Apparently, “voice” for bloggers is the Holy Grail. To get there as a newbie, you need:
1. Confidence you know what you want to say
2. Ignorance of others’ critiques when you’re having an off day
3. Knowledge about where you’d like to be one day (a few goals are good)
4. Patience and perseverance about design and techy back-end crapola
5. Strength of spirit to plug away as frequently or infrequently as you like
I had a stressful summer as is typical around my life as a working professional and mom. I struggled to manage time with travel, family and a reduced work day. The blog suffered.
Not only wasn’t I posting as regularly, I wasn’t feeling it either; yet, I pushed to post. A few remarks (see number two above), and my confidence shattered to the point of almost throwing in the towel.
Rather than quit, I wrote (what some called by best post) “Blogging Takes Confidence,” a heartfelt rendition to share I was not on top of my game. Buoyed by support from that post, I am again compelled to tackle the world.
- My child is back in school.
- I’ve regained four to five hours in my work day.
- My desk is (relatively) clean again.
- My brain is de-cluttered, and my countenance is calm.
So what is this “voice” thing?
Merely, voice is the confidence to believe what you’ve got to say has merit; to know the criticism of others is not intended to derail you but to help you get over a natural hump or two; it’s the ability to find a diamond in the rough and share it with the world from your own perspective and, well, I think that’s right?