I tend to write about blogging a lot on this blog. Probably because I like it, I don’t think I’m awful at it and way deep down under marketing content Lauren… I love to educate. My degree is in English Education ya know! Lucky y’all 🙂
I think when you write a blog, it’s easy to get lost in it. It’s easy to feel superior because you have an audience of readers that respect you enough to read your blog. It’s easy to feel outside of yourself because the internet gives us all a mask of anonymity. I’m guilty of both of those things from time to time for sure, but I try not to be.
For whatever reason, I think I need a reminder of my blogging mantra… and maybe you’ll like it too.
I am not the best at riding or blogging (even though I want to be). Even though I’m sure there are some things I do better than you or know more about than you, there are plenty of things I have to learn. Regardless of how little (or how much) someone does in the equestrian world, they have something they can teach me.
I have good days and bad days. Sometimes my horse thrills me and I am thrilled! Sometimes I’m close to despair. Don’t sugar coat things. Don’t fake it for readers or try to be someone I think the internet wants me to be. That’s a recipe for disaster.
There are plenty of things I know enough to post about without much research, but if I’m sketchy in an area… research it. Don’t be so confident in my knowledge that I write inaccurate information and preach it as truth.
One of my favorite teachers gave me the best advice when it comes to creative writing – make the ordinary extraordinary. I don’t need to drum up all kinds of drama around my content, and I don’t need to name drop or spread negativity about others to stand out. Try to write about my little ho hum experience in the best way I can. Try to make ordinary ‘ol Simon seem like as much of a star to the world as he does to me.
You know the cliches… think outside the box. March to the beat of your own drum. Sure, there’s no such thing as a truly original idea… but I need to get as close as I can.
They’re simple, but these statements are good reminders for me and blogging and life [I just tried to think of some funny quote from the Karate Kid to put here but to be honest I’ve never seen that movie 100% of the way through. Whoops]
Do you have any mantras you like to remind yourself when blogging?