My first 2nd year celebration post is from Tameri Etherton. I meet Tameri on April 4, 2012. She commented on a blog post I wrote during the 2012 A to Z Challenge called H – History of Australia (Criminals & Drunks). I’m sure the title had nothing to do with why she commented, but this is what she said, “I think ‘sculled’ is my new new favorite word (it was ‘goober’ until reading this). I’m assuming sculled means drank? If so, I’m totally using it in my next book!”
Thank you, Tameri, for all your support. So, Tameri, Who do you blog?
That’s a tricky question. As writers, we’re told we need to blog, that we must find our readers and cultivate an audience, but to me, that seems trite. Dishonest, even.
I don’t blog to court fame, I do it for the simple reason that I like people and I always want to know their story.
Through blogging I’ve met some amazing people, like Sydney. People I wouldn’t normally have the chance to know if not through their presence online. Some of these people I’ve had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting offline. Whether I know them in person or just through cyber space, all of them have enriched my life in a multitude of ways that not only could I never count, but never repay.
That’s why I blog. As a thank you to those other bloggers out there and as a way to connect with people.
If my words can touch someone, then I’ve accomplished something remarkable.
If my words make someone laugh, then the world is a bit lighter for their laughter.
Words matter. Whether they be critical and harsh, or positive and full of hope, they influence the way we think, feel, speak, and live. I blog because my words are a connection from me to other humans out in the nether reaches of the Internet. They connect us.
And connections are what make my heart smile. Because in the end, a connection made is a friendship formed.
Friendships formed are stories shared. People are fascinating creatures with the most incredible stories to tell and I like hearing them.