If there is one word that best describes last year for me it would be busy.
It started with a huge adjustment of changing jobs from Islamic media to mainstream print journalism.
Also, second year was nothing like first year. The courses were tough and I supped two papers for the first time in my life.
But 2013 also came with a lot of opportunities for me.
I grew as an individual and I pursued a lot of my goals both affecting my career as well as personal life.
One of the main goals I set out to achieve in 2013 was to create a fun yet constructive hobby.
And that is why in June, after my first semester exams, I started fictional blogging.
That was not my first attempt at blogging as I took up blogging in early 2011.
Obviously writing for Diary of a Guji Girl was a lot different than writing on my own personal blog.
But it was lots of fun. And that was exactly what I needed.
Yesterday in a radio interview I said that I never ever dreamt of it being so popular.
It was a platform for me to let loose.
I didn’t have to adhere to any strict form of writing or rules.
Unlike my work as a political journalist, I did not have a ‘style guide’ to follow.
I could write what I wanted to whenever I felt like. It was liberating, somewhat.
Diary of a Guji Girl was not meant to be more than just a few posts, I always say.
But it was exciting to see so many people enjoying the story line- and I enjoyed writing it.
So I continued.
But like any hobby, blogging has its pros and cons.
It is a great way to express yourself, to be creative and to engage with your readers.
Blogging becomes part of your life and in my case, so does the characters.
But it is also a challenge at times.
Blogging takes up a lot of time and when your blog becomes popular, it becomes a monster of sort that you have to keep feeding.
I believe you should only write when you feel inspired or want to write. Blogging should never be a job. Ever!
Obviously, blogging takes a lot of data. It seems menial but it is something to keep in mind.
Also, with blogging you open yourself up to a lot of scrutiny.
It was not the type of objective scrutiny I was used to about my articles in the newspaper.
This was a lot more different.
But I have come to realized that not everyone will like my writing and I am okay with that.
Life would be boring if we all enjoyed the same things.
The greatest lesson I learnt in blogging is to keep writing, no matter what.
Someone will like what you write, eventually.
But more than that, write for yourself. It will open up a new world for you.