Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Why I Write
On Day 3 of my blog's anniversary celebration, I thought it would be fitting to talk about why I write. I've been writing this blog for a year, and I've written such a wide variety of posts about a bunch of different topics. I've been a newspaper writer for over three years, and I've also kept a blog (different from this one) for even longer--5 years to be exact.
Before getting into writing and journalism, I was a little all over the place on what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to do fashion design, interior design, visual communication (design in-store displays), and I also went back and forth between wanting to be a singer and attempted to audition for singing shows so many times and even knew someone who could get me in a recording studio, but things always got in the way.
Other than music, I had always loved fashion. I took a fashion design class in high school and realized that although I love it, creating the actual clothes were not my forte. I didn't have the patience to have everything be precise to the thread.
It was when I joined the newspaper staff during the second semester of my junior year (because all my friends were in it) that I realized how much I loved to write. And I also slowly realized that I could easily just combine my two passions--fashion and journalism--and strive to be a fashion journalist.
I knew that I couldn't design clothes, but I felt like I could be a fashion journalist/stylist type of writer. I have always seen my angle as developing your own personal style that is flattering for your body, also while being very frugal. From watching fashion tv shows, reading through fashion magazines, and following beauty gurus on Youtube, I've developed my own understanding of fashion (and partially beauty) and initially wanted to really showcase that on this blog.
Of course, I didn't want to be solely a fashion blogger because there were already so many amazing ones, but I did want it to be a huge part of my blog.
From being a newspaper writer, I also gained experience writing every type of piece you could think of--even sports. I have also been an avid bookworm for as long as I can remember. I've always loved reading because I love the way that words can make you feel so many emotions at once. I've also always been fascinated with the way books can take you to different worlds and suck you in until the book or series is over.
It has been a combination of all of these things that inspired me to start writing.
Honestly, if you want to boil down why I write to one simple reason, here it is: I love to talk.
I love to share my opinions on different topics, whether it be fashion, dating, social issues, or school. I like talking and if you care enough to stick around and read what I have to say, then thank you. I appreciate you for enjoying or at least finding my opinion interesting.
I love to share. I love sharing food. I love sharing clothes. And I love sharing my thoughts. It goes back to loving to talk and sharing my opinions.
And one of the great things that writing has done for me in this past year: it's allowed me to be more confident in who I am and what I am passionate about. There are people that I know that think what I do is weird because people from home don't know me as a "fashionista" or they think that it's weird when I write certain posts about certain things. Throughout this past year, I've learned to be more confident in what I do as a blogger and that if you put yourself out on the internet, there will always be people who don't like what you do, especially if you work in writing/social media. You can't be a people-pleaser in this sort of industry, and it is up to you to decide how you handle criticisms like that.
Although I primarily write for this blog, I hope to write some fiction one day too, since that stuff is partially what started this desire for me to do this.
So, that is why I write. I thought that my reasons for it and all that were simple, but it turns out I'm scatterbrained even with this! Haha. I hope that whatever you're passionate about, whether it's writing or not, that you go and pursue it too. It's quite liberating and refreshing if you ask me. And even if you're not getting paid for it, you still have fun with it too.