Before the first writing workshop I attended, we were asked to submit a short essay about why we write. I had really never written anything of substance at that point, but knew I loved writing and wanted to learn more. And I surprised myself at the reasons I came up with; mostly reasons about expression of self and sharing that with others. So now that I have entered the world of blogging, I have to ask myself that same question, why do I blog? I ask myself this because I could hear my ego, whispering in my ear, that I need to do more to attract the masses. It pushed and pushed, saying that I should strive for as many comments as possible, and I began to experience “comment envy”. Look at the number of comments that so and so got for their post, why isn’t that happening to me? I could feel it turning into a competition, and that is not the reason I decided to start a blog. I finally decided to start a blog so I can have an avenue to go down besides the traditional world of trying to publish my work in the written form. I have had works published, in some smaller publications, which is great! But I have a plethora of poems and stories that will turn to dust after I leave this earth, and in this wonderful format of a blog I can assure them eternal life! Oh, they may never be read by anyone but myself, but they will not end up forever forgotten, cleaned out and thrown out by well meaning family members after my demise. There is a big difference between sharing my work in a genuine manner and selling myself in order to be the best or most popular. I may not have the most colorful site, with lots of images and pictures, but for me it is all about the words. I may find a photo or two to share at some point, but only when I deem it appropriate, not in a vain attempt to become Freshly Pressed or the collector of numerous comments. I am so happy when others do find my words enjoyable and share a “like” or a comment, but my best reward comes from being able to share my words, and share in the words and works of other creative souls.
November 29, 2011