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Writing: It's Just "Air" For Bloggers.

Updated on May 13, 2014

The Write Choice

For the past six months, I've been pretty hard-core about keeping up with my blog. I write every day, with the exception of weekends, and I'm fairly conscious of the time when it comes to getting my stories published. But it isn't always easy, and I've learned a few things along the way that have left me wondering if I'm missing anything else–even though I know I still am.

Don't Be Like Me... Go To College!

As much as I wish that my parents had given me no other choice but to pursue an academic career, I never applied to one single school. Instead, I partied and drank myself into a fictitious career based on luck and stupidity, then ultimately stormed off on a mission to go nowhere. But there was a brief period, when I was working for one of the biggest conglomerates in the World, where I was given the opportunity to go back to school–and it came at a price that I couldn’t afford to pass up.

For a while, I was excited... It was fun learning new things and meeting other students that shared my remorse for not obtaining a higher education. And when an energetic comedian came into the class to teach "Theories of Communication," I thought I'd never want to leave. Almost all of our assignments were essays and I, for one, was thrilled to be given a chance to write for someone who actually wanted to read what I had to say.

My last paper was entitled, "Women!" It was my theory on why women allow men to dictate how they feel about themselves. When he handed it back to me the next week, it was covered in red ink from all of his editing notes. And at the very bottom of the page, written in barely legible chicken scratch script, was a personal note from him, "Great work, as usual! You should look into graduate school!"

But I never did.

My academic career came to an abrupt end when I became so annoyed with the lack of participation on my "team" that I opted to go back to doing what I do best: Dodging my fear of failure. It was, after all, the one thing I knew I'd be good at.

That was exactly twenty years ago and makes me cringe every time I think about it. During that span, I was married, divorced, remarried and had a child, built and dismantled a business, and proceeded to waste any talent that I might have had on doing whatever I had to do to in order to keep my daughter in private school.

And I did, for a while.

Which brings us to today, where I sit at my desk trying to construct words on a page that someone might want to read one day. And as my fingers tap away into uncertainty, I continue to find myself learning new things about writing, blogging and knowing when to ignore my inner critic. The truth of the matter is that I actually enjoy it–even if no one else does. And the notion of giving it all up out of fear or rejection is just something I simply can't do.

And I won’t–even if it means taking a class or two (or three, or four...).

I've been faced with some ongoing challenges while pursuing my new career, and some of them are worth taking note. For example, are you aware that you could be sued just for posting images on your blog that you found on the Internet? And, did you FURTHER know that there are about a zillion "royalty free" websites that will charge you a shit-load of money just to use the same image that the other guys have on their page? Yep... There's that! So now, on top of writing a story about how my dog wound up in a Mexican prison, I have to create my own image to go along with it! Blasphemy!

Words To Live By


"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

~ Michael Jordan

Fear: The OTHER Four Letter "F" Word!

Which one of them is stopping you?

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This was an illustration I designed based on the many ridicules interruptions that I encounter throughout my day. Just goes to show... ANYONE can make a cartoon these days–even me!
This was an illustration I designed based on the many ridicules interruptions that I encounter throughout my day. Just goes to show... ANYONE can make a cartoon these days–even me!

Hell... You can even make your own animation!

It's All About Options!

Luckily, there are free resources you can use; such as Bitstrips, Stripgenerator and Pixton, that will help you devise your own devilish parody–but you'll still have to do the work! And who's going to build your website when you’re an unemployed, starving artist? Are YOU going to do it? Yep, you bet your ass you will! But it's easy, thanks to all the free tools out there like Blogger, Weebly, Tumblr, and my new soon-to-be best friend, HubPages. Then there's the issue of not having an Editor, despite the obvious need. Sure, you can whip out your checkbook and pray that they don't cash it before they finish proofing your article. But eventually, they will and you'll be right back where you started... In your office, trying to figure out the difference between gray and grey.

But guess what? There’s a tool for that, too!

Check Your Grammar BEFORE You Publish!

In a world where technology is king, there is no excuse for not checking your text before clicking the submit button ––so DO IT!

Grammarly is an online grammar checker designed to aid in your attempts at fooling others into thinking you know you're shit (see what I did there? Grammarly did, and it's telling me to fix it right now)! I'll admit, their vision isn't exactly 20/20 and sometimes they miss a few things or complicate it with too many rules, but every little bit helps when you’re trying to put it outthere for all the World to critique, and I'm not too proud to admit that I use it.

It's only a big hill if you don't climb it.  Make sure you wear the right shoes!
It's only a big hill if you don't climb it. Make sure you wear the right shoes!

Always Be Learning

There are a million things that need to be done when it comes to writing a blog, and unless you’re reeling in a decent amount of cash as you’re fishing off that merciless pier, it’s all going to be on you. Every day, I seem to acquire a new skill. I've gone from wannabe writer to inspiring cartoonist who moonlights as a part-time social media strategist. And although I've yet to fully master the art of my heartfelt craft, it’s no longer because I'm afraid to try, or to fail... Or even to succeed. It is simply because I'm still learning, which is something I wish I would have tried long ago.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

~ GEORGE ELIOT

I've always wanted to be a writer. But for whatever reason, I never thought I could... Until now.

© 2014 Lisa René LeClair

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    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Wow... THANKS, Jodah! Your message just made my day!! My daughter is out of school all summer, so I'm on a bit of a writing hiatus until school starts back up. Just call me "minimum required" as the only writing I've done is on my own website. Pixton is great; I love it!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this hub Sassy, best read I've had in ages. You are a very good writer and offer great advice. I used to be a wannabe cartoonist so can't wait to check out Pixton, Stripgenerator and Bitstrips. Voted up.

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Thanks much tirelesstraveler... And thanks for stopping by!

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Thanks Jo... I work at everything ––sometimes it shows! ;-)

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Keep up the good work. The information is encouraging and useful. Good job.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image

      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      Great work here. I can tell tell you really worked at this. I enjoyed reading and your tone was spot on. Shared and voted up! It is a pleasure to meet you. Take care. :-)

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Thanks crissp! And it only took 47 years! ;-)

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      CrisSp 

      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congratulations! Glad you finally have discovered YOURSELF!

      So, write on!

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Awww... Thanks for that! There will be more, but I can't promise that any of them will be interesting OR useful! At best, I hope to achieve mildly humorous with a dash of stupidity. ;-)

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub; interesting and useful.

      Here's to so many more.

      Eddy.

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      That would mean I was smart, which I'm not... But looks like I may have latched onto someone who IS!! Thanks!! ;-)

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      Mark Ewbie 

      4 years ago from UK

      Nice writing, sassy and style. Now you need to fathom out how the visitor finds it, what they were looking for and what you are going to give them. Or maybe you already know how to do that...

    • sassypiehole profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa René LeClair 

      4 years ago from the ATL

      Thanks for that! It's been a long time coming, but I'm glad I finally stepped up! I think I burned myself out on yesterday's piece, though (too serious). Today I'm going to write about a donkey and liven things up! ;-)

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      Bernadyn 

      4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I feel the same way about writing and blogging. It's a learning process and that's a good point you made.

      Cute and funny cartoon picture, by the way; reminds me of when I'm at my desk and kids are tapping my shoulder. Good luck with it all and enjoy your day. :)

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