Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Writing a Blog is Hard

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Did someone say writing a blog was easy?  Well, after struggling with my first blog post, you will certainly never hear those words come from my mouth.  It is tough.

I admire the bloggers who have a bottomless pit of blog ideas, the bloggers who can post every day of the week and still have time to have a life.  I envy those bloggers.  I want to be one of those bloggers, or do I?

I have to admit, I entered the world of blogging with a credulous mindset.  I have always loved to write, but up until the past couple of years, my writing was private.  It was between the computer and me. Two years ago, when I made the decision to take my writing to the next level and began entering contests, it was then between the judge and me.

Writing a blog has propelled me into unchartered territory.  It is not just between my computer and me.  When I select publish, it is out there, a permanent fixture in cyberspace for anyone to criticize.  For me, that is scary.

Taking criticism has never been one of my strong points.  I remember when I was in the third grade and missed one word on the spelling test, a classmate said, “That word is so easy.  How could you miss that?”  I felt so ashamed.  I cried myself to sleep that night believing I was the dumbest student in my class.

For me to leave my cozy and private cocoon to begin a blog is certainly out of my comfort zone, but I feel it is necessary.  I will never move forward with my passion by not taking a chance and putting my writing out there for others to read.

What is the worst thing that can happen?  So what if people think it is bad?  I am only beginning my journey.  There is still so much to learn.  I feel I have everything to gain by announcing to the world, I am a writer.  Yes, I am still in the infancy stage, but I will not be afraid.   It is in my blood and I want to let everyone know.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

8 thoughts on “Writing a Blog is Hard

  1. Writing a blog has propelled me into unchartered territory. It is not just between my computer and me. When I select publish, it is out there, a permanent fixture in cyberspace for anyone to criticize.

    This is how I feel too. I’ve tried blogging a couple of times before, but dropped it, through a combination of not having a clear idea of what I wanted to blog about and not really wanting to ‘put myself out there’.

    Now all I want to do is showcase my writing. I don’t mind getting crits on my work, constructive or otherwise, because I can use that to work out what makes a reading audience tick (and thus improve my writing).

    Basically, I have moved from writing in an isolated vacuum, to writing for an audience. Its a daunting shift, but one I need to make if I want to improve as a writer.

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    • Thanks for stopping by! It’s nice to know I’m not alone. You have taken a big step by putting your writing on your blog, good for you! You’re so right, it will make you a better writer. Maybe one day I will be that brave.

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  2. I think you will find blogging to be a great stress relief, and often times fun! I decided early on I was writing for myself. Of course, we all want others to read it and like it, but the best part for me is the writing. There are times where I struggle, and sometimes when the ideas flow freely. My longest dry spell was about 2 months- other than that I have posted regularly for almost 2 years! Good luck to you, and welcome to the blogosphere!

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  3. “I will never move forward with my passion by not taking a chance”

    That is such a true statement and can be applied to many endeavors, not just writing. That is the mindset we should all approach each day.

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  4. The hardest part I found was working out that I needed to be honest to myself. If you write a blog trying to guess what other people want, you’ll never be comfortable. Be true to what you feel and it will come naturally.

    Good luck from another new blogger.

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