What I learned in 5 years of blogging

For the past few months, I have been writing poetry, a lot. I’ve realized it makes me feel relaxed, unbound. My diary is full with a lot of them. Some have made it to Instagram, some just lie between its pages; hopeful.

But I haven’t written anything for a long time. And by that, I mean the informative posts on writing better where I share my experience of things, as they happen to me. The last one I shared was Ways to proofread Your Writing which has proved to be very useful in last few years.

Having completed 5 years of blogging last month, I have realized one thing,

Writing is an addiction. If it does not become an addiction, you are not doing it right.

5 years ago, I wasn’t sure of any bit of it. Heck! I didn’t even know what blogging means. Seems like only yesterday when I wrote down my initial thoughts as a newbie. There were many such times when apprehensions got the good of me and I almost gave up. Consequently, the first 3 years I managed a paltry total of 150 odd posts. But 5 years hence, I have teens and newbies inspired by this blog and doing their own writing; some even have their blogs. That makes me believe I might be doing something right.

A friend whose writing I admire, wrote to me telling me that he thought I had more life in my writings than most of the works he’s seen. Another writer I recently happened to meet through Tumblr said, “One must have been through a lot to have so much beauty and pain in their writing.”

All this must sound boastful of me; which I have no intention to be, but I have only one thing to say,

When you have your heart in something, it finds a way to shine out of you.

Many years ago, Charles Bukowski’s quote left an indelible mark upon my soul. Most of you who have been a part of my journey will know by now how much I admire him.

The quote is,

Find what you love and let it kill you.

And I’d found writing. Nothing has a mirror to my heart as my writings. It gets the good and bad of me. And it’s kept me going these past 5 years.

Here’s what I’ve learned about blogging or writing, as a whole.

  1. Write for yourself; only that matters.
  2. Give no shit about what people think; it hardly matters.
  3. Don’t judge your writing; you never judge your baby.
  4. Read everything you find; nothing helps better.
  5. Never give up; if the ink dries up, you don’t throw away the pen.

That’s all folks. What do you think of these blogging lessons? Agree much? No? Do share your thoughts.

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Asha Seth

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  1. Loved this! It is so important to stay true to your writing and write for yourself. I think often times people forget that and write with the purpose of getting big instead, and it reflects it in their works, it lacks a sort of passion.

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  2. One thing I learned about writing is that it is linked with reading thinking and spelling . In other words if you know how to read you know how to spell if you know how to spell you know how to write…if you know how to write you know how to think if you know how to think…any thing is possible.

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  3. Asha, this is so helpful! I started my blog today. Its my first time and im not really sure what to do but posts like this help so much.
    X Emma

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    1. Hello, Emma. Excited to meet you and be a part of your writing journey. You shall find a lot of things under the shelf – From the Writer’s desk – that might help to make you feel home. Remember one thing – we all started somewhere and we need to keep going.
      Do share the link of your posts when you do post one. Have a wonderful time around. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for this post. It was inspirational and motivating. the way is difficult, but who ever told us it would be easy? It´s not as rewarding if it is, is it? 🙂

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  5. Impressive the way you expressed your love ….my favourite quote is this line : When you have your heart in something, it finds a way to shine out of you. All the best!!! following you 🙃🙃🙃🙃

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  6. Excellent post. 5 years is a lot of time, congratulations for doing it for 5 consecutive years. And yeah true, writers need to write for themselves first. Keep writing and keep shining.

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    1. Thank you, Nami. But a humble request to stop spamming my blog. Dropping hellos to readers on someone else’s blog does not really make a good impression. They’ll be more than happy if you visit their blog and say a sincere hi. They might even visit yours and say hello to you. Agree?

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  7. Such a simple post but with so much soul in it. As a newbie writer I am still figuring it out. Poetry really gets my emotions going or the other way around. And yep Writing is an addiction: I haven’t been able to get to the laptop these days as often as I would want to but have started writing on paper instead.

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    1. It does take some time before you get the hang of things in blogging. When you finally find the motivation to keep going no matter what, is when it will be a real addiction. But hang in there, I’d say.

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  8. Congratulations!
    And, you write amazing stuff! ❤
    I loved the part about- Writing is an addiction.
    It really is.
    And the points you listed out at the end, are very true and definitely helpful.
    Lovely post! ❤

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  9. Wonderful post Asha and I completely agree with all that you said. You neatly summarized everything and if ever I forget I know where to come for a refresher course. Congratulations and happy blogging

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    1. I had my share of trials and tribulations when I started off. To not have fellow newbies go through the same, is my constant effort. You have the nicest things to say, Dahlia.
      I’m so fortunate to have such kind souls around me. 🙂

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  10. So happy I met you here and I can read your posts. It’s like my heart has found its voice, when I read you. You are a writer with a heart , a soul and it comes out in your writing. To many more years of blogging. To our friendship. Forever !

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    1. Yas! My dear, I love you so. When we spoke over the phone for the first time, you said my writing has a sublime voice that reaches a writer’s heart. I don’t know what made you feel that, but I hope I keep making you feel that way each time you’re around here.
      To our friendship, that I shall cherish forever.

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      1. It’s comforting to know you live in the same city. Somehow, I don’t know.
        You are a girl who writes with so much elegance and style and so much emotion. I admire you for all that, Asha. I am also so proud that you write the way you do. Makes me want to hold my head higher.
        I hope we meet someday.
        All my love and affection. God bless.

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        1. Most of the inspiration comes from yourself and other kind readers like you. You motivate me always. Yes, it is exciting to know you live in the neighborhood, and let’s meet soon. Yas? God bless you too.

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  11. Thank you so much for continuing to share your thoughts with us and sharing your experiences! It’s so reassuring and such a beautiful thing to hear from writers being up front and real about things as well as being encouraging ✨

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    1. I have learnt one more thing from all these years of blogging – Your experience alone can motivate many; the rawest, the most honest experiences. And having an opportunity to be able to do just that, powers up my writing.
      Thank you for adding your thoughts, Sakina.

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  12. Congratulations 🤗🤗
    I can smell that you are a ripe blogger by your thoughts 😉 …. And truly said writings are just like babies 😊…. And some pens are even kept for long because they signifies heritage writings.😀..
    Keep writing!!!
    Keep smiling😊….

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    1. I love pens; even the broken ones I keep safe. They’ve been a significant part of my walk as a writer and I can never let go of them. You’re right, they do act as heritage antiques.
      Btw, Why do you call yourself, Mr. Lonely?

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          1. It was just bcz I am too introvert and that time I found it difficult to interact with them so one of my friend named me this… Maybe they thought that I was too lonely…😂
            But now we all are great friends 😊

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  13. I love that you put never give up at the end. I think people find things that frustrate them almost on a daily basis. It can be something as small as leaving something at home to getting into a car crash. We might want to give up, but life still goes on and it’s better to keep going and get good results than to quit and get no results at all.

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    1. As humans, we readily believe we might never make it than actually believe we can. And thus I wanted to emphasize on that. Thank you, Athena, for adding more power to the post.
      The intro bit on your blog had my heart. I am very much an animal person, just like you. So I enjoyed reading your intro. I shall be around yours often and you can count on that. 🙂

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              1. It is, but sometimes you need to follow your passion (if there is no other word)
                Better, I got it. If you notice, I have mentioned a few times that being happy is a priority and its ok to be selfish to be happy.
                That means, as long as no one is hurt, it is good to be queer if necessary
                Important thing is that no one should be hurt
                And the stone helps in that

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