It had been a while since I started concentrating on writing. Putting my thoughts on paper seemed a good practice. It helped easing out the emotions that I have and I could use my writings as journal entries to look back to. I constantly share my writings with a few of my close friends to get an insight of their thoughts and some precious feedback.
It was one of those days when I had written a poem and shared it with a friend. He liked the poem. The follow-up question that came up was surprising.
He asked, "why do you write?"
I thought for a moment and then answered, "To share knowledge. Stepping stones to writing a book probably"
"Why do want to write a book?", came up the next question.
I knew where this was going, THE FIVE WHYS. Indeed there was a need to do this.
"Sharing my perspective about topics", I replied after a small thought process.
"There are so many books that pretty much cover everything. How are you sure if intrinsic motivation is not for fame or recognition or money.", he followed up. This one was deep.
I dodged the question with a casual reply, "I would just like to present my perspective of things, for me it'll be a method of validation and learning about my own ideas."
Looking back at this, I wasn't true to myself. Went home that day and spent some time digging deep into my thoughts on writing. To my surprise I found a desire for fame along with an intention to share knowledge. I agree that fame is a good motive to pursue but it didn't mean much to me. It was time for a decision. Isolate the intention and get rid of the desire for fame. A cleansing was done and things were back on track :)
But a question still remained unanswered, "There are so many books that pretty much cover everything, What difference would I make?". Deep thoughts again triggered the realization, I influence the people around me in some way. Its the accessible universe that we live in, a subset of the whole world, the tangibles around us, the webpages that we constantly follow. The constituents of such a system influence us. Its the property of such a system. The reach of whatever I do, say or write is by default this system. I cannot ignore it. It just happens.
Some thoughts enlighten me, some thoughts intimidate me, some thoughts motivate me. Its this circle that affects my personality, my thoughts, my lifestyle.
"Is there a way I can benefit this system?"
"Can my thoughts have a positive affect on it?"
This is the answer I was looking for. My blog can influence people around me, people who already know me, people who can understand the context much better. If my intentions are good and my thoughts are clear, this is what I would want the purpose of my writing to be.
"We touch other people's lives simply by existing." - J K Rowling