On Blogging and Writing…

Self-Doubt vs Freedom.  Success vs Failure.  Expression vs Vulnerability.  Blogging , and even writing in general, is an action that produces very conflicted emotions and results in both the writer and the reader.

On one side of the sword is the self-doubt, the little voice in your head saying to you “What are you going to write about,” and things like “No one really cares what you have to say,” “Do you really think your opinions matter and the world wants to read them?”

However, on the other side of that sword is complete freedom. You have to trust yourself enough to get past the doubts and believe that your voice matters. Because very few things in the world can liberate a person as profoundly as simply getting their thoughts and feelings out of their head and onto another surface.  It takes bravery (and for those who don’t agree, give it a try) to be vulnerable.  It doesn’t matter if you’re writing for people you know well or people you’ve never met.

I have no idea what this blog will turn into.  The main reason I started it was because I will be going to Australia to work on a cruise ship in a few weeks and wanted to be able to keep people back home informed on what was going on in my life.

I think it is important for anyone who reads any blog or journal or piece of writing in general to understand exactly how hard it is to do and how vulnerable the author is willing to be.  They are putting themselves out there for all to see.

So for all those who read this post or follow my blog, if you have any thoughts on topics I should write on, or advice to give a new blogger feel free to leave it on the comments section.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
-Ernest Hemingway

  “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

-Pico Iyer