Beyonce, the Voice and the written word

On the weekend I  attended a conference on blog writing: NaffNang Blogopolis.

It was both informative and inspiring.

It was also overwhelming…leaving me with a sense of urgency…to write better posts, to overhaul the design of my blog, create a better header for my blog, increase the ‘traffic’ flow to my blog…

It is my nature is to rush, to be hasty and bring about change quickly

Not to self: ‘Rome was not built in a day’

Sitting still with a sense of urgency is hard

It has made me realise that whilst design, ‘traffic flow’, graphics and photography are all important elements to any blog, the true joy of my blog writing journey so far is that it has enabled me to find MY VOICE

Since late 2009 I have been making conscious effort to be more engaged, more vocal, more present in this thing called LIFE….The weekend’s conference made me realise that my blog has played a vital role.

For in every post MY VOICE is present.

The conference made me realise just how far I had come.

Let me tell a story….

In October, 2009, I took a 5 week European vacation…

It was a magical time…a much longed for holiday….Time spent in France, Germany, Scotland, with England being my final stop.

I was blissfully unaware, that on my return to Australia, I would hit the ground with a thud. I would come crashing down, feel disconnected from the life I had left behind, disconnected from friends, family and myself.

There is always a period of adjustment after any holiday…it is common to suffer’ post holiday blues’….But this was different.

The feelings I felt were overwhelming, and the more I wished them gone, the more prevalent they became.

Depression set in….all too familiar…but this time I wanted to face it head on….understand it, challenge it, question its presence in my life….For the first time, I wanted to take control.

I had taken myself of the treadmill that is daily life, taken time out, and the result was that when it came home, and was forced to put on my running shoes again, I no longer wanted to  run the same race….

It was during this holiday that I became fixated on the song by Beyonce ‘ Halo’…I listened to it on high rotation because I liked it.

I listen to it today, 3 years later, with a new appreciation and awareness, the girl Beyonce sings about is me, a song about a girl finally ready to acknowledge and accept the power of her voice, for it to have a presence her relationships, her workplace, and perhaps, most importantly, her writing.

Halo (Beyoncé Knowles song)

Halo (Beyoncé)Photo credit:Wikipedia)

Remember those walls I built

Well baby they are tumbling down

They didn’t even put up a fight

They didn’t even make a sound

I found a way to let you in

But I never really had a doubt

Standing in the light of your halo

I’ve got my angel now

Its like I’ve been awakened

Every rule I had you breaking

It’s the risk that I’m taking

I ain’t never gonna shut you out

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 04:55:45

    Hi Kate – so lovely to meet you at Blogopolis on Sat and thank you for visiting Honey’s blog! I so agree with you about the most important thing being a blog’s “voice” – because that is what people ultimately come for. All the SEO & other fancy tricks in the world won’t help if people don’t enjoy the content on a blog! Sorry to hear about your “tough times” – but glad that you feel empowered now. I hope we do get a chance to bump into each other sometime in the Sydney Uni campus when I take Honey for a walk!

    Honey sends slobbers to Flora and Muesli sends some nuzzles – ! 🙂

    Hsin-Yi

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  2. Honey the Great Dane
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 04:56:18

    Oops! I just left a comment but it seems to have disappeared – would you mind checking your Spam folder?

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  3. Suzanne
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 07:45:36

    I’m going to listen to this album now Ms K. I love reading your writing! It’s inspiring for me to read what you put out there. Keep it coming.

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  4. Veronica @ Mixed Gems
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 12:50:16

    Just take it slow. Don’t get lost in the overwhelm. You’ve got a great thing going on here. Which reminds me that I owe you some social media lessons! Thanks for the mention. xx

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