Rambling Rambles. Day 22
What do I want to accomplish with this platform.
Part of me wants to be someone other’s go to for advice. That’s kind of what I’ve done my whole life. I give advice.
Part of me (and here I instantly thought, dude just do both) also wants to do something unique to myself, my story.
It seems like most of the time I ask myself questions like this the answer is to not limit myself. I can definitely do both of those. I just need to spend time crafting my style.
I read articles from really good writers, or from really good writers to-be (Az you’re killing it), and I want to do that. I want to do that tonight. But that’s not how it works.
For one, it’s 9:56pm and I’m only just starting this, when I’m supposed to be in bed by 9:30. I let myself have some fun with friends today, and while I don’t regret it it is kind of annoying to come home so tired and still have to hammer out a post.
Also, I’ve been doing this for 22 days now. That is nothing. I have so much time to grow. I can spend the next 25 years dabbling in different styles of writing and still be a successful writer before 50.
Of course that doesn’t mean I want to wait until 50 to be successful, but it’s an interesting statement to think about.
People say Rome wasn’t built in a day. Rome wasn’t built in a lifetime.
That kind of leaves the question though, what is a “successful writer” to me? When do I want to achieve that success?
I think a successful writer is someone who provides actionable information that people didn’t know they were seeking. Benjamin Hardy for example, is one of my favourite writers. He consistently writes really good articles on self improvement. I don’t remember how I found his writing, or what it was that got me hooked on him…But one day he wrote about journaling. I saw the benefits he said he got from it and I thought it was interesting.
I didn’t start journaling then, but it was an idea in my mind. Then I saw another article on it. And another. One day I decided to give it a try. I didn’t like it, but I stuck with it for a bit. Now I have a couple notebooks full of journal entries. I can’t imagine my life without making some scribbles at the end of the day.
This is the perfect example of a successful writer. He provided information about something anyone can do, and I (a person not specifically looking to start journaling) saw it and have used it to change my life.
I want to be able to do that immediately. Of course I can’t write a 3500 word article on a specific topic, I ramble way too much for that. What I can do is ramble about a certain area of topics and hopefully provide value to someone.
So in a sense, I’m already a successful writer? Right? I’m working towards the specific goal of providing value to someone through my story, whether they were looking for that value or not. Sure not many people will read this, but it only takes one person to meet my criteria.
Perspective is interesting. That kind of changes my whole patience narrative from earlier. Yes it’s true I won’t be as big of a success tomorrow as I will be in 25 years, but I’m already doing my best. As long as I keep improving I have nothing to worry about. I’m unstoppable.
Wait… Does it even matter if anyone else gets value from this? I learned a lot about myself and my motives and my perspective. That’s not what I expected when I started writing. Can I fulfill my own criteria? Then anyone else who benefits from this is just BBQ Sauce? (I hate gravy, that saying never made sense to me.)