I’m a double major. I’m a double major in two English degree programs. Do you know what those two sentences mean? If I’m breathing, I’m writing a paper or reading an assignment. Add on the fact that one of those majors is an education major and basically I’m a living (sometimes I have to double check), breathing, student machine. On top of that, I work at my county’s humane society as well. Basically when I’m not at one place I’m at the other. It makes it really hard to do the things I love like watch bad reality television, read for pleasure… and blog.
I usually stay pretty up to date on Twitter, because it doesn’t fry my brain to type less than one hundred and forty characters. What does fry my brain is writing a blog post after having to write an essay for each of my three literature based classes I’m taking at the moment. At first I thought I was being whiny and just not committing to blogging the way I told myself I was going to. But then I realized that it just wasn’t realistic to push myself to write and read all of this stuff for classes, actually go to class, work, and write blog posts on a consistent basis! If I did, I would never sleep or eat. I realized I was comparing my situation to those of almost full-time bloggers. I cannot expect myself to crank out a few posts a week. I just cannot.
But the blogging community inspired me. I participated in two chats recently. One was #RQWN hosted by @ReadWriteLove28. Another was #BHPChat hosted by @thebooktraveler and @Emren. Throughout those two Twitter chats, I met some of the most lovely ladies in the entire world. They weren’t just encouraging me, they were encouraging every single blogger in the chat. Not a single person was scoffed at for being a newbie. It was so amazing to be completely surrounded by cheerful conversation and it honestly was the highlight of my week this week. So, as I was saying, the blogging community inspired me. They inspired me to blog once a week.
My new goal, however daunting with my schedule, is something I’m going to try my hardest to stick to. I’m not going to force myself to write a super long and detail and complicated discussion or book review or motivational blog. I’m just going to write SOMETHING. Anything. I know this goal will make me a better blogger and overall writer in the long run, which is why I’m 100% committing to it.
Over the last few months I’ve really been working on improving myself as a whole. You can see my post about my struggle with exercise lifestyle expectations here. Along with all of that, I think it’s really essential that I work on exercising my brain as well as my body. Just like with physical exercise, it’s going to take some time and a lot of effort. But I know I’ll be happy with the results.
I’ll share with you some advice that I’ve gotten over the course of my writing development and tweaked a little:
- Write about what you want to write about. Do you like food? Write about cooking or trying different restaurants or your mom’s famous meatloaf.
- Don’t write about something just because it’s popular. If you don’t like writing about politics, there’s no point in adding your opinion to the mix if it’s not that important to you.
- Don’t let someone tell you what you’re writing isn’t relevant. Everything you write is important, even if not to someone else. That blog you just wrote about how much you love steak but hate politics? I probably made a Democratic Vegetarian mad, but it improved YOU as a writer.
- Your blog is your journal. Nothing is too personal or impersonal.
- Share everything you write with your friends. Even if you’re nervous they’ll offer critique you don’t like, you’re still expanding your network and platform, and probably learning something new.
So go forth, my pretties. Explore the blogging and writing community. Be inspired! *does spot on impersonation of a witch cackle*