Why I Blog (2022)
By, Ashley Lee
In school, I was taught to write in a journal and use proper grammar.
As much as I participated in the activity, I didn't really care much for it when I was a kid.
Fast forward to many years later, I found writing to be an avenue for expressing myself.
As a poet, I created free-form poetry and recorded and produced a spoken-word album with those pieces.
As a screenwriter, I wrote a couple of films.
Now, I turned to blogging.
Blogging became a hobby for me since last year.
As a Blogger
Blogging serves a de-stress activity for me as an individual. I highly enjoy writing soft content where there's lots of happiness to it.
I tend to write about things that circulates in my mind such as community service and food.
As an author, I find it best to write about things that are not controversial, because I see that there are a lot of those in our media. Plus, I feel that there needs to be a lot more positive news shared in our community.
Sadly, there's no balance out there. It's mostly bad news and not much happy content. I don't think it's good to keep looking at negative stuff as it's detrimental to our health- especially our mental health.
As I started writing more articles, I found myself immersed with this hobby and had committed to uploading unique content at my leisure.
Usually, ideas come to me whether I'm doing something or not, and I jot them down.
Overall, I post content featuring my voice as I feel that that's the best way to showcase my style of writing.
The cool thing about being a writer is that you can alternate across various realms and do something that fits you like writing a fictional story, jokes, speeches, etc.
Plus, you can lend your talents to organizations that needs a writer.
Speaking of organizations- I am a blog writer to my alma mater's French Club.
There, I write blogs pertaining to the French culture.
With the UNLV French Club
I became a member of the UNLV French Club in late 2019 when I was still a student. The organization held meetings celebrating the French culture such as Francophone countries (France, Belgium, Vietnam, etc.).
About a year later, the club launched a website and asked for blog entries.
Once I saw that opportunity, I grew interested in contributing my works to the club.
I submitted articles about my trip to Europe, food, and much more.
As months went by, they announced an open position for anyone wanting to be their website writer.
Initially, I wasn't sure if I wanted to apply for the role, because I had a lot of schoolwork to do and was graduating, but I considered.
Luckily, they let me join the board.
Every month, I upload at least one entry to their website that I feel is insightful for members to read and learn about.
Writing is a Healing Instrument For Me
As mentioned above, writing is a de-stress activity for me.
I come to enjoy the fact that when I blog, it releases lots of stress from me, and that's what I take out of it.
Being able to write content is a privilege for me, because I get the freedom to write about anything I feel.
But it's not just for me. I personally believe that I can tell a story (from experience) and share that with others with the intentions of helping them in a way.
In other words, I want my articles to be a win-win for everybody.
So if you see writing as your calling, then go for it!
I hope that this article will inspire you to discover what writing can do to you in a positive way.