Having nothing to say

2011 November 9
by Grace Boyle

I’ve been blogging under Small Hands, Big Ideas for three years now.

I’ve been so busy that I totally forgot my three-year blogging anniversary was August 15th. I wrote a post and roundup for year 1 and year 2 – they included stats, favorite posts and what happened that year. August 15th also coincides with my move west, by myself, three years ago.

Looks like I dropped the ball on that.

It doesn’t mean I care less.

I care just as much or more, but I’m now entrenched deeply into these words, you as a reader, friend and community, your comments, my thoughts, my career and my life. It’s all deeply tied together starting with this blog.

This here feels natural, and subsequently, the anniversary date slipped right by me.

Finding your words:

Since I’ve been working in the blogging/online world professionally alongside actually blogging here, I have had countless people ask for advice around blogging.

The number one thing I hear is, “I want to start a blog, but I don’t have anything to say.”

Bullshit.

Everyone has something to say. No one is mute. Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a voice. Everyone has a life they live.

The difference is the fear of sharing and thinking no one will like what you have to say.

But it doesn’t really matter. There is a niche for everyone and furthermore, people forget that blogging may open up the number of people that actually do listen to you, that actually relate to what you’re saying because your reach could be unbounded.

It’s the opportunity, the abyss that people fear and I always work them off that ledge.

And guess what? I haven’t had a lot to say here around the blog lately. I’ve been working passionately on projects that fuel me, including my exhilarating new job and looking to sustain myself and the ones I love around me. It doesn’t mean I’m leaving or doesn’t mean I think about you, (yes you) each day. Because I do.

I hope you know my gratitude and appreciation. I’m here to say that today. I am grateful for this page, these words and you.

My wish for you is to find the words and speak as you know how and best. I’m sure you will surprise yourself. I’m sure of it. And if you fall off the bandwagon? Go to plan B, C, or even X. Just roll with it. Change it up. Take a break.

It’s okay. I promise. You’re wonderful the way you are.

Love (three years in),

Gracie

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  • http://parisianfeline.wordpress.com tatiana

    😀 I’m so glad I found you blog! I don’t even remember how though, it feels like forever but it’s so awesome. I really like the topics you write about and how much they make me think. I remember spending quite some time reading through your archives!! Haha. :]

  • http://www.writingtoreachyou.com Ashley

    Congrats on three years!

    People who know I blog always say the same thing to me about not having anything to say, and I kind of understand that to a degree, though I personally feel so differently (I have a million things to say all the time), and I think it is a matter of being willing to take the risk.

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Thanks Ashley! It’s funny how it all coincided with something that’s exciting for me (I love milestones and celebrating them) but it totally flew by my. Subsequently, I haven’t had a lot to “write” about – but that also means I have SO much to say all day that when it comes to the night to write a post, I don’t have those words…

    It’s definitely difficult and consistency, for a long time, has been important to me. I now understand that we do as we know best, sometimes we fall off the bandwagon and sometimes we’re on fire. It’s all okay :) Thanks for the congrats and sharing as always. I love your blog!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Thanks Tatiana! It means so much to me :) I love hearing that what I share here helps others and makes it useful. Thanks for being here!

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  • http://www.lauriesteiner.com Laurie Steiner

    There have been several moments since I started blogging when I’ve felt a complete lack of words. Speechless. And it’s not because I don’t have opinions or thoughts, but mostly because I wonder if people will care, comment or even read. I manage to always surpass these quiet moments and instead look at blogging as my outlet, my voice. Happy 3 year blogiversary, love!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Yes, well put. It’s really true and is a weird feeling. Thanks for the support and love after all this time :) Cheers.