Yesterday my sister texted to me to ask if she knew about this blog (no, I hadn’t told her about it) and then asked why she didn’t know (cause I too self-conscious about my writing to tell her). She then made my day by telling me she was impressed with it and that she thought I had a good blog voice (thanks, Dana!)
You may be wondering why I wouldn’t tell my sister, who I happen to be very close to, about my blog. Well you see, I have a writing complex.
For the longest time I hated writing. I dreaded writing papers, and instead relished in my math homework. Not only that, I thought I was a terrible writer. I wouldn’t let anyone other than my parents or teachers read any of my papers. In college I was horrified when my boyfriend at the time, who was an English major and who I regarded as an excellent writer, found one of my papers and read it. I didn’t even believe him when he told me he thought it was a really good a paper. I seriously thought he was lying to me.
It took me until I was in graduate school to finally gain confidence and realize that I was actually pretty good at writing. And you know what–I actually kinda enjoyed it (but shhh, don’t tell anyone).
But then the doubts started creeping back in. Ok, so I’m a good academic writer, but I’m not a blogger. Bloggers are entertaining, humorous, insightful and have interesting things to say. What do I have to offer?
I would brush aside any thoughts of blogging, that is until my husband and I embarked on a 5-month trip around South America and we decided to keep a blog so that friends and families could follow us on our adventures. And you know what, people read it!
Well, maybe I will have my own personal blog that is connected to my Etsy shop, where I can write my thoughts on Etsy, making jewelry, crafting and local art, with a few other random topics thrown in. But I don’t know why anyone would want to read about that. Besides, what does that really have to do with making jewelry?
Then by chance last week, I read a guest blog post on Oh My! Handmade by Brett from IAMTHELAB about the reasons why blogging is important for artists, among which is it helps with creativity. Who can argue with a little creativity boost? That led me to his campaign, #icandoit365.
Write a blog post everyday for a whole year? That sounds kinda crazy, but also kinda awesome!
So with that I have decided to put more time and effort into this blog. After receiving those ego-boosting texts from my sister and some encouragement from my husband, I even posted my previous blog post to Facebook, which I had been reluctant to do due to my aforementioned writing complex. I might not be particularly funny or insightful, in fact I may even be downright corny sometimes, and maybe no one will end up reading this, but you know what? This year is about taking chances, trying new things, reaching beyond my comfort zone, and redefining who I am.
So here we go folks. I am a blogger! And maybe I will even let a few people read this.
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