I get a lot of inspiration from other people, not necessarily about blogging but about life in general. Yesterday I was talking to a photographer friend of mine telling him how inadequate I feel as a writer of any sort. He told me that when he began as a photographer he often tried to copy other people’s style and as a result had a hard time producing work he really liked. I think we’ve probably all heard something similar to the next part of that; when he quit trying to copy other people and just do what he liked, it all feel into place.
I wonder how often we try to copy someone else because we feel like we don’t have the skill to succeed on our own? I’ve discovered when I try to write in someone else’s voice I have no idea where to go. My own words tend to get a little philosophical and dry. What that means for me – I really have no idea. I just know in order to figure out where I’m going, I have to quit trying to do something that’s not me.