I know what you’re thinking.
But I am just a blogger.
First of all, I suggest you give up on the “just.” You’re not just a blogger. You’re the blogger. A blogger. But never just.
Secondly, there’s a bit of writer in you, even though – out of fear – you try to deny it. I know this because you’re reading this post, so you must be a writer. I also know that you are afraid of thinking of yourself as one.
Well… what if I were to tell you that there’s this one thing you need to change, and then you’ll be proud to call yourself a writer?
Would you believe me?
One small thing, that’s all it takes. And then you’ll be a writer for the rest of your life.
Don’t blog. Write!
There are bloggers, and there are writers.
What’s the difference, you ask?
Bloggers are casual about writing. They see themselves as something different. Think of the difference between a professional boxer and someone who just likes to pick up fights in bars.
To a blogger, words are the necessary tool in order to share their ideas. A means to an end. Yes, all bloggers know that words are important, but…
They don’t write. They blog.
While writers write. They sit at their desks, block out the world, and they focus on their words and only on their words. Writers approach a blank page with the kind of ritualistic awe that priests of every religion have approached holy artifacts for thousands of years.
Writers don’t edit as they go, don’t break out of their state to watch funny cat videos on Facebook.
First, they write. That’s what writers do. They write. Everything else comes after that; editing, adding links, videos, pictures.
You write your first draft with your heart. You punch the damn keys.
Don’t think, just write!
That’s the spirit. Funny how inspiration is supposed to come to us from who knows where, when it’s always been within us. Deep within us. Hidden away in the most secret drawers of our hearts.
Do you blog, or do you write?
Be honest with yourself.
Do you remember the last time you wrote? Remember how you felt?
Try writing. Believe me, it’s a lot better than blogging.