everyday inspiration: day one – I write because…

Day One: I write because…

Why am I here?  Who am I?  Why do I blog?

I am starting to explore the drive behind my blogging and work out what exactly it is I want to blog about rather than the kinda random approach I have at the moment.  So I have signed up to a few of the courses offered by WordPress to start learning more about blogging and myself as a blogger.  I try to write everyday in the morning, most of what I write never sees the light of day though some of my morning musings do go on to become posts on here.  What I often struggle with is what to write about and it all too often ends up as me using it like a journal.  Not a bad thing in itself yet I don’t feel like it is expanding my writing in the way I would like.  So I am starting with the ‘Everyday Inspiration’ course and starting at the beginning….

I write because….

Why do I write?  I write for a multitude of reasons.  I write because there is so much going on in my head that I need to get it out somewhere sometimes.  Because my anxiety drives me to it.  I write because I love words, I enjoy finding ways of describing the world around me and the feelings within me.  I feel I have things I want to share with other people, to help people not feel as alone as I did when my anxiety was at its worse.  I write because I want to share my experiences, to show my travels and how the world is a varied, interesting place.  I write because I am a writer and I want to keep improving, developing and sharing.

I blog because….

Why do I blog?  Again there is a whole heap of reasons why I blog, some selfish and some not so much.  I blog in the hope that I will entertain, inform, encourage and help.  I share my thoughts and experiences to find connections with others.  I blog because part of me wants validation from others that my writing is good although I know this really needs to come from within.  I blog as a way of advertising that I can write to potential employers, to build a portfolio.  Most of all though I blog because I enjoy it, I am a blogger.


I intend to complete each daily task on this course, some will make it on here….and some won’t.  So for a while there may be a little more of a mixture of topics on here than normal.  I hope you will enjoy them and discovering more about me as I discover more about me as a writer.

If you have any tips on daily writing practice or how you develop your writing, I’d love to hear your tips!

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  1. mphadventuregirl

    When I too this course, I had to really think about why I write and even blog. At first, I didn’t want to blog, but friends and family convinced me to and I was hooked right away. I sometimes have to write papers for school. I write in order to express myself and write to deal with stresses of everyday life. Writing to me is like freedom and is a way of showing my personality

    1. Joanna Maguire

      Thank you for reading my post and commenting! I love what you say about why you blog 🙂

  2. arwen1968

    For what it’s worth I think the only way to improve your writing is… by writing! And in parallel, by reading. Although it does matter what you read. 🙂 If you want to be a tabloid journalist, read tabloids, if you want to write romance, read Mills&Boon, and if you’re going to write the defining novel of the United Staes in the 21st century, read Tolstoy’s War & Peace!

    1. Joanna Maguire

      Hey thank you for reading and taking the time to reply! Very true on the improving writing by writing point. I do read all the time and have quite a varied taste (from classics to sci-fi to Japanese literature and so on) however bizarrely I never write fiction and rarely read non-fiction!

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