Finding My Voice

by Nneka Kelly

A few weeks ago Problogger, Darren Rowse, wrote about the writing style of bloggers. He made the distinction between writing as an expert and writing as someone who is learning with the reader.

Balanced Life Center is 2 months old today. I am still feeling my way into an appropriate writing style. The overall purpose of this site is to deepen spiritual awareness, and present practical applications for spiritual principles. As I am deepening my spiritual awareness as well, there are times when posts come from the perspective of a fellow traveler. On the other hand, sometimes I share techniques and those posts may come across as authoritative.

I also want to ensure that there is room to question. Spiritual principles are True for everyone, but experiences are individual. That’s one of the reasons for this blog, to create a space where spirituality can be openly discussed and personal experiences can be shared.

The other part of the equation for me is the breadth of topics I want to discuss. I had some trouble coming up with the tagline for this site because I want to discuss so many topics: spirituality, money, relationships, health, and purpose. It seems like a catch all, but I want to discuss all of them from the perspective of interconnection and practical application. There are some topics I am a complete novice at like health and money, and one that I’m pretty good at spirituality. As I evolve and grow, the site will as well.

Since I am deficient in a few areas, I have considered bringing other resources to the site to lend their expertise. On the other hand, I can continue to write around core topics, and branch out as I gain aptitude in others. That way the site will have a solid foundation from which to grow.

In only 2 months, I am receiving tremendous feedback from my readers. I would like to thank you all for reading Balanced Life Center, and participating in this emerging community. I hope you stick around for the journey.

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Lyman Reed September 17, 2006 at 3:28 am

Happy 2 month anniversary! You really are a blessing to the community.

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Nneka September 17, 2006 at 7:52 pm

Thanks Lyman. You are as well:-) Keep up the good posts.

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Raymond Salas September 17, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Great topic! I can relate to this internal dialogue. I started my ZenChill.com blog just a few weeks prior to yours. Initially, I wrote as more of a teacher and authority. Since reading about the Hawaiian doctor, Dr. Len, he reminded me that there is no one “out there” that I am writing to. Therefore, I have tried to write my recent articles in the voice that I am both the writer and the reader. Since making this switch, I feel like my writing process flows more effortlessly.

Congratulations on your 2 month anniversary!

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Nneka September 17, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Great idea Raymond. I’ll try that this week and see how it goes. That is a profound idea that we are all One. Something that I was taught early on, but the idea has so many layers of understanding. It’s really incredible when you start to practice it.

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Mervyn September 18, 2006 at 12:28 am

Congratulations on your 2 month celebration. Keep writing.

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