In writing, we are encouraged to find our “voice”. That unique way of connecting with an audience that distinguishes us from a sea of other voices.
Yet, it becomes more difficult to speak in our “voice” when we bother so much with SEO, followers, site statistics, advertisements, brand collaborations and freelancing gigs which bothers most writers in cyberspace nowadays. It’s easy to get lost in translation and lose touch of why we write. It’s easy to lose our voice.
And it’s not just in writing. We showcase our lives in a filtered photo or in 140 characters. People judge us at face value without knowing the underlying struggles, insights and emotions behind a captured moment.
Social media isn’t the culprit. Most of the time, we like highlighting only the good points. We like the idea of cropping out the bad and mega-enhancing the good. We like the attention even without the connection. But I hope we, as netizens, become responsible enough to use social media not just for the “self” but to encourage others as well.
In followyouroad, I would like to encourage us to…
Why I Blog #1 Appreciate our lives
Upon seeing amazing travel photos, we may be tempted to think our life sucks because we are stuck. But my hope for my blog is that it actually encourages you to look around and see the tiny details of awesomeness right in your own neighborhood.
Why I Blog #2 Try new things
Especially the ones we think we can’t do or we won’t enjoy. This can be a physically challenging task of climbing a mountain or the simple out-of-the-comfort-zone experience of ordering from another restaurant. Whatever it is, I hope we start going off the grid, taking a break from the daily routine and making novelty our new habit.
Why I Blog #3 Connect with others and yourself
I hope to encourage you to join groups that will feed your wanderlust, volunteer with organizations that will open your mind, and actually meet new friends to share a new hobby with. Let’s form communities than just groups.
Yes, even if I do not reach a spike in hits or endorse new travel destinations monthly, if I encouraged even one anonymous web crawler to do those three things, then I would have done my job.
Are you with me?