I’d describe myself as a wordsmith. I love words (silhouette, zephyr and tarantism being some of my favs), correct grammar and writing in generally. It’s thus really frustrating that despite the mix of children’s books, blog posts and poems floating around in my head, I find it so hard to…get…the…words…out. As in written. Instead they live a maelstrom in my head and I’m on a mission to change that.
I’ve been writing this blog in various incarnations since 2008. It started out as Random Musings and that it was….from politics to my marathon training to the demise of Woolworths it delivered sporadically on its namesake. Then in 2009 my first pregnancy became my catalyst and inspiration to pull my finger out, document the experience and finally write more regularly, my goal all along. It was at this point that I discovered the wider blogging community and all the inspiring food for thought it had to offer.
Fast forward several years and two children later, this blog and my writing in general became increasingly shelved and generally lost its vim. But I’ve never given up on it either. Ditto a handful of other ‘offline’ writing projects suspended in a latent phase.
Following some soul searching of late, I’m yet again back on the writing/blogging bandwagon. But I’m a bit daunted, and I’d love your advice on how you carve out time for writing and blogging in busy hectic everyday life. Do you consciously think about carving a niche out for yourself, or do you just go with what you love, or both? There are so many inspiring other bloggers/writers out there that sometimes I wonder if there’s even a point…will anyone even read my words, and connect with them? It’s hard not to compare but in my gut I think it’s the way forward. One consistency across the years I’ve been writing is that I’ve stayed true to myself and I don’t want to lose that.
One of the reasons my writing has always fallen by the wayside is that I’ve treated it as an enjoyable hobby with little commitment. But I finally recognize that a book or blog won’t get written by a flight of fancy or all the ideas swimming around in my head. If I want to write more often then I’ve got to just do it (sorry Nike), to get more organised, to make it a priority. I hold myself to a high standard in other areas of my life so why shouldn’t I here when it’s for something that makes me tick.
I’ve linked up with What I’m Writing over at Writing Bubble this week.