Here I was, minding my own business, spending my day just like any other. A quick trip to Chalet, and some Jeep scouting (I’m looking for a nice Jeep CJ6 – If you know where I can find one, let me know!) rounded up the first half of my day. I finally got home after spending four hours on the road in this grueling summer heat, and was having my first meal of the day when my buddy Adeel pointed me towards a curiously titled blog post. Titled “How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise, and Get Paid to Change the World“, I was guessing it would be like one of those typical blog posts that tell you how you can start making money off of your blog or website. I was as wrong as could be!
The author, Jon Morrow of Copyblogger, was sharing his experience of doing the same. I won’t post what he wrote in this post, but I will say that this was probably one of the most mind-jolting wake-up calls I’ve ever received. Hat’s off to you Jon!
One of the core responsibilities of writers worldwide is to inspire people with their words. Whatever you write about, it should have some message, some meaning, rather than a simple collection of text talking about some hot new gadget or some new supercar. It needs to be a lot deeper than that, otherwise, there’s no difference between you and a journalist/reporter who just reports what he sees and shares his limited opinions about those objects.
Despite it’s importance, very few ‘writers’ actually do that. They just don’t bother with the inspirational aspects of a writer’s life, and just go on and on, writing a monotonous and almost robotic chain of words and phrases that don’t really do much. This is where everything goes wrong, and this is where we really need help!
Let me share my story. I first started blogging back in 2005 with a WordPress blog called Quiet Whispers. I didn’t really post that often and kept deleting my blog every six to eight months, but I used that space like my personal diary, posting my life’s experiences and more often than not, venting. I had a few readers, mostly friends, but I didn’t really realize that my words could really affect people till one day, a friend came up to me and told me that one of my blog posts had changed her life.
It was about taking control of your life, making things go right, instead of letting them go wrong, and making sure that you don’t end up a zombie. All I did in that post was narrate a not-so-good experience, and how I took control and steered myself clear of the mess. Things have never been quite the same.
I have to run so I’m ending this post here, but I will be posting about my experiences soon. I promise. Till then, read that blog post!