Approaching my one year anniversary on AC, I’ve found myself in full reflection on the upcoming event. What does it mean? Is writing a significant activity for me? Are page views and faithful followers important?
What does it mean?
An anniversary is but one date on the calendar, positioned exactly 365 days from the day you started something new. So what? As I write this, we’re actually 350 days out from my AC anniversary number one. The exact date isn’t that important. You can tell by my writing about exact numbers that I believe them rather trivial for folks other than accountants, engineers, and tax collectors, of which I am none.
The real significance of the one-year, or any, anniversary is that it’s a milepost. That you did something for a time, rounded off to some convenient reference, captures an accomplishment. For me, it’s a year of writing anything I want online for a website I adore.
Boom! That’s it! I won’t quote my numbers, the page views, the articles, the fans, the favorites, the followers, ad infinitum. They are less important to me than the concluding statement of the previous paragraph (in bold italics, for your convenience in finding it easily right now).
Is writing a significant activity for me?
It is less important that you like me than to like my writing. So, yes, writing carries great significance for me. Attraction to my musings online is my psychic income, a satisfaction that cannot be compared to any other activity (except, maybe, making jewelry). Like my jeweled creations, writing represents the innermost me, expresses what’s going on inside, that which may be suppressed in the usual outward social interactions.
Writing for AC is what I do every day. It’s a magnet. It’s an attractor. An addiction? Perhaps, but something I cannot escape for much longer than a day without the creative release that writing provides.
Are page views and faithful followers important?
If writing for AC is, in fact, an addiction, then page views and followers are measurements of the craving: the more you have, the more you want. So, yes, page views are important, but less so than followers, without which there would be no page views at all.
I questioned whether I would write if I had no followers. The answer is no. So, follows, take heed: You are very important to me. Oh, maybe I’d write some poetry for myself, which nobody but me would ever read again if cast to paper. But the fact of others reading my writing backs up to what it’s all about. I write, you read. I read what you write, I write again. You read again. And so it goes on, in a satisfying spiral.
Boom! That’s it, again! That’s what it means to me. Come celebrate my first anniversary on AC. It’s all about you. It’s all about me, writing on AC in particular. Happy anniversary to us!