For the most part, the answer to that question is: YES … as wrong as that may be. Recently, I read an article on how to have a successful blog. Close to the top of that list—maybe it was #1—was “Don’t talk about yourself.” I nearly deleted my blog that instant. And then I started to protest.
I started this blog as a way to record my writer’s journey. Along the way, you all started showing up to make this road a little less lonely. (Why yes, that is alliteration.) As more of you stepped onto my path, I began to worry that I should lead you on a more scenic route or, at least, provide elegant picnics in the shade. But on this journey, I can really only share what I know, what I experience, what I hope for. That’s all I have with me.
Sure, I point you to books and other blogs I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe learn something from, but mostly, I just keep on down my path, talking about me. Which, if you knew me in real life, would be sort of funny. Up till now, I’ve pretty much focused on everyone but me. The problem was, during all those years, I let a lot of clutter build up in my mind. Now I’m clearing it out by writing. And thinking, learning, and talking about writing.
So, I’m sorry, this is a selfish blog. It’s just all about me and my journey, but I totally, completely, absolutely love and appreciate when you fall into step and walk beside me a ways.
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36 thoughts on “Me, me, me … is that all I can talk about?”
I like personal blogs.
Yours in particular.
Thank you, Paul … oh, wait … you weren’t laughing when you typed that were you? 😉
;0) <—— look! it's a winky face!!!!!
I hope that after reading all the comments you've regrouped.
I like the idea of a garage sale of the mind. Then when it's empty, you can sweep the floor and whitewash the walls and spend the next 40 years filling it up with other really interesting stuff.
Regrouped, yes, though I never said I would stop talking about myself. 😀
You won’t believe how hard I laughed at your 40 years comment. 😉
no, I meant regrouped and realized it was OK to talk about yourself.
and 29 + 40 = 69 so what’s the prob? :0)
Hmmm, yes I understood that’s what you meant. I did regroup and realize it’s okay to talk about myself. But even if it wasn’t, I still would. 😀
Oh, yes, silly me, I did the math wrong! Yeah, by 69 I should have all sorts of interesting stuff piled up again.
Another person who was slightly high on himself was Sherlock Holmes…check out my blog post, What Every Fiction Writer Can Learn From Sherlock Holmes, at http://alturl.com/nutd
I think every successful writer has the right to be “high on himself” and even before your successful. Be your own biggest fan! Why not?
By the way, Brayden, I looked around your blog and read your published story and was quite surprised to learn your age. I imagine you have a great career ahead of you.
You’re adorable. May I say that about a woman who’s older than me? You might not believe this, but I’ve wondered why I can’t be less selfish in posts, “like Linda on her blog.” You seem to always give us something in addition to a personal vignette or moment of reflection.
Oh my, yes, “adorable” will get you a gold star! Thank you, Ann, such praise is deeply appreciated.