Today's post for the Buccaneer Blogfest is about the blog: why I started and what my goals are for it.
I started this blog about a year ago. I was living in near-total isolation in Brazil, with my two sons and husband; my younger son was one and a half and things were getting progressively easier with him, meaning I had a little more time to work on my writing goals.
I've been an avid journal-writer in the past--I have thousands of pages' worth of diary entries from age 14 to about 30--and I've always found that writing in a personal format is cathartic and sometimes opens doors to great insight, merely in the attempt to tell my life in story form. Writing in a diary is different from writing for an audience, in blog format--but I've found in recent years that I prefer the latter, as I'll reinforce the synapses in my brain that attempt to organize what I write into readable format--good exercise for fiction-writing!
So that's one reason for the blog--personal development. A second and no less important reason is about relationships and community--creating connections with people across the globe in areas of common interest; this is lovely and fascinating to me, and particularly important as I've been at home with kids and usually in an area not physically close to friends.
I also have to admit that I really like it when people read what I write, blog and fiction both!
Goals for the blog:
- community, sharing, learning
- fun and sharing
- create accountability for my writing and other goals