I love to write and I decided a while back that it was time to get serious about writing the books that are trapped inside my head. So I started another blog so that I could focus on moving those stories from inside my melon to paper.
Blogging has been a blessing for me. It has enabled me to focus on my love for writing in ways that I never could have imagined. It has led to new friendships, business opportunities and expanded my world.
It took three paragraphs to pass along a ton of information about who I am, what I do and what I want to do.
If I did aÂ properÂ job those 117 words did more than provide you with information about who I am and what I dream about. They helped provide a connection between you and I.
I didn’t try to be clever or funny, nor did I try to impress you by demonstrating my enormous vocabulary. That is not because my vocabulary is limited because it is not. I love words and I have a much larger vocabulary than most people.
But the point of this post isn’t to let you know that I can construct an essay that would fit in an academic journal or be appropriate for publishing in legal/medical journals.
Simple is not better, it is best.
I want everyone who reads this to find it easy to follow along so there is no reason for me to write a tome. We can save that for a different day when we intentionally revisit our posts on obscure and useful vocabulary words.
Writing Is Simple
Writing is simple. You need a beginning, middle and end. The problem some writers face is they forget about the value of simplicity and unnecessarily complicate what should have been a simple story about XYZ.
The desire to go viral is a part of the problem. People have this crazy urge to create something that is going to be read by millions so they create some cockamamie photo or video and stick a bunch of words around it with the thought that their new Internet version of Frankenstein’s Monster is going to be big.
It is a mistake.
The funny thing about it all is that blogging provides a great opportunity to be a mad scientist. It is a perfect environment for experimenting, provided you don’t forget that sometimes your monster can turn on you. They aren’t all cute ogres with Scottish accents and talking donkeys.
But What About The Guest Posts
I am glad you asked. Guest posts are an interesting animal. In concept a guest post provides both parties with a great opportunity.
The host doesn’t have to prepare content and the guest gets the chance to show off their skills to a new audience. In theory the guest runs around promoting the host blog as a great place that everyone should visit.
And why shouldn’t they. Everyone knows that only the best writers are granted an opportunity to guest post over there.
In my head I get this image of the fox looking at the hen house. He can’t wait for the invitation he is about to receive because once he is in he knows that he is going to eat like a king.
Forgive my cynicism, but this is how I see a lot of the guest posting on the business blogs. It probably isn’t accurate for many of them, but…
What I like about guest posting is the idea that it pushes you a little bit harder to write something special. It is extra motivation for you. A chance to try to step your game up a little bit.
But that doesn’t mean that you should let go of simplicity either. This is where you try to focus on coming up with a really good topic. Pick something that feeds your fire so that when you write you feel a greater sense of interest and investment.
If you do that and you include personality and purpose good things will come of it, just keep it simple.
Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end.
I am in the middle of my story. I am in the place where I have just figured out what I want to do with my life and am trying to determine how to make that happen.
How about you? Where are you at? Do you know what you want to do?