Head to Fingers

Our last Blog class was on November 2nd, two weeks ago and you know what?  Well, you don’t have to think hard on this one. Without my illustrious teacher, the wonderful Jon Katz, to give me a pat on the head when I was writing on a somewhat regular basis, I have just stopped writing at all!  It is so true, when we have someone whose approval we seek, we do the work.  When there is no one to say “ata girl”, we change our priorities.

I write every day—in my head! Image

But the words, they just don’t make it down to my fingers!  Image

Jon says that I will lose you, my readers, if I don’t post blogs regularly so I will try to be better.  Sure I have lots that I can talk about but I still am not sure anyone wants to hear it.

So now I have another question.  Is a blog for you the reader, or is it really for me, the writer?

 By making myself put my thoughts into words that then go out into the world, I am growing and that’s a good thing.  When I make myself take the time, because there are always 101 other things that I would like to be doing, most of which do not take nearly as much effort, I really do feel good that I took that time and that’s a good thing.  That I have shared thoughts and feelings and maybe said something that touched even one other human being in some way makes me feel that I am worthwhile and that’s a good thing.

So if I can just hold on to the good that I get from my writing, maybe I will write more-and that will be a good thing.Image

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8 Responses to Head to Fingers

  1. Muddy says:

    Hope this is for you.

  2. Penni says:

    I think your blog is for both you and your readers. I think we all get so much out of your thoughts, musings, stories. You are also opening a door to a world not many enter, it’s too scary for most. I hope you find all those things in your writing!

  3. Marneymae says:

    i’ve often wondered about that question of ‘who is it for’ and lots of writing lingers lost in my head…
    please keep writing and sharing!!!

  4. Amy Norris says:

    I think ultimately for the blog to survive, it has to be for you…since you are the one doing the writing. But that said, I am an avid blog reader, so I appreciate those efforts. I find your blog thought-provoking and beautiful, so I do hope you keep writing!

  5. I just saw Jon at O’Hearns and he asked how my blog was going. I said, “Well, I’m writing.” He laughed. I mentioned I hadn’t seen anyone posting at our group Facebook page, other than Jim, and he kind of leaned his head to the side understandingly and said, “Oh well, that’s bound to happen.” or something along those lines. So now not 30 minutes later I read this post from you and I am very glad to read it. Like one of the comments preceding me said, you have to do it for yourself. If you lose the interest, then it will fold. If you put your heart into it, it can only grow. Not only surprise Jon by having a ton of new posts before we meet again, but surprise yourself. If you do the latter, ultimately you will probably answer your question: Who do I do this for? I think you already know the answer, and those who read you are much obliged either way.

  6. brenda says:

    I agree with Amy — your blog is great — I love to read what you have to say — we’re out here paying attention — please keep writing! 🙂

  7. TCrock says:

    I love your honesty. Ben Hewitt (who lives not that far from you in VT I think) has recently been talking about this very same question and he’s been blogging a lot longer. I’m starting to think that like any piece of published writing it’s a relationship. Though this one does have the advantage of quick feedback from the other side.

  8. Alice Johnson says:

    Oh please keep writing! I enjoy the perspective gained from the window you provide into your world and thoughts. I do understand your question though, writing for the reader or for one’s self?? I would argue it’s both. When I write it fills a need of my own that very often pushes at me from the inside out – a force of its own creation that propels me forward and into sharing. I love your written voice. It provides a connective thread amongst those who, while we may never meet, are availed of the luxury of sharing snippets of a greater community.

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