For the longest time I’ve made excuses for not blogging. I studied English at A-Level, graduated with a degree in creative writing and worked as the editor of a newspaper and two magazines shortly after but somehow I still managed to convince myself that I wasn’t up to the job.
Here are some of the reasons I changed my mind:
I embraced my inner chatterbox
As it turns out, being the hard working one that never keeps her mouth shut (actual quotes from every school report I’ve ever had), isn’t such a bad thing after all. It’s actually kind of necessary for blogging if you think about it. I’ve always had a lot to say, I’ll just be writing it down instead of chewing the ears off my nearest and dearest from now on.
I stopped caring so much about other people’s opinions
I say this loosely because, of course, some opinions do matter, I’ve just become more selective about who they belong to. Clients, fellow writers and anyone with something constructive to say, I’m all for. The ex-classmates I’m sure have already mocked my efforts in their WhatsApp groups by now, don’t qualify.
I decided that a blog doesn’t have to be defined
I’m obsessed with food, fashion, travel, interiors and a number of other things I’m struggling to find appropriate categories for but isn’t that exactly why the lifestyle blog was created?
I already do it
I’ve written blog posts on everything from accountancy to fitness for clients. Ghost blogging is one of the biggest parts of my freelance career so it only makes sense to do it for myself.
I realised I’m good enough
This one is far too deep and emotional for my liking so I’ll keep it short. People pay me to create content for them. If that doesn’t mean my writing is worthy of reading, I don’t know what does.
They say that mother knows best and mine’s been on at me to start my own blog for years. She’s definitely one of those mums who’s been genetically programmed to think that everything I do is wonderful even when it’s not. Having a 24-hour cheerleader has definitely helped nonetheless though.
I missed writing
At my previous job, I had free reign to fill a 164-page magazine with whatever I wanted every other month. I work in communications now and I love it. I’ve just got much less freedom when it comes to what I write. Blogging gives me that back.
So it looks like I’m all out of excuses and, if writing a blog post about why I’m writing a blog post counts as a first blog post, here’s mine.
I hope you’ll stick around to read more of whatever it is I feel like writing (see point 3) and hopefully enjoy it (see point 2).