I Want to Be Relatable
My mom has told me on more than one occasion that there is no point in telling me what to do because I do what I want. To some extent, this is probably true. I was a good kid growing up, but I had a defiant-as-hell attitude. When I put my mind to something, it has to be done.
This has worked out as both a blessing and a curse for me as I grew into adulthood.
I’m a personal narrative writer at heart, but I have dabbled in the bullshit How To articles. I only refer to them as such because they are ingenuine when I try to write them. It’s like putting myself into a box without air holes.
I cannot give you advice on how to get great sleep because I am writing this at nearly 3 AM. I cannot tell you how to have a productive and efficient pandemic because I sit on my ass all day, crying on and off at times. I’m a real person with real feelings. I do not have much of a “morning routine,” but I can tell an interesting story.
Find your niche, and stick to it.
There is nothing wrong with experimenting as a writer. In fact, do it often! I firmly believe this is what helps you grow on this platform. At the end of the day, your readers are going to come back when you have them hooked on something interesting.
Sure, I could market my personal platform in such a way that would warrant the How-Tos and the advice pieces, but this is my chance to write about anything that I want. I will save the self-help stuff for my day job. Even though I’m getting paid to write this (assuming you read it), it does not feel like work.
I put my all into my self-help gig, but Medium gives me a place where I can literally say anything I want. Like, after this, I am going to watch YouTube videos until I fall asleep with my phone in my hand and probably sleep until noon.
I might not be very relatable to you.
My therapist once told me “that’s a first.” It honestly kind of made me feel proud—an accomplishment of sorts. So many weird-ass things happen to me and in my life. It was almost like I was destined to become this living, breathing personal narrative.
When I was a kid, I used to narrate my actions. Maybe all writers used to do this. Everything I did was a part of a movie or a book. Each action was performed by a character, myself being the main, of course.
I enjoy writing about what I am actively feeling. This is my outlet, the place that I can come to fully unwind. I’m sorry that I’m not going to offer you advice right now. You might see that from me in the future. In the meantime, this is just my brain and the contents of it.
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