The reason I write

Each time I get writer’s block, which is often, I look for writing prompts to make the light bulb come on.
It’s generally a good bet no matter which list of prompts I read, the question of why I write — or some variation of it — will be included.
So I decided to answer it.
I write because it’s what I want to do.
When I started this blog in 2009, I had recently realized bloggers could be really successful at getting their writing to the masses and getting the masses to respond.
The blogs I read had thousands of followers, hundreds of comments and I wanted my blog to be like theirs when it grew up.
It’s been around almost five years now, and do you know what?
It’s not like theirs.
I don’t get hundreds of views a day, and I don’t get hundreds of comments on my posts. I doubt my blog has been bookmarked many times, and I have yet to be featured on Freshly Pressed.
You know what else?
I’m completely OK with all of that.
I wish my blog got hundreds of views and hundreds of comments just as much as the next blogger, but I appreciate every view and every comment.
I know each one of them means someone took time out of their busy schedule to read what I wrote, and it means a lot to me.
It makes me want to give them another reason to click on the latest post. It makes me want to be a better writer.
If I post every day from now until Independence Day, I will have published one post every day for a month. I’ve tried to make each post better than the last, and make sure each person who clicked or commented found this blog worth their time.
Followers, clicks and comments — though I enjoy and appreciate all of them — aren’t why I’ve tried to post every day lately.
I don’t write for them.
I do look at the stats page on my blog several times a day, usually when I’m bored, but I don’t let the days I put up a goose egg bother me.
I hope you enjoy this blog. I hope you bookmark it, come back and continue to enjoy it. I hope you comment so I can read it and respond. I hope something you read here puts a smile on your face, but I hope you know I don’t write for stats.
I write because I have something to say, and I’m trying to say it better each and every day.

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