I started this blog waaaaaay back in February of 2016. Admittedly, it’s a little different than it was when I started it, but some things have stayed the same.
Yeah, the writing’s cleaner. The images that go with the posts have gotten a little cooler (at least I think so…). But the sense of humor has remained pretty similar. And you’ll still probably find plenty of jokes and metaphors that I try to shoehorn in that will fall flatter than a pancake off a cliff.
“Well, why do you even do this anyway? Wouldn’t it be easier to just stick your hands in burning hot water and then bang your head against a two-by-four like… eight or twelve times?”
I mean theoretically.
All kidding aside, this blog is super fun to keep going, and I like to think that the benefits outweigh the pitfalls. Pitfalls such as the occasional staring out into the abyss, wondering if anyone even reads this stuff.
Here are some of the reasons that keep me pouring my heart and soul into this blog:
1. To share tips and advice I wish I knew about when I was first starting out.
I wish I had somebody to tell me that it was okay if I couldn’t write some days, that just because I take a break from writing for a month or two doesn’t mean I’m not a writer anymore, or that I’m losing interest in the hobby and need to move on to something else. All the writing advice I read would say that you need to write every day, and that if you really care about your writing you’ll find a way to do that. Not that that’s completely wrong, but just like with any job, people in our “GO GO GO” society forget that you need a break sometimes. You’re only human, man. If you have a bad headache, that doesn’t mean it’s time to pop an aspirin and stick it out. I used to drag myself home from an exhausting day where I just wanted to fall into bed, and would still want to force myself to churn out words, even though I was in no state of mind to do so. I wish I would’ve known it doesn’t make me a failure to miss a day.
But that’s just one example. And I’m also still learning over here. But anything I find or figure out, I want to share with you.
2. To share my progress with you.
Because I want to share all the ups and downs, the writer’s block and the success, the fails and the successes, with you. I want to share everything I create with you, not just so you can use and enjoy it but also to motivate you to get your hands dirty and have your own successes.
3. To help me write more.
Having this blog is, at this moment in time, a twice-weekly commitment to shell out quality content. When I said my writing quality has gotten better since the beginning? It’s not so surprising, considering the amount of posts I’ve put out over even the past three months, let alone the past twelve. I mean for me, it’s a lot.
4. To have a sense of writerly community here.
I didn’t just start up Weekly Writing Group for the hell of it. I really want us all to find great connections with each other as writers, to find even more great blogs to follow, great posts to read, amazing people to bond with. I really just want to be the springboard for that. I know it’s small now–kind of just like a few people chatting over sandwiches at a diner–but my hope someday is that it will be a banquet.
5. Because this blog is really fun.
I actually had a lot of fun writing the a-z writing tips post, to give you an example. It was actually really soothing to quietly sit at my computer, skimming through images for my character aesthetics post last week. I think moreso lately I’ve been finding really cool and fun ideas to write about, but I mean it had to have been somewhat fun since the beginning. I don’t see how someone could put this much time and effort into something that wasn’t.
And why not have fun? Why not enjoy? Life’s just too damn short not to.
I really love you guys, and I want to make sure this blog is doing what I want it to. So, what do you love about it? What do you hate? I want to know!