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What I have learned from 5 years authentic blogging?

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Years ago when James said he was going to build a website for my artwork and that it could include a blog if I wanted, my initial reaction was; I didn’t want one. No way!

Firstly, I didn’t think I would be able to think of anything to say, and secondly I couldn’t imagine who would want to read it anyway. I didn’t think I would dare to risk sharing with enough honesty – therefore, what would be the point? And, would my writing standard be accomplished enough to actually publish it?

But, I put my worries aside, did-it-anyway and I now have been writing here for five years…

 

“Fill your paper with breathings of your heart.”

William Wordsworth

 

So, what are the main things I have learned?

 

I have come to realise – I love, love, love, to write.

I am OK with it if it’s not perfect. And, it NEVER is!

I write authenticly down whatever is on my mind, or in my heart. I very rarely plan any of my posts so they have evolved naturally into telling parts of MY STORY.

Sharing my writing in a public domain helps me feel connected to others. I love hearing what other people think.

It helps me practise vulnerability. This is good for me as it helps push out from my comfort zones which empowers me to expand bravely into all sorts of other places too.

It’s part of my creative expression – I am not just a visual artist.

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It draws me closer to writing a book.

Sometimes my honesty here surprises me.

I am learning to take better photographs and I love playing around with my images too (although I am still in need a lot of practise in this area!) Btw, James designed the main image for this post, not me, he is the expert and sometimes I think he cringes at my photo edits! He usually just smiles though, and says ‘well done baby!’

Editing my writing can take a very long time. And finally…

I get nervous EVERYTIME I post.

 

Sometimes it is scary…

and I have to put my fears aside, take a chance, and just put myself ‘out there.’ I have learned so much. Most importantly – to always write for myself, letting go of any outcome.

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”

Cyril Connolly

 

I leave you with a link to my most read blog post to-date.

Thanks so much for reading. X

 

 

 



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