The other day I was walking in the park with Cait from Blonde on a Budget and she made a comment about me being a writer and I automatically corrected her by saying “Cait, I’m not a writer. Possibly a blogger but definitely not a writer.”
Cait was so nice and sweet and told me that she reads all my blog posts and she doesn’t know this but secretly (or not so secretly anymore!) on the inside I was giddy with joy because I look up to this woman but on the outside I was all calm and cool like a Canadian cucumber.
How do I know I’m not a writer?
First of all my grammar sucks! J (aka. Mr. Grammar) used to edit all my posts early on in my blogging days but soon quit because there were too many errors and he was frustrated with the fact that I still don’t know the difference between “then” and “than” but you can bet your pretty pennies I know the difference between “they’re” “their” and “there.” I mean I did go to university and have a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in money-making English after all!
Second, my spelling is even worse. Thank goodness for spell-check and auto-correct!
Third, my writing skills (proper sentences, paragraphs, punctuation, Subject-Verb Agreement, etc.) clearly demonstrates that I slept through my basics of writing 101 course.
What is my brilliant solution for writing that is flawed?
Cover it up with humor! If people are too busy cracking a smile at my written words, they won’t be frowning at my writing mechanics right? Too bad there’s no font for sarcasm eh?
On a serious note, I’m being kinda modest in this blog post title because I may not be a legit blogger but I am a blogger who works hard spending over 25 hours a week on this lil’ ol’ hobby of mine. Practice makes almost perfect.
Over the past 9 months, I think I have found my voice in this blogosphere and like to think that even if my name wasn’t linked to my writing, some readers would still be able to recognize “GMD’s writing style.”
Regardless of writer or blogger, the one thing to remember is that CONTENT IS
You may have perfectly crafted sentences but if it’s boring or crap, no one is going to read it.
On the other hand, you may have jokes coming out the yin-yang but if it’s there’s no heart in your writing then I won’t be reading it either.
Anyone, and I mean anyone can start a blog, in fact thousands are started everyday, but before you call yourself a writer or a blogger, stop and take a few moments to think if what you’re writing is worth hitting the publish button.
Yes, the same topics are going to be written and re-written about a thousand times in any niche, but try to add your own fresh spin to it. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in your writing.
I’ve accepted the fact that I will never be a “real” writer but I also know that I will never stop being a blogger who has fun with her writing and I hope many of you stick around for a long time reading Girl Meets Debt.