I was filling in some forms and one of the questions asked was: "Explain in 200 words or less, why you think your art is important."
My response was that the words I share make a difference in people's lives. Our stories can teach, entertain and inspire people to take action. They can help a young person, trapped in a life of poverty or other types of dire circumstances, to imagine a world beyond their problems and maybe even work towards that future. They can bring laughter and a lightened heart to someone who had a bad day. Written well, words can persuade people to care about a cause and to take action. And sometimes, words are just a form of self-expression, a way of telling the world : "I was here, and I too matttered to someone."
Anyhoo, while writing this paragraph, I remembered an old post entitled "Your Words Have The Power To Inspire" that I published at Ezine Articles in 2007. The article is about being at a TV studio for an interview on a Sunday morning and meeting a fan who was waiting for a popular DJ to show up. My first thought when she told me what she was about was "STALKER ALERT!". But then my day got interesting.
Check out the post.
I hope the post will help you to appreciate how meaningful your writing ( if you are a writer) or blog posts, are to people, some of whom you may never even hear from.