Exactly a year ago today, I registered with WordPress and started writing my first blog under the name alittlemoreunderstanding. This has been the year when I started allowing people (who weren’t related to me or my best friends) to read my writing for the first time, it was also a time when I became more open about my Dyspraxia than I had ever been before. I’m so pleased that I made it through a whole year, writing about my experiences and bringing the issue of disability, Dyspraxia and mental health to peoples attention.
As far as WordPress and blogging were concerned I was sceptical, I had periods of online writing as a teenager, but nothing really came from it, and I didn’t know how this would be any different. I doubted myself, I knew that I could write but I questioned whether people would read it or be interested in what I have to say. I was also terrified of people’s reactions towards me, once I disclosed my Dyspraxia. I was constantly reasoning with these internal voices, eventually telling the self doubt to piss off so that I could get on with what I wanted to do. I spent a period of time researching other online blogs, and writing around a similar field to mine- eventually deciding that joining the WordPress community was the best way forward . Once I’d registered, I wrote my first blog post– and after some time wondering ‘should I’ or shouldn’t I’, pressed submit. That moment, shaped everything that was to follow.
WordPress and blogging changed my life, in more ways than I could ever have imagined. It helped me to develop my abilities as a writer and became the back bone for a novel that I am currently working on, it’s brought me friendships, discussions, chats, coffees and recognition- that without it would never exist. Twitter has also helped massively in achieving some of the above, another medium that I was sceptical of, but in the long run has been really helpful for what I am trying to do. Twitter and WordPress are like jam and toast- one is a bit rubbish without the other. I quickly realised that people wanted to take the time to read what I wrote, not out of pity or because they felt they had to- but because the actually valued me for my own merits and abilities. I was good at this and I wanted more of this feeling- so I continued writing, tweeting my writing and talking to others who had been there and become successful. I’ve been reading probably as much as I’ve been writing and this has helped me to develop my style and understand what has worked for other people.