I love to write, but I often wonder at what point during blogging can you consider yourself a writer? What makes us a writer? On so many bios you see the word ‘blogger’ but not so often do you see the word ‘writer’ and I frequently wonder why this is.
I wonder if we are underestimated? Running a blog is something that requires quite a bit of skill and knowledge, at least it does if you want to do it successfully. But to me, the most important part of the blog are the words on the screen. They are, after all the reason that people will visit your little corner of the internet because they want to read what you’ve written.
Wednesday, 15th November is I Love To Write Day and I wanted to celebrate this day here on my blog. I took to asking some fellow bloggers why they love to write. Here is what they had to say.
Becky, mommyandrory.com – For me writing is something which I do for myself. As a parent I feel like I spend a lot of my time taking care of my family. Blogging is something which I do just for me, it’s something which I love and something which makes me happy.
Nicola, allthingsspliced.co.uk – Because sometimes it’s the only way I can tell anyone how I’m feeling, whether good or bad.
Kirsty, winnettes.com – I find writing so cathartic. I started it as a way to relax and get a lot of my insecurities out as a mum of young kids. Now it is still my method of relaxing my brain. Sometimes what I plan to write is not what actually comes out onto the page. I love that though. That adaptability of the written word and being able to find inspiration from some of the most basic daily things.
Kim, raisingaragamuffin.com – I write because I’m passionate about feminism and raising girls to break the glass ceiling. I’m on a mission to reclaim the word feminism. I want to remove any negative associations that people might have with this word and restore it back to it’s true meaning.
Jodie, maidenheadmum.co.uk – I like to write to help others. If I’ve experienced something brilliant, useful or inspiring I want to tell others that could benefit too. If sharing the things that I have learned can help someone else I get a little buzz!
Nikki, livingwithlennon.com – Writing helps me deal with my grief since my son Lennon died.
Amelia, anothermommyblog.com – I feel like writing for me is like someone else is listening, you don’t have to directly talk to anyone but you can pour your feelings out and hope someone out there might listen. I have social anxiety and it’s a bit like therapy for me.
Donna, bobsysmum.co.uk – I just love writing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I weirdly loved writing essays at school. But, I was never good at fiction. So I gave up. Blogging gives me the chance to do what I love to do when I never thought I would be able to!
Janet, falcondalelife.com – When I was 10 my best friend emigrated to Canada. We both wrote reams to each other. By the time we were 18 a average letter was about 20 sides of A4. It didn’t occur to me until recently that I could write stuff other people might want to read. I just don’t know why I figured that out so late!
Laura, autumnsmummyblog.com – My love for writing stems back to childhood. I can’t pinpoint why I love writing or why I started. However, I remember writing books when I was 5 or 6 and desperately wanting to be an author when I was older. Something about it just soothes the soul and I really enjoy it. I had a break for some time, but started writing my blog due to a series of traumatic experience my daughter and I went through when she was 2 weeks up to around 3 months old. It was very cathartic getting everything out and I’ve been using writing to help me cope since.
Miriam, faithmummy.wordpress.com – I write because it keeps me sane! It connects me to others who I will never meet and makes me feel less alone as a parent to two disabled children. It gives me a voice and it gives them a voice too. It helps me gather my thoughts and brings awareness of my children’s conditions. It has also given me great opportunities like press work and even appearing on BBC Breakfast live!
Helen, welshmumwriting.com – I write because as a working mum it is easy to feel isolated or out of the loop. Blogging helps me share my stories and the small things I’ve learned along the way which help make the juggling act easier. I’ve also been a writer and published a few fiction pieces but the sleep deprivation means I can’t focus on writing 100k words of complete fiction any more, but I can manage a 500 word post!
Nicole, talesfrommamaville.com – The written word is something that is permanent – a lovely way to record memories and moments. It’s like a photograph, except with words. While I blog as a creative outlet and to share my experiences of motherhood, I am also documenting precious moments of my son’s childhood.
Pete, householdmoneysaving.com – I started writing because I wanted to tell people how simple it was to save lots of money. I started because I was amazed by the number of my friends that didn’t know how easy it is to change utility suppliers and banks. I get quite a buzz from hearing from people about how they’ve saved themselves £100’s each month just from a few phone calls.
Jo, cupoftoast.co.uk – I’ve always loved to write. Fact or fiction it’s been what I turn to when I need to take some time out for as long as I can remember. I recall when I was around 7 being so excited to type one of my poems up on my father’s typewriter. By the time I was taking my university finals if I wasn’t revising or sitting an exam I was normally to be found in a park with a notepad and pen! I find it so relaxing.
Victoria, fabulousmummy.com – I’ve always wanted to share my stories. There are only 7 great stories in life, but its who we are and our circumstances that give each story that extra flavour. It’s how we cope with what life throws at us what makes our story so special. Following the birth of my daughter I wanted to capture the stories surrounding our lives. However, it was facing redundancy and maternity discrimination that I found my way back into writing. I believe that if something happened to me, it could also happen to other women and I really wanted to keep the conversation going.
Sarah, mummycatnotes.com – I love writing, I used to write a lot of fiction but it’s finding the time to sit down and think up stories, now I write about my daily life it’s just enjoyable and fun, writing helps me with my anxiety and if I didn’t write my blog I wouldn’t have met some amazing friends over on twitter too.
Liberty, libertyonthelighterside.com – I put my career on hold to stay at home and raise our children and then discovered the industry had moved along without me. I was cranky and frustrated, not a great way to parent. Now I’m grateful to discover in blogging an opportunity that provides so much enjoyment as well as a means to start a business. Writing is a creative outlet for me, a way to keep learning, and my newest baby. My kids are intrigued too and are my greatest cheerleaders.
You can see from the huge response I got just how passionate bloggers are about writing. This is because it’s why most of us started our blogs in the first place. I am so pleased that we get to share our passion with others by creating these little spaces on the internet.
Writing is a wonderful thing and you don’t have to be great at doing it, so long as you enjoy it. If you are reading this and you aren’t a writer and are ever tempted, I urge you to go for it. Pick up the pen or open the laptop. Write a few words and see where it takes you. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Happy ‘I Love To Write Day’ to you all.
Why do you love to write? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know.