I watched the new version of Fame last night. Yes once more I am inspired by a movie.
Anyway, the premise of Fame is having the courage to follow your dreams. A great part of the film is about the characters coming out of their shells, getting them to express and accept themselves. It is about having the courage to stand up and say “this is me and I’m okay with whether you like that or not”.
It got me thinking about this blog. I have no unfulfilled desire to be a published writer, and this is not a vehicle for me to test a book. It is more a mechanism to force me to write on a regular basis.
But, as far as I’m aware I have few regular readers. This is a deliberate thing on my part, I have been playing with this idea, the constraint of writing to a theme and the novelty of writing for an audience (albeit unseen) when I am used to journalling. That has meant that I haven’t exposed myself to ridicule, or criticism by publicising this fact with my friends. However, it has also shut me off from constructive feedback.
So to return to the Fame analogy, what is the point of the hard work and perseverance, if I don’t have the courage? If I write and no one is reading, is it still a blog?