Enthusiasm #atozchallenge

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The team decided our theme for this month’s posts here would be “2020 visions of blogging.” This set of weekday posts focuses on:

Memories from Blogging in the Past

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I started my blog, The Sound of One Hand Typing, in 2012 so that I could participate in this challenge. I had been reading about it on other people’s blogs for almost a year and finally decided to bite the bullet and start my own blog so that I could participate. I had a great deal of fun participating, so much so that when May rolled around I didn’t know what to do with myself. Now I had this blog and a few readers, and I knew I had to keep going with it, lest I lose those readers and the enthusiasm I had for blogging. I tried writing about my nascent career as a fiction writer, but the more I wrote about it, the less I believed that I had a nascent career as a fiction writer, finally realizing that it’s awful hard to be a fiction writer if you don’t even like reading fiction.

So I started blogging about music, because I love music and I’m enthusiastic about it. I started writing stories about my youth, because the stories were funny and occasionally heartwarming and I liked telling them. I started participating in blog hops that gave me a prompt every week that I would have to write about (or, in my case, find a way not to write about while still using the prompt, which is often more fun). Now I was writing and posting every day, and having more fun than an adult should have with his clothes on.

My blog has taught me that I can be myself and still get people to read it. That’s what has kept me going for 8+ years.

What about you? What got you started in blogging, and what keeps you doing it?

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Author: John Holton

Internet disc jockey, lover of old TV (especially the commercials), inveterate wise guy.

4 thoughts on “Enthusiasm #atozchallenge”

  1. Beautiful posts John. I started blogging in 2015, when I finally decided to be a writer, to escape from depression. I began with personal musings at another blogging page, but their server closed later. Then, in 2018 I found about the AtoZ challenge and gave it a try without any plan. Of course, I failed. Last year I tried again, I planned everything 2 weeks prior April, but as the first week went by, I got overwhelmed by the attention. I had more than 15 followers, and suddenly, I felt the pressure of writing superb stuff that would impress those people. The highest expectations and health issues crashed me, and I left last year unfinished again. Besides, I felt blogging more like a hard task rather than something I enjoyed.
    That feeling of self consciousness went on all last year. In November, with NaNoWriMo I recovered my writing passion out of the blog, but planned to go back to it. And I almost didn’t.
    In March, our kitty crossed the rainbow bridge, and after being her personal nurse all day, I found myself without a life goal. Friends suggested me to write my feelings out as a catharsis. After some thought, I decided to do it, but as haiku storytelling throughout this month. Now, I’m writing for myself, and not to get people’s praise. It’s surprising though, that my posts are getting more attention now that I’m spilling out my most inner thoughts, and I’m enjoying the process again.

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