I suppose you could say I had had it coming for a long time but I kept thinking people were seriously mistaken every time they tried to tell me I am good at writing. Actually, that was their biggest mistake - telling me I am good at something is not advisable unless you want me to wonder what your motives are. Showing me you think I am good at something, on the otherhand, will get me to believe you without question. There have been too many occasions in my life where someone has said something nice either to me or about me but their actions have said the complete opposite.
The Brainiac who I can credit with getting me to finally believe I am good at writing and blogging did have a couple of sidekicks who have also (on different occasions) proved that they think I am good at writing - mainly by singing my praises to other people in my earshot and giving what I consider to be solid reasons. The fact that the sidekicks in question are two people I greatly respect in their own fields is beside the point.
There is one other piece of information about the aforementioned Brainiac which might explain why they were the one who finally convinced me that I might be good at this writing lark. The Brainiac recently got a "Title upgrade" whichw happens to go very nicely with a PhD in a subject which I am passionate about - "Community Media".
The location where I was convinced was a place which I wouldn't usually set foot in during daylight hours (due to me not having any A Levels). I was at a kind of "Open Day" which had been badged as a "Community Media Cafe" at De Montfort University, in Leicester. This was partly a showcase about and a celebration of the "Community Media" course run by the University.
So - how did a Brainiac with a PhD convince me that I am an Expert in writing and Blogging??? (Aren't I the one who is frightened of the Highly Qualified???)
Simple - treat me as an equal and allow me to talk about blogging as part of a podcast involving at least one otherbperson who I respect as a very good writer themselves.
I almost felt sorry for one of the Brainiac's sidekicks when they made me wish I was brainy enough to go on the course myself. When a University lecturer tells you that they actually want to mark one of your blog posts it really makes you feel fuzzy inside.
Don't get me wrong - I still think there are people who I know who are a lot better at writing than I am. I am certainly not going to start blowing my own trumpet and informing the world that they should listen to me because I am the newest Expert on blogging and writing. If you thought that was going to happen you obviously don't know me and the fact that I prefer hiding in a corner whilst everyone else makes a great big fuss.a
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