Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Confidently Posting About Confidence

While I have now taken to responding to comments in the comments instead of dedicating a post to them (that was a fun system, meant for another lazy day) occasionally one does come along that deserves it's own post. This is one such day. The comment in question was made by Anne on Saturday's post, in reaction to me yet again saying I was low on ideas.

"I've been reading you on and off for the past 2 weeks and you begin most posts with "This isn't going to be very good", "No one is reading/commening/followin" or "I'm out of ideas" I think these things are related. If as a writer you have no confidence and no ideas, it's time to stop for a while. I'm taking time off to go home to Ireland and I know it won't hurt my page. My readers will be here when I get back and I'll be fresh and have new ideas. Take a break, followers don't mean anything in the end, it's readers that matter."


My response was basically that I meant more that I was running out of pictures to post, so would need either more, or to post something else, and that I agreed that readers matter more. But I also said that I don't have confidence in much I do. If you know me, you'll know this to be true. But over time, while writing here, writing has become something I have become confident in. When I was at school while I was well spoken and had a big vocabulary, I wasn't very good at creative writing. If you had told me then that I would run a blog and post several short stories that receive almost nothing but positive criticism, I may have laughed. 


This post is basically becoming the same as my 200th post, but it's still slightly different. I have managed to gain some confidence in my writing, and hey maybe I can make writing work for me. Part of me wants to compile my short stories into an ebook. Though I'm going to need more of them, so keep the ideas coming people!


As for not posting every day, or taking a break. Well, while the world may not end if I stop posting, it might, and I cannot take that risk. I just can't. There is an impossibly small (but still there) chance that God is not smashing everything because he reads here, and as such he knows that the world has to keep going, so that I may keep writing. I must continue as I am, for if I do not, not only will he lose interest, but he'll go all vengeful God on my ass. That won't be cool.


Now who says I lack confidence?

28 comments:

  1. As long as it's worth reading or looking at people will keep coming back.....

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  2. Blogging should be fun. Its your online space and you should have the freedom to just be you and not have to match upto anybody's requirements of you.
    That said, confidence should show through your posts.

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  3. Wish I could have found your blog earlier, don't quit posting man.

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  4. @The Angry Lurker Heh that is true. There are some who will come back even if it isn't!

    @PeeVee When I was growing up, I did try to please everybody, and it's something that can't really be done. I'd like to think the only person I try to please here is myself, unless I've written a story for someone, in which case I'm trying to please them too. I'd like to think some confidence came through with this post.

    @The internet You got it man, you just make sure SOPA doesn't get to you.

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  5. Interesting opinions, I agree to them.

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  6. It's true, you need to stop the whole "This is a bad post" "Running out of ideas" etc stuff. Keep confidently posting about x!
    Even faking confidence in something brings up more confidence. Placebo effect, anyone?

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  7. @Fang LOL I'm not good at faking things, it's why I can't keep a man. I'm going to try to keep confident about this stuff.

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  8. I sometimes wonder if you lack confidence or if your down on yourself out of habbit.

    Also if you need pictures drawn for an ebook let me know!

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  9. @Bersrecules You're the only guy I'd go to for that, don't worry lol. It's a mixture of both sometimes I think. But you aren't the only one to wonder that. My boss has said the same thing of me, that I enjoy being miserable. I find it an oxymoron and can't understand how one can enjoy being miserable.

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  10. Aww I'm glad you feel confident in your writing! :)

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  11. @Hazel Me too, it's good to have confidence in something, it builds your confidence elsewhere too.

    @My 2 Pesos Sure is.

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  12. My world would end if you stopped posting.

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  13. Hey Mark, thanks for commenting on my blog. I just scrolled through yours and it looks like one I would be interested to read. I don't just follow to follow and wouldn't expect you to either. Follow because you like something is my motto. Glad you've got confidence in your writing. If you take writing seriously you should be confident. Nice job.

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  14. @Generally Disgruntled I know it would. I really do. I do this for you.

    @Interwebs Fails Thanks, it was an intention.

    @Barb Thanks for those words :) I'm with you there, I could get more fans if I stopped caring, and started following anyone and everyone and making generic comments, but I just can't do that. I have enough blogs to read I might as well make them worth reading. Thanks for following, it means more because you do things like I do :)

    @Henry not sure how that relates to this, but if I was to post about SOPA or PIPA it would be one or two sentences, and contain a lot of f words and c words and b words and just...suffice to say SOPA and PIPA need to not happen.

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  15. I always panic that I'm not being interesting enough, but I agree that taking a breather for a day or two is refreshing! (but bloody difficult) xx

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  16. It's because of this same feeling, that I had rescheduled my posting. Two times a day, plus a weekly story helps me be fresh, and think over and over what I would blog about. Ferpectly good advice right there.

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  17. @Charlotte Well I write one or two posts a day sometimes, so I do take more breaks from writing than people think. But the longer I take between posts, the more anxious I get about not having a post ready.

    @Kbbuddingwriter I don't think I would post more than once a day. I might be able to keep it up, but I think once is enough. I like writing stories too but I barely ever have any ideas.

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  18. @Heaven Thank you very much ^^

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  19. I just stopped by to see how you were doing and I see my name in the post. Bloody hell if I'd have known that I'd have been here first thing in the morninng. I'm glad you have confidence in your writing it just doesn't come across that way. I don't know how you guys that post 7 days a week do it though. And by the comments it looks like you said "that's why I have trouble keeping a man" My son is gay and we read the Velvet Rage together. As a mum it helped me understand what he suffers through much better. Good luck to you.

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  20. Sorry, I meant 2 times a week. Crazy me.

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  21. I would be interested in seeing this ebook of yours. As for ideas for a short story? Eh, I like SciFi, especially Issac Assimov (THE MOVIE NEVER EXISTED).

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  22. Do whatever you think is right, I think you secretly know what's best. :P

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  23. don't go and get too confident now

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  24. @Anne Well thanks for stopping by just to see how I'm doing :) I was hoping you would read it. I'm glad it can show in my writing that I'm confident in it. I remember mentioning somewhere I can't keep a man but I can't remember too well where it was. I've never heard of The Velvet Rage so thanks for that tip there too, and good luck to your son as well.

    @Kbbudding Writer LOL thanks for clearing that one up. That makes more sense.

    @R.gers lol well I could always give sci-fi a shot, I love it myself. I've written no where near enough stories for a book yet, and the ones I have written are typically word impaired.

    @DWei I do sometimes, but there's still the problem of actually doing it.

    @Shaw I'll try.

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