If You Don’t Read this, why am I writing it?

Jun 4th, 2009 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

A best friend sent  a series of Steven Wright quotes the other day.  His uncanny mind and extra planetary humor is totally outrageous and funny.  I will see that these quotes are posted soon.  But his warped mind helped to develop today’s topic:  “If you don’t read this, why am I writing it?”  That’s a little like, “If I dialed the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?”

None of us who writes for a general audience, particularly in the blogosphere, has any idea who or how people decide to read us.  Some days are better than others.  Some days audiences reach an enormous 3 or 4 readers. Sometimes more, gratefully! 

The truth of the matter is the glut of information and columns and opinions and “cutesy” writers is greater than the number of people in the world.  So, if only one or two or three of that number choose to read me, I should be complimented. 

Living in some isolation, it is sheer joy to converse with someone else, even if it is only one way.  So, I guess that is another reason I choose to write and expose myself, hopefully in the best sense of the word, here.

If you don’t read this, I could interpret my labor as being useless.  And, it may well be.  You are the final judge of that.  If you like what I have to say, you may come back.  If you don’t, it is for sure you won’t.  So day after day I look for things to say, issues to raise, questions to ask, insights (?) to share that may bring you to see me.

The blogosphere for all its verbiage is really, after all, a somewhat lonely and  very crazy place.  There are places in it  I will never choose to explore.  Everyone of us has the right to a filter that helps us sort through all the trash and junk and crap out there and in there.  It is very much like sorting through junk mail or hanging up on solicitation calls. Most of us need to be bright and courageous enough to shut off the invading hordes of unnecessary information, seeking our attention.

So, you may not read this and that is your perfect and inalienable right.  If you do, remember you may encourage me to write again, which may be something you may or may not want to do.



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