I began blogging four years ago. Then, I was unsure about not just my writing capabilities, but also about what I would write about. Being a homemaker who did not socialise, at all, or step out to study the world as it went about its day, I was at a loss for ideas for my posts. But, I realised that although I could not personally step outdoors much, my mind could definitely travel the world, nay, the entire Universe, so I would surely have much to write about!
Over the years, writing became a hobby. Sharing thoughts that people could relate to felt exhilarating. But, there was something that kept getting in the way of my writing transforming from being just a hobby to becoming my passion. Eventually, it did, though.
Now I write because it is not just a way to give release to my creativity, but to make me feel alive. It’s a gratifying experience, actually. Maybe, moving to, ‘Metanoia’, did the trick!
The blogosphere feels like a Wonderland, really. You come up with a topic to write about; stringing together words that best express your thoughts, you work on your post with a passion and obsession that you find invigorating. Then, after careful consideration and a whole lot of editing, you hit Publish.
Out goes your post, into the world for all to read. And, just when you aren’t thinking much about it, you receive a comment from an unknown reader, where they talk about how much they could relate to your post.
How they, too, felt the same in a situation you found yourself in, and how they emerged out of a difficult period that left them overwhelmed, just the way you did. And, at that moment, those words get imprinted in your heart and you feel you did something right! That’s when you realise, with a new-found confidence, that you are going in the right direction.
I admit, there are moments when I yearn to find myself rubbing shoulders with award-winning bloggers; have hundreds of followers craving to lap up the words I type here, on my blog, and leave behind flattering remarks on my posts. But, I stop myself and divert my mind to the happiness I get from just writing, and I am back on terra firma.
My mind no longer in the clouds, I realise what joy there is in simply writing. A cathartic experience coupled with a release for my creative urge is what I gain from this exercise.
Why then should I even wish for something else, something so superficial, it is only going to give me happiness but for a few moments? Awards are definitely going to encourage me and my morale, but the rewards I receive from the act of writing are far more precious to me.
And, therefore I write.
Why do you write?
The Writetribe Problogger Blogging Challenge has been a great experience. Being a twice-a-week writing challenge, it was not only doable, but also inspirational. In that, I not just worked on my writing, but also could visit some really brilliant bloggers I haven’t read, up until now. There were fiction as well as non-fiction posts that left their impression on me and taught me so much!
Thank you, Corinne, for this opportunity! Looking forward to the next blogging challenge! 🙂
Linking this post to The Writetribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge.