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I was reading my friend (and neighbor) Bob’s blog recently and found myself quoting the old “who do you write for?” question. Meaning that when you do something creative, you should not do it for the praise or the money or any other reason than your own personal growth and enjoyment. It got me thinking about my own blog and how I love to do it but lately have found myself in a bit of a rut. I’ve WANTED to write plenty of times, sure. But here I sit at a blank window, until my time runs out and I haven’t written a thing. Better luck next time, I say.
Then I think, well, why am I writing anyway? I think there is a lot of value in writing every day just to keep your brain going (for me at least), yet I find that I don’t seem to have that much material a lot of the time. I’d like to think that I would have SOMETHING worth saying on a somewhat daily basis, but that isn’t always the case. And then there are the posts that lie unwritten in my head all jumbled up. I want to write them but I am just in a stagnant haze for some reason. It will pass. I know this because it has before. But I find it interesting nonetheless.
And to answer my own question, I write for me. I write for my family and friends across the country who like to keep up with our lives, I write for the passerby who happened to find this blog by accident. And I write for Oscar so that he will one day know how much he means to us. I write to get better at writing and because it’s something that is mine. I write to stay connected and share my life. And I think those are pretty good reasons.
By the way, if you haven’t stopped by Bob’s Blog lately, you should. You won’t be sorry!