Someone posted into a Facebook group about the trepidation they had when they first started posting. It resonated.
This is a bit of a ramble - sorry, but I just wanted to get out of the brain onto … paper?
I registered my first domain in 1999, and probably pushed my first words into the ether a few minutes later. Never looked back - and sure - definitely, at times there is trepidation. Here’s the thing - forget like buttons and smileys - I do it for me. It has to be for me - its pretty clear that most of what I write is unread.
Someone once asked Ernest Hemingway how to be a writer. “Start writing’ said Hemingway. That’s what we do.
Did that same person ask Papa how to get published? Get read?
If anybody really agrees with you and lets you know - or disagrees - and lets you know - then we have the start of a conversation. (Ignoring idiot disagreements and trolls for the moment). And THAT is powerful. THAT is what starts to change the world.
I have a friend in the US who is a published author (Wiley) , one book … though countless in drawers and drives and even (sadly) containers. He is a wise man and on occasions ponders whether the stories he writes are really stories if only he has read them? (channeling fallen trees in a forest that nobody hears?). My point back is that lots of people journal - privately - it clears their minds. Those journals exist. They are real.
I journal (as in privately), but most of what I write spreads into too many domains for my own good.
I doubt very much if much of what I write is read. I write for me. I like it when someone digs something out of one of my sites and asks me a question but the writing remains essentially a public journal. (Excluding FB, since there is no real / meaningful way to pull stuff out once it has gone in.) If I want something to be part of ‘the canon’ - I also publish to one of my own sites - like I will do with this one so even when FB loses it - and pushed it down the ranking - I will still be able to find it and so will others.
All of this to say you and I don’t know each other - but I do enjoy what you write and thankyou for that, in particular …
”When I notice some feeling to post, especially a strong feeling, then I examine it against my principles, my values, my self-knowledge and my knowledge of others. I ask myself what is my motivation to post. What’s my agenda, what’s my game?”
I am with you, I probably do the same - but it is almost unconscious now. I know not to engage with people about COVID and TRUMP, so I don’t. If you look, you will find my thoughts - but away from places that people are likely to read them. 😄 But all else, I’m ready. Let’s talk.
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