I found this really good blog, thanks to the WordPress theme. They had posted an excerpt of it on the main challenge-page, but I read it in its entirety. It really spoke volumes to me. This is what I love to do … to write these little pieces here every morning. I have no ambitions of becoming a writer, like many others I read … I just feel that it’s good for me.
Most of my adult life, I’ve kept some type of diary. Sometimes, I’ve written long entries, other times just jotted down a line or two. I used to keep it in my purse so that I could do it regardless or where I was. This kind of stopped when Internet came into play, and I discovered blogging. All those books are stored away in a box somewhere in Sweden.
One thing I did use to notice about that was that when things weren’t going very good, I wrote much more. We’ve all had times in our lives that weren’t all that rosy — life sure has its ups and downs and that’s the beauty of it! The tougher the times, the more I wrote. Not only in my diary, I also had a friend who — like me — liked to write letters. Boy, did we ever write! She died in 2003, and it turned out she’d stored all those letters in a binder. Her mother gave it to me, and I was amazed to see how much I’d produced.
I do remember how, almost physically, good it felt to sit down back then with stationery and pen and go at it. Couldn’t put words to it then, but I realize now that it was good for me. My thoughts and ideas got more structure to them when they came down on paper. Knowing the person, to whom you’re writing, of course also helped a great deal!
Blogging is different. After all, you do write for the public. They asked in the beginning of this project, ‘do you hold yourself back?’, and yes, I do. I know I have a tendency to forget that it’s public and get too personal. Personal can be good, but my issue with it is that I tend to cross the fine line. Surely, I want to convey what kind of person I am, up to a point … and that’s the key word here: up to a point. I believe it gets funnier for the readers if they get to know the person a little but then again I don’t want to blurt out my innermost feelings either … just as I don’t in real life — I’m a rather private person.
When I bought this domain name and set up self-hosted WordPress, I had no idea what really was going to become of it. Had some loose ideas about a photo blog, but then again I would have limited myself to just that. I know I want to write too. This happened to coincide with the Daily Post challenge so the timing couldn’t have been better.
I hope you take time out to click on that link here above — that post, I found, was really well-written and thoughtful. It reminded me of all the benefits of writing, it was like confirmation of my own thoughts. One thing he said, though … «It is also the best way to create a legacy that is more permanent than almost anything else, what other legacy can you create that is as permanent as the written word?» …one could always discuss. It could become a legacy for as long as you pay for the domain, or make sure to back it up in one way or the other. On a free blogging platform, it’s a legacy for as long as that blogging site exists. Now … I don’t expect WordPress to go belly-up anytime soon, but you never know. We, who used to blog in Yahoo 360°, know how quickly things can change!
On a totally different note: Can you believe it … I’ve been blogging here in WordPress for years, and not until right NOW have I noticed that underneath the box where I type, there’s a word count! Right now it says Word count: 700. Ha ha! What a revelation! 🙂 I’ve often seen people mentioning how many words they’ve written, but I thought they all used some editor like Word or something.