“I’m a blogger”
I was at a conference, and we were having a catered lunch. I sat down at a table of strangers with my plate full of food, and when asked “what do you do“?, I uttered those words.
The minute they passed my lips I felt uncomfortable. I had my chance to express my online “self” in a meaningful way, and that’s what came out.
The reactions were predictable – “a blogger, huh….” Yep, me and the 100 million others.
And that was that. The conversation went off in a different direction.
As the day went on, and the weekend passed, I still had a sense of regret for not being more expressive with the “what do you do” question.
Writing, for me, was and is an addiction, pure and simple — an addiction that you benefit from every time I write for you.
The bottom line is this: I’m pleased to shout from the rooftops that I LOVE WHAT I DO. I love to write, I love to learn, I love talking to you, and can’t wait to get into your head, into your business, and then — to write, write, write for you.
Now THIS is expressing yourself in a meaningful way.
Thanks to Julie, it dawned on me that I could have answered the question at the conference in a very similar way.
“I’m a writer. I do it because I love it, and it gives back so much to me”
Better – much better.
Saying “I’m a blogger“ just doesn’t cover it. I write things every day, whether it’s e-mails, memos, Tweets, notes, PowerPoints, blog posts, or yellow stick-ems.
That’s really what I do.
And it’s a joy. Like what I’m doing right here, right now- writing this post.
Crafting this today reminds me of a lyrical passage of one of my favorite Elton John & Bernie Taupin songs, appropriately called “Writing“:
Will the things we wrote today
Sound as good tomorrow
We will still be writing
In approaching years
Stifling yawns on Sundays
As the weekends disappear
We could stretch our legs if we’d half a mind
But don’t disturb us if you hear us trying
To instigate the structure of another line or two
Cause writing’s lighting up
And I like life enough to see it through
Yes, I’m hooked.
I’m going to keep instigating the structure of as many lines as I can, because,
“I’m a writer”.