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No Story to Tell

How could you live and have no story to tell?

It is impossible.

What may be possible, however, it that we think we have no story to tell, we are bashful about exposing ourselves, or we think our story unworthy of telling.  And to all of the above I say, “Shame on you.”  How can you value yourself so little as to imagine that no one in the great wide world would enjoy what you have to say.conversation

It might be difficult to find the right audience.  Or, you might never actually learn who it is that enjoys your stories (most), but I can guarantee you that there are people who would find what you have to say interesting.  After all, there is nothing new under the sun; what I experience, others experience, and if it’s shared, it’s going to interest those with similar experiences.

But how could you live and have no story to tell?
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

If you’ve thought about blogging, why don’t you just do it?  Do it for yourself, not for others.  Do it for the experience of telling stories, whether or not anyone ever sees them.  If you are bashful, use your WordPress dashboard to make your blog private.

It’s easy enough to do.  Go to your admin page.  Along the left side you’ll find an expandable menu.  When you click on “settings” you’ll be given other options, general, writing, reading, etc..  Click on “Reading” and then you will find a topic called “Site Visibility” where you can select “I would like my site to be private, visible only to myself and users I choose.”change your site visibility

Of course I don’t think you should do that.  I think you should let your thoughts be known.  But if you don’t trust yourself, you aren’t sure, you’re timid, then give it a try on the sly.  Build up your courage privately until you think you’re ready.

Another cool tool is the fact that you can post entries privately even if your blog is public.  I’ll show you how to do it using the “Classic Editor.”  I’m sure the “Block Editor” has a way of doing it too, but I don’t use that tool.publish for admins and editors

On the right margin on a desktop version of the WordPress APP you’ll find a topic called “STATUS.”  Clicking there opens the dialogue and gives you a choice of when to schedule your post and how to schedule it:  Publicly, for Admins and Editors only, or Password Protected.  Depending on your way of thinking at the moment this is an easy way to post something you want to “say”  but that you don’t want to “say outloud” or “say publicly.”  I use this for all manner of posts that I’m unsure I want anyone else to see.  Sometimes I want to rant.  Sometimes I’m not sure if the post is well advised.  Other times it’s one of those bottom drawer letters / posts that you write in passionate haste and need time to decide if it’s publicly acceptable to utter such nonsense!

My whole point with this post is everyone has a story and if you’re bashful or self-conscious about sharing that story there are ways to:

  • get some practice privately
  • build up your courage
  • figure out the whole blog environment before you go public
  • hide in the shadows and hope no one knows your there.

Take a chance. I guarantee someone will find your words helpful.


2 thoughts on “No Story to Tell

  1. Liz says:

    Peter, WordPress would be wise to use your articulate thoughts to promote blogging. You have such a gift. Thank you for encouraging others to “pick up the pen”.
    Hope you and Peg get to see that adorable great granddaughter for Thanksgiving.


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