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What If? A Blogging Fantasy

What if everything had already been said

What if everyone was sick with consuming it

What if unsolicited advice was gone forever

What if everyone was too busy to read what you wrote

What if you already had ten thousand readers

What if you only had one

What if you didn’t need to sell anything

What if you weren’t trying to build community, because it had all got too darned complicated

What if you didn’t need a call to action

What if you’d never heard of brand identity

What if like buttons hadn’t been invented

What if tweets couldn’t be counted

What if SEO didn’t optimise anything other than the voice of Simply, Everyday, Ordinary

What if you didn’t need to be an authority

What if you could say what you really meant

What if there was no point to blogging

What if blogging didn’t matter

But every word still counted

What if blogging really was dead (again)

What would you blog about then?

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  1. Paula Swenson
    Twitter: zografispaula

    A wonderful way to start the week following a weekend in which I had decided to continue to write about what I am thinking rather than taking a lot of well-meant advice to ‘get strategic’ — thank you for the independent validation :-)

    have a wonderful week!

    *peace + joy*

  2. Tricia Karp says:

    I remind myself - often - that my words do count, even if just 2 people read them. I remind other writers of that too. As humbling as it is, at times.

    I’d still blog about what I currently blog about, because I want to… and I’d probably throw in a bit more of the personal journal type stuff… which is on its way.

    I try not to buy into the strategic stuff too much - it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m trusting myself and the journey I’m taking. I HAVE TO, for my sanity and integrity.

    Great words - thank you :)

  3. Rachel Cotterill says:

    That’s the mindset in which I started blogging, and although I now know a lot more about the other things, I still just write what I feel like. I want my blog to be a record of my life that I can look back on in years to come.

  4. Indigo
    Twitter: sageraven

    Life. I would write about life. No one can live my life or know the consequences of my actions. In that sense I believe if we let our personalities read between the lines of our writing, we produce something unique and original.

    Each of us have a voice. We don’t need to be followers or an imitation of someone else. It’s a hard lesson to remember when we write. Who wouldn’t want to know the secret, the back door to instant publication success. In the same light we each have to have our own story. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. Conor Ebbs
    Twitter: ebbstachio

    Hi Joanna,

    I like this.

    I would write because the words will not relent. They chase me in shadow and shine. The only way to stop their stalking is to confront, and banish them.

    I would write to repay the debt of writing I have had the privelege to read. This is a lifelong repayment scheme.

    I would write about everything, and nothing.


  6. Diana says:

    Well, you’ve pretty much summed up my ambivalence about art and blogging. With so much to see and hear and read, I do feel redundant.

    I’m sure you are trying to inspire a positive response, a hopeful glimmer, in spite of this dilemma. I’ll have to try to think of one.

  7. Diana says:

    I don’t know why comment luv didn’t work for me. I tried requesting deletion and reposting but it didn’t work, so please don’t delete my post :)

  8. wendy says:

    I really liked “what if you could say what you really meant” as I find this a challenge sometimes.

  9. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Paula Swenson: writing what *you* think sounds strategic to me… straight line to authenticity :-)

    @Tricia Karp: integrity is just the thing to squash all those other internet voices telling us what to do :-) remembering that our words can make a difference in ways we might never know is both humbling and empowering… I had another example of that, hearing about someone starting to write in response to something I’d written here… it made me think - and was part of the inspiration for this post.

    @Rachel Cotterill: that’s a great way to look at it Rachel, and long may you hold on to that view. When I look back at how things were when I started it all seems a lot more serious now, and a lot less fun. Or maybe I’m just getting old! ;-)

  10. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Indigo: your words have such simple power… thank you, and for keeping go with the act of writing them and sharing them and getting them out there. I loved your last post - for some reason I can’t find a way to comment on your blog and let you there… but your words transported me. Great stuff to read :-)

    @Conor Ebbs: your words blew me away Conor. A poem in the comment box. Thank you so much… for the reminder.

  11. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Diana: I was in part talking to myself Diana… sometimes I feel it’s all been said too, or I need to find a different way to say it. I also see some people whose voices I would love to hear starting to become quiet, and I have a feeling it’s because the whole thing has become so full of shoulds and right ways to do things… it strips the thing of the fun, the spirit, the heart.

    Talking of heart, I was doing a bit of free writing yesterday and a blue egg appeared on my page… it made me think of you and your beautiful piece of art.

    Sorry about the comment luv… no idea why…

    @wendy: I think most of us do Wendy, but we can always encourage each other to try and get past it :-)

  12. Diana says:

    A blue egg. What a beautiful image. I think you are right that blogging has taken on a lot of baggage since its beginning. I can’t write right now. There is too much I can’t write about!

  13. Van Waffle
    Twitter: vanwaffle

    This hit home because when I launched my new blog a few days ago I felt torn by priorities. Should I stay true as possible to my values, my voice, or should I write posts that would draw traffic? I went with my voice.

    Thanks for the link to the article about community; a lot to think about.

  14. Jackie Walker
    Twitter: jackiewalker

    Such a timely post to read, thank you Joanna. I’ve been wanting to write recently on things which weren’t wholly within my blog’s remit, but have stopped myself …. I’ll now stop stopping :)

  15. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Diana: the blue egg is beautiful indeed Diana. You seem to be doing okay writing quietly just now, other words will come in their own good time.

    @Van Waffle: sounds like a good choice - it’s very hard to stick to blogging if you’re not writing about the stuff that really moves you, in your own voice

    @Jackie Walker: I look forward to seeing what emerges Jackie!