I do not know why you write.
I am uncertain most of the time why I write.
Oh, I do not mean the writing I do as a job, I know why I do that, it pays the bills (hopefully)!
The writing I’m speaking of is this type, these Ramblings, my poetry, social media posts….all that hoo-ha. I certainly do not make any money writing this stuff.
Sometimes I think it just evaporates into the ether of the net, floating around in cyberspace like an errant satellite never to been seen again. That is until twelve years later some lost soul in Outer Mongolia ‘likes’ the post.
Hey…that’s two ‘likes’ in twelve years for an absolutely brilliantly written essay regarding a major social event which touched everybody’s life at the time.
But don’t worry, because at the same time I posted a snapshot of my cat licking its tail, that got ten thousand ‘likes’ and half a million ‘shares’ in three days!
Does that mean I am now going to join in with the massed hordes of cat picture posters and give up writing constructive and entertaining articles?
Not on your life.
That lost soul in Outer Mongolia may have been the Dalai Lama on a pilgrimage, or a young American backpacker who is destined to become the next president of the United States, Who knows?
What I am trying to say is that I am a firm believer in the quality of those who ‘like’, ‘plus’ and ‘follow’ my writings. I do not write purely to amass great numbers of ‘followers’ or ‘subscribers’ to my Blog’s or other media posts.
Yes it is nice to see your numbers growing, it shows your work is appreciated. Which is one reason I use social media. Yet I would rather that my work is respected by those who value the content and not just caught the eye, on one occasion, of someone who will never read another word I write.
Another reason I write is to introduce my books to those who may not know of them. You see it takes a long, long time to take an idea of a story and turn that into a published book. That is many months, if not years of hard graft. After which it is an absolute shame to see it languishing on a shelf collecting dust, or hanging in cyberspace waiting to be downloaded.
Therefore I mention my Novel and Books on many occasions during my writings. I think it is the right thing to do knowing that when you, yes you, read them you will enjoy them, (so what are you waiting for….go get one now)!
Then of course there are the other reasons for writing. The main reasons for writing. These are the ones that can be difficult to explain. Especially to those who do not write.
Some find it a form of catharsis, allowing them to expel worries and anxieties. Some see it as sharing, a social form of interaction. For others it becomes a need, almost an addiction. Often it is a combination of all and more. The overwhelming must though, is the need to share, to have someone somewhere to be reading our words.
Right now it is possible that my Novel, ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ is being read by someone lazing on a hot tropical beach in a faraway land where the azure blue sea laps the golden sands of paradise, or by your sister as she sits, legs tucked beneath her, on her favourite chair sipping a hot chocolate and nibbling on digestive biscuits. Who knows?
The main thing is that someone, somewhere is reading something I have written at some time. Even if it is on a mountainside in Outer Mongolia.
The point which I am trying to make is that to get the quality and quantity of people we, the writers and authors, need to read our work we have to reach out and show our writing to the world.
With that in mind I want to introduce to you a new idea which I have just embarked on. I have taken some samples of my work and produced an online, downloadable magazine.
I have called it ‘Rambling Away’ in keeping with the names of some of my Blogs, like this one for instance. This is the link for you to view it, http://issuu.com/ramblingawaymagzine/docs/rambling_away
I am planning a second edition to be published sometime in February and am inviting writers, artists and photographers to join me by showcasing their work and news of their current projects in Rambling Away.
Rambling Away is produced on the issuu platform which has over 85,000 readers. Along with Issuu, I am personally promoting Rambling Away on Google, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr and StumbleUpon, giving access to millions of potential fans, followers and customers.
If you would like to join me and showcase some of your work simple email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Rambling Away Magazine.
Well that’s about it for this Rambling, I hope you enjoyed the read. Enjoy the rest of your day, Paul.