Today, I have to ask myself, "Why do I bother with writing Blogs and other writing projects?". "What makes me think anyone cares to read what I have to write?". So...I've given it some thought.
I do know that when I read BLOGS, articles, and books on subjects of interest to me, such as Disability, Syringomyelia, Chronic Pain, Writing, Gardening, cooking, Being a Mom, etc., I feel that I am not alone, I become educated and encouraged, and most importantly- INSPIRED.
Why do I feel that what I have to share is valuable to anyone? Hhmmm
that one took a little more thinking. Its not that I think that I'm such a talented, prolific writer, although I want to be. But I do feel that to some extent, the experiences of MY Life are unique to me. No other person has experienced the exact same set of circumstances that I have. That is also true of everyone. I feel that we all have a story to share. Some of us do not feel led to share it through writing BLOGS and articles and potential book projects. We can also share our unique experiences through speaking, whether in the arena of planned speaking engagements or just talking with friends and family. But for me it is writing.
I have always had a passion for the written word, even as a child. As a young girl, I would make up stories about princesses, ponies, and poetry. I always received good grades in school in subjects like spelling, vocabulary, and composition.
I have been stressing about the fact that my BLOG doesn't have lots of followers. I thought seriously about deleting it. But I have recently been reading some advice for Bloggers that has explained that increasing traffic takes time and work. And then I asked myself, "If no one ever reads anything I write, would I stop writing?". NO WAY! I have stacks and stacks of journals I have kept for most of my life. All the ups and downs, all the crazy emotions, sadness, fear, joy, happiness and gratitude of my life, are documented in those pages.
It was good for me, all this thinking on this subject. Writing for me is a release. It is a way to put my thoughts and feelings together in front of myself, to make sense of it all. I don't really NEED the readership or approval of my peers, to feed my desire to write. Those things are GREAT, don't get me wrong!! But I will continue to write BLOGS, journals, occasional articles for submission, and book projects. All I need is a little inspiration.