Today I read an interesting post written by the author of Food Woolf. I stumbled across this blog on Twitter. I’m glad I did. The post is titled “Are you Fascinating“. The author touches upon the importance of our contributions as bloggers, and the importance of what we have to say, and how we say it. Her opinion differs with that of (as she describes her) a well-respected food blogger that she heard speak at a recent food blogging conference. This piece is definitely worth the read.
I actually had began to wonder if what I write is interesting enough. Have you ever wondered this? Maybe it’s because I feel a bit vulnerable without my camera to help tell my stories. Maybe it has nothing to do with the camera.
Truthfully, looking back, this feeling started when I decided to cut back on my baking which resulted in less baking posts. After all, my blog is a food blog. People follow it for that reason. It attracts like-minded people. Offering a healthy post with a cup of sugar-free Jell-O isn’t quite the same. I get that. I’d much rather read a post that offers a great recipe and pictures of a piece of homemade apple pie too.
Maybe part of my recent worries come from seeing some of my fellow bloggers progressing, moving full steam ahead. Many are receiving great opportunities to promote their blogs while mine sits stalled. Don’t get me wrong. I am very happy for them. But – seeing their success makes me question my future as a blogger.
Part of me is also battling that dreaded – shhhh – writers block. I can lay a post out in my head, and the minute I sit down to actually write it, everything (as they say) goes to hell in a handbasket. I think that comes from my urge to chatter about things that may not interest my readers at all. Knowing this, I struggle. Do I write for myself? Or, do I write for the sake of others? It’s not easy sharing yourself with people you don’t know. It requires self-confidence, trust, and a bit of courage (as you all know).
I’ve written at other places too. Example, at Helium.com . There, my pieces ranged from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Each article written at Helium is rated by peers. Some of my writings at Helium were more complex, some more personal, some offered my knowledge, or opinions about certain subjects, and some were just for fun. Some articles required research, like the writing contest I entered about the campaign finance system. My articles on Helium helped me grow as a writer, just as writing for my blog does.
I suppose that I should just relax and take some of Food Woolf’s advise “Don’t believe the voices that tell you that what you do isn’t special.” The mere fact that I enjoy writing, and I do it often, is probably what is most important. I have some very loyal readers who I truly appreciate, and I consider each of them excellent bloggers. I’m thankful I’m in such good company.