Why I Blog

Why I Blog

"Why do you Blog?"

The question was posed the other day on the ChicagoNow website.

I quickly typed the first thought that came to mind.

"Because I have something to say."

Seemed easy enough.  Then I got to thinking, and writing.

I carry a composition book with me at all times, eagerly scribbling notes and ideas in train stations, at wrestling meets or in the waiting room.

Because I have something to say.

Some ideas sit for weeks, some for months, and some get scrapped.  I am "old school" and prefer to write longhand at first.

A few years ago my then supervisor asked me to write down both professional and personal goals.  I said I was going to start a blog.

I picked up Stephen King's book On Writing for inspiration.  If you are going to be a writer you have to be a reader, King says.  Break the rules and be bold.  My favorite quote:

It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support system for art. It's the other way around.

My first post was about my Aunt Jo, a character who inspired me to write more.  If you missed it here's the link:

http://justgettingstarted671.blogspot.com/2010/01/aunt-jo.html

Some people knit, some people collect stamps, some people build model airplanes.

I write.  It's the way I relax, it's the way I vent, it's what I do.

And it's a written legacy.  When I'm gone my children will do a lot less asking about Dad than reading.

The two children I started journaling about 13 years ago are heading to high school.  From there who knows.  All I care about is that they are happy and have a voice.

I have a voice.  That's why I blog.

 

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Tags: blogging, children, stephen king, writing

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  • Welcome. I look forward to enjoying your blog.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks for the comment and for reading!

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