5 Things I’ve Learned

Writing every day (even just week days) for a year is a challenging task, but that is what I have just recently accomplished. I’ve never really been a huge blogger before. (I used to write and post creative works on xanga, back in the day, but I wouldn’t really consider that a blog.) So through this blogging process I’ve learned a few things about myself and wanted to share them here:

1. I do no like blogging every day:  I’m a writer, there is no doubt about that, but I do not like the obligation of writing. It is nice for me to have the option to take a break from writing for a few days, or to formulate my thoughts a little longer. So when I challenged myself to write every day it was hard because I had to write every day, there was no choice, and that went against my preferences. Needless to say, I’m excited to explore blogging when I’m not obligated to do it.

2. I used to care who read my stuff now I don’t: When I first started this blog I was obsessed with seeing how many views I had each day, and tried to do anything to get as many views as possible. As time has wore on, however, I have begun to care less and less. Through this process I’m learning that what I care about the most now is just writing for the sake of writing, which is a great place to be.

3. This blog started as a community and ended as solo project: My original vision for the blog was to build a community out of it. I wanted to share a lot of guest posts and invite people from other blogs to join in the conversation. As I wrote, however, I noticed that vision shift. In about 6 months my vision nearly changed completely and this blog became a place where I was challenging myself creatively in as many ways as possible. Granted, I still had guest posts and enjoyed comments, but what I learned that was I was seeking was not really what I needed or wanted.

4. Poetry is my favorite: On this blog I’ve written a lot of things, but of those things I enjoyed writing the poetry the most. For the sake of this blog I tried adding more variety to what I posted – adding pictures, thoughts, musings, lists, etc – but I’m thinking I’m going to pursue more poetic ventures here in the future of this blog.

5. I write a lot more now: I only ever posted once a day on here, but aside from this blog I started writing a whole lot. This blog brought me to the exact place I needed to be. From it I found myself writing a lot more things in my journals and reflecting on myself more. Which is great because that is something I always want to strive to be doing: writing my thoughts out and reflecting on myself as I encounter life.

What do you learn from writing?


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About Jeremiah Dowling

I write poetry and take crazy pictures in an Orange Chair all over the United States while reading amazing books.

2 responses to “5 Things I’ve Learned”

  1. mauriceabarry says :

    Writing is such a valuable activity. It seems that many of our ideas never become perfected until we express them to others and invite scrutiny; even criticism. Oh–and you’re not getting the latter as I enjoyed your post :>)

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