December 3, 2014

IWSG - why post to IWSG at all?

that was my thought today as i remembered that the monthy IWSG post was coming up. i've been posting for IWSG from the beginning and i'm not sure i have anything new to say. there are 268 blogs on the list. would adding my 2 cents to the great advice out there be worth it?

ironically, i realized those can be excuses for not writing--and are both based in my insecurities. why write when there are so many books out there? who's going to read a book that uses a plot line used by so many others. do i really have anything unique to say?

then i remembered a Dr. Seuss quote: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

so i took a few minutes to write an IWSG post because among the 268 participants, i'm the only Michelle Gregory out there. if only one person reads this post today, i will have encouraged that one person, and that was always my original reason for blogging.

to see who the other 267 participants are, you can go to the IWSG sign-up page. they all have something unique to say too. i wish i could visit every one of them and say, "Good job. Keep posting. Someone is going to be encouraged, even if it's only me."

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

And that's probably the best message you can deliver to the others today! Well done, Michelle. We are the only ones who can be us.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Michelle, you have given such a wonderful message that will encourage us to keep writing. I needed to read such a message as I had too many doubts swamping my mind yesterday and today.
Thanks a bunch!

cleemckenzie said...

I forget who said this, but I loved the quote. "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Oscar Wilde? Not sure.

Great post.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I also come up to IWSG and think, what do i have to write? I'm not even feeling insecure. But somehow i usually manage to put something together

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Ah, thanks, Michelle. Your timing couldn't be more perfect. I have an upcoming post to do for the IWSG site and I was thinking this very thing. What do I have to say that's worth reading. I still don't know, but I'll think of something.

Emily R. King said...

So nice to meet you!

Laurel Garver said...

Thanks for sharing this concern especially. I seem to bang up against this with just posting on my blog regularly. I'm reminded of what a teacher once said to me--Don't worry about the other flowers in other gardens, just bloom where you are planted.

Stephanie Faris said...

I think all writers feel like that...does the world really need to hear my voice? The answer is...YES!!! So many people I've met in the blogging community have touched my life without realizing it. Even just little things I read each day, I end up thinking about later!

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

love love love this and SO true. Today was my first time doing IWSG and it was very therapeutic!

Feather Stone said...

Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

dolorah said...

Wise words Michelle, both yours and Dr Suess. He seems to have a way with good words :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

I try so hard to be unique, but I guess I already am, so I should stop trying so hard. Great post, thank you :-)

Nick Wilford said...

Yes! This is a very heartwarming message. I'm glad you posted it. No one else can do what you do.