The reason I write a Blog may not be the standard of why other writers write a Blog. I have been writing for most of my life. Most of my writings have ended up on scrap paper, napkins, post-it-notes and lined paper notebooks. I pretty much was just writing for myself and these forms seemed OK to me. Then, in early 2000 I joined a poetry writing group. Because of this I finally started to use the word processor program of my computer which gave me a digital record of my writings. I no longer needed to keep loose papers with my words scrawled all over them. I was thrilled, I was able to keep files of my writings without the actual physical files cluttering up my home office. Plus, I could easily print out any of my writings and doubly plus (and most important to me) my writings were safely ensconced in these digital records inside my computer.
OR SO I THOUGHT! All of a sudden, out of the blue, one day the worst thing that can happen to a computer happened to my laptop. IT CRASHED!!!!!. Yep, completely gave up the ghost and died. I was now without my “trusty companion” (I can’t tell you how many hours I spent daily on my laptop). I had no way to access the internet and horrors upon horrors I had no way to access my “safe” files of writing. Oh my files were safe all right! Safely tucked into the digital insides of my laptop with no way to get to them as long as my computer would not start. And no, I was not smart enough to make a backup of my files. So, there I was, lost with no way back except to get another laptop and start over.
Thank goodness the IT guy at my work was able to save my files from my hard drive and install them on my new laptop. All was not lost! I was up and running on the internet and happily wordprocessing again. I still had all my writings available to me and all was well. That is until this second laptop crashed and died.
Did I learn my lesson the first time. Nope! I didn’t! I did not backup my files so when computer death came again I was completely out of luck. I was so out of luck this time even my hard drive could not give me access to my writing files. However, even tough I did not backup my files on a flash drive I had at least made a print out of every one of my writings which filled a thick binder. I had not lost my writings after all. They were in physical form and not digital. Again, I was content.
Fast forward to moving day. I packed up my writing binders where I could keep them with me as the moving guys loaded all my furniture and belongings to be stored for a couple of months. I safely put my binders in the cab of the moving truck and off we went to the storage place. Little did I know that my binders would get lost never for me to see again. My writings were gone. Everything I had written in the way of poems and short stories for the last 10 years was gone.
I moved on. There was nothing I could do. My only consolation was that I guess I no longer needed my writings I had tried so hard to keep with me. I moved on and started over. Only this time my decision to start writing again was made not only from a creative decision it was made from a very practical one as well. I was going to start a blog and my blog was going to be the “safety deposit box” that held my work. OK! I now knew what I was going to do for the safety of my writing, but, I didn’t have a clue as to where or how I would start a Blog. Enter WordPress.
I had learned about WordPress when I lived in San Jose, California. At that time I worked on developing a WordPress Blog with a friend of mine for her environmental concerns about Ecuador. I was super impressed with WordPress. So, when I moved here to Las Cruces, New Mexico with the loss of my writings still stinging me I decided to try out WordPress for myself.
Voila! I soon had a Blog up and running. (For a Luddite like me that is quite a feat). I was thrilled because not only was I writing again I was also “collecting” my writings. I was collecting my writings to never be lost again. I realized that no matter what happened to my computer or computers (in case I have to get another if this current one does the “dive”) my writings would always be safe. With a Blog I have a way to store my writings safely. Through this Content Management System (CMS) I will always have access to what I write. I am tremendously happy that my Blog has my back and that my writings have their own “security blanket” located on the world-wide web. This need for a “security blanket” was definitely my main reason for starting and writing my Blog. Having a space for journaling is important as well and sharing with people who come to my Blog is a great extra for me.
What a relief this is!!!!!! What a blessing!