Mini Challenge #5: We are bringing back another favorite with this one, Letter To Yourself! Write a letter to your younger blogging/writing self: What would you change? What would you keep the same? What are your favorite parts? In what ways has blogging/writing changed you? What advice would you give yourself?
I went back and forth between writing a letter to my younger self or to my future self. When I first got back in to blogging, I wrote my Blogging Manifesto 2.0, where I talked all about what I wanted more of moving forward. So this time, I’d like to take a look back!
Dear Younger Self,
At this point, you’re enthusiastic and passionate, both about blogging and about reading. You’re so excited about the community of like-minded book-loving people you’ve found yourself submersed in, and you’re loving how many new and fantastic books these people are exposing you to. You’re taking chances on new authors and new genres, and you’re constantly finding yourself inspired by those around you.
Don’t let the little things blind to you the reasons you began blogging in the first place.
Don’t pay attention to the drama; it does nothing for you.
Don’t let your passion be swayed by those who’ve lost their own.
Don’t feel guilty about having the dissenting or unpopular opinion.
And don’t put so much pressure on yourself; no one will fault you for taking a day or two to yourself.
At this point, you love finding new blogs – whether they’re lifestyle, fashion or book blogs. You love sharing informative, witty and intelligent posts with others. You love writing discussion posts, even when they’re controversial. You love finding the perfect way to describe the book you just finished. You love when one of your posts inspires further conversation, whether it’s on your own post or whether someone was inspired enough to write their own post about what you’ve said. You love when an author acknowledges you on Twitter. And you love how happy blogging makes you.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re doing it wrong.
Don’t ever let someone make you feel like your opinion doesn’t matter.
And don’t ever stop doing what you love.