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image from http://www.tumblr.com – Fox Mulder from the X Files

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”      Mark Twain


There have been times, and more than a few, when I wondered if I was doing something wrong. I mean, I love to write, there are rarely times when I cannot think of something to say, but then I wonder if what I’m saying has any relevance for anyone except me.  I’m sure there are many people who write, prose of poetry, simply for their own fulfillment and enjoyment. It must be a wonderful feeling to write and not be in the least concerned whether anyone likes or will read what you have put part of yourself into.

Perhaps there are people out there in the blogosphere, the  land of poetry and the world of stories whose joy at seeing their thoughts and feelings on a page is sufficient gratification for them. However, I am now equally sure that there are many more who would be more than delighted, not simply gratified but reassured when their labours of love are recognised by another.  Sadly it has taken until now for me to realise I’m not strange in wishing for a little recognition. Adulation would be a bit much but I’m sure there are those who ache for that too.

I have wondered what it takes to be part of the tight-knit Writing Groups I hear so much about. The wonderful support networks who buoy each other up if they don’t get much support for the blood, sweat and tears they’ve expended, and applause for those whose every utterance seems to garner accolades at every turn, even for the most trivial of things.

I’ve read the blogs which give the hints at tips at enlarging your following, the likes you receive and I’ve been amazed and somewhat disappointed.  If you ‘like’ me, or enough other people then you may start to get the ‘likes’ in return. If you promote my blog or product and form a network then you’ll get reciprocation for your promotion.  Pardon me, but that doesn’t quite ring true if you are writing for pleasure and entertainment. Sure everyone would like to think that one day they may write something more substantial, a short story or even an epic, but not by buying the audience. Perhaps I have it the wrong way around?

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”     ― Abraham Lincoln

I could do just what has been recommended. Find the people who are writing about the things which interest me, which is not a narrow field, and like and/or follow them in the hope they will come to my blog and like and/or follow me. There are thousands of us out there.  If I ask for someone to review what I’ve written and I get a crushing response will it affect how I write? Holy Cow but it smacks of being back in school again having to conform to some arbitrary curriculum.

So today, I’ve done something completely different. I’m making a statement that I may not find all the blogs I would like to read, who have amazing content FOR ME, but I appreciate the effort each and every person puts in and if I could ‘like’ you all I would, just to let you know you are not “insignificant”.  In point of fact if i could locate everyone who has something I’d like to read I would never get a chance to write anything at all.  Some of you may say “Well that’s no loss” and you’re entitled to your opinion.

You see, if there is one thing I learned from my love affair with the X Files it’s that “The Truth is Out There”.  I may not find my audience. I may not have the Midas touch with getting the right Categories and Tags and therefore be lost somewhere in Cyberspace.  I may never get to find or form a group who will mutually support each other, and that’s OK. It might hurt now and again when I’m feeling fragile but I’ll survive.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book called “The Tipping Point” where much hard work has to be put into an endeavour before momentum is reached. Once that critical mass (the Tipping Point) has been achieved then the endeavour takes on a life of its own.

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So for all those solo bloggers who are feeling unrecognized, take heart, one day, when you reach the Tipping Point, you will also be well recognised, applauded and lauded for your ideas and writing. Until then, it’s one word at a time.


“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

May all your ideas be great ones, may all your writing be seen.

Bright days.  Susan x

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This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.

 Susan Polis Schutz

There are times when, despite the best of intentions, there seems to be little you do which turns out the way you intended it. It’s frustrating to say the least, and when you have worked for hours trying to get it just so, it can be heartbreaking. Sometimes you can sit there and wonder – why? Is there really any purpose to this, to keep trying to do this, when no-one seems to know or care?

The purpose is just that – it is the reason why you started ‘this’ in the first place. What motivated you to begin this  course of action, this group, this course, this painting, craft work or blog? To understand the reason you have to delve inside, not always the easiest place to delve, and find the true reason there. It may be a short journey or a long one. It may be pleasant or not. It may bring sadness or pain. You may even feel as though your ‘strings’ are being pulled by another – for a time at least.

One of the hardest questions I’ve needed to answer has been why I wanted to write a blog. It should be simple and on the surface it is, I wanted to share my words with someone. I had so many words trapped inside waiting to find an avenue to see the light that I wanted to write them down somewhere. Sounds nice and easy and straightforward, and it is as far as it goes. That’s what I’m doing, but why has it become difficult?

I have a failing, well in fact I have many, but the important one here is impatience. I have found a forum where I have been entertained, delighted, entranced and mesmerised by the writing of others. Sometimes to the extent that I wonder what I have to offer that anyone would want to read. (My heartfelt thanks to my followers and those heartwarming ‘likes’ which let me know my words are not falling on deaf ears, or worse yet, empty air).

I needed to reassess my reaction to seeing some bloggers write their hearts on a page and see no response and others, who put as much work in receive what could amount to tumultuous applause. What is the different ingredient that sees some succeed and others appear not to? What magical spell was there to see everyone’s efforts recognised?

The answer is – there is no magical ingredient, no magic spell, which is only my opinion of course.  There are lone writers out there who may be slowly found by people searching for ‘something’ as I have found different blogs.  Then there are those who may have a wonderfully large social network or belong to a writers group and they all support each other. “Like begets Like’ so to speak.

Yet for everyone it is the same beginners rule, you can only go “One step at a time”.  Some may say “it’s the luck of the draw” others “the roll of the dice”. Then there are my often heard homilies; “you can’t run before you can walk”, and my favorites:” good things come to those who wait” and “everything in its time”.

By the time I’ve worked my way through these I have to laugh at myself. I write because the words want to come out and the topics choose themselves – most of the time. My reality checker (hubby) often reminds me that all things eventually reach a ‘tipping point’, in this case, perhaps more importantly from a recognition perspective, a point at which the number of people ‘Following’ and the number of ‘Likes’ for each post, indicate that your audience has grown sufficiently to show others that ‘here is a good writer and blogger’. This person has something to say which others want to hear and like.

It seems that irrespective of how large a following you have, more is better. When I first wrote I felt incredibly excited and rewarded by the first ‘Like’ and then “Follower”. It was a huge “WOW” factor.  Now I appreciate the time and effort people show by reading my blog, “Like” and/or “Follow” it. I am immensely grateful for their graciousness and I am still excited to see those ‘Likes’ after my blog.

It appears Mark Twain found “The Secret” long before “The Secret” became famous.

So, despite my challenges, and today the brain fog has been infuriating, apparently only a minor impediment at present, I have taken, “Just  One Step” and figuratively speaking, put pen to paper and started writing again.  I will still have days when I doubt that what I say is of any interest to anyone but myself, but then I am also human.

All writers have doubts, it is in the nature of the beast. If success is meant to come, then I will need to be patient (please send it by the bucket full), and allow time to flow as it always does. After all, my words will resonate with some, at some time, in some place and that is all a writer may hope for.

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“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

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