A couple of months ago, I took my first baby steps into the world of blogging. I was welcomed warmly into the world of Medium. For a novice blogger, I would say I have received a very heartening response. Ignorance was bliss when I started blogging. I had no expectations. Today, I feel the pressure to deliver fresh, original articles to retain my followers and my presence on this portal. I need direction. I am looking for a hero of an idea to save me.
Idea 1 : Give life experience advice. Straight from the heart. I did that. It was well received. Now that I am done with marriage and parenting, do I write about nurturing a loving equation with your cat? There are not enough human relationships created to fill the pages of Medium. Add to that, repetition of theme and it is a lose – lose situation. Abandon idea 1.
Idea 2 : Write about writing. I tried that. The angst. The struggle. So did many others. My voice was lost in the symphony of screams. How much griping and whining could I infuse over and over? Abandon idea 2.
Idea 3 : Join the entrepreneurship bandwagon. Write about productivity and the like. Great idea but nipped in the bud. I have a degree in English Literature. I have no clue about marketing or business. It does not interest me in the least. I much rather watch an episode of Girls. Abandon idea 3.
Idea 4 : Write listicles. I quite enjoy that. My first one was a big success. My second one brought me down to earth. If nobody is publishing or reading listicles, it kind of defeats the purpose of writing the article. Abandon idea 4.
Idea 5 : Share my short stories, microfiction, micropoetry. I have a thick hide where most of my writing is concerned, but these are my babies. These, I hold close to my heart and soul. My creative writing is my vulnerability and my passion. It is yours for the asking, if you so desire. The most precious gift of words I can offer, so the rejection would be completely demoralising. Definitely abandon idea 5.
So here I am. Writing an article on not knowing what to write. How to be successful on Medium. I have no clue. Do you?
Alisha “Priti” Kirpalani is the author of “A Smattering Of Darkness: Short and Shorter Twisted Tales,” a collection of short stories of varying lengths encapsulating the grey shades of the human psyche. Her new novel will be released later this year.