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3.19.2012

Finding my voice

So as you can tell, I struggle with the blog - there are so many different directions my brain goes, and I'm not sure which of them would make the best premise for blogging.

One of the things I've read recently says you need to find a hook for your blog, write to it, plan out posts for different days of the week, get your posting schedule prepared, and basically treat it like another job. I'm not sure if I'm at that place, or if I even want to be a Professional Blogger (TM) - I just want to write, and I find myself not making the time for that.

Jon Acuff posted recently about how, in order to find your writing voice, you have to write. Period. And this comes from the guy who finally acknowledged the V-neck shirt progression of our worship leaders, as well as the Random Scarf - he knows his stuff, y'all.

A friend from high school (with whom I used to participate in Scholar's Bowl back in The Day) calls her blog Jamie's Rabbits, which is kind of cool because she can chase whatever mental rabbits she chooses and it all fits. Work, baking, television, books, family, holidays, crafts, cake (mmmm... cake) you name it. But she can WRITE about it, because there is no niche there. It's just Jamie, chasing whatever rabbit pops in her head that day. I cannot take the rabbit analogy, but it's kind of where I see this going.

John's called me a magpie sometimes, because I get distracted by the shiny. Several years ago, I had this friend with whom I could have these long, drawn-out discussions that started off about what we wanted to eat at a restaurant, and by the time our meal was over, we'd talked about Tesla (the scientist, not the band), commitment-phobes, our favorite books, why people who wear Crocs need intervention, Alton Brown, the crisis in the Middle East, and the sale at Nordstrom Rack. Not necessarily in any sort of order, and we'd bounce around from one thing to another. That's kind of how my mind works.

So, in order to find my voice, I'm just going to write whenever I can. No pressure to find a marketable topic and treat it like a business. Just me, writing about whatever shiny thing I've noticed. Now, to figure out an appropriate name...