A valid question to a person who writes. There are people who write for money, either a paid assignment and those who write to sell books. My reason for writing started for one reason and evolved into another reason.
I wrote in school, reports on school subjects in order to pass a class. I did not consider myself a creative writer. In college, it was the same, facts gathered and put on paper for a grade. In August of 2020, I started a blog, grannys-homestead.com to share information on raising sheep. There was information on the internet and in books, but some was very general with no real answers. Others were from universities with a lot of scientific terms, hard for most people to understand. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience raising sheep with others. To share how I treated a sheep with this problem, or what I did to prevent a problem. Then I joined bloganuary and started a blog this blog. I enjoyed what I was writing about, I wanted to continue and share my words with others.
As I wrote blogs, and read others’ blogs, I realized I enjoy writing, and not just facts that I have gathered. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of several subjects with those who want to learn more. Some of my methods of doing things, such as gardening, was taught to me by my grandfather, and I want to share that information.
Now, I write for my grandchildren. My children and their families live in several states, and are far apart. I want my children to have the information I was taught. I want to pass the information and a piece of myself forward to my grandchildren.
Along this journey, I have found a way to express what is inside myself. I have learned people enjoy my events of being a sheep farmer and some of the “crazy” things I do. Bringing people joy, is fun. I live a different life than most, I enjoy different things than most. These are things I want to share with others to broaden their world.
Why do I write – for the joy of others.