Okay relax and just start writing. Let it flow, let the real thoughts out without a filter or without being forced into a form they really do not want to take.
Let’s start with why I want to write a blog. If you have a chance to view my site you will notice it is very dogcentric (is that a word?). I love dogs and I am fortunate to have dogs in my life that love me back. I have heard that the best way to start writing was to write about something you are passionate about and so I started a blog about dogs. After bouncing around WordPress awhile, I see that I am not alone. There are plenty of dog lovers posting pictures, some really beautiful professional looking pictures and posting stores (some beautifully written stories) about their dogs.
On one hand, it was wonderful to connect with other dogs lovers. It is wonderful to read the stories many of which brought me to tears. On the other hand, it made me question what made me different, what could I possibly post that would set me apart from the crowd. After all, my experiences are no different that the experiences of the 100’s of dog owners with “dogcentric” blogs. I also became very intimidated by the number of professional writers with blogs and by their very well written posts.
I am not a professional writer. The closest I come to that would be as a professional reader. Not professional as in paid to read, however, professional as in I do it a lot and so I have gained a certain level of skill in reading and speed reading. Does that qualify my to write a blog? Does my passion for dogs qualify me to write about dogs? Will this self-doubt stop me from expressing myself and eventually lead to me ending by blog?
After all, self-doubt often stops me from doing things. I wish I was the type of person that could throw themselves into any task knowing they would excel at it, or if not excelling not caring that they may fail in a very public manner. Oh Doctor (or reader) can you cure me of this in time for me to write my next post?
Okay so my dog blog is now a self-analysis blog or a confessional. How did that happen with so very little prompting? All I can say is I’m glad these posts are somewhat anonymous. The final question will be am I brave enough to post it?