I Can’t Write and So Can You

Posted: February 18th, 2010

Photo by Adam Rice (Flickr)

Photo by Adam Rice (Flickr)

Not too long ago, I had a look around too see exactly who has been linking back to this blog and its posts. After visiting these sites, I began to notice that many of them were referring to this as a “writer’s” blog. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind the label but it left me with a big “Whoa! What just happened?”

Now, I know what you’re thinking…  “Duh, you have a blog and write in it, stupid.”

Of course but, besides the obvious, this goes way back in what I like to call my own little internal joke.

For starters, I’m not a writer. Want proof? I’ll give you a rundown of my writing resume:

– Average grade in writing classes, 6th to 12th grade: C

– Average grade in writing classes, 1st – 7th years of college: F/withdrew

– College proficiency writing exam (needed to graduate): Failed

– Average grade in writing classes, community college: C

– Class grade for failers of college proficiency exam: Pass (out of pass/fail)

– Estimated number of writing assignments/papers prior to starting this blog: 150

– Last time I really wrote anything before starting this blog: 2001

With these kind of credentials, you might get the impression I haven’t outgrown the crayons (actually I use my two index fingers while typing). The truth was I never liked writing on topics I was made to to write about. To this day, I still have nightmares about “The Fundamental Flaws of Solipsism” piece of shit I wrote in college and turned in a week late.

OK, I see what you’re thinking… “How come you can write now if you suck so bad at it?”

It’s pretty simple. I had a goal to write a blog, unearth a little knowledge, rant a bit (hence the blog name) and hopefully one day be good at it. Well, that and make lots and lots of money as those blogging “gurus” promise in whatever ebooks.

Let’s just say that the money thing hasn’t working out as I hoped. I could care less either. I’ve come to enjoy writing and the fact that there are people reading what I have to say instead of handing me back a paper full of mistakes in red ink.

It’s a fact that, if you have something to say that you’re dying to get out, you can write about it AND on your own terms.

So, if you are thinking about writing your own blog (or dusting off your old one) or, hell, even starting up a career in writing, then take it from me. It is definitely possible. Know matter how “bad” you think you are as a writer, surely you can beat my resume in writing futility.

If you’re looking for advice on how to write, though, I won’t be giving it out here… ever. That I’ll leave for the real writers. Come to think of it, now that the cat is out of the bag, I think I just screwed my chances for that GQ gig I was hoping to graduate to.

Oh well, I’ll be content with the “writer’s” blog label for the time being.

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Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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  • Jon Buscall

    February 19th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    You can definitely write, J!

    I mean I spotted a couple of semi-colons in this piece and no one except a real writer would use those !

    Keep up the good work 🙂
    .-= Jon Buscall´s last blog ..Social Media Fails to Inspire Norwegian Managers =-.

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  • Johnny

    February 19th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks Jon… I didn’t mean to be too self-depricating but it illustrates my point pretty well. I think 😉