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Keeping It REAL…Streams of consciousness Saturday.

It’s been a real struggle trying to resist joining a whole lot of challenges that I see flying around the blogosphere.

They always sound absolutely interesting that a tiny voice in me keeps nudging me to do more. My reluctance stems from the real knowledge and fair idea what getting involved would mean in real-time for me. MORE OF MY TIME.SoCS badge 2015

I honestly don’t know how not to give a 100% and over when I am doing something.

I like to be that dependable. When I do less, I gain no real satisfaction and feel as if I am slacking off and letting something down.

I know these are good ways of connecting with others as well as practicing new techniques especially since I advise people to push the boundaries of their comfort.

Ruminating over it, I said to myself, Jacqueline my dear girl, you can’t seem to resist the bait of A-Z and more. Maybe, you should just take a little nibble and shelve something else. Hmm! REAL tussle in the mind. So what do you think?

Now, to get to some real talk on this post of mine.

It’s really been occupying space in my mind of late and each day the question grows.

We writers write for refined, elevated and so many other reasons. A writer will primarily tell you that they write for the love of it and not for the money. Sometimes, it does seem to me that we fail to calculate the real worth of our writing simply because the words flow easily from our minds to the tips of our pens and my wondering is that there might be need for a paradigm shift in this sort of thinking.

When you think about it, that passion for writing that we have, is been paid for with our time and other odd jobs. Won’t it be lovely if we shed other odd jobs and earned decent Ka-ching from our blogging, writing efforts?

I love writing. I love arty things. It’s beyond a passion for me and it’s not an alternative. It’s a compulsory pull.

I am trying to make conscientious effort to explore honest means of earning real cash from my endeavours. That’s the bottom line and it doesn’t make me less a writer to want to earn from the sweat of my fingers.

To live the lifestyle that I want without being enslaved to anybody, it has to work.

My conscientious effort requires reading more, researching more, learning more, having the courage to jump out of the window and all that. All these things will take some real good chunk of my time. There are no hard and fast rules to them.

I am however convinced that with dogged determination, hitting some pay; I am not sure about the dirt part, will really sweeten the pot.

Well there it is. Thank you Linda for today’s prompt word ‘real.’ It’s made me to dwell a little bit more on an issue that’s been running around in my head.

©  Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha


20 thoughts on “Keeping It REAL…Streams of consciousness Saturday.

  1. I write because I feel compelled to write. I also really enjoy the feeling that others take the time to read what I write. I also attach the link to my book Untangled after most of my posts. I really want to drive traffic and have people purchase my book to read. Im proud of it, feel humbled when I see someone has bought it, and I do earn a little tiny bit of lunch money. Thats how I keep it real with my writing. 😌

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  2. I know what you mean about wanting to do all the blog challenges that come along. Every one sounds interesting and fun to do. I am doing A to Z again for the 3rd time, and I’m sure I’ll come up with something for all the letters. 🙂 Wishing you well, on this lovely day/evening!


  3. Hi Jacqueline, I know exactly how you feel. I believe if people wish to write for money there is nothing wrong with that. If people want to write for love nothing wrong with that. And if people want to do both – go for it.
    I love to write. Until I started my blogs I did little of it. I have my writing dreams which I want to pursue. However, I had not realised when I started my blogs, how time- consuming writing a blog can be. I therefore have to make choices and I choose to spend more time pursuing my dream than participating in challenges etc – at least for the time being.
    Hope you achieve your heart’s desire.

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  4. You hit the nail right on the head. We write because we love it, but we would still love it if we could earn a living writing. I would love to be a full-time writer, but I love my full-time job too. But, follow your dreams and it will work.

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