There are a lot of beautiful things I love about having a blog, but one of my favorite fuzzy feelings is when I publish an article that speaks to someone personally. These types of comments usually pop up on my more intimate articles, like my experiences with bullying, mental illness, and veganism. It’s a form of advocacy, but instead of actively seeking out an audience to pester, I’m letting my audience find me. For the viewer, it can make the experience feel more authentic and unforced when they use their own power to discover what speaks to them. You can’t make people feel passion, but you can certainly inspire it.
I came into college thinking I wanted to study fashion communications- a subject just as broad and outspread as it sounds. That being said, I was disappointed when I realized all my peers and professors wanted to talk about was high-fashion paths and styling jobs, like we were training to work for Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada. I was much more interested in the sociological aspect and environmental impacts of fashion, so when I realized that wasn’t really on the agenda, I dropped my courses like a hot potato and literally invented my own major: Digital Media with a focus in Social Justice.
It’s a huge relief to finally be on the right track towards professional freelance writing. And the more I write, the more I research and obsess over and explore, the more I feel like I’ve grown closer to myself. Topics relating to sociology, psychology, and film themes have struck a particular chord in me, especially in relevance to digital media.
I don’t like to publish my writing as strict pieces of advocacy; like I said, they’re extremely based on human emotions, and that’s what makes them desirable as a marketable freelancer. I recommend blogging to anyone with a strong literary voice, because it’s a truly raw and authentic way to reach an audience (and maybe even a fanbase, if you’re really active!).
I’m not quite sure what kind of exact work I’ll be doing in five years, two years, or hell, even six months, but I have a fairly strong idea of what direction I see myself going in. No matter what I’m doing, I want to make a difference in the world with my writing, serve as a voice for those who have no words to give, and answer to no one except for myself. I’ll likely never work a 9-5 job, if I work my hardest to give myself the life I want. All I really need in life is a tiny studio apartment, a couple pet rats, and a computer for me to passionately type away at all day and night. The most powerful aspect of eActivism, to me, is the personal power it provides. You’re not just punching out articles for other people, you’re working for yourself, and working to better yourself is one of the most important things you can do. After all, at the end of the day, all you have is yourself.
Coming up next: #WCW: How Regina Spektor’s Music Changed My Life