Congratulations on writing 1,000 total posts on Creating life with words: Inspiration, love and truth.”
Last week, as per my husband’s expertise and infinite knowledge of blogging and bloggers, I became a serious blogger as I reached 1000 blogs!!! I could hardly believe it and I didn’t realise it until afterwards, and with a bit of a shock, when I received the words and image above.
I’d even forgotten about how close I was to 1000. No doubt countless thousands of other fabulous bloggers have reached this milestone, but oddly, it feels pretty good to be writing and posting blog number 1004 (or 5?) today. I don’t feel that serious, about blogging or anything much at all other than spending time with my husband and sons, and my advocacy work for people with dementia. As a child I was happy, but fairly serious, so I guess it goes with my personality.
Mostly I write about what it is like to be a human being, my point of view, my personal experience, my take on life.
In no way to I ever mean to offend anyone with my words, not ever, but of course, they may do so, either often or occasionally. I suppose if I piss someone off often here, they just stop reading my blog! However, I do like it when you comment, even negative ones as it helps me reflect even more honestly. Blogging and speaking about the experience of living with dementia has given me a voice, and I have been told, it has given many others with dementia, and living alongside someone living with dementia, a voice. That is such an honour and brings joy to my heart.
Since getting onto the blogging treadmill, I started following many other bloggers, one who is now a blogger and author, Jeff Goins, and in this blog he wrote;
“Writing — good writing, that is — transcends its setting and subject. It speaks to universal truths and core values, how we see the world and what we really believe. Where something happens (or even what happens) is not as significant as how. For example:
- Les Miserables isn’t about 19th-century France; it’s about grace in the face of injustice.
- Gone with the Wind isn’t about the Civil War or living in the South. It’s about the internal conflict of love and self-centeredness.
- Jurassic Park isn’t about dinosaurs living in Costa Rica. It’s about the dignity of life and limitations of science.’
I really like the way Jeff has used these well known stories to explain what he means. What we write about is not as important as how we write it, and by this I don’t mean the wordsmithing so much as writing from the heart. If we write from the heart, with candour and regular reflection, we will find our own voice. To me, that is far mor important than worrying whether or not I am writing what others want me to write. If you want to be a writer, then I’d definitely say join the world of blogging. Do it every day, to create the habit of writing. Write about fun topics, or things that really mean something to you. Make it honest, yes, really honest, and don’t worry about criticism; use that as fuel to be more honest. In the process you’ll either change your position on something, or develop a stronger resolve.
Another site I follow is Brain Pickings and I really love these word; “The writing life isn’t just filled with predictable uncertainties but with the awareness that we are always starting over again. That everything we ever write will be flawed. We may have written one book, or many, but all we know — if we know anything at all — is how to write the book we’re writing. All novels are failures. Perfection itself would be a failure. All we can hope is that we will fail better. That we won’t succumb to fear of the unknown. That we will not fall prey to the easy enchantments of repeating what may have worked in the past. I try to remember that the job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.” from an interview by Maria Popov; Dani Shapiro on Vulnerability, the Creative Impulse, the Writing Life, and How to Live with Presence. Do go to the site and read and watch the full interview. It is wonderful.
I’ve met literally hundreds of people online now, and developed some beautiful friendships, not dissimilar to having penpals, and my world has become a more interesting one because of them, and because of writing and blogging. So, will I bother to count down to my 2000th blog? I don’t think so, but will I keep blogging… most definitely!!!