A Year of Blogging: Reflections

Knights of Writ recently passed the one year mark. Reflecting on the first twelve months, several items became apparent, beginning with the number of posts—43. A few weeks were missed, primarily March and April when the Black Funk enveloped me and life turned into a blank page. Still, I am content with the overall output and hope the topics proved helpful.

Followers

I gained many followers during the course of the year, and I am grateful for each one. Within a field where hundreds of thousands are vying for one’s attention, I am humbled to be allowed access to so many in-boxes. Most bloggers (and blogging “experts”) would look at the KOW raw numbers and scoff—I did not overwhelm the field and draw in thousands awaiting my next post with twittering anticipation. That does not matter; my goal is and has always been to help writers improve their craft. Hopefully, certain posts resonated on some level. If I helped one writer hack through the writing jungle and improve an aspect of their writing, then my blog is a success.

 A Call For Help

The next item I noticed about the first year of blogging: comments, or more accurately, the lack of consistent responses to the blog posts. I wonder if life is too busy for people to take a moment to respond—or is it fear of sharing their own experiences—or is the reason for so few replies something else? It makes me wonder if my posts are too myopic, too shallow, or otherwise irrelevant? Oftentimes, readers are the most helpful to a writer’s improvement, and for this reason I ask for your assistance: honest feedback on what you have found helpful, and what you think I could do better.

Suggest a topic you would like me to tackle, or write a guest blog for Knights of Writ. If interested, send me an email at Knightsofwrit@yahoo.com; I will personally respond to every offering.

Understand, I am not an expert, I have no degree, nor do I have a magical way for you to become a published writer. What I do have is years of writing experience, some publishing success, and the great desire to help other writers over the bumps I have already traveled. Or maybe I am just one writer plodding through the creation process, asking the questions all writers wonder: Am I good enough? Is spending inordinate solitary time at the keyboard worth the effort? Why should I write today with so many calls for my attention and my time?

A Truth

Although writing seems like a lonely, one-person show, that is only the beginning, like a novel’s first chapter. Reading about writing, reading the type of writing you hope to produce, even just reading at all, are examples of how we are not alone in our hopes and endeavors.

Simply, if you hope, if you dream, if you see the world as a canvas you must explore and describe with word pictures, then you are a writer; the number of published works has no bearing on that unalterable fact.

The important thing to me is the joy I receive from writing, and although I would like thousands to read my stories and novels (and blog), the number of readers is not my primary motivation. The act of writing, and how it excites is the reward for the effort exerted.

If you love writing, keep at it, and . . .

See You on the Next Page,

Rick

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