When I was a teenager, I could sit for hours putting pencil strokes to paper. I may not have been extremely good at drawing, but I loved it. I loved it so much, food became almost immaterial to me.
In order to be successful at blogging, we need to approach our writing in the same manner.
We need to be so passionate about composing that “likes” and follows and comments become immaterial to us. We don’t do it for those things; we do it for ourselves.
We do it because we love designing art from ideas and concepts and feelings. We love the challenge of untangling jumbled-up thoughts and rearranging them into orderly lines. Lines that flow and penetrate, like streams that push past hardened turf and rush on toward the goal. Words with direction and purpose. We do it because we have the need to express what’s inside, whether other people appreciate it or not.
Writing a blog post is similar to composing a song, crafting a poem, or choreographing a dance: we hope that others will be able to identify with the feelings we choose to share; we aim to touch a common sentiment, to bust open misconceptions and melt hearts of rock–but even if nothing seems to happen, we keep on . . . because we have to. Within the soul of each artist is the need to create. The outcome may not be perfect, it may not be brilliant, but it is a nugget of truth shared from our own experiences.
Being an artist means being vulnerable. It is only through a weakening of outer barriers that we can show what’s inside the heart. The irony is that while transparency is a must, hardness is a must, as well. If we are going to allow others a peak into our souls, we need to be strong enough to deal with rejection; we need to be confident enough in the truth of what we’re sharing that it doesn’t matter how people react to it–we’ll simply keep on going.
The artist is both vulnerable and resilient. The artist has both a thin skin and a tough one.
“Don’t cast your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6). There are certain things we must have care with. Discernment is necessary. Not everything is worthy to be cast before the public. As bloggers, it is vital that we be comfortable with what we are posting. If something is too sacred or tender for public abuse or neglect or ignorance, we should have the wisdom to not share it. We must know ourselves.
And that which we do decide to lay open before worldly criticism must be truly worth their time to look at, if they choose to do so. As long as we know our content has value, we can be happy with our work, no matter the response. A writer must have conviction.