Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Six Months of Blogging

Yesterday was the six-month anniversary of this blog


I feel like I should have a party! Thanks to everyone who reads, comments on, and follows this blog!

To celebrate this mini-milestone, today I am sharing the very first article I ever had published - well before I ever thought of writing a blog. 


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Why Write? 

How I Decided to Pursue My Passion for Writing
I am a nurse, wife, and mother, who - until a decade ago - never gave being an author even a thought. I was content with my days full of work, volunteering, and family. I never even acknowledged that writing was a skill I was proficient at and enjoyed. Recently though, I have spent time wondering if I should commit more effort to writing. But why? 
Why do I want to write? 
I never really have written much. I excelled in my English classes and always did well on written assignments. I enjoy the process of writing, but I am not the type of person who keeps a daily journal, or even writes with any regularity. In fact, I have always found much more pleasure in reading than writing. For years, the most writing I have done has been our family holiday letter. Whenever I do write, however, I always feel fulfilled.


Why now?
A few years ago, I had an idea for a plot and considered writing a novel. That led me to wonder if I have the ability and talent to be a writer. Self doubt and other obligations stood in the way, but my ambitions grew and now I am ready to devote a serious amount of time to the craft of writing.

What are the Reasons People Choose to Write? What are mine? 
I have been a stay-at-home mom for long enough that I have no real desire to go back to my old career. Is writing really an avenue I could pursue? Am I talented enough? Could I try to make money writing, or should I just write as a hobby? What type of writing is it that I want to do? 


People write for many reasons:
  • To communicate an idea.
  • To express their creativity.
  • For the therapeutic benefits it provides.
  • To tell a story.
  • To change something.
  • To create a legacy (thoughts in writing can outlive the writer).
  • For themselves or an audience (so others may read what they write, or in fear that someone will!)
  • To generate income.
  • Because they want to - some even say because they "have to."
Every writer has a unique set of reasons as to why they write. Many writers would simply ask: "Why not?"
 I question myself:
  • Is it the actual writing process that I desire?
  • The glamour of having the reputation of being an author?
  • The appeal of creating income from my home, on my own time, being my own boss?

I deliberate as to whether my motives are justifiable reasons to channel my time and energy into writing? What is the best way to begin?
 Should I become a writer? 

  
There is only one way to find out. I have begun to write.
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(A version of this article was previously published by Yahoo Contributor Network)

One of these days I will probably resume writing that novel I mentioned.  I plan to still be blogging here at least six months from now, however - and hopefully long after that! 

I am looking forward to the most - - of every moment continuing to improve and grow. There will be some changes in the near future, that I am hopeful you will really like.

What are the types of articles that you have enjoyed reading most on this blog?

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19 comments :

  1. Hi! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be ok.
    I'm definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.



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  2. you have had this blog for only 6 months? you have to tell me your secret, how did you become so good

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    1. @xabzMukuba
      Zaby, you are too kind! I think your blog is wonderful, and I doubt I know anything more than you!
      I read a LOT of blogs, and have found a lot of blogging tips on them. I've pinned those posts to my Pinterest "Blogging Tips" board, and have found them to be a great resource.
      I saw you joined the G+ Fabulous Blogging Community. I have also gotten some great tips there, especially when it was my turn for the Blog Critique hosted by +Jade Hamnett.

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  3. And we're so glad you did it! Why do I enjoy your blog? One word: HEART. Your writing is you. Without pretense or subterfuge. Love it!

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    1. Thanks so much Diane! I am glad it comes across that way. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I always look forward to reading your posts!

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  4. Happy 6 month anniversary....keep on keepin' on.

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  5. Happy blogoversary. It is a wonderful space and community isn't it? Educational and inspirational. With beauty and humour as well.

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    1. The things you mention are the perks of being a blogger that I was totally unaware of when I started my blog - and they are the best part!

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  6. Six months! I feel as if we've been friends for years! I love your blog because it's like going next door to a neighbor's (if I knew my neighbors) having a cup of coffee and great conversation! Its a much loved part of my day!

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    1. I feel the same way Rena! Thanks for being such a good blogging buddy!

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  7. Happy 6 month anniversary! We started relatively the same time. I haven't been as committed as I wanted to be until recently, but I couldn't imagine my life without it now either! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Happy 6 months to you too then, Meghan!

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  8. Congratulations! One of the things I enjoy about your blog is how varied the subject matter is! It seems like I often learn something new. :)

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    1. Thanks - I have wondered if I should narrow my niche - but I enjoy writing on a variety of topics! Glad to hear you find it helpful! I feel the same way about your blog!

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  9. Happy Anniversary! Your blog is the very first I read every morning - although obviously I often don't get around to commenting until later in the day. I'm so glad we've become friends - looking forward to many more years of blogging together!

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    1. Same here Lana! Your support and friendship has meant a lot to me!

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  10. Happy 6 months Anniversary - I enjoy your writing because I hear your voice in your words - it all comes from your heart...looking forward to more :)

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    1. Thanks Marisa! I feel that way about your writing, as well!

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