I didn't realise until a few seconds ago that I have been keeping this blog for almost four years! That is a lot of blogging, a lot of posting and heaps of writing. I know people do read it. I don't know how many and I am not particularly bothered - just a little curious. To me - this blog is a Writing opportunity. It has seen me through highs and lows, toothache, funerals, rejections and acceptances. It has seen me through good times and bad and once or twice a month it comes back and taps me on the shoulder, saying "Come on Jilly - Time to Blog".
Blogging is truly a 21st century phenomenon! It gives everyone the chance to find their inner writer - whether they are writing about everyday life, holidays, exciting events, hobbies. Being able to reach out to people in this way is a wonderful thing and something I am sure hundreds of writers of past eras would have made a lot of use of it also had the facility been there. I would love to read a blog-post by Charles Dickens, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Agatha Christie or Charlotte Bronte, wouldn't you? In order to see their work in print they had to wait months and often pay towards print and paper costs. Even if only six people read my post today, that is six more people I hadn't reached out to yesterday.
Being a writer is a fickle thing. Like Amateur Dramatics, it is largely done by people just for the sheer love of it. Many put in hours and hours of work, reading, re-reading, re-writing what they have produced, showing it to loved ones - or maybe keeping it as their own little secret, rather like a locked diary. It causes headaches and heartache but oh, that sense of joy and excitement - opening a new notebook and writing the opening words, writing The End and everything that goes in between those two crucial points, there is nothing that compares to that rush (although I guess footballers would say scoring goals does it for them, and actors would say winning a role does it for them) and nobody anywhere can strip you of that achievement.
So tonight I raise a glass to Blogging. I don't know who is reading this - if you want to say hi, say hi, if not - I love you to bits anyway!