IS BLOGGING ART?: Why I Blog and What It Means To Me

IS BLOGGING ART: Why I Blog and What It Means To Me

Good morning campbellsworld visitors.

This morning while rummaging round in my writing folder looking through pieces and parts of writing projects that I’d begun and not finished I came upon the following piece and after polishing it up a bit I’ve decided to share it here with you.

Honestly, I’d forgotten I’d written this piece. I hope it speaks what I feel in a way all you faithful followers can understand.

For good or ill I’m quite passionate about what I do and so I mean no harm by posting. I just have a deep desire for people to understand where I am currently in my life.

Your feedback and opinions are very important to me. I am never offended by what others say or feel about what I write whether we agree or not, for all of us come to our passions in many ways and no two of us do it the same way so please do not hesitate to comment.

In the following piece I ask…

‘Is BLOGGING ART?’

Some time back, while reading a blog post about artists, their work, what it means to them, and why they do as they do, I asked myself, is blogging art? I thought about my blog and what it means to me. I thought about all the reasons why I have my blog and why I work so hard at it every single day. I thought about some of the things other writers have said to me, and about the answers I’ve given.

Recently one of my friends and fellow writers wrote to me saying that she didn’t know how I found time to do what I do with my blog. She wrote of how her writing took up so much of her time she just didn’t have time to devote to her blog as she’d like.

When I wrote back I wrote about the fact that I promote people’s work, and use my blog to do it I had to work hard to make my blog a priority, but over these past few days I’ve been thinking about that and after reading the post about artists and why they do what they do it came clear to me that to me, my blog is much more than a promotional tool. To me my blog is a work of art. It is a place where I get to make all the decisions about what and how I write.

When I began blogging, I barely knew how to navigate the thing. I honestly had no real idea how to even correctly post a post, but I knew for sure that blogging was what I wanted to do. I knew that it was a way for me to share my writing with people up-close and personal. I knew it would allow me to share my feelings and engage with people in a way that publishing a book could never do and to me that was and is one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done.

Over time I’ve learned more and more. I’ve been fortunate to have lots of help along the way and while there are still lots of things, I’ve no idea how to do I’m learning and growing all the time and to me it is the most fun I’ve ever had in the world.

You can’t imagine how pleased I was when I learned how to publish a piece of writing onto my blog all on my own for the very first time. When I figured out how to include a picture, I leapt up out of my chair and did a happy dance all round the room and when thanks to a fellow blogger I finally figured out where the reblog button was and how to use it I was over the moon. When I see that someone has taken the time to like, read, comment on, or share one of my posts I feel a sense of accomplishment and validation like no other.  I suppose to some these things seem trivial but to me they’re huge.

Why do I blog?

I blog because I love the freedom to be myself and to make my own rules, I love the instant gratification it gives me to share my thoughts, feelings, and stories with everyone. I blog because I love reading other’s work and sharing the things, I read that touch me in some way or that I feel might inspire or help another. I enjoy the wonderful feeling it gives me when I have the privilege of posting someone’s writing work who doesn’t have either the time, or ability to do it for themselves and seeing their reaction when they realize their work has been seen by a whole new group of readers who might not have ever heard of them had it not been shared in that way.

I get great joy when a fellow blogger is pleased when they see I’ve taken the time to share their work and the friendships which have come from just that few seconds of effort to click a link or press a button and put their work onto my blog has brought to me are so valuable there is no monetary worth that could ever be attached to them.

Each time I write a post for my blog I’m able to work toward honing my craft in a way which is more helpful to me than any writing class has ever been and when someone buys one of my books and later they write to say it was because of something they saw while reading my blog that led them to it I’m proud as can be because it means they enjoyed what they read here in campbellsworld so much that they had to have more.

Many have suggested that I might want to not put so many of my stories onto my blog. They’ve suggested I try and sell some or submit them to magazines thus putting them into the hands of new readers and of late I have been doing some of that. I’ve submitted a couple of stories to different magazines in the hopes that they will be accepted and that I’ll be paid for the submissions. But, honestly the joy I get from sitting down at the computer in the early morning or late evening and writing about how much fun I had taking Campbell for a walk, or the trials I faced when he and I tried to make a quick trip to the store and then posting it to my blog for others to enjoy is a thrill I just don’t have words to describe.

When people write to me to say how much something I blogged inspired them or that I have educated or helped them in some way I receive a gift that no royalty could possibly match.

When I think about street artists and how much they enjoy doing portraits for tourists I totally understand how they feel when it’s finished and the one, they’ve drawn exclaims with joy at its likeness or beauty. When I was younger and still had some usable vision, I used to watch the painting classes on our local PBS channel but try as I might I could never come even remotely close to doing what the teacher was trying to show the viewing audience.

When instamatic cameras were all the rage during my teen years, I tried to join in but that too fell short.

However, when I discovered the joy of writing I knew I too was an artist.

There are many ways for people to share their talents and there are no right or wrong ways in which to do it. I tell people all the time there is no right way, there is no wrong way, there is only a way. I say to them what was said to me once upon a time by a dear friend…

“Patty,

You put in the work, you made it happen – only you get to decide if it turned out the way you intended.  No one else is qualified.  Forge ahead, do what is in your heart, write your books, sing your songs, dance your dance – be you.  Everyone else can worry about being themselves!”

I’m paraphrasing their words, but you get the idea.

So, to you who follow, read, like, comment on, enjoy and share my blog I send my most heartfelt thanks. To you who don’t share the thrill of blogging as I do, I say, that’s totally A.O.K. We’re all on our own journey yet we’re alike in that we want to in some way share our art with the world.

If you’re reading this now, and you’d like to know more about me, and my writing you are welcome to visit:  http://www.dldbooks.com/pattyfletcher/ .There you’ll find links to all my books, a wonderful newspaper article, a book review or two, and even a play list of music that goes along with the chapters from Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life.

For now, the sun has come out, it’s Friday which is my day for exploring, reading, sharing, and writing and so until next time this is Patty who is totally content with blogging so much so that she accidentally forgot about her JFW lesson and was late to class and King Campbell A.K.A Bubba who is waiting for her to stop and take him out into the sun saying…

May harmony find you and blessid be.

 

About Patty L. Fletcher

Patty L. Fletcher lives in Kingsport Tennessee where she works full time as a Writer with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled. And as a Social Media Promotional Assistant. She is the owner and creator of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger Business Assist), and is the published author of two books, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life and Bubba Tails From the Puppy Nursery At The Seeing Eye: Volume One. She can also be found in two anthologies which are, December Awethology Light And A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales. She is now working on her third book which is to be a memoir trilogy called, ‘Pathway To Freedom: Broken and Healed’.
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9 Responses to IS BLOGGING ART?: Why I Blog and What It Means To Me

  1. joanmyles says:

    Your passion and purpose are quite evident, my dear Patty, thank you! And these seem to grant permission to readers to do the same…come on, speak your heart, your art is waiting to be seen and appreciated! Keep shining bright, my dear…and keep writing your heart!

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    • Patty says:

      I believe that many people are frightened to be themselves live as they wish or do what makes them happy because they are afraid of being disapproved or worse on excepted. I used to live that way. Always trying to please someone else, never giving much thought to what made me comfortable or happy. Then I had a near death experience and when I realized that none of the people I was trying to please all those years cared enough to even come and be at the hospital with me or called to give me support I decided I was done worrying about what other people felt I should do with my life. Sure I’m happy to listen to what other people have to say. Sometimes I even do what they advise. But I’m telling you this right here and now. I am 51 years old. I am not getting any younger, and I have things that I want to do and one of those things is to be here on this blog and talk to people about the things that I care about the things that I feel are important and share some of my experiences in the hope that I can help another person. It’s what I feel I was called to do. It’s what I feel I was allowed to live for. And it is right now the most important thing in my life. It is my calling my testimony and it is what I am most passionate about.

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  2. Reblogged this on Ann Writes Inspiration and commented:
    If blogging isn’t writing, I don’t know what you’d call it. For those writers who say they don’t have time to focus on their blogs, I often wonder if they spend as much time writing as they say they do. I think blogging is an artform. The blogging itself and the art of writing go hand in hand. Thanks for such a wonderful post.

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    • Patty says:

      Well, it’s not for everyone but for this period of time in my life it is for me. Also, those who do traditional publishing don’t always see what we as self published authors see as important. So everybody is different. I’m just saying, I am willing to let people be who they are as long as they are let willing to let me be who I am. I have been sitting on this thought for a long time. This morning I was inspired to write about it.

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      • I get that, but I still don’t like the negativity. I think people should make suggestions instead of telling you what you need to do, that’s just my opinion. But like I said you do what you want to do, it’s your work.

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      • Patty says:

        Thanks.

        Right now, I feel, my true calling is to write about some of that which has befallen me over the past few years. It is my intuit that there is someone somewhere who is reading me in some way who needs to read something of which I know not, concerning the stories I have to tell.

        Yes, I am going to publish another book, and other than a few very rough drafts none of that has ever been shared and is now off limits to the public until it comes out.

        In the meantime, as I wrote last night I’ve an anthology of poems, short stories, and essays which I hope to put here on the blog.

        Earlier today it was said to me that an anthology was only a book which was filled with a collection of stories by various authors.

        I looked up the definition and found that indeed an anthology can be written by just one author but it must contain various short stories, essays and poems.

        The person who questioned me had no ill intent. They were just looking out for me and asking a good question.

        Now that all this is settled, I’ve another story that I’m going to work on this afternoon. It is already written and in the manuscript. However, since my finishing that manuscript I’ve decided to add a few things into the story and then share here.

        I hope folks will read and enjoy it. It will be a bit more light-hearted than the last.

        I thank you for your continued support it is much needed and appreciated.

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      • Oh that’s good, just know that I’ve got your back. I consider you to be another one of my pin sisters, and I want to see my friends getting hurt. Right now I’m editing my fantasy novel! I’m really excited about this!

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      • Patty says:

        Well, if it is as good as the character interview you did you are gonna be a smash hit!

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