Daily Prompt: Million-Dollar Question
Why do you blog?
‘Could what I have to say be that entertaining to others, that they would take a break from their busy lives to spend time with my words?’
As a newborn blogger, that was a question I periodically asked myself. In the blogging world, the audience matters. If I didn’t care about my readers, then I would be better off sporting a pen and paper and starting a private journal. I do care about my audience. I use my minutes to think about what I want to say. I spend time fixing run-on sentences, misspelled words, or grammatical errors, because I care how my writing reads for others.
The audience is important, but that isn’t the only reason why I write. I do it because I have to. I get up in the morning and the desire to post something is so strong. Even if I don’t always have an idea for what I want to write, I know that I just have to compose something. That’s why I joined The Daily Post community. It gave just enough inspiration to get my ideas flowing, so I could let go of my inner words on the days when I didn’t even know what those words were.
I started this blog to work on my photography and my writing. Though I am still perfecting those skills, I began to find them migrating in a highly inspirational direction. I began to write so others could be encouraged, strengthened, motivated…inspired. As a part of a blogging community, I am also held accountable for what I say. I believe it’s important for me to actually live out what I write. If I give advice on how to live a positive life, but then I am a constant pessimist, my words don’t hold any real merit. I am constantly growing as a person, working daily on being a better person today than I was yesterday; I need that accountability.
Most importantly, I write because I want to be remembered. When my time on Earth inevitably comes to an end, I want to know that I left something behind. Within my posts lie my hopes and dreams, my nightmares and fears, my strengths, my weaknesses, my beliefs. All these words will be a legacy of my life. If my family or friends ever need to find me, I will always be here, in this place, speaking these words to their hearts. I write because I want to make a difference. In my dreams, I reach out to the rest of the world, a good beacon of love, hope and comfort to people who I will probably never meet. I don’t know if there are people who need to hear these words, but if there are, I write for them. Perhaps, that also, will be my legacy; that through my words, I can help, maybe even save, someone else. Even if it was only one person, even if they were only a stranger, every person matters and that will always be enough of a reason for me.