One of my favorite things to do is to bake; however, it’s baking with a purpose. I rarely bake for myself unless I have a strong craving for cookie dough. I like to bake for others. I’m happiest when I’m making other people happy.
I view blogging in a similar fashion. I have had the Write Right blog called a personal blog, which I suppose it is in some ways. I catalogue my experiences with the writing life and with being a perfectionist. The blog is not, however, primarily personal. I may write about my failures or feelings of failure, but I write about them because such writings can serve a purpose. They can help someone else who feels like a failure.
It’s that mindset that directs most of what I publish. If I write a piece that has no value to a visitor to the Write Right blog, I don’t publish it. I may tinker with the post until it becomes something relevant or applicable, but if it never achieves those qualities, it remains tucked away in a folder. I refuse to serve my readers something that has too little or too much salt. I won’t proffer them with something that bears little to no resemblance to a cookie even if it tastes fine. I am baking cookies for my readers, and I won’t give them the half-baked, misshapen, or burnt ones. I will give them the best ones because making them happy makes me happy.
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