If you look more than few minutes in social media, you can easily find great articles on things learned about blogging. So in this new found community, becoming a blogger reframed my world. Instead of living life on auto-pilot, everyday is a new opportunity to blog post. Everyday that I see, feel, hear, read, encounter there’s a lesson to learn, a message to share and an idea to developed
So as excited as a kid who found new hobby, I am happy to share to the world-wide-web things I learned as newbie blogger and would love to hear more of it from the experienced ones.
1. BEING THE ACTOR OF THE STORY
You are not just a storyteller but an actor as well. You are both the reader and the writer. Be it fiction or non-fiction. Every word reflects on you, mirrors the readers and relatable to everyone. The card is in your hands on how you want to end the story. Happy? Sad? Tragic? Cliff hanging?
2. ON CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
Guilty of charge, most of my posts are non-fictions, from my own experience and life lessons. It came from something that sometimes obviously ended up being the spotlight on constructive criticism. Perhaps it’s because I tend to get so hyper-focused on that certain perceived flaw (no matter how miniscule it might be!), that overshadows nearly everything else. None of us would like being reminded that we aren’t flawless at all and those negative pieces of feedback sticks to me. It could be tempting to just dump out everything you’ve just written or said but that’s how I ever want to express myself. The most important words are the words you say to yourself.
3. BRANDING YOUR OWN IDENTITY
Letting go of the concept of perfection. It’s not a competition. It is what it is. I am Who I am. You don’t need to be who do you need to be? You express yourself outwardly in the most genuine way no matter who who you are. It’s what you do everyday. The desire to communicate and make sure readers get the content, the message and the value.
4. WRITERS ARE MOODY
Or is it just me? Correct me if I’m wrong or if I’m speaking too much!
My own interpretation of writers are people wearing thick lens eyeglasses or a typical nerd, genius looking one. And moody perhaps? There are days I just don’t want to punch those dem ki-board. Just like I don’t want to move at all. Plus, perhaps the hormones that is triggering me specially when time of the months is on it’s way..”blushing”(oopsy! ladies can relate?)!
5. SENSE OF BELONGINGNESS
We are all writers and I’m happy to call myself one now. Wohoow!! I am becoming more comfortable now expressing myself freely, my feelings, my ideas and points of view. Just like how I train myself in running. To be runner I keep running. Same with writing. I believe, to be writer is to keep writing, there’s no other way.
6. IT BUILDS CONFIDENCE
Sometimes, I get this crippling feeling of not being able to say what I wanted to say and sometimes my confidence knock me off. Scared that I might not be able to stand up for myself, for whatever I’ve just said or written which until now I’m still working on haha! But hiyah! I am always open for feedback. And I’ll thank you ahead. Way to go in building my confidence.
7. LEARNING NEW VOCABULARIES
English is not my mother tongue so it’s really a challenge for me to grasp for right words to punch. Everytime I encounter new words while reading blogger’s post, I’d immediately make another tab for Mr. google right away to check it’s meaning.
8. NOT SO EASY TO THE EYES
Being in front of computers and phone for long hours strains my eyes, having blurred vision and sort of headache. I’m happy to say that I am still in 20/20 vision as of the moment. But anxious now how would I look wearing eyeglasses let say in 1 year from now haha!
9. IT MAKES ME HUNGRY
Not literally hungry for food but hungry for learning! It excites me! Everyday, I am always excited to scroll down through READER’s POSTS, and bloggers I followed to read stories, get motivations and tips on how I can make improve my writing skills.
10. OVERWHELMED WHEN SOMEBODY “LIKED” IT
Because why not? The purpose of blogging or writing anyway is to share a message. Readers may have different interpretations on it’s content but there is always somebody out there who’ll be hit straight to their heart. Even it’s only one person, it fires me up to write more.
I love you.
==May Happiness Be With You==