I believe this is a milestone, this post makes my 50th blog post. I honestly did not imagine any kind of future with this blog, so I try to take it day by day. As I mentioned previously, I usually tend to give up on things fairly quickly, but I am glad we have made it to this point.
I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on what I have learned about myself or my writing style 50 blog posts in. I often like to practice some form of self-reflexivity related to new experiences, hardships, or regular life lessons.
I like to write
I have always been told that I am a good writer or I am creative, but me being me, I do not believe I have anything good to offer. Previously, I only wrote when I had assignments for school or work. There was usually a prompt and it was something I had to do rather than something I just felt like doing. I always receive compliments, but since there was so much work involved I would distance myself.
With this blog, there is no pressure. There are options for writing prompts and challenges, but I mainly just write what is in my head or how I am feeling. The more I do it, the more I realize I actually enjoy what I am doing. It still scares me, I hit the “publish” button with a mix of excitement and anxiety, but it is something I am happy to say I did. It also helps that in the end, I am writing for me. I do not have an ulterior motive; I am not after followers or likes, though it is heartwarming to see. I do not have to pander to anyone because I am being true to myself.
I have a writing voice- it is very flowery
I do not know if this is a good or a bad thing, but I often use very flowery language. Be it a short story, a casual observation, or thought-piece, my writing style is often poetic and story-like. I really did not notice until Austin said that a couple of my non-creative pieces sound like a poem or a story. I write e-mails this way too. I do not like to overly-describe things, but I do not like to simply-states thing either, we will see how that goes.
It is okay to be vulnerable
I am not typically a sharer. I will listen to you all day long, be your biggest cheerleader, and give you supportive advice if need be. Meanwhile, you probably would not know if I am having a bad day or several. I have been this way for years. There are three people that I have allowed to get close to me, other than that I tend to keep others at several arm’s lengths. I am also really bad at socializing so that helps…or doesn’t. Anyhoo, in writing, I have allowed myself to be vulnerable, which is really good. It has translated into my personal life, so I have become slightly more vocal.
I like to write stories
My blog is me
I thought I HAD to have a specific theme or constant topic to write about. I was just writing to see if something would eventually click and it has. I am just doing me. My blog is a quirky and random, silly and serious, and unapologetically me (Believe me, I apologize for literally everything). I love it!
This has been a really positive experience so far. Cheers to 50 more posts!!
(Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s to at least 10 more posts!)