Why do I blog?
--because I like to record events in my writing life.
--because I like to record my thoughts on my writing process.
--because I like those records to be in a findable/retrievable place.
--because I like to read over my posts and reflect on how I have changed...and how I am still the same.
--because I like to connect with other people who love to write books, or love to read books.
--because sometimes I do not know what I am really thinking until I write it down.
--because when I blog, I try (TRY) not to whine too much, so it is mostly a positive record.
--because I like to have a place for children who read my books to find me.
--because I like to have a place for teachers and librarians who read my books to find me.
--because without it, I never would have met many good writing friends, nor would I have my agent.
--because I choose the content I wish to publish.
--because, for a semi-hermit* like myself, it is a way to come out of my self-imposed shell.
--because facebook is just too overwhelming.
--because it makes me happy.
And really, that's the only agenda. This blog is a place that I made for myself where I can write about things that I want to, mostly things that impact me as a writer. I am not a master-networker (neither in my on-line life, nor my "real" life), but I do like to create safe places for myself (and others, for if you are reading this, you are always welcome here!) where I can just "be."
Sometimes, though, to be perfectly honest, I find myself worrying about my blog. I might want to write about something and then I find myself worrying Well, Shelley, will anyone really want to read this? Who cares about it anyway?, but those are dangerous thoughts. Once I start worrying too much about if people will LIKE it, then I am no longer being true to the purpose of my blog--and the purpose of my writing in general.
My purpose as an author is not to please the audience (although don't get me wrong--really like when this happens!), my purpose is tell the best story that I can, in the best way possible.
My purpose as a blogger is not to garner ten thousand LIKES. My purpose is to be truthful to myself. (Even if that means writing boring writing posts from time to time (or all the time!) as I try to figure out how it all works.) (And of course, to overuse parentheses, obviously).)
*I know. How can anyone who parades around in jewels and velvets and crowns and actually leads 500 children in an improv Jai-Ho flash-mob claim to be a hermit? Well, I am an introverted extrovert, I suppose. (or an extroverted introvert?) I thrive on a certain amount of social-ness, but then need quiet, alone re-charge time. More than I actually get, hence the overpowering desire for a cave in the wilderness....or a hobbit house somewhere.....