This has been a busier than usual blogging week with the theme of “dispelling myths” woven throughout. I did not intend for that to happen!

MONDAY: “THE MYTH OF BLOGGING TURF”

This post (on my own blog) had more traffic than anything I’ve written in a while. I argued that aspiring writers who use the excuse that “everything has been written before” to not bother trying are, well, just making excuses. Of course everything has been written before. Write anyway!

But I was also speaking to writers who get upset when they see that another writer/blogger has covered the same topic. Read more on Monday’s post!

TUESDAY: BUCKING THE BIRTHDAY PARTY TREND

This week’s friendship question at The HerStories Project is about the myth of “everyone” having big birthday parties. And while the question is seemingly about parties that get too big, it’s about so much more. Do you invite the whole class? Just a few kids? Do we have any hope in this world of teaching both kids and parents to not be so easily offended? My gosh, I hope so, or I might have to hide under a rock for a while.

THURSDAY: TURNING INWARD FOR A FEW WEEKS

Hey, another myth: Judaism is only about keeping Shabbat, keeping kosher, and going to synagogue. SO NOT TRUE!

On Kveller I wrote about being a Jew between holidays (in this case Purim and Passover), and I suggested 5 ideas to “do Jewish” and feel Jewish that have NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with Shabbat, keeping kosher, or going to synagogue. These are more unusual ideas and have more to do with our inner lives. And frankly, these ideas are 100% applicable to all people, not just the Jewish variety.

ON A SIDE NOTE . . . I’m starting to save many of my “Do Listen Read” suggestions for my email newsletter instead of putting them all on the blog. I just sent three good ones in my last newsletter! Make sure not to miss out.

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Nina Badzin is a freelance writer, an advice columnist at The HerStories Project, a book reviewer at greatnewbooks.org, and a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children.