The wonderful Sadje of Keep It Alive has kindly nominated me for a 321 Quote Me Challenge! Originally created by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke, today’s special topic is ‘knowledge’. Sadje is a fantastic blogger who shares such vivid stories for readers to appreciate. I’m deeply grateful for her for considering me, and for getting me thinking about such a fascinating topic!
• Thank the Selector.
• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.
• Select 3 other bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’
Note: There’s no specific deadline to this challenge, so you can answer whenever you choose.
This resonated a lot with me as a budding writer. I can’t claim to know what content my audience will enjoy, or try to anticipate what their reaction to each new story will be. In all honesty, when I started blogging for real, it was scary. I’d never tried this before, I didn’t know how to do it well.
So I asked around.
I swallowed my pride, asked experienced bloggers what they’d enjoyed most about blogging, what lessons they wished they’d known from the beginning, and slowly built up my own confidence in finding my own writing niche. I shared my work, found other writers, encouraged them and asked for their help. By doing that, I was able to discover a whole new talent I hadn’t cultivated before – writing stories.
Find the special thing you enjoy writing about the most, and stick with it. Whatever you choose your site to be, there will be an audience for it somewhere. Whatever comes easiest to you will be your biggest strength; if you enjoy writing, it’ll be an enjoyable read, likeminded kindred spirits will appreciate your site, and that genuine passion in your blog will interest them further.
But never be afraid of acknowledging you don’t know something – once you recognise the gaps in your own knowledge, it’s much easier to remedy them and improve yourself.
After all: nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? 😀
Don’t ever grow stagnant with the knowledge you have. Gaining new knowledge always pays off over the long term. Put time aside to learn and help yourself grow, absorb new knowledge from the experts, and you’ll have a much richer life from it.
I’ve learned so much about becoming a better writer by reading such different novels over the years, from fantasy bestsellers and YA fiction to historical dramas and action thrillers. Getting swept up into the authors’ living breathing worlds and enjoying their vivid imaginations has really expanded my horizons for my own writing. In their fantastic variety, all these stories have helped inspire me to channel my thoughts and emotions onto the page. The more you read, the easier you become a better writer with new ideas, new plots, and new characters to draw inspiration from.
Books can comfort us in the darkest times, drive us to climb higher for our dreams, confront our inner demons and view the world from a new perspective. They give us the experience of a hundred lifetimes, introduce us to a thousand characters on vivid adventures in brave new worlds. Their stories touch our minds, stir our hearts and search our souls. So if you’re going to read anything…read a book!
It’s the same on WordPress; I’ve learned so much brilliant knowledge from fellow bloggers. Six ladies in particular are experts in their amazing advice for aspiring bloggers. Whether you’re a fledgling writer, a new blogger just starting out or a veteran wordsmith looking for some fresh inspiration, these writing sages are fantastic fountains of knowledge with valuable lessons about the writing journey. Please show them some appreciation by checking their blogs out!
M. L. Davies – Uninspired Writers
Eva – Brimming
To continue the Knowledge theme onward, I’d like to give a special mention to:
Mel – Crushed Caramel
Ket – Cynical Souls
Saania – Fun with Philosophy
Winnie – Musings
Dr Tanya – Salted Caramel
Emily – Raising Vibrations
I’d love to read some of your favourite quotes about knowledge, but if you’d prefer not to participate in this Challenge, that’s perfectly fine too. Hope you have a lovely weekend! Best of luck with your blogging adventures!