Lately it seems like I and so many of my friends who blog have all been on the transparency track. We’re all getting tired of the facades, those masks that it seems so many wear when they write online. Who do you write for?
If you write for hit counts, for sales and for your readers, how much of what you write is actually YOU?
I recently wrote Just Be Yourself, a post about this very topic. It seems like the sway of popularity does to bloggers just what it did to girls in high school. The popularity factor has caused many a good writer to change, even “sell out”, to fit the “in” crowd. This does seem to be changing though, as some of us are really starting to notice the bright, colorful masks around us for what they are.
My friend Lisa, aka SisterLisa, came to some conclusions about her own blog and wrote So, This is Me. She writes just like she speaks, and she speaks with love and grace and maybe just a tiny bit of sarcasm but in a funny way.
My friend Denise took it one step further and did a vlog that seriously hit on the fact that every one of us has the Power of Influence!
And Sherry, who I don’t know personally, shared with me, Shifting My Focus, about how she has realized she wants to change some things in her writing as well.
I truly feel that everyone should take some time a few times a year and just pray about your motivation behind what you do. Is it important or is it “extra”? Does it make a difference in someone else’s life, or are you just wasting time? Is it a worthy task or is it taking you away from your family for selfish reasons? These and many more could become things for you to think on. Evaluating these things has helped me grow not only as a writer but as a person, because now I really try to keep in mind my motivations as I arrange things.
It is interesting that it seems the Lord is giving so many of us a desire for more reality (not the TV kind, which is NOT reality) and openness. If you have to put on a fancy dress and makeup to impress people, maybe you’re hanging out with the wrong people. If you have to dress up your writing and write about things you aren’t even passionate about just to impress readers, maybe you should drop the facade and find readers who value YOU. Because I can guarantee you, when you do drop the facade, the only ones who will stick around are the ones who DO.
“…The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7