I started writing my blog at the insistence of a FB friend. He claimed I had a unique story to tell as an Orthodox chasidic Jewish woman. And he was right, it is an interesting topic. But it cannot fill a blog. So I was writing about other things too. Then one of my posts was published on a website. It was so cool, I couldn’t believe that I, a new writer got published. After that, I started researching sites that I could submit to and it became a bit of an obsession. Instead of just writing a blog post that was good enough for a blog, I focused on each piece as if I would submit it for publication so it became hard work, it had to be perfect and I had to beg multiple people to help me edit and of course not many people volunteered since it’s time consuming and everyone is busy trying to get their own work edited and published (though some always came through and for that, I’m eternally grateful). I found it very hard to edit a piece, editing is known to be a writer’s toughest challenge so why did I think that I, a newbie would be good at it? I started getting discouraged and I even contemplated stopping to write altogether. I know my technical writing is good but I see I have a lot to learn before I can submit my writing to sites.
You might have seen I take my time between posts and that’s because I needed it to be perfect. I realize now that the desire to get published actually hindered my writing. It stopped me from writing posts that were not perfect but would have been good practice. But from now on, that will change. A wise woman and awesome writer told me that the only thing that improves writing is to practice! So I will write using some of the WP prompts and hopefully improve my writing that way. Publishing will be put aside for now. It will be a goal for the future. I will now use this blog for writing for ME and not worry so much that it won’t be good enough. And I hope you will stay to support me and to cheer me on 🙂
How about you? What is your blogging goal? Do you want to get published? Do you want to make a living blogging? Or do you write just for you? I would love to hear about your goals!