Where do you pull your inspiration from?
“My inspiration is drawn from my own life and my own issues. As weird as it sounds, being read by millions of people, I actually write for myself first. Everything on my site and in my books is something I’ve struggled with myself…..” New York-based bestselling author and blogger, Mark Mason shares in his article – One writer’s story , as he gives an account of his success story of a million+ monthly readership on his blog.
“I honestly just started writing because it was fun…” he explains while recalling how he started. “And kind of therapeutic. If you told me when I started blogging if it would turn into a career, I would have laughed at you.” He explains in his breathtaking anecdote with his greatest reveal to his success story being HONESTY. Link to post (28.09.16).
- Joseph Kachiliko (Goldenmorals-author) -Left, Meg Thompson (GM country General Manager) – Right with Chris Mulenga and Dr Dahlly at a writers workshop
When asked the same question a few weeks ago, I remember giving a somewhat similar response. A common trait I must say in most thriving writers that have realized there is no better way of learning about your audience than starting with yourself.
In a casual discussion with Meg Thompson, General Manager of Suzuki Motors (GM) Zambia, I was really intrigued by her interest in learning about my dual role of both writer and my own biggest fan as she dug in to bite the very flesh of my story. “I always know I’m writing to an audience when blogging” I explained, “But deep down my very own words sort of speak back to me. And when I look at my work after a couple of weeks I’m amazed at how I was able to write such great stuff! Like looking at it for the very first time!”
Of course I didn’t quite really share with her about my biggest secret of how I began blogging which was a story for more than a short coffee break.
I always wanted to keep track of changes in my reasoning patterns and analysis skills. And there was no better way of doing this than becoming my own lab rat in digital chambers which proved to be an effective storage of my thoughts before they faded away, and before long I found myself blogging and finally had my first post in under 4 months.
Before long I was already sharing my personal experiences and the blog had become my mirror, carefully tucking in every emotion and experience between the lines for the keen eye. And I soon moved from first-time ambitions of getting a thousand followers in the first weeks to writing for a tailored audience.
I soon developed a passion had had to face the Pull-Push war of compromise between readers and writers that always greets first timers. In an effort to decide who held ultimate control my blog’s content between the reader and I, I found myself battling predominance and non-extinction and soon picking up strategy skills of ultimate victory and planning for my fair share. – It was like a silent mental battle and I had to learn new ways of penetrating my enemy’s defenses to grow my audience.
And my three years of blogging have since seen a strange twist and redirected focus in my writing warfare, with my current needs being quantifying my successes in monetary value. An aggressive move the old me wouldn’t have taken. Yet promising enough with early signs of growth of my connection web. This seems to be giving in from both fronts of professional circles and talent flourishing. The idea of perfecting what one is good at cannot be better explained than working ones audience and outsourcing one’s audience for his professional occupation from one’s other area of specialty thus making talent not only a lucrative means but also a smoother detour up one’s ladder of one’s main profession.
Preoccupation is a mark of existence– Joseph Kachiliko