Understanding Why You Write
From time to time, I want to try to be able to give advice to new bloggers who stumble across this site. While I recognize that the majority of my current readers are veteran bloggers (as am I…this month marks 10 years since I wrote my first blog post), everyone had to start somewhere. In order to stick with blogging — in order to bridge that gap between a newbie blogger and an established blogger, there are many things that must be taken into consideration. I personally consider the most important of these to be knowing and understanding why you write.
I’ve done the whole “why I write” spiel at various points on old blogs, and may well write it at some point in the future on this blog. Why I write isn’t the purpose to this post. If you’re a new writer looking to understand what makes you write, having a greater understanding of why writing is important to me will only (likely) help you a bit more than a handful of comments on your blog. But to have a deep understanding of what drives you? That’s an invaluable asset.
I was reminded of that very fact by this post from Erin over at Coma Diary, wherein Erin shares what drives her writing. I’d encourage you to click the link and give it a read, as it’s an interesting view into the psyche of why someone who is both a blogger and an artist does what she does. Without taking too much of her thunder away, blogging is a very personal endeavor for Erin — one where she wants…no, needs…you to feel her persona, her emotion, and her passion in her words in order for it to be quality. I’ve talked to other bloggers who write to share their story, some who seek to tell the story of those who can’t tell it for themselves, or even others who use blogging as an outlet to allow them to continue living their own story.
As you go to write your next post, take a moment to think about what ignites your passion for writing.
Is there a specific topic that you love to research? Do you have causes or political views that you enjoy bringing forward for a nuanced debate? Are you looking to chronicle your family and their lives? Does the aroma of a freshly cooked meal take you back to places you’ve long since left and raise nostalgic memories for your childhood? Is your love something else altogether?
Whatever your passion is, I encourage you to latch onto it and talk about it in your blogging. While you certainly can blog about things that you don’t care about, you’ll find that your writing will be more enjoyable — not to mention a longer-lasting hobby — if you tie your writing in with whatever your passions are.
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