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…
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.