I’ve asked that a few times. That question is the reason my blog goes to the bottom of my list every time I get busy. I don’t typically have a great reason for it. I love the community that blogging creates. I love that I see people “like” and comment on my posts over and over again and I feel like I’m reaching someone. But, even minus that, I like to write. I like the thought process. I enjoy the result. And this morning, I found this Medium article and it explained and justified and encouraged.
Although I would like to think that I will become one of those “famous” bloggers whose work is read by tons of people and whose faces you see all over the web and even on TV, I don’t write for that reason. I write because I feel a desire to write. I feel a desire to connect…with others, but more so with myself.
Lately, my biggest struggle is figuring out WHAT to write about. And much of that has been driven by my feeling of a need to “brand” my work. To have a purpose and a focus. But, when I read this in the article, it made so much more sense:
“Elizabeth Gilbert discusses the concept of ‘creative entitlement’ in her brilliant book, Big Magic. In short, your own reasons to create are reason enough. Do whatever brings you to life. Follow your own fascinations. Create whatever causes you to feel alive. The rest will take care of itself.”
Yes…that. Follow my fascinations (and they are many and often disconnected). Do what brings me life. Create what causes ME to feel alive. It is like validation for my lack of focus and my love of random prompt memes.
And although my readership has increased quite a bit over the past year or so (thanks to those still following despite my irregular posts and especially thanks to those who take the time to click like or, even better, leave a comment), that isn’t what really matters in the end:
“Retweets, favourites and shares are arbitrary and the wrong reasons to create. This is your work, not an overly-filtered selfie. You should be doing it because you love it. When you look back on your writing in 5, 10, 15 years’ time, you won’t be obsessing over page views, you’ll just be glad you did it. Trust me.”
So, for all of you out there like me, wondering why you’re writing or for whom or letting your writing go to the bottom of the priority list because it isn’t “productive” work, remember that you can be writing for YOU and make it a priority because it is something you love.
Happy Sunday everyone!