I started this blog initially as an outlet for that writerly, creative spirit that I felt I wasn’t exercising as frequently as I’d like. I was knee-deep in my MBA, and between the demands of work and school, I barely had time to spend with my Dear Wife, let alone write. But creative writing has always been a part of who I am, a necessary form of self-expression, and the long absence from creative writing was starting to wear on me a bit.
As I began blogging, I quickly learned of the potential importance a well-maintained blog could have in a long-term writing career, with respect to building and interacting with an audience of readers. It’s of course by no means a guarantee of success, but has the potential to play a critical factor at a later point. I’m a long way, yet, from that point. But, in the meantime, it’s very gratifying to learn that readers are enjoying my blog.
Yesterday, in fact, I became aware that fellow writer-in-training Barb, who’s blog is called Creative Barbwire, had pegged my blog with the “Sunshine Award” for making her day brighter. The Award isn’t something that’s given out by some official institution charged with the adjudication of quality on the internet – it’s one given me by a reader (and fellow writer). And, right now, that’s what’s important to me, with respect to this blog: my readers.
(With respect to everything else, what’s important to me are my Dear Wife, B.T., finishing my MBA, and finding a good job to provide for my family.)
In the spirit of the “passing it on” nature of awards like these, I thought I’d take the opportunity to tag another fellow writer-in-training (whom I’ve linked here a few times) T. S. Bazelli’s “Ink Stained“, who started the “Author Aerobics” challenge that I’ve been participating in of recent weeks (and hopefully producing some fun little short stories that you readers have also enjoyed, in the process).
I hope you all continue to enjoy my humble efforts here (even through the hiatus days).