Thursday, October 8, 2009
Good morning everyone!
I know it's Random Thoughts Thursday, but I wanted to use this time and space a little differently today. On October 8th, 2008 - one year ago - I posted my first blog. Can you believe it's been a year already!? Time flies when you're having fun!
Many of my friends and family had been urging me to write a blog for a long time, but I never really considered it for a number of reasons. I thought no one would want to read my views, thoughts, opinions, musings, rants, lectures, ramblings - basically anything I had to say. I thought I wouldn't have anything to write about, especially on a day-to-day basis. I didn't think anyone but my closest friends and family would read or appreciate it. And most importantly, I didn't think my writing was even good enough to present to anyone.
At first, I felt I lacked the discipline or the temperament to write, especially everyday. Yet, I was fighting my own impulse to write, which is silly now when I look back on it. I'd write a poem or short story here and there, take a pen to paper at a moment's notice, or simply outline an idea in my head. But I let that desire to write become dormant in my spirit, simply because I didn't think it was "important."
When my friends and family asked me to start a blog, I viewed the sheer notion of that as egoism. I thought those who write blogs and columns, etc. were into it merely to appear clever, to be talked about, to seem important, to be considered smart or to be remembered when they die. Okay, that was a bit extreme...but you know what I mean :-)
But what I have found out about myself over the past year is that I love the sheer aesthetic of writing - the perception of beauty in words in their right arrangement. I love the poetry of it. I love the power that the written word has in making us laugh, making us cry, uplifting our spirit or getting us all riled up. I find pleasure in the impact of one word over another, in the firmness of good prose or the rhythm of a good story. And it feels good to give in to the desire to share an experience or a thought that I feel is valuable enough not to be missed.
So here I am. Here WE are...a year later. Not only do some of you care what I have to say, you give me feedback. You offer up your thoughts, entertain my rants, debate me, co-sign me, enlighten me and inspire me. You are the highlight of my day, and you all make me want to write better, as well as be a better person.
Because of all of you, I aspire to be more creative. You make me think, you keep me on my toes, you don't let me off the hook, you challenge me, I learn from you, you broaden my horizons and you make me laugh. All of those things, if nothing else, are reason enough for me to continue writing.
I want to thank all of you who read and respond, who give constructive criticism, who suggest blog topics, who have guest blogged for me, who forward my blogs or re-post them on Facebook. I want to thank you all for encouraging me, supporting me, and making me feel like I actually write anything worth reading. You have no idea how much you've enriched my life, because part of my motivation to write comes from people who tell me I should keep it up - whether anyone reads or not. However, I appreciate that you all DO read and share everyday, and I hope we can continue on this journey together until...whenever :-) Thank you so much!
Now…onto Random Thoughts Thursday…Go!