Day 8 of Blogtember: Discuss what ways blogging or social media have changed you.
Blogging has given me back a piece of me that was missing. When I entered college as a 17 year old freshman in the fall of 2007, I was planning on being a print journalism major. I wanted to write about travel, or write for a magazine, or do something that told the world how I felt, even if it was news.
As anyone who has taken print journalism classes can tell you, it’s nothing like you imagine. I thought I would have wonderful teachers who loved their jobs, and wanted to help me grow into areas of writing that I thrived in. However, I found myself in class after class requiring me to go to city planning meetings, school board meetings, counsel meetings, every meeting available under the sun, and then write an article about it for a mock newspaper. I hated ever second of it. This was not the writing I knew and loved. I got points deducted for personality in my writing, I got in trouble for trying to take a different spin on anything. I was sitting there watching my creativity being stripped away from me and I was helpless.
I was a creative writing minor, and I looked to those classes to help alleviate the pain of the journalism classes. Unfortunately, I found that by the time I had to write for my creative writing classes, there was no creativity left. I couldn’t think of one word to put down on paper. Within two semesters, I had lost every ounce of passion that I had originally had for writing. I couldn’t even keep up with the creative writing classes, how was I supposed to write for a magazine?!
The breaking point was actually when I was working for a magazine as a copy editor. I would work 20 hours a week, and I’ve never hated a job more. The editor was unorganized, rude, and disheveled. I ended up quitting that job and changing my major at the same time. I changed to Sociology… which has since been changed to business, because it’s practical. Practically boring… I digress.
Blogging has given back that passion for writing. It’s given me an outlet to write something that sounds like me, and to interact with people who want to read what I wrote. There’s nothing more gratifying than reading a comment. It is the total embodiment of someone taking a moment out of their busy life to read a little bit of myself, and liking it. A comment is the feeling of acceptance. It lets you know that you’re not alone out there. You’re not writing to no one.
Blogging has reminded me why it’s important to have goals again. I can dream up these vacations, or outfits, or projects, because they’re possible. Someone else has made it work, so I can too.
Blogging has led me to the most positive, smart, funny, beautiful group of women that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I know that I can text Jess when I’m having a bad day, or tweet at you all when I need someone to tell me that I’m not going to die because I ate and entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s. You share the frustrations I feel at work, at home, and at school.
Blogging has connected me. It’s brought back a piece of my soul that was missing, and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
Have you ever lost your passion?
What positive things have come out of your blogging/social media experience?
What is your dream job?