Friday, February 17, 2012

A Voice of my Own

The other day, I was sifting through my email to see if there was anything interesting. You know, any offers to check out the new Disney Resort in Hawaii or to be wined and dined over a weekend to write about the latest sports car. Then I remembered that I never get emails like that. Sigh. There was an interesting email regarding my blog, however. Somebody offered to write posts for me for free. All I had to do was let them drop in a link for a company they worked for. Or not--they were flexible.

Part of me wanted to grab the opportunity and say, "Yes! Please write for me." That's the part that feels this well is running dry, particularly with my crazy schedule and just not having the time or energy to write anymore.

But the other, wiser part of me deleted the email. The whole point of this blog is for me to share my viewpoints and my perspective. You don't have to agree with me--in fact, you can respectfully disagree in the comment section--that's always fine. But you know that you're reading my dribble--for good or for bad.

A blog is a very personal space. It's a chance for a writer to express themselves and what's happening in their lives. Having an occasional person visit with a guest post is fine too. Oftentimes, guest bloggers are "friends" who share similar issues and sensibilities. But to have a complete stranger write a post and forcing it to fit whatever link they want to promote just seems wrong to me. It seems disrespectful to my readers and somewhat dishonest.

So, you'll just have to put up with my crappy writing and stupid topics (did I really analyze my spam mail the other day? Oy).


  1. Ha! I got that same email,, no.

  2. I get mail like that every couple of months. Delete.

    It seems like a lot of us are going through a bit of a slow period. I still love my blog, but lost steam on it after NaNoWriMo. And now I'm taking a fiction writing class, and there just isn't enough time!

  3. My laziness really wants to say yes to that, though