On Writing Well

Rereading William Zinsser’s On Writing Well reminds me why I have been blogging for ten years. He advises: “You are writing primarily to please yourself, and if you go about it with enjoyment you will also entertain the readers who are worth writing for.” (p. 25)

I am not a writer and my grammar still sucks, but I love writing for myself. When I started to blog, my main goal was to improve my English. Over the years, writing has become my passion. Writing sets me free. When I write I have no obligation to anyone else but myself.

Whether reviewing an album, recommending a book or ranting about life, I have the complete freedom to write what on my mind. Sometimes the unfiltered opinion could get me into trouble. In retrospect, I have toned down my language in recent years. Being a husband and a father plays a role in it, but the main reason is that I am much more mellow than I used to be.

With the rise of social media, blogging has become less popular, but that is also why I still enjoy writing on my own site. The blog is still a quiet place, especially without comments, for me to just write. In 2014, I will continue to write as much as time would allow me to.