When I started blogging I never anticipated what it would do for me. For starters, I did not realise how big the blogging community was until I stepped into it. The reasons I started was simple:
- Practise writing. Being a music teacher I know that if you want to improve a skill, you need to practise it. I wanted to improve my writing, so I needed a place to practise it. Blogging was the simple solution.
- Dynamic creative outlet. I do not realy like creative endeavours that does not count towards something. For example, when I do mosaic, I need to make something I can use or give away as a gift. I struggle to make something just for the sake of making it.
- Putting memories to paper. Or let me rather say in writing. I was going through some of my old journals when I realised that life goes by so fast, and if I do not write down the things I want to remember, I will most probably forget them. Or at least forget the details that make the memory profound. The plus side of blogging is that I get to include pictures as part of those memories!
Although I only started to blog seriously in May this year, I have picked up a couple of changes that has happened to me so far:
- For starters, my spelling has improved. I downloaded a dictionary and every time I am not sure of how to spell a word, I would look it up. I would rather look it up than opting for using the built in spell checker. My reasoning is that I want to learn and improve, and using a spell checker does not help that much. However, if I look up a word, I start to remember the spelling purposefully.
- My english language use has also improved. English is only my second language, but I am actualy starting to think in english more. Yes I do teach in english, but writing the language, in a way, needs to be more eloquent. In writing I do not have the advantaged of facial expression and body language.
- But one of the biggest ways that blogging has changed me is in doing something productive without getting any financial gain out of it. I had a big mental block on this issue that has spread to so many areas of my life. For instance, I used to write a lot of songs. Then I just stopped. One of my biggest reasons for stopping was not seeing the use in writing songs if they are not going to be performed. What a load of rubbish that is! Yes, it is awesome when your songs get performed, but writing them, the journey, is also an important part.
So blogging started of as a way to practise writing, but it has changed me in ways I did not expect. And in a way giving me back a part of me I did not realise I have lost. And then there is also another big perk to it – it makes me happy! Putting out a new post just keeps on putting a smile on my face.
Earlier this week I wrote about another thing that makes me realy happy: receiving postcards in the mail. I therefor decided to spread the happiness a little bit further… So, the first three readers to tell me about their favourite Text Sketches post in the comment section will also receive a postcard from me…