It's so easy for a reader to quickly skim a post and then rattle off a sassy comment or reply on a post I spent hours agonizing over and to be honest... that's just not fair to me as a writer.
I started blogging close to 8 years ago to share with my family in Georgia what life was like in Utah. That's it! Over the years as chronic illness, marriage, and infertility came into my life suddenly I was talking about topics that mattered to people. I started connecting with readers who were too scared to share their own stories, but enjoyed reading mine. It helped them know their feelings of resentment, bitterness, or funny marriage experiences were all apart of this amazing thing called life!
Unknowingly I have offended many people, but I've also brought comfort to others. In a way, it doesn't really matter what I have to say on Southern Hope, readers are going to read what they want and grab hold of what they want to focus on the most. It doesn't matter if I try to bring up a topic that's really personal to me like infertility or share some of my favorite reads for the month. It doesn't matter that I try to speak about how the Biblical Christ has brought grace, happiness, and freedom into my life, somehow a reader will take that as offensive to their own beliefs. It's like I can't just be who I am, write about my life, without someone sitting at their computer picking apart
As a hypersensitive person, that's hard for me. Over the past year I've hovered over the delete blog button multiple times. I just want to be done with it, because for me what happens inside this little town, inside of my sweet home is all that truly matters to me. But something brings me back to it.
One day, I know it will be over for me, but not now.
At the end of the day, if I tried to write a post that catered to each reader, then I wouldn't be staying true to myself. I wouldn't be sharing the realness of life, I would be sugar coating, lying, and that's now how a writer expresses herself.
I'm struggling to find a new voice for the blog, I feel many changes in my heart and mind, sharing that though is hard knowing again there is someone sitting at their computer picking apart
What makes this blog worth it to me and why I keep coming back to writing is that one email I hang onto from a reader who just needed those words... That's God working in my life and sometimes my words might offend others, to that I say...
Don't read it.
Skip to another post of mine, or if I really truly am terrible then go read another blog.
the one thing
that need for the day.
But to be honest, there's only one person who can do that for you and it's you.
You control what you read, you also control how you react to it.
Look for the positive and you'll find you are always happy.
Reader Question: Why do you blog?