It’s been 5 and a half months since I published my first article on Casual Anxiety, which you can find here. It was a split second decision and didn’t take much for me to decide. I had a topic that I wanted to talk about and flesh out, and I didn’t want to take it to Facebook. I am not one for the lengthy Facebook post about political or social and personal issues because I’m not interested in becoming supremely frustrated when Facebook freaks out and the post that took me 20 minutes to construct randomly disappears. I’m also not interested in posting lengthy Facebook post mostly because the post is basically gone after a day or two. I know that Facebook does not go around deleting random posts (at least, I hope not), but our Facebook timelines get so bogged down with other things. If I write an amazing blog post that I really love and want to reference later on, it will be damn near impossible to find it again. I’m sentimental like that: if I write something that I love, I’m not going to put it somewhere that I can’t find it again, and Facebook is notorious for being a platform where you can’t find anything: past posts, good conversations, common sense, etc…
With this in mind and knowing that I had a few ideas barreling around my head, I realized that I needed to create some place for myself. I didn’t want to journal because I suck at it. I really do. I have a super nice and thick leather journal that I got back in the fall with the intention of journaling at least once a week. I think I’ve cracked that thing open maybe 10 times, and 6 of those times was to take in the rich scent of leather and bask in the amazingness of the pages. I’ve always tried keeping journals and such, and I suck at it. I really do. I don’t know why, and it’s something I need to work on, but all in good time, right? Also, did I want to keep these ideas to myself? My first instinct to take it to Facebook was because I wanted to share my thoughts with other people in hopes of engaging in conversations and relating to others. A journal that sits on my desk wasn’t going to do what I wanted.
A blog it was, then.
But why not just join a site, tag on to someone else’s enterprise, or sign up for a popular or semi-popular magazine site?
- Been there, done that. I had done something like this before where I wrote an article once a week and had it released, but I did it with Odyssey. Odyssey is a platform for college students who want to write articles and you report to your college’s editor, and it’s a really official thing. I think I was part of it for mabybe a week and maybe released four articles. Odyssey became way too stressful for me. I didn’t know what it was since I’m releasing one article a week with Casual Anxiety. I think it may have been the fact that I was giving my own writing to another company. Over the course of writing a play and managing a blog, I’ve realized that I’m very protective over my writing. I ended up quitting Odyssey when I realized that the motivation just wasn’t there for me, and I looked at it like it was a chore, and I never think writing should be looked at that way.
- My way or – well, my way. I set my own deadlines, and I make my own rules. Casual Anxiety is mine through and through. I’ve been slacking on releasing on Mondays like I plan, and I’m going to get back at it. The good thing about being my own Editor-in-Chief is that I can give myself some wiggle room. If I miss posting on a Monday, there’s always Tuesday. I make the executive decision if I want to skip a week because it’s been too stressful and just plug previous articles. While I try not to skip weeks often, I have the flexibility of doing so if I really need to.
- Uncensored and unbothered. It’s not like I write super explicit stuff or anything like that, but it’s nice to have the freedom of writing whatever the hell it is I want to write. I don’t have to worry about editors trying to keep up an image or certain rules I have to follow. I don’t worry about “oh, man, will they let me publish this?” or “yikes, is this too far, will I have to take it down a notch?” Nope, nope, and nope.
- It’s exactly what I want it to be. Everything on Casual Anxiety is the way I want it to be. As of right now, I’ve had one guest writer, and I’d like to expand that and have more every once in a while. Even though I had a guest writer, I was the one who gave the okay for the article idea. Everything needs my approval, and that’s a feeling that I relish.
If you’re thinking about creating your own blog, go for it! My advice is to make sure you have a list of blog article ideas within that first week. It helps with the creative process. I started a list that was supposed to be short, and now I have article ideas for the next 3 months. The great thing about having your own blog is that you can stop and take a break whenever you want, and the only person you’ll ever have to answer to is yourself. Also, every time you hit a milestone with your blog, it will be one of the best feelings ever. Soon, you’ll hit five post, then ten, then twenty, and so on. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun!
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