Whenever someone asks me how long I’ve been blogging for, I always have to pause and count. Well, this year marks eight years of this dear blog of mine, and seven of those are official since it was initially private. In the world of blogging, it’s quite awhile. Why am I still here? Because I still have a lot to share. I like to think that life gives me an endless supply of source material, so unless my brain is creatively exhausted, I’m going to write. Funny enough I’ve never accepted or embraced the title of ‘writer’…until now.
I spent the first few years of my childhood telling my family and whoever cared to ask that I wanted to be a writer and drawer when I grew up. I know, ‘drawer’ isn’t an actual word, but that’s what I thought someone who draws and creates is called. In the beginning, I was met with polite smiles and nods, but as I grew older they were replaced with side eyes, eyebrow furrows and dismissive chuckles. Until eventually, I was told that I can’t really be a writer because writers don’t make money. Oh, and it’s not a real job. It was immediately crossed off my list as things I could be when I was grown up. I still wrote, but only in my spare time and English class assignments of course. Fast forward twenty years and even though my job description as an art director didn’t expect it of me, I would often secretly do the role of my copywriter and write for or with them on campaigns.
You see, I’ve learned that the world likes to dictate how certain people should look, speak and write to officially be called something. I was always happier being called a blogger, well, because I had a blog. But, a writer – nah, that’s for people who actually earn a living off of their words. And yet here I am, blogging, writing and creating content for a living. Yes, in case you missed it in one of my latest videos I’m now fully self-employed and A&L is more than just a passion. I left my family-approved career path and I’m now travelling on a road of discovery. It’s more re-discovery because to be honest, I always told them I wanted to be a writer.
Speaking of videos, it’s been a little while since I shared my videos on here. I normally share a blog post when I’ve published a video, but the past couple of weeks I haven’t done so. To be honest, I’ve missed writing. I’ve been focusing a lot on other projects and creating different content and I hate to say it, there’s only so much time in a day. Yet, as much as I enjoy the other content, nothing quite beats hearing the clicking of the keyboard keys and my fingers moving to transcribe and keep up with my thoughts.
So, I want to try make this space here less about sharing my videos and back to the written pieces that you read. Having said that, a writer requires a reader to make the journey complete. I write, but I share my words with you here so you can read them. Hopefully, they move you to think differently, feel better, more informed on something, or make you laugh. So I’d like to take this time to ask you dear A&L reader for your thoughts. Any would be great, but if you need more guidance:
- Do you prefer reading my blog posts or watching my videos?
- What do you enjoy most about my blog?
- Do you prefer catching up with me on social media? If so, which one?
They say that blogging is dead, but I disagree. I know you’re there (the numbers tell me!) so I’d love to actually hear – or rather, read – from you too. I normally end my blog posts with a question, and that’s to start a conversation with you. Of course, please don’t feel obliged to only answer that question. If you’d like to say something else, share your own experience or just say hi, I welcome that too. In fact, it’s what keeps me going. As much as it’s human nature to want to share a negative experience or opinion more than a positive one, it’s always re-affirming to get feedback from those who actually enjoy my content. What I’m saying is, and this is especially for those ‘silent appreciators’ (as one follower so eloquently put it), please don’t stay quiet.
And if my writing resonates with you, please do me a solid and vote for my work. Two of my pieces; The Right to Conceive and 5 Ways to Be a Good Friend to a New Mom have been nominated for an award over on Baby Yum Yum’s site. While awards aren’t the be all or end-all, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care to win. I’d really appreciate your support.
There’s something powerful about connecting with others, especially in this increasingly connected, yet disconnected world.
If I don’t win, I’ll still be here.
Let me know either way that you’re here too.
Photography by Robyn Davie Photography