October 30th 2018
Today, apparently, marks 5 years since I first created this blog. That’s quite a timeframe. The daily posts have only been going for 3 years 10 months, but apparently, it’s 5 years since my first blog post. I was in my second year of University, about to start writing my first novel.
I was doing a degree I hated, studying a subject I’ll never use, and I was looking for a way to engage the creative side of my brain. I basically decided I wanted to leave Maths behind and be a writer. And I guess I’ve done that. In day-to-day life, I write for a living. And this blog helped me get there. Not only did it give me a much-needed outlet for my feelings, but it also allowed me, if you’ll let me use a wanky phrase, to practice my craft. And from January 1st 2015 I started to practice every day.
I blogged every day, through my final exams, my graduation, and a post-Uni trip around Europe. And then I left Maths behind and started looking for work in a creative writing field. And this blog helped me get a job. My boss did her research, found this blog, and liked my writing style. So she offered me the job. It’s probable that she wouldn’t have given me that opportunity, if I had not had this blog.
And now, five years after starting this blog, I’m at a point in my life where a bunch of cool stuff is (hopefully) going to start happening to me. This blog helped me get here. As much of a burden as it sometimes feels to have to sit down every single day and find something worth writing about, I couldn’t ever stop.
Because although I didn’t turn into a professional author, as was my original goal at the age I was when I started this blog, I did turn into a professional writer. And I don’t think that would’ve happened if I hadn’t made the decision to start this blog.
Without this unique outlet to practice and improve as a writer, I probably would’ve finished my Maths degree, looked for a job in a bank and been miserable. Loaded, but miserable. I’m not usually one to give myself any sort of credit, but I am quite proud of the fact that I had the guts to quit something that I knew I wasn’t enjoying, and gamble on pursuing something that I thought I might.
And here we are.
Until tomorrow, here’s to the next five years.