“They were linked by the usual shared enthusiasms to which lovers give exaggerated importance: a fondness for Vivaldi and the Beatles.” Christopher J. Koch, The Year of Living Dangerously
I’ve learned two things in my first year of producing JOY Journal. One, I enjoy interacting with other creatives — even if it is digitally. Two, the blogiverse is a great place for a writer to play.
The first awareness needs no explanation. Just a thank you to readers and friends, both those whom I knew in the real world before I started JOY Journal and those whose hearts I have come to enjoy solely on the screen.
The second realization, every writerly blogger already knows. Blogging offers a freedom of expression that no other venue can.
For example, real journalism is limited to truth, or at least truth as it can be documented.
And, books. Books! Everything in that arena is tied to publisher risk and author platform and money. It’s a PewDiePie world, God help us.
But, ah, blogging. It’s a venue that’s ever sculptable, never gated. It’s raw. It’s real and unreal, whichever you want. It’s professional and novice and everything in between, wherever you are. It’s voices and accents and ways of thinking that are rarely heard.
It’s democracy, and I love it. So, here’s to a second year.