Realities of a Writing Life

By Monday, April 25, 2016

Hi. It’s usually a bit awkward to blog again after a break, even if it wasn’t a substantially long one. I’ve been off for a week, and that was partly intentional, partly Harry Potter’s fault, and partly due to slipping behind on planning. But I’ve honestly enjoyed the small reprieve. Writing and being a blogger are things I’ve wanted for many years now. I am a writer naturally and I love sharing ideas. I’ve probably spent hundreds of hours at my little laptop crafting posts, editing pictures, and communing with other bloggers. I love it. 

But on the flip side, few places are more perfectly primed for comparison and a need for approval than the blogging world. There will always be another blogger who has more comments, likes, and pageviews than I do, there will always be another blog that looks cooler than mine, and there will always be someone who has something more interesting to say than I do. As I write, it’s so easy to forget to do it because I love it and not for attention. I get wrapped up in making pictures look perfect, agonizing over whether people will be interested in this particular post topic, and feverishly checking comments and likes. I don’t want that though. Writing for attention is quite possibly the most exhausting thing known to man, but writing for the love of it is freeing and exhilarating. The small break has reminded me of that. 

So, with that in mind, I’m going to write because I love it. I’d also love for you to join me as I do so. For now, here’s a pretty picture of Auburn’s iconic Samford Hall that I took this weekend. It was a very nearly perfect spring day down in Auburn on Saturday. And I’ve just started Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Here’s hoping I don’t fall to pieces with anxiety before the end.

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  1. Good for you Elizabeth! I love to write but I could never be a blogger. Trust me, I've tried and failed. It takes a lot do be a blogger, but as long as you keep at it because you love it, it will always be worthwhile!

    1. Thanks so much, Angela! That's very encouraging :)