Blogged Down

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“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell (Photo from iStock)

“I noticed you haven’t been blogging. Any reason?” emailed a writer friend a couple of weeks ago.

I had not posted on my blog in April, not one single time.

Yep, there was a reason. I contracted a terrible case of blog envy.

I’m not sure when it began, but in March I posted I wanted to write like author and entrepreneur Seth Godin.

Next, Tiffany Stuart’s blog, full of awe-inspiring photographs, heartfelt prose, and gratitude lists caught my attention.

A couple of months ago, I stumbled onto Heather Kopp’s blog, SoberBoots.

By the time I finished reading Heather’s first post, I wished my stumbling was the result of being a recovering alcoholic. I wanted to write like her.

And that’s not everyone.

In fact, if you’re a writer, I’ve likely envied your writing as well.

Needless to say, I got blogged down.

Instead of doing what made sense and following (instead of envying) their example, I hoped for a gift I don’t have – impersonation. I tried quoting scripture like Tiffany, rewrote this blog post several times to imitate Heather’s poignant style, and attempted to mimic Seth’s matter-of-fact writing.

I have six or seven completed posts, each one in someone else’s voice. You couldn’t (and wouldn’t want to) pay me money to post any of them. They sound silly.

I was so focused on others’ talents for writing, I lost sight of my own.

Do you ever get like this? Please tell me you have, at least once.

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Dear God, help me remember I want to learn from others, not be them.

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13 responses »

    • Awwwww. Thanks, Patty! I found out I make a lousy impersonator. Let’s make a pact … we’re getting unblogged right now and we’ll never blog again. Lol. Okay, I meant never blog DOWN again.

  1. This my very favorite post you’ve written (not that i’ve read many.) Honest. Clever. Simply you. That’s all we can be. I do the same thing–compare, but rather than trying to write like them I just figure myself a failure and quit all together. The only thing that keeps me going is that somewhere deep inside of me I know beyond knowing I am supposed to write. I also want to speak someday, but those doors aren’t opening. So, I keep on dreaming, reading/following authentic people like you, and taking one day at a time…blogging along until He tells me to quit. So glad you are apart of our WWW group! I like you!

    • Andy, thanks for your encouraging comment, also for starting a wonderful word weaving group that is helpful, safe and supportive. As far as blogging, I quit, then I begin again, then I quit, then I begin again … I figure if all else fails, I’ll blog about that over and over till I have something else to say! I’m glad we met. I like you too!

  2. I really enjoyed your post, Kim because I have been having trouble with a story that I am be paid to do. It seems like the ones I stumble upon are the easiest. I need to just do it with inspiration from you.

  3. Hi Kim, I just wrote you a long message here, but since I wasn’t logged in my message deleted when I went back to this page. 😦 Probably won’t retype it again.

    Anyway, I love your voice. Your blog is short and you always make me think. You have a unique voice that I love. Please keep writing.

    Kim, I need your voice.

    PS like you, I struggle with everything you said. Comparison. Envy. Actually I find myself blogging less words and more pics because of this. Hmm, what’s happening to us writers? We are being tangled up in a mess.

    I want freedom!!

    Help, Lord! Please help Your writers get back to writing.. We need You.

    • That’s the word of the century, Tiffany … FREEDOM. After years of being part of a spiritual group, I shared, “I finally know what i want. I want to be free.” Rang true then and it still does, every single day. If I ever write a book, that’ll be the topic.

      As always, I appreciate your voice more than you’ll ever know. And your photography. We do need to keep sharing. We need each other!

      Thanks for your encouragement and your example. ❤

      • Hey, freedom is my word too. No wonder I call you friend. We have the same mission – to live free and share that freedom with others. Now let’s get busy. There are people in cages all around us. hugs

  4. From Facebook:

    Christy Young said ♥
    Monday at 11:32am · Unlike · 1

    S. Kim Henson said Thanks, Christy Young.
    Tuesday at 11:13am · Like

    Linda Saelg Calvanico said sorry it’s a little late responding, but great read…I was wondering why all the quotes and no blog…love it all though!
    Yesterday at 7:36am · Unlike · 1

    Sherrie Glensky said Really enjoyed it Kim and left a comment.
    Yesterday at 7:46am · Unlike · 1

    S. Kim Henson said Now you know, Linda Saelg Calvanico … I got “kind of” tangled up. Grrrr! But I’m back, at least for now. : ) Thanks for always commenting.
    Yesterday at 10:06am · Like

    S. Kim Henson said Thanks so much, Sherrie Glensky!
    Yesterday at 10:06am · Like

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