100: Why I Write

With this blog I will have made it to the milestone of 100 posts (not counting translations of my Gàidhlig pieces), which is something I’m pretty happy about.  When I opened up this site in October, I wondered whether I’d have the drive and determination to keep writing posts a few times a week even a few months down the line.  Thankfully, I have – and it has reaffirmed the fact that writing is something I really enjoy and something I’d hope to do for a living someday.

Those that have read this blog, or that know me personally, know that I have an opinionated mind and a keen interest in what’s going on around me.  There’s little that happens in the news or elsewhere that I don’t take a stance on, even if a little quieter on some occasions than others.  This blog is a testament to that, as I try to convey my opinions on what I’ve seen or heard in entertainment, football, politics etc.  I enjoy letting people know about things they haven’t heard about before, too.  If there’s something big in the news or I stumble across something I think someone will be interested in I like to let them know.  Again, it’s a reason why this blog exists and part of the reason why I want to become a journalist.  As much flak as the profession gets at times for some of its’ members’ questionable scruples, journalism is a vital part of our society, even if the way in which we consume news is changing.  I’d love to be a part of it.

Another reason why I’ve kept up this blog and want to become a journalist is because I enjoy writing itself.  There’s something about writing that is good for your mind in a way that little else is.  If you have opinions on a subject, like I very often do, you can pour your thoughts onto paper, physical or virtual, and that is great in many ways.  With writing you can organise your thoughts easily, by reordering sentences or paragraphs, which isn’t something you can do just thinking to yourself or talking to someone else.  Having your thoughts there in front of you makes you realise how much or how little you truly think about the subject.  You can see if your point-of-view makes sense by absorbing it almost second-hand via the page in front of you.  Writing also affords you the luxury of being able to revise what you are trying to get across, even if you mess up a few times at the start.  If you are talking to someone and make a mistake, you either have to correct yourself or leave the mistake alone – in either case failing at least a little in getting your message across.  With writing, you can check what you are putting across both as you type it and when you read over it again.  You can do this as many times as you want before hitting send, publish or print.  You can find the exact turn of phrase you want to use maybe a few edits down the line, which is something you obviously can’t do when talking to someone.  Writing is easily the most effective way of communicating with a group of people.

All this is great when you are writing for others, but it’s even better sometimes when you are just writing for yourself.  There’s something therapeutic about putting your troubles in front of you and whittling them away word by word.  I don’t post a lot of the posts I write, either because they only get half-finished or simply don’t add up to a piece of writing I think people would want to read.  I’ll rarely post an opinionated piece without revising it over a few days to make sure I don’t come across overly emotive.  Most of those sorts of posts get scrapped into the recycle bin.  Even though nothing tangible comes from the post, I still get something from it.  Having an outlet for this not only makes life a lot less stressful, but also means I get a bit of practice at something I want to do for a living.  It’s a win-win scenario.

I’d like to thank anyone and everyone that has read any of these blog posts for taking the time out of their day to do so.  Although I write for my own enjoyment, it makes me even happier to think that someone is finding some sort of interest in the few hundred words I’ve put together on my topic du jour.  I’d like to thank even more anybody that has let me know what they thought of my posts in person, as it’s always very nice to be told to carry on doing what you are doing.

So I’m a 100 posts down, and I can assure you there will be many more to come.

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