READ: If You Want to Write

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Blogging is having the courage to say something. To just write --  right now. If you're nervous -- chill out. No one is really reading But if they are - and yeah, your mom counts - congratulations.  You've  won them over with a genuine voice and free-wheeling nature. Those casual readers will check-in again, and when they do, if you've left a typo un-corrected -- maybe they'll find it charming.Don't worry about sounding overly self-aware and navel-gazing -- you will. Write despite. Hopefully others will benefit from your self-obsession.

Don't worry about sounding pretentious. You will. However, if you're constantly worried about sounding pretentious - when will you ever say something truly intelligent?The mark of good art -- it transforms the personal into the universal . Same goes for writing. What do you know most truly, most intimately? If what comes to mind are your own wild yearnings, neurotic fears, and quotidian opinions, well, it's a start. You can change course later -- once you've got something deeper to divulge. We need more original voices -- free of ego and aim.