On Writability: Why I write

You know that guest post I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? Well, it’s finally up! Check it out here. If you’re a writer, I’d love to know the reasons why YOU write, so please do leave a comment.

Also, the header image my sister drew for Cake & Cows‘s first birthday is back – and finally incorporated in a free WordPress theme that doesn’t trigger my OCPDness all that much.

Happy Friday, everyone! :)

17 thoughts on “On Writability: Why I write

  1. I missed this header, that’s some real talent.
    I checked out the post and really loved the discussion that it inspired. I don’t really know why I write, I just know that it’s something I have to do.

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    • I wish I could take credit for it – but she’s my older sister. LOL. All the talent went to her.
      You know, as for the reasons, I had to really think about why. It’s not a fun story to tell, and it didn’t start off as this need to create new worlds, but rather to be able to vent my frustrations and feel a sense of belonging. My writing is not always this heavy, not at a blog titled Cake & Cows anyway, but it’s the reason why I’ve always come back to blogging. There’s this “outcasts are welcome” vibe that I still hold onto, even though the blogosphere has transformed vastly since I first started doing it.

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      • Okay, I’m going to sound like an old fart, but it seemed more special back then, before everyone and their dog had a blog. I mean, “Dog with a blog” has a nice ring to it, but you know what I mean? I think that has to do with something about my personality. Blogging was a refuge for me when I didn’t have a lot of good/enduring friendships. For me, it was venting and forming real friendships with people all over the world (I’m still doing that with you, Naureen, Geeky, etc). but now it’s the trendy thing to do. I sound like such an elitist. LOL. I’m sorry. There are some great blogs out there, but there are also a LOT of really not so great ones.

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  2. I don’t know anything of the blogosphere back when you first started, but I remember thinking people who blogged truly were some sort of uber cool people with fun stories to tell. Most of them just used it as an online diary, really – but then I hardly knew that many of them so what can I say? Haha. Blogging really has picked up so much now. When I first started blogging, I was already an avid reader/follower of several blogs. I’ve never actually shared my story of how I began (hmm, could be a post aha) and I cant tell why I felt a pull to do so (in retrospect I feel it was my calling to just *start*), but I had a LOT of free time on my hands and I just needed to do something and that’s how I discovered my passion for writing. I didn’t know why I loved it or what made me do it prior to actually doing it, but as i’ve been writing I think its just something I need to do, yknow? I write for myself. It’s an outlet. It’s also a way for me to say a lot of things I otherwise am not able to articulate.. Ah there’s so much. I love writing.

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    • I would love to read a post on how you got into blogging. When did you first start? I feel the same way as you. I never really cared for writing until I started blogging, but it was this blog that inspired me to go beyond just blogging. Until very recently, I never would have called myself a writer. It’s pretty amazing how a need for release can turn into a passion, right? :) I’m glad you love to write, because you have such a beautiful way of writing that appeals to everyone.

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  3. Writing is almost a compulsion for me. It helps me deal with all the thoughts that are constantly cluttering my mind. One minute I’m analyzing some academic article, and the next I’m wondering what it would be like to terraform Mars and make it habitable. One minute I’m pondering on the impact of food security on the political stability of the Global South, and the next I’m delivering a fiery speech in some corner of my psyche on the importance of scientific research to an imaginary audience enthralled of course by the sheer power of my charisma. For all intent and purposes I live in my own head, which might explain why I often prefer my own company to that of others. So putting these thoughts on paper is essentially a form of spring cleaning for me lol.

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