Dr. Tanya has decided to change things up a bit for her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Instead of using the Q&A format, she provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and ask us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote is from Margaret Atwood, a Canadian poet and novelist probably best known for her book, The Handmaid’s Tale.
“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.”
This week Tanya follows up the quote with the question, “Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity?”
My answer is yes, I write for myself, for my audience, and for posterity.
When I first started blogging in 2005, I primarily wrote for myself. It was a way for me to get my thoughts out “on paper.” My blog allowed me to express my thought, opinions, and perspectives. I was primarily writing for myself, with little expectation that anyone else would read my posts.
And very few people did during my first eight years of blogging at Blogger and TypePad. Then I moved my blog to WordPress in 2013 and suddenly I found an audience. Or they found me. After two years on WordPress, I had acquired close to 3,000 followers and was getting lots of daily views, likes, and comments. I was thrilled to be writing not just for me, but for an accepting and appreciative global audience as well.
In the spring of 2015, for personal reasons, I abruptly shut down my blog. I still wrote, but my writings were for my eyes only. Then, in the spring of 2017, I returned to blogging with this blog. And, once again, I found an audience of other bloggers who seemed to like and comment on my posts.
I still write for myself in order to share my thoughts and to exercise my imagination through flash fiction. But I also write for other bloggers by hosting a handful of writing prompts aimed at inspiring them to write on their own blogs. And I love writing for my audience of readers and my almost 4,800 followers — some of whom actually read my posts.
But I am also writing for posterity. I hope that after I’m gone, my children and grandchildren will have something to remember me by, a means of knowing what my thoughts, my opinions, and my perspectives on issues of the day were. And that they might enjoy some of the tales I wove in my flash fiction posts. I hope they will love reading my posts as much as I love writing them.