Thankful Thursday – Why Bother Writing?

Recently I had a conversation that addressed this question:  Why bother writing a blog?  There are so many blogs out there, and will mine really be able to make a difference?  My voice is tiny and will never outshout the cacophony of the blogosphere.  Plus, there are always writers who are funnier, smarter, more popular than I could ever hope to be.  It takes quite a bit of time and energy to write something passably articulate and meaningful, and when there are zero comments, it can be especially discouraging.  Blogging often feels like a futile task.  I might as well go the way of Emily Dickinson and store all my scribblings in a locked trunk that will be discovered only after my body has been buried in the ground.

There is a good answer to “Why bother writing a blog?” and it’s the same answer I tell myself when I’m completely down and ready to give up writing fiction, which happens more often than I would like to admit.

Why DO I bother?  I’m writing to reach my Audience of One, my Dearest Reader, who is searching for a perspective just like mine.  I’m writing for someone who feels like they never quite fit in, someone with a love of words and music and whimsy, someone who feels, sees, hears deeply and is just a little, or overwhelmingly, shy (like me).  I’m writing for someone who will probably never leave a comment (because shyness), but someone who finds a true pleasure reading this blog.

So even though it feels like I’ve created a sink hole of a blog, there’s still that tiny speck of hope.  My hope is that you, my Dearest Reader, my Audience of One, have found me.  Every week I am writing for you.  Thank you for reading.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday – Why Bother Writing?”

  1. We sound like kindred spirits… I get discouraged with writing fiction, too, and nobody ever comments on my blog either. Not that I post much these days… when no one ever comments, it starts to feel like waste of time and energy.

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