Why write?

Picture of coffee shop with people blogging and writing and taking notes. Coffee and tea on the table.

I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit that my earliest intentions to blog were not the best.  Rather than create for its own sake, I had a simple desire to emulate .

I wanted what others had: picture perfect lifestyles.  The bloggers I looked up to supported themselves from whatever beach they’d chosen to visit for the month.  Their bodies were flawless, their wardrobes enviable, and they had thousands of followers.

My eagerness to follow in the footsteps of these blogging deities led me to a rather naive conclusion.  It looked something like this: make a website, write about shoes, take pretty pictures.  Voila!  My life too would be perfect.

Except that’s not how it works.

It takes passion and a whole lot of grinding to give the appearance of effortlessness.  Hours of effort go into creating flawless.  Seeing the finished product and wanting it is easy – we didn’t have to do anything.

“I started with nothing and I didn’t make a dime for 2 years.” – Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential

Success comes from believing in our ideas.  It comes from being willing to out-toil the competitors because the belief in our work is beyond any doubt.  We must be willing to take our own path, not copy someone else’s.  Real achievement comes from a place of motivation more powerful than any incentive money can offer.

So I ask myself:  why do I want to blog?  Why write at all?

I’ve always had the aspiration to be an author.  It niggles in the back of my head like an itch that surfaces in sporadic bursts.  To make someday a reality, I need to improve my writing today.

Don’t wait for permission. Get started, write all the time — it’s the only way to get better, and it’s the best possible way to sounds more like yourself and develop your personal style over time. – Colin Wright

I want to have a record of travel and adventures.  The little details that are the best part of a trip are too often forgotten.  A well-written post with gorgeous photographs would provide a portal back to the experience.  It could also contribute towards others’ journeys.  By all means, please learn from my mishaps and varying degrees of packing success.

I’d like to share and explore ideas to reach a better understanding of them.  I’m looking to question and scrutinize and learn.  Blogging and posting provide a forum to achieve this aim.

On such an odyssey of inquiry, I look to connect with like-minded individuals. I can be a part of something larger than myself and pick up some knowledge along the way.  We all crave connection.  Maybe it’s possible to find it through writing.