Personal Note — Why Publish it?


I love provocative questions. They invariably trigger growth and better self awareness. I am fortunate to have a few friends who can lay one on me from time to time.

Why publish a blog or photographs I take? Why release music I work on? Not, why do I write it, but why publish it? The intrinsic value in most creative outlets is what makes them worth doing…isn’t it? So why publish?

It has to be for some type of validation, no? But I don’t get much validation on these things. Hardly anyone reads this blog, or cares to listen to any music I work on, or anything else. That doesn’t detract from it, and in some ways can be an advantage.

Why tell someone how you really feel when it can complicate things?

The reason is because when you hold it all inside you rob yourself of any chance to connect. You’re safer that way in most respects, because not as much can happen. In fact very little can happen. When you put it out there the possibilities are virtually endless. One genuine connection, or one instance of giving someone something that helps them makes it all worth it.

All that work; all that emotional energy to maybe make one little dent in the world. It hardly seems worth it…until you see that light come on somewhere.

Besides, artists are suffering anyway. There’s no way to not create it. It’s just a matter of whether one wants to go it all alone.





4 Responses to “Personal Note — Why Publish it?”

  1. 1 babicka March 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I think you are correct when you say that a small following actually gives you freedom to write. I also believe that it is appropriate to put your thoughts “out there” for validation, criticism or whatever sort of feedback is given. Few of us are willing to do this. Most people are intimidated about exposing themselves but if you are challenged then you have the opportunity to grow and change…or become more entrenched in what may or may not be a valid thought process. I do believe that writing is important but so is reading by opening your mind to the thoughts of others, learning the history of events and places. I know that you would not challenge that and my failure, and the failure of many others, is that we don’t take the next step and put forth what we believe, learn, etc. for this sort of validation.

    I do read every posting and frequently plan on commenting but then time and life interrupt my plans. Know that I am lurking. PS. My favorite project was the photo a day.

  2. 2 Horace Ehren March 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “I love provocative questions.” Vagina?

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