When I first started this blog in 2005, my intention was to "publish" all of my poetry; I wanted a more formal place for all of those words I had written on napkins, journal margins, backs of menus, etc... More importantly, though, I wanted feedback.
As the comments came, I began to realize that my poems were not finished (I never, actually, thought of them as finished). My posts were constantly being read and re-worked and reworded and rewritten. It humbled me. It made me a better writer. It made me a better reader. I wanted to share my feedback for other writers/bloggers.
The plateau came about a year later. I had run out of poems, and people had run out of comments. I tried posting various things, but no one really noticed. So, I stopped posting.
I never stopped writing, though.
Now, five years later, I'm blogging again, looking for those same connections to other writers. Except this time, I no longer want to use my blog as just a publishing tool. I want reflective, metacognitive writing... not just my own, but others' thoughts as well. I want people to offer analysis that will articulate a deeper understanding or relationship to my writing. I want people to synthesize and help create nothing but great writing.
So, I'm sending out a call to everyone. Whether you follow this blog or not, start writing. Start commenting. Start analyzing. Start reflecting. Just start.
Let's surround ourselves with writers and writing. Let's write!
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