Let me begin by talking a little about myself. I have always been an achiever. Back in school it was invariably about being a rank-holder, getting medals for sports, or simply being best at whatever it is that I do. But what I have always been bad at is taking decisions. I have always been confused about what I wanted to seriously pursue in life. I do not mean to gloat, but as a kid being good at practically everything, choosing one thing got even more tough, especially given how indecisive I am. But one thing I was always sure of was my love for writing. I used to write a lot of poetry, articles for my school magazines, jingles for birthday cards and even quite a few newspaper reports. To see my work published in the newspaper or the magazines gave me an unparalleled and tremendous amount of joy that no mark-sheet or report card could ever.
Then I grew up and under the pressure to perform and build a successful career, I studied Molecular Biology and later even hardcore Finance but nothing could give me that same sense of satisfaction that writing did. I always knew something was amiss and that maybe, I was not in the right direction or I had chosen the wrong career for myself, because no matter how lucrative and promising these fields were, they were not bringing me the same happiness. I jumped academic streams, worked harder, signed up for some of the toughest courses to challenge myself further but nothing could make me feel content. It was then that I decided to drop everything else and do what I love the most, which was writing.
This brings me to the topic I am writing about today – To Blog Or Not To Blog? The reason I gave a brief overview of my life before blogging is because I know of so many people with genuine talent who push away or hold off entering this world because they think that it is not a conventional career option, is not recognized enough or even not as remunerative as other professions can be and consequently, deprive themselves of the success and contentment they can achieve. As somebody who began blogging after years of deliberating about it, I can understand the misgivings and scepticism that accompany the world of blogging . The doubts whether your blog will be loved, accepted or successful enough can deter even the most confident individuals. But what I want my readers to understand and take back from my experience is that, no matter what you do in life, you will never know if it was meant to be till you actually dive into it. If you are confused about whether you should begin blogging for any reason whatsoever, be it for making money, as a hobby, to spread awareness about some topic or just to share your thoughts with fellow bloggers, ask yourself one simple question which is, do you really sincerely want to blog and will it give you genuine happiness? Nothing else matters. Whether your blog will be a success or not, will it gain enough love, will it be accepted by people and will you be able to earn sufficient money from it are all secondary questions that will have to wait. Moreover, trust me, if blogging does not give you pure unadulterated joy, you will not be able to continue too long anyway. Like every other form of art, writing not only requires talent but also an enormous amount of patience, which is where your love for the art comes into picture. So if your answer to that key question is in the affirmative and if you truly love the idea of blogging, nothing should stop you from beginning and most definitely nothing will stop you from achieving your due share of success. It took me several years of toiling in different fields of study to realize this simple fact. This is the reason, in this post I did not delve into the usual advice about how to begin a blog, the necessity of a niche, ways to market it or monetize it. Instead, I only wanted to focus on the fear, insecurity and indecisiveness that deters so many talented people from entering into the world of blogging or even continuing in it and the right mindset needed to overcome this dilemma.
I may not seem like the best person to give a career advice but from my experiences, I can confidently vouch for all those people who advocate – Do what you love and everything will fall into place. The part which involves worrying over the possibilities and doubting your capabilities can surely be eliminated. Ask yourself only the right questions and plunge into it headlong. Remember that if you love it, you can ace it.
I’ll end this post with a perfect quote by Steve Jobs, “If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.”
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