I have written poetry and stories most of my life, but it wasn’t until I left my 35+ years career that it became my passion. When I decided to start my blog, I told no one what I was going to do. I’ll never forget the day when I told my husband, “I’m going to start a blog and I am going to write.” His response- ‘Okay.’ A fateful day indeed- February 27, 2017.
The first few months were tough, but I kept writing, never giving up. I found the scattered likes and comments in those early days defeating, for in and of itself the silence spoke volumes to me. No one likes my writing, no one gets me, am I deluding myself?
But I kept writing, I kept reading, I kept blogging. And, people found me and started commenting on my words. I take all those comments, positive and negative in and think on them. I find there is value in them all. In June of 2017, I won my first writing challenge. I cried big tears that day!
Once I found sites like Poets United, Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, and dVerse, I felt I found ‘my people.’ Today, the most frustrating aspect of writing comes from promoting it in Twitterland. I have over 4200 followers; yet seldom do any of them comment. I’ve realized that Twitter is nothing more than a numbers game. Many writers on Twitter think of poets as ‘wannabe’ writers, and to that I say ‘Whatever.’
What matters to me, are the true artists who give thoughtful comments that make me think, and help me to grow as a writer.
©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg
Author’s Note: The print above hangs in my writing room. It was a gift from my husband. To me, that about sums it up. It keeps me humble and makes me smile.
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