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Ayu Adiati
Ayu Adiati

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I Have Been Writing A Blog For 10 Months: Here Is My Story

Hello Fellow Writers & Codenewbies ๐Ÿ‘‹,

What made you think to become a writer and how did you start?

That is one of the topics that never bored me!
I love to hear people's stories about their journey to become a writer. Especially technical writer.
People's journeys are unique and very inspiring!

But in this article, I want to share about my writing journey in the past 10 months. How I decided to write a blog, keep writing, and what are my goals in writing ๐Ÿ˜Š.


How Did I Start Writing?

Fall In Love

That was the beginning of all. I fall in love with writing!
I organize my schedules and tasks on an agenda. I write my notes on notebooks and dump my brain in a bullet journal while scrapbooking.
I. Love. To. Write. About. Anything.

I Tried, But...

One of the things that inspire me to learn web development was I wanted to create my own website. I wanted to write a blog and showcase my photography hobby as personal documentation.
But years passed by, I got busier with learning, and I completely forgot about my initial purpose.

Whenever I read technical and non-technical articles around tech, they remind me of what I wanted to do.
To write a blog and put my notes out there.

One day I pushed myself to write my first article on DEV. Then my second, followed by the third. All in one month.
No one gave reactions. No one read my articles. So I stopped. I stopped because these thoughts were lingering in my head:

  • I'm unqualified to write any articles in public.
  • Maybe people don't understand my English.
  • Maybe my articles are not interesting because someone already wrote what I wrote. Why did I write it anyway? What should I write then?
  • Maybe because I'm a newbie, my articles sound mediocre, or even stupid.

And the list went on until I hit the imposter syndrome.

Changed My Purpose

My community, Virtual Coffee, holds monthly challenges for its members. It was November 2020. They held the "National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)" challenge, and I participated.

This time around, I changed my perspective and purpose in writing.
I write for myself, for the future me.
I put my notes out there so that I could get back to them whenever I need.
It helps me a lot in writing without burden. I don't mind if no one would read my articles, or if my articles aren't good enough.
Having the whole community writing together also boosts my motivation. I have become more confident in writing.

To start the monthly challenge, I bought a domain and made an account on Hashnode.
I also participated in the #2articles1week and Crazy Blogger challenges on Hashnode to build a writing routine.
I then cross-post my articles to DEV, and later on, CodeNewbie.

Since I changed my purpose in writing, I don't think of anything else but to write whenever I have an idea in mind.
So it surprised me a lot when some of my articles get recognized across blogging platforms. I never imagined any of these.

What Motivates Me Keep Writing?

It's Fun

Yes! Because it's fun! Writing is very relaxing to me.
Even though it takes me 3 to 4 hours to write an article of 500-800 words!
I'm not a native English speaker. So I need more time to think of the vocabulary, grammar, and how to plan the sentences.

Learn In Public

Besides doing #100DaysOfCode on Twitter, writing is also a medium for me to do learning in public.
Sharing my notes and experiences has connected me with some great technical writers and many readers. We learn together and from each other.

Retain My Knowledge And Gain New Knowledge

When I learn something, I always take notes with pen and paper.
Then I will draft an article. I always do more research, especially when I write technical articles. Most of the time, I learn something new along the way.
These processes of writing help me to retain my knowledge and gain new knowledge.

Help Others

This is my biggest motivation to keep writing.
Many content creators have been helping me in my learning journey through their content. And I want to give back through my writing. I want to help others who are in my shoes.
The happiest moment for me is whenever I hear that one of my articles is helping or inspiring someone.

My Goals In Writing

I don't have any particular goals except to be a better writer and to have a better style of writing.
I want to improve my technical writing skill so people can enjoy reading my articles even more.

How about you?
What inspires you to start writing and what are your goals? Do share them with us in the comment below! ๐Ÿ˜„


๐Ÿ“ข A Little Announcement

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I do enjoy writing in these past 10 months.
Due to life, writing an article or more in a week is no longer doable for me.
With a heavy heart, I will reduce the time to publish my articles to one or two articles a month.
But I will continue writing! ๐Ÿ˜Š


Thank you for reading!
Last but not least, you can find me on Twitter. Let's connect! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Aaron McCollum

Thatโ€™s fantastic. First off your English is really really good. Nobody can tell itโ€™s not your native language.

I started writing again mainly for myself. I can reference my posts later, and the process of writing helps me retain what I learned. Itโ€™s also a rememberance of how far Iโ€™ve come in X amount of time which is really motivating.

Secondary to that, I hope writing helps me get noticed. Iโ€™d love to speak at a conference one day or have someone say they read my blog and are interested in hiring me or at least interviewing me.

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Ayu Adiati Author • Edited

Thank you so much, Aaron! Great to hear that my English is understandable ๐Ÿ˜„

I wish you a great time in wrting. and in time, get recognized from your blog! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜€

Btw, I just noticed that you're in Japan?
Where in Japan are you? I lived in Kyoto for 1.5 years long time ago to learn Japanese ๐Ÿ˜

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Aaron McCollum

Yep! I live in Tokyo - been here for a year and plan to be here for one more year Lord willing. Then I'll move back to the US.

Kyoto! We're hoping to get down there in the next few months to see it. Brave learning Japanese. They have three alphabets...THREE hahaha.

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Ayu Adiati Author

Haha... Had to learn 1500 kanjis within 1.5 years, and now I only remember less than 30 ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Brave to live there in Tokyo! I could get lost there. Haha...
Too many people & too many train lines! ๐Ÿ˜…
I like Osaka more than Tokyo though. Tokyo is too crowded.

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Aaron McCollum

Itโ€™s definitely crowded and huge!

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Dolamu Asipa

Thanks for sharing your story, Ayu! I enjoyed reading it. Like you, what inspired me to start writing was my intention to learn in public. I wanted to hold myself accountable publicly by sharing what I learned each week. I also figured having a blog would be easier to reference in future. My goal is to hopefully be great at writing technical articles.

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Ayu Adiati Author

Thank you so much fore reading, @dolamu ! ๐Ÿ˜€
Enjoy the journey, keep writing, and in no time, you will be one of the great writers! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Looking forward to more articles from you!

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Dolamu Asipa

Thank you!

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John Nkereuwem

Nice piece, and yes I read from start to finish + you will definitely master the art as you keep writing. I'll be looking forward to read more articles from you.

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Ayu Adiati Author

Thank you for reading and for your kind words, John @eggscode ! ๐Ÿ˜Š