, what is stopping me?

Nothing.

I do try to be mindful of my readers and not bore you all to tears with tales of woe (of which there have been too many to count recently). If you are a first time reader you have probably not heard the endless droning about my old blog and how much better it was. One of the main reasons my consistency and content was much more robust is I never took the peanut gallery commentary to heart. I’m not even sure I knew they existed?

I just wrote.

That is what I loved about writing. There are no rules for a blog. There may be more effective ways to get readership and market your blog, but no rules for a personal blog. I would go so far as to say there are no rules for any blog unless you write on behalf of a company (and in that case, be mindful as you represent a brand). My readers are smart enough to exercise good judgement on this one.

The point I am really trying to make here, is I no longer choose to allow writer’s hesitation to affect me.

If you feel my posts are not for you, it takes one click to close the window. Don’t be shy. You even have my personal invitation to leave feedback in the comments on why you will no longer visit my page. I promise to take it all into consideration.

I want to make this last part clear:

What you don’t have is control of what you think I should be writing about. I have sincerely appreciated the feedback in all the forms in which it was received, but I am also ready to seize control of my thoughts, my writing, my desire to post about about anything I see fit.

I may just write about turtles next time. Because. I can.

Thanks for playing!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd Schnick May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

You don’t write enough. Write. More. Now.

And you know that I too have a lot to say about turtles…

SimplySharpe May 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I write a lot, I don’t post. There is a slight different. Not a good excuse though.

Turtles turned out to be a terrible topic. I believe they say they are cold blooded and make lousy bloggers?

James Ball May 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

No matter how long it takes for you to post…and even if it’s about turtles…some people will always be waiting to hear what you have to say. :O)

SimplySharpe May 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

James,

Those people are awesome and VERY much appreciated 🙂

Jason Verhoosky June 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I love the take charge attitude, and willingness to take ownership and creative direction back into your blog. Blog for you, speak your mind, and people will respect what you have to say.

SimplySharpe June 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

Thank you! I appreciate the feedback and look forward to reading more of your posts. I made mistakes 1 and 4 and also did not quit Facebook 🙂

Jason Verhoosky June 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

We all make mistakes 😉 Thanks for sharing!

David Cohen June 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm

I like this – don’t let ’em tell you how to play in your own house. And if they persist tell them what the painter Kandinsky said: “There is no must in art because art is free.”

SimplySharpe June 14, 2010 at 12:59 am

Great quote, David! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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