“Why Do You Write?”

Why?

Because I’m a writer. That’s what writers do. Artists use brushes; I use a keyboard.

But what’s the point? Do you think you’re going to change anyone’s minds about stuff?

No, I know that’s not likely. And that’s not even my purpose. I don’t have a need for people to believe and feel and think exactly what I believe and feel and think about everything. People can believe whatever they want to believe, as long as their beliefs don’t cause harm to others.

You know why I share my thoughts and feelings in writing? Because I know there are other people out there who share similar feelings and I want them to know I understand what they’re feeling. I want them to know they’re not alone. I want to understand the perspectives of other people, too, and I want to give them the chance to understand mine – whether we agree with each other or not, I think it’s cool when we can understand each other.

Writing is how I connect to others. Writing – and reading what others have written – helps keep us from feeling isolated from one another.

That’s why.

Dear WordPress friends –

Dear WordPress friends –

Thank you for sharing your lives here – I appreciate all of it – the photos and poetry, your wisdom and celebrations. I’m touched by your stories of loss and grief, and inspired by your stories of challenges overcome, and I love joining you on your travels to distant lands.

I know that when you find yourself on MY blog you may feel like you’ve entered some weird alternative universe where butterflies and unicorns cavort with senators and presidents, and rainbows and autumn leaves frame parodies by Borowitz. And if anyone finds that a little unnerving, I understand. But I figure you can just scroll by the stuff that doesn’t interest you, right? 🙂

For those of you who visit my blog now and then – thank you! And thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts and lives with me. It means something to me to be connected with you here on WordPress.
Karen