This isn’t my first blog. I kept one while studying abroad, and started another one shortly before being hired by my current employer. With all the chaos of starting a new job, that one quickly faded into obscurity. I was writing all day everyday already, for goodness sake!
But now that I’m a little more settled at my current position — and still have a few functioning brain cells after work — it’s time to get back to writing for myself.
I don’t take starting a new blog lightly. I consider myself a person who finishes what she starts, and intend to remain committed to this project for years to come.
My favorite author, Elizabeth Peters, once wrote something that I find profoundly inspiring:
The craft of writing delights me. It is impossible to attain perfection; there is always something more to be learned– figuring out new techniques of plotting or characterization, struggling with recalcitrant sentences until I force them to approximate my meaning. And nothing is ever wasted. Everything one sees and hears, everything one learns, can be used.
The last part of that quote — about nothing ever being “wasted,” is what I love most about writing. Even if you find yourself in what seems like an utterly ridiculous or possibly awful experience, that just means you have extra-comedic material for a blog post later.
So, in starting a new blog, what are my biggest fears?
Primarily that I will run out of material and find out I am actually crap at what I love.
But what is my goal?
That Adventures of a Twenty-Something will inspire me to try new things, force me to work harder and become a better writer, and ultimately translate into new and exciting possibilities down the road.
Have you guys ever started a big project that you were 90% excited, 10% scared about?