I love to write. I always seem to have something to say, and words generally comes easily for me.
I write almost all the time.
I write on my blog.
I write comment on other people’s blog.
I also write for work.
I write reports. I write a lot of reports.
I write letters, memo’s, meeting agendas, public communication notices, meeting minutes, emails and even sticky-notes.
And when I’m not writing for work, I’m in meeting about writing reports, letters, memo’s, etc. In fact, I have literally been in meeting about writing sticky notes.
But, writing for work and writing for my blog are completely different styles of writing.
On my blog, I write whatever comes to my mind. Some days I talk about serious stuff like miscarriage and adoption. Other days I talk about our dog or our latest adventure. And other days I spill my heart out about something going on in our personal life, often at a level of detail that I don’t share with most people in my real life. There are no rules dictating how I have to write. I get to say what I want, how I want and when I want. I am the author of my story, and I seem to have a receptive audience.
At work, I’m very direct. I am completely emotionless. I am concise and to the point. I am structured. I am logical and clear. My audience is likely to be technical, but will also include the average person – it’s an interesting challenge as I have to be able to move seamlessly between my audiences and reach everyone. And yet at the same time, I do not write for magazines or newspapers and I know very few people will ever read my professional work.
Now that I’m working again, I’m finding it an interesting to flip between styles. I started my blog within days of starting my medical leave from work at the start of our 4th loss, and then I didn’t go back. So, now to be constrained by my professional writing rules part of the time and then to embrace the freedom that comes with writing for my blog is very different. To move seamlessly between the two styles is proving to be a bit of a challenge.
And the point of this today? I have absolutely no idea, its just what I’m thinking about tonight. I’ve been working really long days lately and spending a lot of time at my computer writing. And so I guess, writing is just on my mind.
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