Why Do I Write Stuff?
Writing Since a Kid To An Adult In One Way or The Other
Then I decided that I wanted to be a writer once I hit my teens. It would take me hours to fall asleep at night because my imagination was always 'on'. I would come up with the weirdest stories and then try and perfect them in my head for hours. I had so many stories in my head, that I just wanted to tell them. We didn't have the Internet back then, but I have floppy disks that I used in my early teens, and they are full of stories that I started and stopped and started and stopped...
In school English was my favorite subject. I was one of those kids that was always in detention, and it just so happened that many of my detentions were spent with my English teacher. I don't remember much about junior high, but I do remember my English teacher telling me that I was really good at telling a story. I remember everything about that moment. I remember where I was standing, what she looked like, and I remember looking back down at my paper and thinking - 'interesting'.
In high school, English became more about presentations (which I hated), so it became much less fun for me. Although, I do remember with such passion that I would actually get tingly inside. I loved writing essays! writing essays
When I was in college, I still loved writing essays! (I also got better at presentations.)
When I Started Writing Again
When I got out of college, I lived with many random people while I worked boring, meaningless jobs. I remember telling one friend that I just wanted to write essays, and she said "Why don't you then?" I had never thought about writing essays outside of school. So, at that moment I started to research and write about meditation.
But between work and my personal life, I didn't write much. I did keep a journal and a dream journal, but that was it. I spent my time worrying, dating, and dancing.
After years of doing that, I found an ad online saying that I could make money online with data entry. I liked data entry. I didn't realize that it really meant 'Get into affiliate marketing and work your butt off without a regular salary', but that's OK because it got me writing again.
I read an affiliate 'how to' handbook by a woman who called herself a writer, not an affiliate marketer - and I liked that! I wrote hundreds upon hundreds of original articles for my blogs in the first few years. I also wrote guest blog posts, articles for article sites, hubs on Hubpages, crazy articles on squidoo, and comments, forum posts, etc...
I wrote a lot.
Then I wrote an eBook one of my relationship sites, and I liked it!
Why I Write Now
Now, I have a few websites, but I find that my day gets taken up by ghostwriting and trying to make a few bucks here and there ;)
I just started writing on Hubpages again. Why? Because I used to have a lot of different niche websites, which meant I could talk about all of my passions and publish them on one of my websites. Now I don't have as many. But on Hubpages, I can talk about anything I want to.
More Reasons To Write
The biggest reason that I write online is to spread my knowledge, my experiences, and my viewpoints in hopes that I can help someone, or even a bunch of people, feel better. My main reasons to write are to inspire or to awaken.
I feel that I have started a great journey towards personal development in my life, and I am happy, and more importantly, I know why I am happy, and I want others to feel like that as well.
I see sad and negative every day, and if I am a small part of making someone feel better or understand something better, than that is exciting.
I also see many people who are doing exactly what I'm talking about. People like Billy (on hubapges) or Celestine Chua who owns personal excellence. Both of them inspire every day with countless other people - and I think I fit in there somewhere. :)