My passion for writing started as a kid. My mother reminded me of how I told her that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Bizarre for a kid of 9, when we’re usually thinking of being doctors, lawyers and pilots. I wanted to be a writer. I look back and wonder if it was because my mom signed me up for a creative writer’s class for summer school. My 4th grade teacher Mr. Thom said something to my mom to the effect of, “She’s a great writer and has amazing creativity.” And off to summer school I went. To write. The entire summer. I loved it!! We even made ice cream at some point… yum!! I loved Mr. Thom, and to this day, he will always be my favourite teacher. He really did see something in me and nurtured it at such a young age.
The irony is, I did not become a professional writer. I became a doctor. I don’t know whether there was external pressure, or my heart was truly set on being a doctor (I practically forced my headmaster to change my class, so I could do sciences so… I guess I did know what I wanted). But here I am, and I do love it… I do wonder if it’s because we got to do a lot of writing too, just not creative writing!
My blogging journey started in 2011-2012, when I was getting married. I am really into writing lists, and putting my thoughts on paper; for me, if it’s not written down, it does not exist. So I started a blog, Le Zimbo Bride with a friend of mine, who became my bridesmaid. After my wedding, and life began to happen, and her wedding, that blog fell by the wayside. Spending hours on Pinterest, at wedding expos and watching Say Yes to the Dress didn’t ignite me the way it did when I was planning my wedding. So I just… stopped.
5 years later, I started this blog. It combined my need to encapsulate things (according to quizzes, I have a male-wired brain), and my desire to have all the answers. It’s possibly a function of my control issues… I might as well use them for good! That will probably never go away, so I see myself doing this for the long haul.
I’ve only been writing as the Quarter Wife for 2 months, but I have learnt a few things about blogging that I hope will help you if you wanna start your blog:
I started with a wedding blog, and later realised it wasn’t my thing… but at least I started, and ignited a passion I thought I had left behind as a kid.
Start with a friend if you’re afraid to start alone.
I’ll always be grateful to Nyasha Adler for asking me to blog with her. It was so much fun, and we now have grown into our true passions (Nyasha now has a natural hair blog and salon, I am so proud of her!!)
Connect with other bloggers
Thanks to the blogger group I’m in, I’m in a blogging challenge, and I have people to hold me accountable throughout. Thanks guys!!!
Time, money, whatever, be willing to invest a bit or a lot into your blog! It may be the next big blog, it may not, but let it be something you look at and say… “Yes! I did that!!”
Stay tuned tomorrow for my next blog post!
Until next time… Your Quarter Wife.