A few years ago someone suggested I start a blog. They had seen me with my nose stuffed into a journal, pouring my thoughts out onto the page. I didn’t know what he was talking about, but wrote down the link and told myself to check out this “blog” thing of which he spoke. I didn’t really get it, but threw up a few tentative entries to test the waters.
As any new blogger can attest to, all that came back was the distinctive sound of nothing. Not even a cricket chirp to flip my visitor count up by one. So after about a month and a half of navel gazing, I abandoned the blogosphere.
But not for long.
Later that year the urge to write came back. I posted a few new entries and was daring enough to even share a link to one post on my personal Facebook page. Do you know what happened? I got my first visitors! And people commented on what I had said!! I was hooked. I visited other blogs, discovered a wealth of excellent writing and a smattering of barely passable prose. With a few memes under my belt, I suddenly had new followers and the numbers kept growing. The best part was yet to come though.
I spent many hours wandering around the blogosphere examining widgets, trying out new apps and learning how the whole process worked. When a friend of mine discovered I was versed in blog-ese, she immediately snapped me up to take over a client of hers whom she no longer had time for. My initial uncertainty was soon dispersed with the encouragement I received from her, plus positive feedback from the client. I slowly started working on other projects for said friend and soon added Facebook Admin duties, ‘Books to Tweets’ services, and a whole host more. My family nodded vaguely when I talked about these foreign concepts to them, but at some point they must have heard me say blah, blah, blah, social media and blah, blah, blah, blog enough to realize that I was making a go of it. That was when they started introducing new clients to me and ta-da—I was a fully functioning freelance writer!
While there have been ups and downs, today I find people turn to me for advice. It feels like a small sign of success in the writing world, which I cherish. I forewarn you that I may not always be prolific or regimented here, but I hope to share a tip or two with others. It is the least I can do, after all the tips I myself have received from the wiser amongst you.
So go ahead and ask me what you want. I will try to answer to the best of my abilities, but remember that I too am still learning. I am pretty sure it is something we should all strive for every day, as knowledge is power. Maybe together we’ll find enlightenment along the path.
Thanks for visiting.