Friday, November 16, 2012

Finding Your Voice :: a guest post by Royal Daughter Designs ::

I am so happy to have Amanda here today!
 
I'm not even sure she realizes how much I admire her.
When in doubt, I have thought to myself "What would Amanda do!?"

Truth be told she is one of those bloggers (women) that you can count on to be really... real.
She is refreshingly honest, beautiful, well-spoken, intelligent and kind.
Yeah, I told you... she rocks!

In true Amanda style, she's totally keeping it real today!
Show her a little love, will yeah?



Hi y'all! I'm Amanda and I blog at Royal Daughter Designs. I'm a country girl making a home on a small farm in Texas. From gardening to ranching, my husband and I are trying our hand at the country life, and so far we love it! The biggest downfall: the closest Target, Starbucks, and Chipotle (and oh yeah, doctors) are about an hour away!

I've written on my blog about how important it is to me to focus on quality content. In fact, every most Thursdays I host a link-up entitled Desire to Inspire - a link up designed to hold us accountable to be intentional about writing read-worthy content. I sort of went through a phase where I didn't care about what was posting about, just as long as I was posting. And then I realized that, at least for me, there's a difference between writing and posting.

Can I let you in on a little secret? I've had a bit of a blogging identity crisis.

There, I said it. It feels good to get that off my chest.

You see, I'm a non-mommy (and wanna-be-mommy) blogger in a world of mommy bloggers. 

I want to be writing about baby bumps, and my attempts at cloth diapering, and making the holidays special for little kids. I want to review fun new toys. I want pictures of dirty fingers, and fat toes, and big blue eyed charmers.

But I'm not a mommy. And in a community full of mommy bloggers, I sometimes fear that I lose my voice...or worse, that I never really had it.

Y'all. Finding your voice in the blogging community is hard work. It takes time. It takes dedication. And I think we need to be constantly aware of who is listening to our voice, and what we are saying.

And you know what? The fact that I'm not a mommy blogger...that's okay. Because I do have a story to tell. I do have a voice, and I'm learning to embrace it. Right now it just doesn't involve cute little babies and curious, freckle-nosed toddlers. Maybe someday...

Have you had a blogging identity crisis? I'd love for you to share with me about it - I think we can all use some encouragement when it comes to finding and embracing our stories.

Thanks for having me, Lena - I appreciate your virtual hospitality!

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