I started to create an account to blog on WordPress a few years ago, but I didn’t actually pay my attention to writing that much until last year. When I was in high school, Literature was not my strength. I wasn’t keen on reading and writing. But then, I realize writing is not difficult and boring, it’s not just for talented or writer. It’s for everyone and is one of the interesting ways to track your life and share your stories and experience.
I started to write my personal blog last year. I actually found it interesting to have a personal blog, and here are some reasons:
- It’s your personal place
When you have a blog, it means you have a personal place to jot down all your thoughts, stories, and experience. You know what, don’t trust your mind, ever. As time goes by, you won’t remember as many things as you think. But it’s good to look back sometimes, and see how you’ve changed, how you’ve learnt through your posts. Blogging is one of the great ways to record your life. Cause how you reacted to the events in your life, how you thought, what you learnt, what your experience was, or even how you organized your thoughts in a post is well reflected in your posts.
Well, it’s not always good to remember all the things in your life, but re-reading your stories is a great way to reflect yourself. There are some posts when you read again and you don’t even know why you could write that kind of post or how immature you used to be. There are also some posts you can see how strong you were at that time. Through your posts, you know who you were, who you’ve become, and also, who you want to be in the future.
- Writing is Learning
With blog, you can learn a lot of new things.
Firstly, you learn how to organize your thoughts and put them down in a logical and persuasive way. Well, you might have many thoughts on your mind, but when you want to jot them down, you just realize you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, just write and write and write. Practice makes perfect. Some people think that writing is just for talented people, writer, or journalists. But it’s actually for everyone. You don’t need to write to publish a book. Just write for yourself. I think writing is like a muscle; thus, it can be strengthened by practice.
“Everyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice.”_Lorraine Peterson
Secondly, when you start to write about a particular topic, it might lead you to do some research about that topic and maybe you will know some people in that field that you can learn something from. The more you write, the more you learn.
Moreover, writing is one of the best ways to learn about yourself, including who you were, who you’ve become, and also, what perspectives you haven’t seen yet when you look back to re- read your post. You know, whenever I finish my draft, I often read again and again. It’s just like I am another person and see the post to find out if there are any “blind spots” I haven’t seen before. And by that way, I learn.
As we get older, we go to more different places and meet different people; hence, we embrace differences more. Normally, I learnt it from people I meet everyday and from travel. But writing is also a good way for me to practice difference embracement.
- It’s not just a hobby
Writing is an interesting hobby to develop, but it’s not just a hobby.
It requires self-discipline, patience, and commitment to complete a post.
Have you ever had great ideas but get lost somewhere in the process of jotting them down and quit?
Have you ever felt motivated to start a post but then give up in just a few rows because you don’t know how to continue?
As I said before, writing is not just for talented people. It’s for everyone. However, it’s not easy to write at all. We need to put our effort into it to complete a post.
- Sharing your thoughts
I don’t think my posts can inspire many people around. Mostly, I write for myself as the way to practice some new skills and tracking my experience. Sometimes it’s a way to share something I have learnt. Blogs are open to the public (except there are a few posts you want to keep them private). If someone comes across my posts, I hope that they can find something helpful.
It’s the way we share with each other and we learn from each other. 🙂
- Be better than you were yesterday
“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday” _Matty Mullins
That quote can apply for everything in life, including writing.
Your first drafts can be crap. But it’s ok. It’s totally ok no matter how far from perfect it is. The only thing you have to make sure is you’ve tried your best and made it better every single day. That’s it!
One more thing I want to mention is that reading is writing’s good friend. And they are both good friends that you can make. 🙂
“The more you read, the more you will write.
The better stuff you read, the better stuff you will write. ” _ Annie Dillard