Writing a Journal On A Blog and Not Even Showing it!
As a writer, you understand that all you want to tell the readers is what you’re feeling or what YOU have learned from your experiences but it gets hard to express ourselves sometimes. The conundrum of ‘What Ifs’ is what we breathe as humans. ‘What if I sound too personal or vulnerable”?, ‘What if after reading this, people get to know what I’ve gone through?’, and this continues until you decide not to write about it at all! After all, the main purpose of writing is to let it out! Given the chance, we have to take the risk.
Let’s dig in to how to write your heart out without getting exposed or sounding vulnerable.
You might be following this one or thinking about opting this habit. Well, let me tell you this: It sounds an easy practice to do on a daily basis but SURPRISE!!!!! It’s not.
The better thing to mention here is, if you do journal daily or alternatively, you will get addicted to this routine. So, Journal as consistently as you can.
How To Form A Journaling Routine:
- Keep a journal at your desk. Whenever you’re working it’ll catch your eye and will tempt you to write in it.
- Get yourself a pretty/classic notebook to journal in. Like the ones in the above image or any kind you prefer, as per your taste.
- Self Talk : This will help you to channelise your thoughts into a single direction and you will get motivated to write it all out to get stress free.
- PLAN: Plan your day, week, month or year. Write down your goals and ambitions you’d like to achieve within a decided time. This is a type of productive journal you write.
Journal for yourself consistently and then write on the blog.
How Journaling Helps to Write on a Blog with Personal Experiences:
Journaling WILL help in writing your heart-out on the blog and that too without getting exposed with your deepest emotions which can make you vulnerable in a reader’s mind! No, I am not scaring you, but it does help.
When you journal for yourself, your heart is already exposed on the paper, which is only accessible to you. Now, what you write on the blog after that will only be using those ‘journaled’ thoughts to curate a story or an article. Those words will now unconsciously be non-personal and non-manual. Hence, you will able to share your deepest emotions to help the reader’s to learn & relate to it rather than judge you. So, journal for yourself first consistently and then write on the blog.
Read What You Wish To Write
To be a better writer, we need to read like we’re getting paid for it. Of course, reading is one of the best exercises for a writer. To write personal blogs or experiences, reading what other’s have been writing in the genre is a way to learn how we can do it too. Memoirs, struggles, sarcastic discussions about mental health issues, all of this helps in understanding what type of literary language we should use in sharing our own journaled emotions publicly.
Going public with your heart is a brave thing to do and reading helps to make it easier.
Following are some stuff to read ; To understand the concept of journalling publicly:
- On Writing by Stephen King (Book)
- https://seths.blog/ by Seth Godin (Blog)
I don’t have to mention the FACT that how revolutionary and legendary both these writers are! So of course, learning from them is a blessing we have these days with technology. Their work is easily accessible and that is a treat for people wanting to write and learn about it.
Summary: To write on a platform where anyone can read your content, Journaling and Reading are the go to’s. Journaling about your emotions and reading what others have written about their emotions.
Readers should also, always, learn something or at least get something positive out of it.
Keeping in mind the Dos and Don’ts:
- Edit the piece after writing.
- Be okay with exposing that side of you.
- Write like you’re writing a letter to someone you want to tell what you’re going through.
- Use the words of gratitude, such as, thank you, grateful, humbly, lucky etc. This helps the reader to connect to it on a deeper level and they’ll relate more to it.
- Write an end-note.
- Stress over what people will think after reading it.
- Worry over sounding too personal.
- Thinking too much of writing too much. Write as much as you want to. Edit out the things that seems useless.
- Be Negative. A reader should always relate to your write-up, yes. But they should also, always, learn something or at least get something positive out of it. So, don’t end on a negative note.
“Make it less about ME and more about the reader.”