For my JusJoJan January 14, 2016 writing prompt I’ll reference the recent piece I wrote for Blogging 101 – which by the way is absolutely fabulous, even if you’ve been blogging casually for a while and want to get more serious or regular about it…..the current session is underway so it’s closed but another is starting in a month or so.
So in Blogging 101 we’ve gone through the very basics of writing a first post and thinking about target audience and what motivates us to blog vs. keep a private journal and so forth and I wrote about it here What Motivates Me to Write?
But seriously, I did a really deep think about what motivates me and who I’m writing to – as in who am I hoping reads what I write and is touched enough by it to perchance comment …whether it be because they were amused, inspired, outraged, or just, well, touched. And I’ve had a couple of people – literally two people – tell me that I have the ability to reach people with my writing and honestly, that’s enough to keep me going….it totally is because I also get that from some of the comments I receive–I know I’m reaching someone out there.
And that’s a terrific reward for writing, in and of itself, BUT what I’ve come up with as my bottom line is that my blogging is a form of creative expression that I liken to my making mixed media art…..it’s in me and it wants to come out in a certain way with my little puns and plays on words and links to silly shit that’s amusingly tangential to what I’m writing about.
I’m going to get extremely specific here: The most rewarding for me is when I do touch someone who’s having a hard time and what I write makes them feel that they’re not alone without me having to say the most obnoxious “Oh, I know exactly how you feel….”. I guess I could call what I have a knack for empathy but that’s not something a person advertises – because who do they think they are, right? so I don’t advertise myself as THE EMPRESS OF EMPATHY or anything but I’m digging deep and being really honest here….my biggest rewards (kicks just didn’t seem like the right term to use under these circumstances) come when someone leaves a comment that tells me I’ve touched them in some way–dare I say this, or to thank me for what I wrote? it’s happened once….or when I comment on what someone else has shared and they respond in a way that tells me that got them…that they took my comment in the spirit it was intended and it was the right thing to say….that is my MOTIVATION.
So, as this comes tumbling out of my mind and I’m writing for you to read, I realize what I’m doing here is not the stuff that creates an overnight sensation as a writer/blogger but for me, it’s the kick that I crave so I’ve kept at it for quite a few years now and lately made the decision to “get serious” about my writing such that there’s some continuity and I’m not guest blogging on my own blog from time to time. And there you have it…..I think I’ve just said all there is to say about what drives me to write this blog…..
What say you?