I hate lists.
I hate bullet points.
I hate how-to guides.
This is not entirely accurate. I do enjoy reading them, but I sure hate writing them.
Lots of great, high-quality bloggers wrote these things. I read them and enjoy them and learn from them.
But I don’t like writing them, even though I’ve tried from time to time.
It’s a pretty American thing, isn’t it? Lists and bullet points? “Here’s how you do it, bang bang bang.” No pretensions, no bullshit, no flowery language. Get to the point.
But here’s the thing: I’m a bullshitter. I’m a dissembler. I like flowery language.
Successful blogs, though, tend to have bullet points, lists, and “actionable items.”
These are great.
But they’re not my style.
I always feel disingenuous when I write like this.
I’m not going to lie. It’s fun. I like to write. This is very much practice for me as much as it is self-expression. We all have our need to get things off of our chests, after all.
And in addition to the self-promotion aspect of it, it’s a great way to meet new people and encounter interesting ideas.
So I don’t know if anyone’s noticed this shift in my writing. That’s fine. I’m just getting more stuff off of my chest in writing this, I suppose.
We all have our styles that come naturally. We can work on them, tweak them, and make additions or subtraction, drawing inspirations from others, but in the end we all want to sound like us. Authentic.
“Authentic” is such a nebulous and overused word, but you know it when you see it.
You also know it when you feel it. There’s no good to come in being untrue to yourself in any aspect of your life.
Including relatively unimportant ones. Like blogging.
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