Ramblings on Ratings Why Do Writers Write
by Marijo Phelps 7/31/2010 / Writing
I have been thinking through my goals in writing and have come up with a few of the main ones here:
To challenge people in the Lord
To encourage people in the Lord
To make people think
To help people to laugh
To help a person realize they are not alone, that others have gone through the particular wringer they are going through
To draw the unbeliever to our Lord
I like being read. I like being in the top ten and on the front page.. but that's not why I am writing.
Could I write something with a title that would guarantee a bazillion reads? Probably (look on Google trends to find out what is hot for starters.)
I went on the writing websites (a few and not all that I was asked to join for sure not that I am that polished a writer but other writers saw a bit of me in my work and reached out) on Aug 22, 2008 (FaithWriters) and have been posting and writing ever since.
I didn't go to find friends. My life is full and meaningful and I am still in touch with one gal I first met in 2ndgrade. But, I found you and several others in various age ranges that I now consider good friends. Someone I can share my heart with and someone I know will pray someone I'd like to meet in person and share my house with someday for a GOOD visit. When I went on various "connection" websites I never checked the box "looking for friends" because I was content where I was. The Lord obviously had other ideas and I am SO glad He did
I notice that on the "free to share" site I post on, many, many of my various pieces are being printed out. That tells me that the reader not only clicked but felt what was said was worthy of printing for future use. I am encouraged and hopefully encouraging others too.
Challenged to take time, go through old notebooks and find things and scriptures which correlate. Pressed to look at life, my daily life in the mountain meadow and see things that I could share with others and include things the Lord has opened up to me or laid on my heart. Maybe those very things would be the encouragement that another might need that day.
Right now I am writing so fast that for some of my pieces I haven't even printed out a hard copy my computer back up will be evidence of "copy right" and the only copy I have, others I have the hand written copy I made while writing when I was fourteen years old at my little white desk dad made in the house with plywood floors (we didn't get "floor coverings" until my junior year in high school). Hum, there's another story or a dozen of them.
All of this to say, I hope to continue writing my heart. If my ratings go up, good! If they don't that's ok. I know that we both pray for those who the Lord would like to read our particular pieces and maybe that's what will really count now, in time and possibly for eternity. Not so much because of what we have to say but because of who we are saying it for?
A little piece I wrote ages ago comes to mind it is one that needs help I don't like it the way it is but it seems to sum things up for my thoughts here
Give me this day
One soul to reach
With kindness in Your name
Give me this day
One lost in care
Sad or halt or lame
Let me walk this day
That I am nothing without YOU.
(C) Marijo Phelps all rights reserved. Use with proper credits.
Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. RN for 23 years, missionary with YWAM then statistical analyst for Every Home for Christ over 9 years. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news