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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Why we write...

This wonderful award arrived a couple of days ago, and just in time for me to rant about blogging again. First, though, I want to thank the bestower, Lizzy Frickfrock, http://wwwfrizzfrock.blogspot.com/
a thoughtful blogger who called me the philosopher.
Thank you Cheryl. I will treasure this and will pass it on at the end of this post.



At about the same time, Sallymandy was questioning herself, questioning if blogging made us 'writers' . This was my response.

lakeviewer said...
I'm late to this conversation, literally. Only after I retired I began indulging my fantasy of writing and sharing my writing with others. I too thought that if I couldn't get published, I should stop writing. I have come to accept a couple of things:








1. if you don't enjoy doing something, and it doesn't need to be done to pay the rent, stop doing it.


2. If you enjoy doing something, even if it difficult and it doesn't sell or give you any compensation, if you enjoy it, do it well, and do it with all your heart. It will still bring you pleasure.


3. Think of all those monks in the Dark Ages, religiously copying manuscripts, adding their illuminated illustrations to break the monotony and to highlight a good story; they were doing what bloggers are doing today: they were passing on the thoughts of civilized people. So, I'm sure that you and I and millions of us are adding illuminated illustrations to the daily events of life that would be unreported, unappreciated.
May 8, 2009 7:52 PM



If you don't know Sallymandy, do visit her at http://www.thebluekimono.blogspot.com/


As for me, every time someone brings up a question , I become wiser, clearer in my pursuit, happier with my modest output, invigorated by knowing I'm not alone here, and I'm not excluded.


There is a big world out-there, caring and supportive, in the business of encouraging all kinds of pursuits; writers at all skill level, and numerous teachers and professionals who share their secrets. For photography, visit David, at http://www.authorblog.blogspot.com/



I'm sharing my life, and I get to enjoy others' as well. Geography was never this easy. Good thing, too, since our dollar doesn't take us too far these days.

About the Friendly Blogger Award, I will need to pause and think about it for another day before I pass it on.

28 comments:

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Profound and very truthful thoughts, Rosaria. Thank you for sharing your life with us through your blogs and your writing x

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Very nice. You are a philosopher, a wise woman. A note on Sallymandy. I tried to track her, but the link was not correct. I did eventually find her at http://www.thebluekimono.blogspot.com
You may want to edit your post to add "the" to the address. :-)
Oh yes, I'm going to enjoy her blog!

Angela Recada said...

Congratulations! You certainly deserve this award. You are definitely one of the most generous, thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers I've come across.

Valerie said...

Wise words, written with feeling and truth. Congratulations on your award, I really do think you deserve it.

Sink said...

Rosaria, I too, always appreciate your thoughtful posts. For me, it is about learning: I learn about myself as I articulate my thoughts, and I learn a great deal from others. It is the building of a community of thinkers and thoughtful people. I am so glad that I stumbled into this world.And you are a regular part of my day.

Paul Costopoulos said...

OK, you converted me. I will soon set up a blog. It will be bilingual French/English.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Great thoughts! I may paste some of it in an email to my 21 year old who wants to follow a career because of the money he could make instead of pursuing his passions.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Socrates or Plato couldn't have put it better.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh, silly me-- forgetful. Congrats on your award and thank you for coming by.

Shadow said...

congratulations on your award. and the words that went with it... quite accurate.

marc aurel said...

I love your new layout and you seem at ease with links. My teacher told us of a king in France, later made a saint, Louis, who was famous for exhorting his educated clergy thus. "Scribite".

Helen said...

Wisdom and insight become you ...

Lola said...

Congratulations!

Wonderful insight... your thoughts are pure gold and the conversation is always imbibed with stimulating wisdom, my dear Rosaria. You really are more than an illuminated educator, you embody the modern day Platonic philosopher.
I admire you.

I had a dream of us meeting on the Accademia bridge in Venice... Let's make it real some day PLEASE!

Ciao amica mia. Word verification: proff !!!

Fire Byrd said...

Your right as ever Rosaria.
Blogging is such a way to share our own truth with those that read us. I love the fact that my words are born witness to. Gives me a connection with people around the world that I treasure.
xx

Bogey said...

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

And this, is what separates you from the rest of us. Congratulations on your Award. Well deserved!

Debbie said...

I really enjoyed reading this and couldn't agree more.
Congrats on the award. I'd have to second that you are a very friendly person and I enjoy each comment you leave for me.

Natalie said...

So true,congratulations, Rosaria.

I used to love studying illuminated manuscripts at school, thanks for the reminder.xx♥

potsoc said...

As promised Rosaria, I now have a blog.

Beth said...

Congrats on the award!

I really like your thoughts. By writing, I've found a way to vent, show emotion, and share stories while building new relationships. It has been much more to me than I bargained for.

I appreciate all your encouragement and advice.

Sarah Lulu said...

Congratulations on your award ..very much deserved.

I also love that photo of the steps ..all wet ..down to the water!!!

Cynthia said...

I so enjoyed your thoughts on this topic. You seem to know just how to keep focused and understand the value of what you are doing. Thanks for sharing your insight! We can all use the motivation. <3

Ribbon said...

Hello...
I've grown to take you for granted and what I mean by that is the expectation that you're always going to be there.
You know the feeling you have when you become very comfortable with someone.
I would very much miss you if you weren't around.
I think you're a bit of a star!
Congratulaitons on your much deserved award.

best wishes always
Ribbon

Lori ann said...

Congratulations Rosaria on your award.
What you had to say was very much the truth, do what you love. Always a good message. And if you get to learn something too, that is even better, I loved thinking about the monks.

Woman in a Window said...

Yes, I read SalyMandy's post on writing and your comment, #2 is what I held to. Those who write, really write, I think have absolutely no choice. It is either in you, of you, or not. To be paid for it would be wonderful, but to have our words held up and felt, that is payment more than money. Thank you for all of your constant support!

Moannie said...

Thank you for this very wise post. I think the debate as to why we blog will run and run. And thank you for visiting mine and commenting-they are so necessary to me...otherwise I could just write my thoughts, tear them up and scatter them to the winds [and pay a fine for littering.]

Amy said...

Write on!!

Kikit said...

For me, blogging is a bitter-sweet hobby. I may need ample time to finish a post but it brings so much realizations and delight. That's why I'm doing it with all my heart. :)

Marilynne said...

I wondered about this too - is blogging a waste of time or a creative outlet. You just have to ask yourself. I'm retired and a writer. I find blogging relaxes my writing. I can write about anything at all and love doing it.

Marilynne