I am not a writer.
I don’t know how many times I repeated those words to myself, although I write dozens of emails and memos every day at work. True, it is related to my profession (I am a civil engineer), but still, I write multi-page reports and am good at writing business documents.
Well, then, why am I afraid to write a blog post?
The reason is a different type of audience. I write emails and memos to people I know or at least know their names. The social media audience is a mystery to me, and I don’t know what to expect.
Finally, the decision fell!
Now, I need to find a topic. Once again, I am facing a dilemma. I could write about the things that interest me, but I don’t know if it will be interesting to readers. I like math, new technologies, green tech, traditional building methods, but also things related to nature and cultural heritage.
So many ideas go through my mind. I came to the conclusion that all these topics have already been written. How to write about familiar things in a new way? I remembered the title of a documentary I recently watched, “The Unknown Known.” Should I write something like that? There is always some sort of new land to explore, and I see myself as an explorer.
For now, I don’t want to use any writing tips. I don’t like headlines with a number of ways to do something better. There are too many such posts, which frankly, annoy me.
After some hesitation, I decided.
My first ever blog post will be about what I was thinking before I started writing, the doubt about whether to write or not for the public.
Here it is! The ice has broken!
Regardless of any future comments, I am relieved that I have managed to write a few meaningful sentences (I hope they are). Then it occurred to me that maybe nobody will read my post, but I think disappointment is also a part of the writing process. After all, there is a first time for everything. I just have to wait and see how it goes.
Next time I will write about subjects close to my heart. Many new ideas are already emerging.
The writer in me just woke up!