Whenever I tell people that I want to work in publishing one of the first questions that usually follows is “Are you a writer?” and my inclination is to always respond with “No.”
It’s true. I’ve tried multiple times and failed at fiction writing. I over-think things and over-analyze situations and don’t do a very good job at world building. No, I’ve always confidently answered that I’m not a writer. However, as I geared up to answer this question again this past week, something made me change my response. Instead of plain saying I wasn’t a writer, I modified it and admitted that I wasn’t a fiction writer. Because, when I think about it, I’ve been writing all my life.
I started my first ever blog in grade 6. Back in the day Xanga was a huge blogging platform (where I lived, at least). My blog consisted of silly things and personal updates. I posted almost every single day. It felt normal and natural because I’ve always felt compelled to diary and journal and the fact that almost all of my classmates were also writing personal blogs didn’t hurt. Those were the first days where I realized how the simple act of writing, for me, could form a community.
Since then I’ve written countless other (semi-private) blogs. I had a 365 day photography blog. I had a health blog (that lasted around 2 months…). I have had personal blogs on and off since my first one in grade 6. So, when I think about how I arrived at this blog here, I guess I should have seen it coming. When someone loves to jot down their opinions and feelings as much as I do and love to read as much as I do, it’s probably only natural that blogging or writing about it comes next. I think these are the real, deep-down reasons for why I have this blog and it’s something I really haven’t realized until now. I most definitely am not a fiction writer, but the need to write has constantly been with me and I can now confidently acknowledge and say “I’m a blogger because I’m a writer” (and thinker and dreamer and lover of words…).
Anyway, the reason for my long story is so I can ask YOU – Do you identify as a writer? Have you always been this way? What made you start your blog (whether it be about books or not)?