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