The Day I Became a Writer

Today is the fifth anniversary of the day I became a writer.

It happened on a lazy Sunday afternoon. July 17, 2005, to be exact. Blogging was in back then, and since I was bored that Sunday, I decided to follow the crowd and get a blog.

My first post was quite the literary masterpiece: (cough cough)

Hey this is me, Emily Smucker and this is my first post and I don’t really know what to say except that if you are reading this or any thing I ever post, please pardon the spelling. I was going to put bad spelling on my expertise thing but I forgot. Sorry.

It’s impossible to pinpoint when I began writing. I’ve made up stories since before I can remember. But I consider that date, July 17 2005, to be the day I became a writer.

It was the day I made my writing available to the general public.

It was the day I committed myself to writing, even if I wasn’t enormously inspired.

It was the day I began the webpage which contained words which would later go on to get published.

Everything escalated from there. As I got more comfortable typing, I began keeping detailed diaries on the computer. The comments and subscriptions boosted my confidence, and I shared more of my writing with people.

So here I am, five years after I became a writer. This is blog post number 350. I have a book published. I am working on my first fiction book.

But most of all.

I am completely,

Totally,

In love

With writing.

Happy anniversary!

(And as a postscript, and to give a demonstration of how technology is changing, here is a comic strip from around the time I started my blog. Weird, how it was so popular then, and now only the diehard writers do it.)

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2 responses to “The Day I Became a Writer

  1. tisagifttoreceive

    Happy Anniversary to you!
    I love the cartoon. So only the diehard writers blog anymore? That explains why I didn’t even know it wasn’t the rage anymore. I’m a FB teetotaler and blog junkie… But I don’t usually commit to write if I’m not inspired. Kudos to you!

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  2. Thanks, from one of the diehard bloggers, for that story. It is interesting how things progressed. People found through blogs that they could build communities on the web, and then FB and Twitter took the next logical socializing steps. But I was drawn to blogging because I could *publish* my work. And doing so on my own has helped me discover what people like and what they don’t, as well as what I enjoy creating and what I don’t. Not a bad bit of education.

    Congrats on your writerly anniversary!

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