When I started my blog I didn’t have a particular vision in mind. I figured I would blog about topics that I want to blog about. I’ve made a concise effort to make my blog personal able in the sense that it relates to me, my interest, my experiences and things I want to discuss. Yet my blog is not personal to me, does that make sense?
To date I’ve only blogged about one personal post and that was my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer. The crazy thing is I am the same person online as I am off line. I don’t believe you should assume another persona just because you are on the internet. No Catfish here! I am a very open person but very guarded too, a bit robotic if you will; I never thought that until now.
For the past thirty days I’ve been participating in this pilot program for Connect Authentically. The goal was to help you connect to your authentic audience using your authentic voice. Going into this pilot I had no expectations and honestly I thought I already knew/had my authentic voice. #FAIL
Each week we would receive a few writing assignments a week. The topics were specific and some had edit restrictions and word limits. Some of the assignments were easy to do and others required me to step outside of my writing box. At the end of every writing prompt we would receive feedback and at conclusion of the pilot we got overall feedback.
One of the things Nicole said to me was
“…You have so much potential. Keep inflecting your personality into your writing and you will always have a following. Every time you allow people in you hook them. Just keep this in mind.”
At the end of these four weeks I can honestly say I’ve found my Authentic Voice and I totally plan to share that with you here on my blog going forward. I have a lot of self-imposed rules and regulations I place upon myself. I cringe when people break my social media rules and post their business or rant on social media. THAT AINT CUTE! I’m on a mission to not just step outside of my box, but to make my box so damn big there is no way I will be confined to it. (Thanks Babe for this one.) Let’s be clear, this doesn’t mean that I will have blog rants and just give up all the details of my life NO! I will however keep it real and honest just as I’ve always done only I will share more of me. #Xtreme13 was just the kickoff I needed to get me going and while 2013 is coming to a close I plan to take this mindset into the coming years.
To kick things off I’ve included one of my writings I submitted for the project.
Final Writing Prompt:
No word limits. Write, edit twice and send
How do you want to be remembered? What do you want people to say after you are gone?
“I want to be remembered for the person that I am to my core. A great friend, sister and daughter and Mother. The person you could always go to for help, the shoulder to lean on, and the person to vent too. Never judging and always open to just listen. A protector of my children.
A sparkling personality, a gal that has always danced to the beat of her own drum. Not afraid to be herself and step outside of her box no matter what others say and do. Confident in who she is, unafraid and unapologetic for being her true self. A girl with determination and more ambition than most people. Tough as nails, funny as hell, witty as sh!t but a stone cold good time.” – MimiCuteLips