When I undertook the 365-day blogging challenge, I honestly wasn’t sure just how far I’d get because of work, my husband, writing, the creativity group and writing incubator I’m in, and all of the little things that just seem to pop up out of nowhere. Plus, what do I know about blogging? Do I actually have anything to say that is worth writing about or that anyone would want to read? I chose “Inspired Writer” because I had been newly inspired to write again. I decided to write about writing…mainly my struggles, triumphs, mistakes, epiphanies, etc…, because I was pretty sure that there would be people who would identify with at least some of the things I was writing about. I didn’t choose writing as my subject because I have any real answers or could teach someone to write or how to get published. As I’ve said, I’ve learned a few lessons and had a few epiphanies and realizations that might help others who are in the same situation. I thought that if I could in some small way help others avoid my mistakes and missteps, then it would be worthwhile. But I honestly didn’t think I’d have much of an audience because who am I to write about writing? First, having a large audience wasn’t my reason for starting it and, second, I can write about writing because I write. Because I’ve failed. Because I’ve made mistakes. Because I’ve succeeded. And because I’ve struggled. And what am I getting out of it? More than I can tell you. It’s helped me work through some of my own issues. It’s improved my writing. It keeps me writing every single day. It’s helped me connect with others. It acts as a journal of sorts. It makes me think more deeply about things. It helps me to understand myself. Will I continue to blog after the 365 days is up? I will. Would I recommend it to others? Absolutely. Seriously, this is one of the best things that a writer can do for so many reasons. And it honestly does not matter what you decide to write about…you can have a completely different subject every day if you want. It’s completely up to you because, in the end, this is for you and if it helps, entertains, or makes others think then that’s great. Just give it a try. You might just get hooked. I have.
“Good blogging should feel like someone writing you a letter.” ~ Gala Darling