Getting meta for a moment

I’ve been at this blog since 2009. Hundreds of posts, many ideas explored and revisited, both successes and flops.

You can’t predict people’s reactions. When I post about general principles, philosophy, and the mindset of the voice teacher, I tend to get generally positive reactions. When I post a more nuts-and-bolts “how to” type of article, I get the gamut! The folks who have found their Vocal Savior and have perfected their pedagogical views seem to hate my experimental, experiential approach. For these people, there is ONE WAY, and they are certain that their way works and that no other way CAN work. Why all that comes in one package is unclear to me. I don’t understand exclusion, lack of curiosity, intolerance, and dogma. Two of my most vociferous critics happen to be great enemies of each other. What irony!

And then, some people find the “how to” stuff interesting or helpful. Some of the most popular posts are about simple things.

It is a great discipline and learning process to try to write my truth (which of course may be wrong!) to the best of my ability, knowing that some will hate it and sometimes contact me to tell me how much they disagree. Perhaps the blog provides a steady diet to those who need something to object to. I can’t imagine why people who have repeatedly stated that I am dead wrong would keep reading, but it happens.

There is another kind of disagreeing person who is a lot more fun, and that is the one that challenges me with questions, trying to get clarification, or offering corrections or additional information. I wish there were more of those.

So why do I write? I write to work out ideas, to use words to organize thinking and processes, and to ask questions. Writing has helped me to learn a lot and meet fantastic people and have terrific conversations. Elizabeth Gilbert says you ultimately have to write for yourself for your best shot at a good result. I am beginning to see what she means. People want to know what others are thinking more than they want to be told what to think. Sharing is more fun than being schooled. Writing well helps the sharing a lot, so it’s worth cultivating.

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