Article by Wendy McCance
I thought I had it all figured out. I was rocking my blog and building a business off of it. I lost my focus along the way, and a little bit of what made me love this blog so much disappeared as I stumbled on the path.
I used to write about personal issues. Things that affect each one of us. I would dissect and question and share what I learned. It was a time when I grew a huge following and could feel a vibrant energy about the blog. It was relatable and there were many good conversations started from the posts that were written.
Along the way, people asked me blogging questions and then social media questions and finally as they read about my evolution into freelance writing, I was asked questions about starting a career as a writer. I loved sharing all I knew. It thrilled me to help everyone I could. I always said that there was enough room for everyone and why not share as much information as possible. If it helps someone else succeed, terrific!
All of this good information I was passing around was fine, but it began to overshadow what my original blog was all about and I lost a lot of those original readers. I debated having two different blogs and even tested out the idea, but it didn’t feel right. I hated to abandon sharing all I was learning because I enjoyed helping others and it was good for my own career. I was able to demonstrate through those articles what I knew.
Over time, it felt strange to write the personal articles. My blog was beginning to feel like a business website (which by the way is really strange when you have a title like, Searching for the Happiness) and that’s when I felt I lost my edge. The whole reason for the blog was so I could be creative and write whatever I was passionate about that day. The worst part was that along the way, I lost my writing voice. The voice people related to was now rusty and unrecognizable. I wasn’t practicing my craft. I became someone who was basically writing out tutorials and my writing suffered because of it.
After a year of terrorizing myself and debating what to do, I got a message on Twitter that reminded me of the good old days. A person tweeted, “Your article gave me hope and made my night!!! You know how to touch hearts!!! So THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!” It was the article, What Are You Grateful For? that I had written that had created such a powerful reaction. I used to get messages like that all the time and it made me feel wonderful. It was at that moment I realized just how far I had veered off the path I had been on. The path that made me so happy doing what I loved most.
So, I am going back to my roots. I might throw in an occasional article on writing, social media or blogging if there is some information I am just dying to share, but honestly, everything I have to offer on those topics are already written. You can find a ton of information on any of those subjects in the archive.
So dear readers, I am back! Writing about the issues I am passionate about. I can’t wait to get started!!
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