To beBee or not to beBee
Firstly, let me just say, I have no training on how to write, what special techniques one needs to get "more noticed", stand out or anything like that! I pretty much write how I write. And, any correct grammar, rules, or whatever there are to identify writers who really know how to write, if I am using them, have been purely self taught , learnt and improved in my adult hood not from a course, schooling or anything like that just, trial and error.When I say course or school I mean no course on writing, english and the like. However, there are things I want to write, express and share, discuss , debate and learn, fiction and fact both being interesting
First and initial impressions can be misleading
Back in 2012 I discovered a site called LinkedIn. I was actually looking for work at the time and LinkedIn suggests it can assist with this. Anyway,I didn't find work through LinkedIn but I discovered an amazing community of writers which caught my attention. One writer , and group, in particular stood out,it was a writers group . Ooh , I thought , perhaps I can learn something here? I asked to join this group but couldn't because I didn't meet the criteria laid out in the group rules ,which I hadn't actually read. This was an interesting experience as I had emailed one off the groups administrators , told him a little about myself and kind of reached out,disclosing a bit about myself and was somewhat frustrated with the response. what an ass , I thought. And, having read the odd comment here and there, I also began to think this guy was a critical, egotistical , judgemental and, to be honest,not very nice person . ( yes I am aware that it sounds like I'm the one who was being all the aforementioned , I was. ) This was based on the minimum of info and although I had followed a few discussions , commented a bit here and there , I hadn't really read a lot of this guys stuff. It was, one might say , a "knee jerk" reaction , albeit mentally. Nonetheless , I was put off. To me what I was choosing to see was criticism, pedantic comments about grammar ,spelling and so on, not all from this individual by the way. I thought , nah this is not for me, this is not what I'm looking for, not that I knew exactly what I was looking for in the first place. Now, I have enough self awareness to know that this knee jerk reaction needed further exploration ,after all it was based on minimal info and not necessarily true . I might have initial thoughts and feelings but it doesn't mean I act on them . Anyway I continued to follow this particular writer , read some posts and got to know a bit more about this guy. Turns out , he is someone I follow today , have learnt quite a bit, and, from what I know of him , have respect for him. Still didn't change my thoughts about that site though, I wasn't looking for somewhere to write about management techniques , strategies and the like , I do enough of that at work.Thats not to say I won't ever write about these things, who knows?
Seek and you shall find
Then I discovered beBee! There is certainly something different about this site and I have come into contact with a wide range of writers, writing about various things. In fact, my first writing on social media was here, at beBee. There is something about the feel of beBee that makes it stand out. I can't quite put my finger on it, maybe it's the whole "Affinity" thing, I don't know. So, this is why I choose to write on beBee. Further more, I am open to learning and improving my writing, that is one of the reasons I'm here, I think. I must say thank you to beBee and all the writers that have inspired me to be here.