3 Reasons I Haven’t Completely Given Up Writing After 3 Years

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First, I had something to say.

Back in my college days (I can say that now ha), I started putting thoughts on paper because I had important things to say.

Writing is like a shovel for your psyche; it allows you to dig deeper and discover what’s going on beneath the surface.

I think most writers would agree they’re first pieces are intentional and purposeful. When I think back to my 2017 blog (which now resides in blog heaven), I was precisely aimed at topics I thought were relevant and serious. In a sense, this justified my whole motivation for writing and allowed me break through my initial fear and hesitation about “going public.”

I figured out the marketing stuff.

The point of writing publicly is to have other people read what you write. I’ve argued about this before. Some say they don’t care about views, or fans, or readership. But they do. Otherwise they wouldn’t make their writing public.

Online Marketing 101

It helps to know how to get people to read your words. There are some very, very basic things to understand if you want to market your writing online.

  • Word choice: Write like you talk. Keep it simple and don’t use fancy jargon. I used to Google huge words to try and sound really smart. This usually just confuses people and makes you less relatable.
  • Audience: When I’m writing, I like to imagine 5 of my friends are waiting to read it. This adds a bit of healthy pressure to be honest, practical, and engaging with the ideas I’m conveying.
  • Aesthetic: Your work should look neat and organized. Take advantage of formatting, photos, structure — all that good stuff.
  • Network: There are tons of ways to share your writing after you hit publish. There’s the world of SEO, but also simple stuff like tags and social media can expand your reach.
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I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

This seems obvious, but one reason I write today is because I like it.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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