Musings: Do You!
What favorite quote do you return to again and again? “Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. A couple of years ago, I added a widget to my blog sidebar with the intention of regularly updating it with a quote I like. It sounded like a wonderful idea; I love quotes and could use the widget to share new ones I found. After a few months of rotating quotes on my blog, I came across the one above by Emerson and used it promptly in a post. Inspiration: To Thine Own Self Be True
I kept coming back to that quote as it spoke to me on many levels. As bloggers, it’s easy to get caught up in the razzle dazzle of other people’s blogging experience and forget why we started blogging in the first place. We forget to look at our own unique journey and find merit in it. In blogland, the road to success demands we create our niche, our path, and be brave and stand by it. There is only one copyblogger, dooce, problogger, or bloggess and all insist on playing to their strengths; to being themselves… Why settle on being an imitation? ;-) More below!
“Every artist was first amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why does it move you? There was something about the last two sentences in the quote that struck me. When I started blogging, my goal was to write my best original, motivational, point of view posts. Emerson’s message was a reminder to stay true to that original premise – Insist on being You not a decoy. Don’t bother imitating others. Just Do You. ‘Write Your vision’ was what kept surfacing for me and I was sold. As serendipity would have it, Russell Simmons’ book Do You!, on what he termed 12 laws to help us achieve happiness and success, crossed my path and I decided to keep the quote as a permanent fixture on this blog. I left out “Imitation Is Suicide” and kept the rest. it is now a blogging mantra of sorts.
Essentially, it is a reminder to stay focused on my blogging goals; which means being attentive to what my readers love and writing about subjects I enjoy with an original focus… writing to the best of my ability while challenging myself to broaden my appeal and to improve. What about your favorite quote?
Happy New Year! This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily Prompt: Quote Me – Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
Positive Motivation Tip: Stay true to your vision and keep on truckin’ ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR!♥ :-)
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