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Why Do I Write?

Why Do I write In all honesty, when Amanda of Expat Life With A Double Buggy asked me this question, I wanted to say: “I don’t know!” and leave it at that. But then I thought that maybe this could be a great oportunity to explore why I’m doing what I’m doing and understand a little bit more about the purpose of my writing.

Now I don’t believe that everything has an explanation. Some things just don’t. And if the only answer you can give is “I don’t know” doesn’t mean that the question doesn’t make sense or that what you’re doing is wrong. Years before, when you would have asked me why I was following my then- boyfriend to Canada, and later Germany, I’d tell you: “I don’t know”. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

But I’ve been blogging for almost three years and maybe it is time to give you- and me a more definite answer.

In this blog hop, there are four questions and I will answer all of them here.

1) What are you working on?

Most probably more than I can handle. I contribute to World Moms Blog, BLUNTmoms, Multicultural Kids Blog  and I do it because writing for these sites in an honour and allows me to explore different sides od my personality. Also, I am working on a project I hope to finish soon and present the result to you- and I am all excited about this! Additionally, I am occasionally working as a translator, trainer in intercultural communication, oh and let’s not forget these children of mine, all three of them. And my husband and my house. I am not entirely sure whether it is such a great idea to do all of these things, but it’s fun and I am learning so much so right now, so I’m sticking to it. I have other projects in mind, too but that is something I’ll need to explore in more depth.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Great question. I think many other expat bloggers, at least the ones in the Netherlands, are native speakers of English and come from English speaking countries. I, on the other hand, am Polish but that is just the one half of the equation. The other half is, just as this blog’s name suggests, that I am European- I come from a multicultural, multilingual family, my parents are ATCK’s. I believe that this is great but from a blog point of view it is kind of difficult because it is hard to label this blog and it is rather difficult for me to keep to just one topic, just one niche. For some readers, it makes it impossible to relate to it because my point of view could be very different from theirs. I think I could also write more about Europe, parenting in Europe and what being European really means. And, another thing that heeps me apart is the fact that my writing style changes depending on my mood and the topic and this is one of the reasons I wrote for other group blogs, such as the ones I mentioned before. Another point is that I write a lot about identity and culture and not just life in the Netherlands. A part of it is the fact tat I actually studied languages, communication and media at university, which is another thing that sets me apart from other writers.

3)  Why do I write what I write?

As I said in the beginning, it is a good question and can be  changed into a series of even more questions: “Why do I write for others?” “Why do I write when it isn’t bringing me any money”? ‘Why do I write when I could be doing something else?” I can’t tell you how close I was to quitting and how many times I wanted to shut this blog down. It is hard when you see other bloggers becoming more successfull while you feel like nobody reads your blog at all. But that is not the point. The point is that there are many reasons for me to write. Because I love sharing my knowledge and help people; Because  it is extremely gratifying; because it allows me to understand myself better and explore my many identities. Because I have a voice and can use it. Because I can be read by many people from the comfort of my home; because it is fun, and I also get to know wonderful people, both on -and offline. All of these make for great reasons to keep on writing, and not care so much about statistics, or numbers of readers- but then of course, I love my readers and am very happy when you comment, or engage with me.

4) How does your writing process work?

Wow, writing process, that sounds complicated whereas in most cases, I just sit down and write. Like with this post, I didn’t have an idea how it should look like before I started writing it. But the way I write depends on things like my mood, my topic, the site I write for. Sometimes, a phrase hits me and I can build a whole post around that phrase. Or, I see something and think: “how can I change that into a blog post?”, and then I think about it until a whole post appears in my head. Sometimes, it takes minutes, othertimes, it takes days or months for me to figure out a good way to write about a topic. I try to write about problems that are universal, but sometimes I find myself responding to another post or article I’ve read- it’s a great way to keep the conversation going.

Next week, SJ of Chasing the Donkey will answer the same questions- click over there and tell her I send you!

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  • Reply Lynn @NomadMomDiary March 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I, for one, am really glad that you do write. I think that you have an important voice and if you threaten to shut down, I am going to come over and beat you with a stick. So keep it up and let us know asap more about your new project.
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Hi Lynn, please come over here, but not to beat me with a stick but so I can give you a huge box of pralines and you can give me your signed book! I think I told you about the project- let’s see if it happens!

  • Reply SJ @ Chasing the Donkey March 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh women, how do fit all of that in? Do you ever sleep? Are you a robot, who needs no sleep? By golly. I am so glad that you do write as I enjoy reading your musings and do hope to continue for sometime. Hmmm, about this new project, sounds exciting – best of luck.
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Oh Sj, I do sleep but not nearly enough- but it isn’t blog related. And no I am no robot, and thank you for your kind words!

  • Reply leiah March 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Hi, just came across your blog. Looking forward to peaking around. I’m an American married to a Flemish speaking Belgian, living here in Belgium.

    • Reply Olga Mecking March 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Leiah, how glad that you found me- we’re neighbours indeed! Belgium is beautiful and we definitely should visit it more!

  • Reply Jonathan March 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this, it’s always fascinating to read about how and why fellow bloggers go about writing what they do.
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  • Reply Mama Leone March 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I love this question! And you handled it quite good 🙂
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thank you, Mama Leone! I am glad you liked my answers. 😀 I liked writing this post because it gave me an idea why I’m doing what I’m doing.

  • Reply Jennifer F- American Mom in Bordeaux March 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Love this post – I just did my 2 year blog anniversary post – wow time flies!! I sort of looked at why I write too – but I love the questions here – and I love the fact that everyone will be answering the same questions. I was fascinated to read your perspective – great points!! I know I don’t often comment – but I very much enjoy your posts and so happy to have connected through MKB! Have a good week!
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Thank you, Jennifer, and I am very glad that you took the time to comment. If you want, you can also take part in the blog hop and write your own post, answering the same questions! I am also very glad to have met you!

  • Reply greenvana March 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hi Olga and other readers! I’ve come across your blog recently and I’m glad to have found it! Partly, because I am a blogger myself. But also because alike you I’m a Polish expat 🙂 Generally, bloggers and expats are both amazing communities! 🙂
    I understand that being an expat makes it somewhat more challenging to decide on the niche and to narrow one’s target group. For me, coping with 3 languages is also a huge challenge. I’m from Poland, lived and studied in England and I’m sort of settled in Germany. Plenty of adventure to write about, but it’s also extremely time consuming, so I am not sure yet how writing in 3 languages will develop in the future.
    In any case, I write about my passions and learn along the way how to be focused, consistent and hopefully inspiring. The most of all I learn what I truly want to devote to in life.
    That’s from me for now.
    Greetings from Berlin to the fellow bloggers!
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    • Reply Olga Mecking March 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Gosia, welcome to my blog and glad that you have found me. I agree- expats and bloggers provide a lot of support to each other! How amazing that you’re blogging in three languages- I’ve started out like that as well but soon moved to English only- good luck with that, I hope you’ll make it! Visited Berlina few times and loved it! Greetings from the Netherlands, pozdrawiam!

      • Reply greenvana March 26, 2014 at 9:45 am

        Dear Olga,
        thank you for your comment. Writing in a few languages has certainly advantages like reaching more people and an obvious one like reaching your nationality even though you haven’t live din your home country for a long time. But it is also so time consuming and therefore, more difficult. I’ll see how it goes. For the moment being, English is my default language, Polish is doing pretty well too, and due time time constrains I’ve neglected German. However, statistics show that still many people based in Germany read the blog. It’s a sort of relieve that there’s such language as English that has become default to some many folks all over the globe. Making it superb easy for the English natives of course 😉
        I love Berlin too and I liked Amsterdam a lot, although, I’ve been there long time ago and briefly. Feel free to let me know if you are in Berlin next. Would be pleased to meet you for a coffee 🙂 Pozdrawiam!

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