WordPress sent their congratulations on my third anniversary as a blogger. I was surprised that three years have lapsed since my first post. Why am I still here?
This morning I noticed someone from Slovenia read a post I wrote about my orchids last October. There is the reason I blog: if I had hidden everything I wrote in the last few years in a manuscript, no one else would have read it, let alone being visited by 10,350 individuals from every continent of the globe (except the Arctic and Antarctic) nearly 30,000 times. To my Slovenia reader, you are my 10,351st reader – thank you from Sydney, Australia.
This morning I received an email from a friend who spoke of the many rejections of her manuscript that she had received from publishers. I am so glad I am my own publisher.
Bloggers know we don’t publish for vanity’s sake. Bloggers are writers and writers need to be read. Those of us who don’t write for money are satisfied with the knowledge that people from all corners of the world are sharing moments of our lives, our experiences and all that we hold dear and important.
I am in my miniature urban orchard and garden everyday. I am grateful to be able to share that joy and the beauty of flowers and fruit. I am a poet and I am happy to share my poetry and the Chinese poems that I translate from my mother tongue to my adopted English, and vice versa. I like to show and tell through words and photographs of things that goes on, things that I see and things that I made be it with words, with nature or with clay.
Some of my readers were friends and some have become friends; others may visit once, never to return. Whether they leave a ‘like’ or a comment I value their presence.
There had been times when I felt like giving up. Declining health and a disability in my writing hand has slowed and sometimes halted my progress. There had been weeks when I had to take breaks from writing but persevering with the blog over time means that readers will visit even you are not writing. I find this most gratifying.
My friend the journalist told me never to write for free – but I am well paid.