Why I Blog



I've always loved writing, ever since I was a young girl and in second grade we got to write and illustrate our own picture books. I must have created a dozen different stories. I remember going on a family vacation to Florida and sitting in the back of our station wagon (lovingly named "Big Boy") and penning my own version of Pippi Longstocking.

There was something about words that I loved even then and the creativity of it all. By high school, my thesaurus became a great friend, as I began discovering new words like "pastiche," "panache," "euphoric" and "harbinger." I even kept a little notebook of the singsong words I came across, eager to fill my writing with the flowery vocabulary. With the vantage point of time, it's embarrassingly obvious that it lacked all the poetic vigor I'd hoped for, instead coming off clunky and forced, like an actor awkwardly clamoring onto his scene with a loud clang. Yet, still, I was learning and loving.

It was that joy--especially encouraged by my teachers--that encouraged me to take my love to the next level and pursue writing as a career. So I went to the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, a school that prides itself on its journalism prowess. ("There's no Journalism without OU" one school-pride shirt read.)

I found my niche there in magazine writing, working for our alumni magazine, interning for a few magazines throughout college and even creating a fake shelter magazine of my own. Upon graduation, I found a job working as an assistant editor at a design magazine that just-so-happened to be in my hometown. Providence? Yep.

One thing I quickly learned quickly upon entering the working world, though, was that I didn't really love writing that much after all. What I realized is that I love writing about what I want to write about. This came as quite a surprise to me; I didn't realize how much the words behind the words mattered to me and motivated me. Which was one of the reasons I decided to try my hand in the Christian publishing sector, because there I could write about what had, over the years, become my utmost passion: my faith. Even there, though, something seemed missing; I was being paid to write the words "God" and "Christianity," but it still wasn't the writing that made me excited and that poured from my fingertips.

In journalism school they tell you, "Write what you know." At the time I thought that meant you write your biography or some clip of a moment from your life. It's only now that I realize what that means and that it's through this burgeoning blog of mine that I've finally discovered that. That I've finally rested upon the sort of writing that got me started in the first place: The writing that is personal but also practical, where I can express my emotions but also seek to help others learn a lesson or two in the process. It's been a little over six months since I first started this blog, with little plan except I needed a hobby in a new city and there was a nagging feeling on my heart. Now, I can see how it's morphed and grown up ever so slowly. Like a symbiotic relationship, this is the kind of writing that fuels me and why I sit behind this blog and type and post and edit and brainstorm some more. 

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7 comments:

  1. I have an award for you on my blog.

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  2. I am glad that you already found where your hearts belong. I am very thankful to the person who invented blogger.

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  3. I totally feel you. I love to write too and I always dreamed of working on a publication or something. But then I realized that I can't forced my mind to write on an assigned subject.

    Anyway, just keep on writing whatever you want coz its fun and therapeutic. :)

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  4. I love this post. Finding your niche is an amazing feeling :)

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  5. I left an award for you on my blog! Happy Monday.

    http://achocoholicsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/06/little-something-for-your-monday.html

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  6. Great post. I always love reading the reasons why people choose to blog. So inspiring!

    Best,

    Hannah Katy

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  7. Thanks so much, friends! I really appreciate all your kind words and encouragement. And thanks for all the awards; I'm flattered!

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