How my life changed since I started writing/blogging

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.

Backstory

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.

Before 2005

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.

2013-2015

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.

Expansion #1:

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.

Expansion #2:

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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My Short Stories

My Quotes

My Writings when I am having Writer’s block

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9 thoughts on “How my life changed since I started writing/blogging

  1. I can really resonate with the points you have shared under long term. Ultimately, for me, blogging is a great stress reliever which provides an extra bonus of interacting with people who share the same interest.
    Really happy to hear your story and glad that you started blogging.

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