So I’ve decided to start a blog.
Why? I always used to think blogs were a waste of time. Who would ever care what I wrote? When would I ever need a blog? And how in the world could I possibly manage to write consistently on the internet?
Well, times have changed. I’ve realized that blogs are important tools for advertising oneself, especially for an aspiring author such as myself. I still wonder who would ever want to go on the Internet to look up my writing, but if Facebook and Twitter are any indication, not only will people care about what I write, but I should be able to write something on a regular basis.
But there’s more to why I’m starting this blog than just the changing times. I was inspired. I have found the drive to do this and to stick with it. That’s probably the most important reason behind anything we do. We become inspired to do it. For example, I was inspired to sit my ass in a chair and finally write down the story that had been bouncing around in my head for years, and now I have a finished manuscript!
Okay, so inspiration is key. But where do we find our inspiration? Sometimes we get inspiration from unexpected places. I found inspiration to edit my manuscript (as I am currently doing) and rewrite the beginning while I was studying abroad in Croatia. The inspiration to start a blog came from a friend who had started her own. Then there is inspiration that comes from an uncompromising sort of determination.
Throughout my life I have managed to accomplish a great many things of which I am incredibly proud, so I know what it feels like to have that rush of elation, of satisfaction to know that it was ME that just did that. And when I encounter a new problem, I want to have that feeling again. I want to sit myself down and crank out that novel, or to sit down and write a blog post, because I know that when I commit to a job and finish it, I’ll be happy that I did it.