Becoming a blogger?

BlogphotoFor a long time I resisted the idea of being a blogger. After all, why would the Spirit World need someone to speak online on their behalf. Aren’t there enough of us out there already? And what could I write about? Although I love my intuitive life why should anyone else? Ok, so I run a spiritual business and want to reach out to as many people as possible but is a blog the way to do it? Through all of my resistance my Guides kept on bringing back reassurance, explanations and ideas. They reminded me that a blog is a kind of online diary where the writer tells a story, shares opinions, hosts a discussion or presents info in a personal way. So writing a blog can be a useful way to build an online audience for something you are interested in or passionate about. In fact, many people blog & it’s one way of reaching people online that a spiritual practitioner might not have thought about. After a lot of discussion with my writing Guides I decided that I had nothing to loose if I tried blogging.

So off I went to research what I blogging was all about. I started by reading other people’s blogs. There are loads out there covering every kind of subject. I looked at all sorts of different ones – not only the spiritual ones – and enjoyed a lot of what I read. Of course, I found blogs that I decided I wouldn’t read again. And blogs that challenged my view of the world. And blogs with such a narrow focus that I decided those people must really analyse their subject to include so much detail. I started to identify the layouts I liked. There were neat design tricks. There was a lot of ‘too much information’. Or blogs that didn’t seem to be making a point. Colours and music that was over the top. Then I discovered video blogging on You Tube and drifted into a whole world of opinions, speeches and occasionally rants. Should the video be naturalistic or Hollywood standard? Me on film? Eeek! With so much choice where did I start. The beginning was actually to get a wordpress site of my own, pick a theme and start writing. What could be easier?

Of course it wasn’t quite that easy. I had to pick a theme and work out how to use it, upload and get it to go live on the internet. Free sites are plentiful as are free themes. But what to call my blog? Do I pick a clever name, a funny name, my own name? What if another blog already had my blog name? There are lots of psychic blogs out there. Why would mine be recognised? Having looked at many blogs I wanted my name to say what it was on the tin. I wanted people to know what it was about quickly and easily. And I wanted people to be able to find it when using a search engine. In the absence of any inspiration that was fresh, funny or witty about my job title I ended up settling on the simplicity of my own name. After all, I wanted to write about views & experiences I was prepared to own as mine. I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts that are in my name so they would all link in together in any search engine. That way there is a better chance I’ll be found by people looking for my blog. Blog name decided it was time to start blogging!

Oh no! Blogging is a habit. Posting one entry every blue moon isn’t going to get you readers or any kind of comments. Regular posts that people can look out for, follow the connection with and get to know you are the best. In the beginning I tried really hard to blog regularly. It never really happened. I hadn’t made the commitment to doing it. The blog posts came last on my To Do list so were a rather chaotic, random affair. Writing regularly – at least once a week – builds your confidence. It’s not the same as sitting talking to someone who is giving you nods, smiles and feeding back that they get what you are talking about. Writing is you imagining the other person’s voice, questions and comments. What you think is a really funny point may not translate to readers whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Lots of jokes are cultural so when you are giggling over a sentence your reader may not. Writing is also like having to talk for longer than 10 minutes on a subject you have picked with no repetition, hesitation or drying up. Of course you can pause, edit and rewrite over and over but too much reworking will show in the flow of the piece. Good blog pieces are at least 500 words long, clear and keep the attention of the reader for the whole piece. They also have to do that difficult thing of grabbing the reader’s attention in the first few lines. We click so fast through pages and sites that it’s easy to loose a casual reader. For a while I paused the blogging. Even if my Guides felt it was a good idea I hadn’t really made the commitment a blogger needs.

Several times I returned to the idea of blogging. Of restarting and sharing. It didn’t quite happen. Until the challenge that got me going. Could I blog for 30 consecutive days? Well, I’m at day 117 and aiming for 1001 consecutive days of blogging. How cool will that be? I’ve written about all sorts of things. They are only a fraction of the things I want to say. My Guides give me so much inspiration, either directly or through my life experiences, and I have found my writing ‘voice’. Now I write because I want to and my blog is high on my list of daily activities. It’s become a habit I don’t want to be without. Actually the biggest realisation of all is that I write not for anyone else but for myself. My writing helps me process my thoughts, feelings, views and experiences. If anyone else finds what I have to say useful in any way that’s an added bonus. Living a spiritual life isn’t about being perfect, a saint or somehow better than everyone else. I’m living a spiritual life when I am prepared to look at everything I do to see if it has been an act of love, forgiveness, gratitude and service. It’s the looking that is important. If we act without considering what energy we are creating for ourselves and others we are drifting off the spiritual path. We might not even come to know we are on it in the first place. To help me observe, think and choose differently next time I use my writing. My Guides use my writing to help me too. Often the questions I ask in blogs are answered in what I write in the next few sentences.

The creative process involved in writing my blog is amazing. I wasn’t even giving myself a chance to experience this creativity. So I’m glad that my Guides continued their instance that I write a blog. I’m proud that I’ve overcome my resistance. I’m helped every day by my opportunity to write. If you feel I have posted something useful for you thank you for finding and reading it. Now I have a challenge for you. Make your life more spiritual through your own creativity. Start a diary, a blog or whatever you want to call it. Write something every day no matter how little. Ask your questions and write your answers. Let the spiritual inspiration into your life and find more joy.

Day 116 if my blogging challenge.

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