I’m Not a Writer

I write everyday.

If you haven’t noticed, I do have a blog.

Writing is one of my strengths in my job. I’m certainly not a numbers girl, if you know what I mean…

Yet, I don’t consider myself to BE a writer.

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It seems I’m one of the very few voices in the blogosphere who doesn’t aspire to achieving something more from my blog.

Am I missing something? Should I be more ambitious?

I started out just wanting to keep a journal of my life. It looked like a cool thing to do.

Nearly 2 years on, blogging has morphed into something more for me.

I never anticipated the sense of community. The real and evolving online relationships. The satisfaction of knowing people read and respond to the words I publish.

The inspiration I find everyday to craft words into ideas and ideas into posts.

It truly is intoxicating.

I have never had a hobby that was so intensely consuming and satisfying and obsessive and rewarding.

I go to bed musing over blog posts and wake up itching to bring them to life.

Does that incessant urge to write make me a writer?

I don’t know.

The only thing I know for sure is that my day job no longer consumes me the way it used to. I always had a good work/life balance but I never desired to do anything else. I was content.

Now blogging is taking more importance and interest in my life. It doesn’t mean I’m about to quit my day job and monetize the crap out of this place – not a chance.

But it does mean I’m starting to take it more seriously and view it less as a hobby and more as a lifestyle, if that makes sense?

Maybe with another 2 years of blogging under my belt I may truly consider myself a writer.

Perhaps.

Deeply mulling over my life thanks to Essentially Jess and IBOT – forgive today’s introspection and self-indulgence!

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23 Responses

  1. I certainly don’t consider myself a writer either. I don’t even consider writing a strong point for me. You are far ahead of me 🙂 It’s great that you enjoy writing and blogging so much. Rachel x

    #TeamIBOT
    Rachel from Redcliffe Style recently posted..8 Reasons the dog is my favourite child right now

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks Rachel – I do enjoy it. It is a LOT of work but I don’t see it as work, which must be a good thing, mustn’t it? I just need to work on making things look pretty and taking decent photos like you can, but I doubt my abilities stretch quite that far!

  2. Ness says:

    I think you write really well and are funny and entertaining. I enjoy reading your posts.

    I don’t consider myself a writer either. I may have some questionable writing ability if I apply myself, but lack discipline and focus to be a proper writer. So I just ‘pretend’ I am with my blog. Um, nothing wrong with playing pretend when you’re turning 42 next month, is there?
    Ness recently posted..My Christmas Wish List

    • Kirsty says:

      Ness, thanks for being so kind. I love reading your blog too – you are truly amusing and make me chuckle each time I read one of your posts.

      BTW, nothing wrong with playing pretend. I pretend to be an office worker most days, not to mention pretending to be a mum when I’m at home…;)

  3. I really loved reading this, loved the ideas and the deep mullings

    so many quotes I could pull out and say “i feel the exact same way!”

    You are most certainly a writer – there is no doubt about that

    xx
    Josefa @always Josefa recently posted..Christmas Cards

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks so much Josefa – your lovely words mean a lot to me. I have been reading your blog with interest and consider you to be a phenomenal writer – so I value your words greatly!

  4. Rina says:

    I don’t consider myself a writer as well (not yet) but I am working my ass off to become one hehehe and it’s not easy hiks! Anyway yeah I love blogging too not just because I am trying to make money from there but also because it has introduced me to these amazing moms out there (including you). It’s nice to connect.
    Rina recently posted..How Far Would You Take Parenting Advise from Others?

    • Kirsty says:

      It is great to connect Rina – that is definitely what keeps me going. Good luck with working towards being a writer – it is hard work but I’m sure it will be totally worth it in the end!

  5. I get this. I love my blog and pour a lot of time an energy into it. It is very much a lifestyle for me. And I do want to make a living out of it 🙂
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..Position Vacant

    • Kirsty says:

      I’m glad you got it Jess – I don’t think I explained it very well though! I suppose I’m moving towards thinking about blogging in a more serious way and wanting to put more effort in to create a community and to solidify the relationships I have started to build. I don’t think I have been more proud of anything I have created, save my children, of course!!!!

  6. Tam says:

    I struggle to even call myself a blogger! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having no higher aspirations. Some things are more fun when they are left casual!
    Tam recently posted..A very dead rat

    • Kirsty says:

      Tam, you are right. I’ve always seen it as a hobby as I have a “real job” but it has been consuming more of my time lately and that has made me ponder where I want to take it. My blog will never be huge and I’m more than okay with that. I think keeping it casual is definitely the way to go…

  7. Robomum says:

    I felt pretentious writing that I was a Writer on my About me page, even though my uni degree can back me up. Being a writer is a state of mind, more than an ability.
    You can write. Happy with that?

    • Kirsty says:

      I think you are dead right – being a writer is a state of mind. I am technically a writer – I write reports, comms and policy at work. I write on the blog. I suppose I have always had a problem with giving myself that title as I am not interested or very capable of writing fiction. But writing is more than just fiction – maybe in a few years I’ll be completely comfortable with that title, but for now I’m more than happy to be a blogger!

  8. Thea says:

    Isn’t it funny, I always think you have to write (or want to write) a book to be a writer. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as a writer either. I think of myself as a sharer….possibly an over sharer but there you go! 😉
    Thea recently posted..a Song – Tuesday’s Tune

    • Kirsty says:

      I share that view of being a writer Thea – I usually equate it with a novelist or author rather than someone who writes various things. And I love your description of being a sharer – that is cool, I like it!

  9. Nathan says:

    I agree with Robomum, writing is a state of mind. Call yourself a writer, and write, and guess what – you’re a writer! You don’t need to wear a skivvy, sip lattes and quote Proust. You don’t need to write a best seller, or ever have anyone read your words. Just write!
    Nathan recently posted..End of an Era

    • Kirsty says:

      Thanks my dear husband. I consider you to be a real writer, you are far more talented than I will ever be – I truly appreciate your words.

      While I’m here, thanks too for always supporting me. I really do appreciate it, especially your ongoing IT support of my blog! 😉

  10. In my humble opinion I think you write extremely well and being new to your blog I have enjoyed what I have read so far. I would most definitely not call myself a writer either, but I enjoy writing my blog and to me that is what matters. Keep doing what you’re doing I say!
    Rhian @melbs recently posted..They came…They conquered.

    • Kirsty says:

      How lovely Rhian – thanks so much for your comment. And you’re right – the most important thing is to keep enjoying your writing and to blog just for you. I know that I will keep going while those things are working for me!

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