“So, you would have been blogging for a year now this April?”
“Wow how time flies! You don’t sound very excited.”
“Well, it’s not like it’s such a big deal, people have been blogging like forever.”
“True, but you’re not people.”
“Why don’t you write about it?”
“Me? It’s not like I won Olympic gold or something.”
“You’re too hard on yourself. You keep waiting until you arrive. Learn to celebrate small successes on the way. Life has peaks—”
“And valleys. Every peak is a valid point for celebration, blah, blah, blah. Okay, how should I do it?”
“Share your story, what you learnt, why you started blogging, that kind of thing. Your writing voice lends itself to the personal essay.”
“What’s wrong with you? Where is your confidence?”
“Don’t! I don’t want to talk about it.”
“I am your mentor. If you want a cuddle, go to your friends. If you want to kick ass, you come to me!”
“Alright. But it’s not like I made money blogging, what exactly do I want to tell—”
“You of all people should know that money isn’t the only index of success—”
“You didn’t just say that?”
“Of course it’s a biggie, but writers like us console ourselves it’s not. As I was saying, haven’t you found fulfilment? Didn’t you achieve some of your goals?”
“Well . . .”
“And what is it you say again on your blog? ‘We’re all doing life together.’ And the other one that makes people think you’re sooo deep? Aha, ‘Because life happens to all of us—’”
“You’re an idiot and your advice ain’t worth two cents.”
“You can always go to the mall and buy a Gucci bag to celebrate . . .”
I went to the mall. I didn’t buy a Gucci bag. Writing is so much cheaper.
For the rest of April, I’ll share about my experience blogging for a year because I feel proud of what we, you and I, have achieved on Livelytwist. I hope you’ll stick around. I hope you’ll locate yourself in my stories and maybe share parts of yours too. Thank you so much for your support.
Take lemons, make life, and then jump for joy!
©Timi Yeseibo 2014
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