When I first started the blog, I wanted to achieve 3 things:
I won’t lie. When I opened this blog, I had money on my mind. Money from traffic, money from ads, money money money. In fact, I really did believe I would just punch out a few articles and boom! Watch the dollars roll in.
Yeah I know, it makes me laugh as well.
Fortunately, and in spite of my misconceived expectations, the blog still happened to bring me some value, monetary and otherwise. I’ve gotten writing gigs and referrals based on someone reading something I wrote and deciding they wanted to work with me.
So things still worked out great in the end….
Get better as a writer
Writing for an audience rather than writing purely for myself, I assumed would help me write better. And help also with discipline.
I also needed a place to display my written work, as I wasn’t employed at the time.
Needless to say, this was/is the most realistic and most successful goal on this list.
Help others write better
This was not a priority for me back then, cos I was just getting into the groove of things myself.
It’s been almost four years now. And even though there’s a universe of things out there I still do not know, I feel there’s some value to be had in paying it forward.
I learned how to write exclusively from the internet.
Every tip, every video, every PDF and ePub I have consumed was from the internet and after thousands of hours learning and practising, I’m making a decent living off these skills.
I figured I owe the internet some payback.
Within the past 4 months, I’ve had several people buzz me asking for advice on how to get started with a career in writing. Or asking for tips on improving their writing.
It was becoming cumbersome to dig up articles, resources etc. And the fact that everyone is unique and we retain our individuality, hence it’s hard to find a one-size fits all approach to teaching an elusive skill like writing.
And so, starting from today, I’m going to be doing writing tutorials (if you can call it that).
There will still be the occasional rant, but for the most part, I’ll be focusing my time and mental energy on the art of writing and how to get better at it.
I’m currently compiling a list of topics to begin with so if there’s anything you would be interested in learning, please leave a comment.