I’m not that kind of blogger

Today’s NaBloPoMo prompt is: Has anything traumatic ever happened to you? Describe the scenes surrounding a particular event. I’ve been kicking it around all morning.

I mean, I usually post really early and it is now almost noon and I’m just about done. I just could not decide what to write. Do I go with the trauma theme or do I skip it? Well, I’ll skip it because my trauma is not solely my own and I’m not going to dig into someone else’s wounds. Not today.

Okay, so, what to write about. Do I address the subject or write about how I want to make an infinity scarf? I decided to at least address the subject of trauma. TRAUMA. What is it? It’s what happens when you live your life. What makes mine anything anyone would want to read about? My trauma is generic and boring. People die suddenly. They lose houses. They lose babies. They lose half of their reproductive system. Life goes on.

Ultimately this has made me think about blogging and what kind of blogger I want to be. I read these really emotional posts and I think – holy shit, that person just bared their soul in the most beautiful way, and with millions of people. I want to be that kind of writer. If  I’m even capable of being that great of a writer.

But you know, it’s really not about that. My writing is fine. Not outstanding, not horrible, but it’s me. People seem to enjoy it, and I don’t feel the need to analyze my trauma. It happened. I lived.

I’m just not that kind of blogger, and I don’t think I ever will be.

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Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
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  1. LastMinuteMandy says

    Hoped over from BlogHer – I’m having the same problem today. Baring my soul to millions of strangers – or even 10 – was not on my agenda for the week.

  2. says

    I so know what you mean, I’m not that kind of blogger either. I do throw in a personal essay every few weeks or so about growing up shy, gaining weight, etc. but mine are pretty light hearted with a sense of humor. I mostly blog about etsy, local events on Maui, home and fashion, fun stuff . My day job is serious enough, I need a break when I blog. There are some blogs I was initially drawn to because of one post where they oh so eloquently described an event in their life and the aftermath with heart wrenching writing reminiscent of poetry. Then I notice something, they write a piece like this several times a week! Seriously? I couldn’t do it, I’d be exhausted. To be honest too, I can’t be a daily reader of that kind of thing. Once in awhile I may popover but to read it every day would be a bit depressing (even if it’s meant to be uplifting) for me.

    • says

      I can’t believe I spelled pop over as one word. I must be hungry and suffering from lack of Neiman Marcus withdrawal since moving to Maui. Get me to the city…stat!

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