“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.