For the past two years or more, I’ve had many of my friends suggest to me that I should start a blog. Since I liked to write and have been struggling to make a living out of it. But I stood my ground and resisted the idea for several reasons, which now surprisingly seem insignificant. Those reasons included:
- I felt that a blog was equivalent to raising a flag that says: I surrender. I always looked at it as a sign of giving up. A clear statement of failure. To me, most bloggers have turned into blogging as a last resort. When they have tried everything else, but with no success. And decided that they have got nothing to loose by trying in the online world. In the hopes of maybe becoming famous and making a lot of money eventually!
- I didn’t want to expose my thoughts and views to the rest of the world. Coming from a Middle-Eastern background, I have my own definition of reservations and personal boundaries and limits. I wasn’t sure if I would be comfortable in letting everyone know what I was thinking or how I felt about a specific topic. Or what my views are on the daily life encounters. I guess I highly valued my naturally mysterious nature and personal space!
- Blogger means anti-social. I’m sure many readers would hugely disagree on this one. As being a well-known blogger could mean that you would get invited to many interesting events and get to socialize and meet new people all the time. It’s just that to me, spending extra time in front of the computer screen was not a goal on my wish list, and definitely not an added lifestyle luxury.
- Writing for free was not my goal. In my endless quest for a full-time paid role, I focused my energy, time and efforts on trying to get that job offer. I didn’t want to spend my time writing some blog that no one will know about, or even bother reading. I always believed in utilizing your resources in the most efficient way to produce the results you are seeking. But again, I was wrong. Why? simply because writing on a regular basis will help improve my skills and give me an opportunity to practice my writing, and explore new ways and styles to express myself. Also, the link to my blog will be a bonus to my CV, and will give employers an idea of my writing topics and style.
I must say to anyone who has previously recommended that I start a blog: You were right, I should’ve taken this step a long time ago.
But hey, everything happens for a reason, and this must be the right timing for my first blog.