Writing poetry is something new to me as I only seriously began writing in the style around July 2014. It was definitely something I struggled to get the hang of, and even now I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I don’t see myself as a poet, nor a blogger, just a nineteen year old college student who likes to put her poetry on the internet. I’m nothing special, so I don’t feel these one-word titles apply to me. Despite feeling this way, poetry and blogging are extremely important and special to me. When I started writing poetry in college it opened me up to a whole new world of people, people who I have grown to love by reading their poetry. They have made me laugh and cry and I can only hope my poetry has the same effect on them. In my opinion, poetry is one of the most powerful mediums of writing.
To date, I have completed a total of 76 poems, all of which I have hand written in a notebook I bring everywhere with me. I’m fully aware that my poetry is of a mediocre standard. I’m not an aspiring writer nor do I have much faith in my poetry getting published in the future. But that is not something that particularly bothers me. Writing is a skill I have gained and one that will constantly grow as I learn more and more from the amazingly talented friends I have surrounded myself with. Anyone who reads my poems will see that I have yet to find a style I am fully comfortable with and at the same time a lot of my poems deal with similar themes and many images are repeated. I guess that is why I am always surprised when a new post I make gets such positive feedback. This blog has done so much in increasing my confidence as a writer.
I was writing poetry for a year before I decided to share it. A friend of mine has a blog of her own and she always encouraged me to start one so that I would be doing more with my poetry than just writing it down in one of my many journals. Since then I have become far more open with my poetry. I have even read aloud at open mics and I recently submitted a college assignment made up of some of my most personal poems, many of which have never even made it onto my blog.
When I first created this blog I planned for it to be comprised of a mixture of poetry and prose but recently I have only been posting my poems. I guess that is why I wrote this, so I could explain what this blog is to me and to also thank you for taking the time to read the poems I have written in lectures, on bus journeys and during late sleepless nights.
Go raibh maith agat.