Saturday Musings: Gatekeepers and Permission

Welcome, readers, to another change on Making the Flame!

I got into blogging because I love to write — as a child, I wanted to be a novelist (and I still do), but through the process of blogging I realized I wanted to talk about certain things in a column format. I racked my brains on how I could pitch a column to a publication, what my credentials were for such, whether I could handle the commitment of writing on the same topic, by a deadline, and without boring the heck out of readers.

Well, I never got anywhere with that train of thought. And the reason is that I was looking for gatekeepers to give me permission to do what I already knew I wanted to do. I was looking for an established publication to legitimize my desires and ideas. The problem with that way of going about things is that it allowed me to continue to take no action and blame the difficulty in getting a column for that inaction.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from sewing, it’s to Just Do It. (Take that, Nike.) You do not need permission to do what you want to do! You may need to step up your standards if you’re going to go pro, but you don’t have to go pro to do what excites you. And what excites me is writing a column.

So starting Monday, I’m going to write a column on Making the Flame called ‘Ebi’s Malcolm’. I will probably write a Saturday Musings post occasionally, but I’ve been wanting to start posting makes on Saturdays for awhile now and I’m looking forward to being able to do that. Yay for changes!

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  1. Lol @ “Just Do It. (Take that, Nike.)”
    I agree with you, spontaneity makes life taste so much sweeter, seeking other people’s validation takes away some of the fun.

    I love writing and I am happy that I am able to use words to express my interest in sewing. Looking forward to your new column :-)

  2. Looking forward to seeing what your column is all about! I like your motto too – “just do it” applies to so many things in life. I told myself that when I decided to go back to school a few years ago. No regrets! :)

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