What I learned in 5 years of blogging

For the past few months, I have been writing poetry, a lot. I’ve realized it makes me feel relaxed, unbound. My diary is full with a lot of them. Some have made it to Instagram, some just lie between its pages; hopeful.

But I haven’t written anything for a long time. And by that, I mean the informative posts on writing better where I share my experience of things, as they happen to me. The last one I shared was Ways to proofread Your Writing which has proved to be very useful in last few years.

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Having completed 5 years of blogging last month, I have realized one thing,

Writing is an addiction. If it does not become an addiction, you are not doing it right.

5 years ago, I wasn’t sure of any bit of it. Heck! I didn’t even know what blogging means. Seems like only yesterday when I wrote down my initial thoughts as a newbie. There were many such times when apprehensions got the good of me and I almost gave up. Consequently, the first 3 years I managed a paltry total of 150 odd posts. But 5 years hence, I have teens and newbies inspired by this blog and doing their own writing; some even have their blogs. That makes me believe I might be doing something right.

A friend whose writing I admire, wrote to me telling me that he thought I had more life in my writings than most of the works he’s seen. Another writer I recently happened to meet through Tumblr said, “One must have been through a lot to have so much beauty and pain in their writing.”

All this must sound boastful of me; which I have no intention to be, but I have only one thing to say,

When you have your heart in something, it finds a way to shine out of you.

Many years ago, Charles Bukowski’s quote left an indelible mark upon my soul. Most of you who have been a part of my journey will know by now how much I admire him.

The quote is,

Find what you love and let it kill you.

And I’d found writing. Nothing has a mirror to my heart as my writings. It gets the good and bad of me. And it’s kept me going these past 5 years.

Here’s what I’ve learned about blogging or writing, as a whole.

  1. Write for yourself; only that matters.

  2. Give no shit about what people think; it hardly matters.

  3. Don’t judge your writing; you never judge your baby.

  4. Read everything you find; nothing helps better.

  5. Never give up; if the ink dries up, you don’t throw away the pen.

That’s all folks. What do you think of these blogging lessons? Agree much? No? Do share your thoughts.

Happy writing till we meet next.

Until then, carpe diem! 🙂

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© Asha Seth

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