Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Why do you blog?

Over the past week, I've been wondering why I bother. Blogging, that is. What do I want to accomplish with my blog? To be honest, I haven't thought about it that much; I simply started it because I heard that's what writers should do to start building an audience (for their eventual NYT best selling book, of course!). So I've scoured my brain for useful and fun creative writing exercises, interviewed creative friends, featured mini book reviews, bared my soul in digital ink lamentations and micro-epiphanies as I navigated the sea of submissions. But when I started this blog back in 2010, I was also just starting graduate school. Bad timing! My posts have often been few and far between (even post grad school now). I'm not surprised that I only have a few followers at present.

Which brings me back to the question: why blog?

I've decided to approach my blogging like standing at the edge of a beach where the surf curls in, with each post I write becoming a castaway message in a bottle that might reach someone and bring something good to their day, or it might just flounder on the sea of cyberspace and sink unread. But the metaphor changes my mindset; no half-hearted scrawls allowed, I intend each message to bear a bit of beauty.

So here is today's shining strand of syllables by Carmen Sopia Cutler, from BYU's 2011 Inscape.

A Wider Universe Than Yesterday

It was the first time I thought,
“There are, now, worlds coming into being”—
created in the time it takes me
to eat a peach.
What immeasurable options knitting the stars.
alleluia, alleluia
in voices too sweet for sound.
may I have a bit of earth?
because I have been practicing—
balancing books on my perfect princess head

P.S. As an added bonus, I'm sharing my favorite silly joke:

Q. Why were the Middle Ages so dark?

A. Because there were so many knights!


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