My Guide to Writing Online as My Truest Self

What I will and will not do in order to remain genuine

Image by Ryan McGuire

I write here on Medium and more frequently on Rebe With a Clause, my personal blog. Here are my rules to writing in these spaces:

I will not…

I will not jam content into a numbered list. There will not be forced numbers in my titles, jazzed up with irresistible adjectives which stretch the truth (or blatantly lie) to get you to click. I don't want you to click; I want you to connect, grow, and feel human.

I will not suggest quotes for you to tweet. You especially don't need a "Click to tweet" or "Tweet this" link. You can read for yourself and see which words—if any—resonate with you. If words propel you to share them, you'll share them.

I will not disrupt your reading with pop-ups. They’re obnoxious no matter the content. You have enough noise in this world shouting for your attention. I want you to have more spaces for uninterrupted reflection.

I will not ask for a heart or a share at the end of my posts. That feels like holding up an applause sign to an audience that clearly knows how and when to clap. You know how this works. Once again, if you want to share it, you'll share it. I write to express myself, and I publish that writing online for the chance to make a tangible impact in people's lives—no matter the size.

I will not offer free downloads in exchange for an email address, and then subscribe you to an email list you never wanted to be on! If I want to give you a free PDF, I’ll give you a free PDF, no strings attached. Your inbox is probably already taking your attention away from where it’s needed most. You know, like on relationships and self-care—those are important. (I highly recommend the free, by the way, to easily take charge of your email subscriptions.)

I will…

I will bring my humanity into my writing. I will be as honest and vulnerable as possible, showing you my behind-the-scenes and struggles, the highs and the lows.

I will experiment and fearlessly explore creativity. This is my space to play around!

I will add more kindness and love to the world. I will mindfully use my words to lift others up, to encourage self-expression, and to create ripples of kindness. As follows, I will comment on blog posts that I read.

I will proofread and be grateful for anyone who lets me know about typos. When I take the time to let someone else know about a typo, it's because I value their work and want it to shine even brighter.

I will measure my success by how closely I align with my values. This also means I'll pay close attention to how much I'm growing/learning—and I'll gladly learn in public.

These are my current guidelines because they feel most authentic to me. What feels honest to you? Do what feels right!