My journey down the road to becoming a blogger began in October of 2013 over lunch with a good friend. That friend suggested I try blogging on the WordPress platform. He said to write about things that I’m passionate about. That advice is something that will stay with me for a lifetime.
So I started a free blog called Sports Buzz with Jame-,MY TAKE ON SPORTS on the WordPress Platform. It was my first experience with blogging outside of academia and a nice transition for this former Sports journalist’s turned blogger.
A blog allows me to keep developing my writing skills while continuing to be a published writer. It provides me with an opportunity to share my content with others who enjoy reading blogs.
The transition to blogger from sports journalist’s has been both educational and challenging. Looking forward to developing my newest blog The Thunderword Post and blogging for many years to come.
Blogging provides an opportunity for me to look deeply into my life, relationships and society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how; the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.
It’s a platform to voice my opinions, a safe place to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, I’ve learned to recognize and build on my strength, and admit and improve on my weaknesses. With conversations happening on my blog, I learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing my temper.
My ultimate goal as a blogger is to make a difference in the world through my writing. If one person gets the courage to write and publishes something or the courage to start a blog by reading my blog then I’ve achieved one of my many writing objectives. And made a difference in someone’s life in this huge world.
A number of things have helped my writing skills over time: scholarship essays, learning from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.
In order to gain a mastery of writing one must practice to get better or be good at it. Just like anything else in life practice makes one better at any task..
Blogging makes me feel like I have accomplished something during the day now that I’m on disability and no longer work or attend college. This is not just my reason; a lot of writers out there who feel this way, too. Even if we don’t share what we write, we still feel like we have accomplished something. For example, when I just jot down a list of things hovering in my mind on to my memo pad, I feel very light on one side my brain as if having accomplished those tasks on the other side of my brain.
Another reason I do this blog and write blog posts is my passion for writing and the love of sharing my content with others. During a short time as a blogger I’ve made many friends though the common interest of blogs and networking within my social media networks.
My personal blog has frustrated me at times but it’s fun, enjoyable and educational at times too. But at the end of the day, I love having a personal blog and would not trade it in for any thing in the world. It’s a lot of work but the result is well worth the effort. It’s major fun to me.
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