This post was written for a contest in collaboration with Sweek and Chennai Bloggers Club (#ChennaiBloggers, #ChennaiBloggersClub )
“How my life changed since I started writing/blogging“. This topic evoked my curiosity, so I decided to write about it.
If you don’t want to read a longish post about my personal adventure with writing, feel free to skip to the part “Writing/Blogging changed my life in the following ways” below. But if you want to understand the complete essence of how writing helped me out, please read on.
2005 is a critical year as I graduated that year. I was a typical Indian kid who was never interested in reading. I do remember reading chacha choudary, twinkle digest, etc. but nothing out of the ordinary. I was a 90s kid, so I had limited access to technology while growing up. I was never an avid reader. I used to watch a lot of cricket, especially Harsha Bhogle’s commentary which helped me get better in the English language.
2005 – 2012
I was into my first job. That’s when I started writing. I mean I started writing code, documentation, emails to customers, emails to manager, team, external project stakeholders, etc. Communication became important to my career’s success.
At the end of 2011, I send out a Thank you email for my team summarizing the team’s achievements and sending them a heartfelt thanks. That was sort of a message to both the team and the upper management of trying to showcase my team’s efforts to the management. That’s when I received an appreciation for compiling the email. Strange isn’t it?
Then in 2012, I prepared a documentation about an R&D analysis that I had done. I received an appreciation for the documentation. These were all apart from my regular work. But I didn’t know these small things were leading me onto something bigger.
But one thing I realized was that I was better in written communication than in oral.
Then came a phase in my career, where I wasn’t satisfied that much. I felt inadequate despite my reasonable performances. Meanwhile, I had developed this habit of reading random technical blogs, few ebooks, etc. and also trying out a lot of new stuffs in my career.
So I came across a lot of blogs, people who do a lot of stuff in sharing their knowledge.
One day, I felt what my world would have been if those blogs weren’t there. I felt gratitude for those people who managed to share their knowledge, learnings despite being in a full time job. So I decided to share my knowledge through blogs, so that others could get benefitted.
That’s when I started writing. I started a tech blog Blog #1. The response was pretty good. I sensed a feeling of satisfaction when I wrote something and shared my knowledge. It also made me feel that I was getting better clarity of the subject, myself, by trying to explain in writing. I got lot of appreciation for that too. Many people thanked me for sharing my knowledge.
As a person whose interests were in multiple areas (even in career), I then went ahead and started another tech blog Blog #2. The response was even better as the topic was more mainstream and there was plenty of confusion around that topic.
Then again, I felt I had more to share. So I created a new EBook and also started a tech blog (Blog #3)
I became a Self-Published author in Amazon Kindle. It was like a dream come true for me. All of a sudden, I got this feeling that this whole thing is just amazing.
All this while, I was also writing some random quotes out of my own experience and thoughts. Again, I didn’t know that these little things would lead onto something bigger.
2015 – 2016
Then I lost track of my tech blogs due to increasing work pressure and due to saturation. I felt that I had something more to share. For example, life learnings. And I was thinking how to share those learnings. Then, all of a sudden, one day i was writing a fiction story. I wrote 3 chapters of what would be a novel. It was amateur. But I felt satisfied again. I felt, as a person who always wanted to say something to the world, I can use this avenue to tell what I wanted to tell.
But again, I lost motivation after losing track in my tech blogs and I had to deal with the additional burden of fiction writing, which I was absolutely new at. I had never read a novel my entire life, not even a short story. But I did have interest in movies. I was questioning myself, where am I going? What I wanted to become. I started writing random stuff in my drafts. Random rants, motivational rants, my feelings, my pain, etc. But I wouldn’t share it anywhere.
Slowly, I thought, maybe I have talent in me as a writer. Slowly the pressure built up inside me to take up creative writing seriously. Then I took the plunge in 2016. But I didn’t want to write a novel, so I took up short stories. And started the Raja’s short stories blog.
Again, it got a good response. And now, recently I am part of this CBC group, where I could see like minded and passionate folks who are similar to me. For the first time, I had a real sense of belonging.
Writing/Blogging changed my life in the following ways
At the initial stages:
- It helped me get a lot of clarity on my thought process
- It helped me get a presence online apart from my office
- It helped me build a set of followers and admirers
- It helped me establish as a thought leader in my area
- It helped me build my professional resume.
But, on the longer term,
- It helped me in discovering my real passion (Which is writing :P)
- It led me to a journey which I am proud of
- It led me to discover that I am much more talented than I thought I was
- Helped me to connect with good people
- Helped me to read more
- Helped me define/re-define my life.
- I guess it is still helping me in defining the real me.
So, that’s my story. My dear writers/bloggers. How has writing changed your life?
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