Written for Mindslam’s Write Wednesdays #19. Click the pic for the original challenge.
Week 19 Idea: What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Let me begin by saying that I don’t blog. Not in the sense of what I think blogging really is, which is basically narcissistic Facebook status updates without the character limit. I pride myself in the fact that this – my 107th post – is only the second about me* and my blog. I did it once before for my first Annie-versary and even then, I wrote it as a comedy about my
addiction to love of blog statistics and dedicated it to several people who are the reasons I had the strength to keep writing for a year. You can read it here if you like.
Before I go on, there is nothing wrong with real blogging. There are a lot of bloggers out there whose narcissistic status updates are a fabulous treat to read! I’m just not one of them. Most of you who know me at all, know me only through my comments.
What I love the most about blogging, is what I love most about life: interaction with people. You! There are very talented and creative writers out there posting amazing things to read. There are very supportive and loving readers out there saying amazing things about what I write. What’s not to love? I make that sound simple, but for me, it’s my life.
When I dedicated the Versatile Blogger award, I dedicated it to people who comment on my blog. At face value, that sounds selfish, but it’s really not at all. I did it because those people comment on other blogs too, and it’s the people who have the versatility to take the time to tell others what they did right, and sometimes wrong, who deserve the most recognition in my opinion. By the way, if you are one of those people, there are still 11ish openings for that award. 🙂
Writing fiction is my passion. As I wrote in Dear Sarah (Write Wednesdays #13), “I could never imagine something more exciting than to be able to create a whole world that didn’t exist until you breathed life into it with your words.” Blogging breathed life into Annie’s World. More amazingly, it brought other people there with me and through their comments, they have shown me things I didn’t even know were there!
I tend to write autobiographically, so little by little as I write these stories, I add to that world in my heart. It’s changing me and literally shaping who I am, even shaping how I dream and the things I dream about. It’s become a fascinating place for me to go, and sometimes I enjoy reading it (talk about narcissism) as much as anyone else would… not so much newer stuff maybe, but you know, older stuff I forgot I wrote.
The other morning, I woke up and read a comment from Tanitha Smith on Secrets in the Sea. For the very first time, it hit me, really hit me, that there are people who actually care what I’m going to write next. I started crying. I know, I kind of do that a lot. I’m sorry. I cried because I felt like I mattered. That’s a really big deal to me. It’s probably very hard for some of you to understand, but I really don’t matter to anyone else but you.
So for those of you who regularly take the time to comment: You are more than just what I love the most about blogging. You are my heart and my soul. You are Annie’s World. Thanks always for reading! ♥
Before I go, it would be wrong for me to talk about what I enjoy the most about blogging and not mention the two prompts I write to. Picture It & Write and Write Wednesdays have been the best things ever for my growth as a writer. Write Wednesdays really needs more contributors, so if you have the time…
© 2012 Anne Schilde
* See? This is why I don’t do non-fiction. Grr! Some people may have read Loneliness and the Protagonist from 11/8/2010. Yes, it was very much about me. Yes, it contains almost enough truth to be considered a “real” blog post.