Ending on a Serious Note – #JusJoJan 2023

Welcome to day thirty-one and our final day of Just Jot It January for 2023. Today’s word is write.

Ask a writer why they write and you will likely get a somewhat different answer from every person. Within those answers, however, is often a common thread. Writers are driven to write.

Someone asked me if blogging was really writing. Questions like that have an undertone. I have noticed a similar undertone with questions concerning various genres of writing. As if somehow, what a person chooses to write is in some way not ‘real writing’. Then there are the other questions and accusing observations. “Would I know something you’ve written?” “Oh, you self-published (with the eye roll).” “Can’t anyone have a blog?” “Have you written a real book?”

Today as we wrap up this month of prompt writing, I want to thank Linda Hill. Year after year she tirelessly sponsors this challenge and I am always amazed as she is one busy woman, mother, writer, and editor. This year this challenge has inspired me in a way I hope will be revealed as the year progresses. Thank you, Linda!

I want to thank all the bloggers I follow. I wish you knew how many times I refer to something you have written. You are carried into my daily conversations. I frequently speak of the things I have learned from you. I have held positive thoughts for you. I have shared your successes and your stumbles. I have laughed and cried with you. I have prayed for you. You may write in isolation but your are read surrounded by the world!

The same holds true for those who follow and comment on my blog. We have developed relationships. You have expressed your caring for me, my family, and my words. You have encouraged me to continue to write – even if it is just a blog 🙄.

So, thank you all for writing. For allowing me a glimpse of who you are. Thank you for sharing your world, your culture, and your writing. I carry your words with me more than you may have realized.

I want to close with this delicious Ray Bradbury quote. This is what I wish for you.

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” 

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (write) submitted by Linda herself from Life in Progress.


46 thoughts on “Ending on a Serious Note – #JusJoJan 2023”

  1. Oh my. What a lovely closing to a one-month delve into the challenge of creation. I have enjoyed it all, particularly this final one—so heartfelt, so sincere, so honest. I love the Ray Bradbury quote. How sublime to be a divine fool! Thank you for a month full of the romp inside your head.

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  2. This is a wonderful post, Maggie! When I had my cabinet shop, I had one customer whose husband said the custom china cabinet we were designing was “basically homemade,” with the eye roll and the suggestion that “homemade” anything is inferior to factory made. I’ve never understood those comments about writers. You are a writer, and I enjoy coming here to read what you’ve written.

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    1. All one has to do is look at work that comes out of a factory to know the quality of something a skilled craftsman produces. I run into similar comments with jewelry. Thank you for indulging my posts. I hope you know how much I appreciate you.

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  3. What a fantabulous post, Maggie! I enjoyed every word and if you’ve ever read any of my blathering, I so appreciate it! I loved the Ray Bradbury quote, and I say to you ignore what others spout about us bloggers. We know who and what we are. That’s good enough!

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    1. I remember that post well, Pete. I commented when you wrote it. Reflecting again, it was interesting to re-read the comments. Writing is whatever we want it to be. I will always remember you as someone who supported me early on. I appreciate the support you have shown me over these few years. I consider you a friend.

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  4. Nice post, Maggie.
    I have had many vocations in my life, but only one advocation…writing. As a social blogger I get an F. My blog posts are stories for my descendants, history of a world that was different then what they will live in. Also, a sharing, with all my readers, of my 84 years linking a time of saying gee and haw to a team of horses pulling a walking plow to a time when I can tell Alexa to turn off the bedroom light.
    And it is a blog of 45 years in as a stagehand and my daily encounters with people and acts that the public pays good money to watch perform…and I actually got paid to work with these names.
    While I do not participate in my blog in the social aspect of blogging, I read my favorite bloggers, like you, and use my comments as my way of being a more conventional blogger. Sometimes ad nauseum like I just did
    .And to all bloggers ‘remake the world’, and have fun doing it.

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    1. Don, I have such admiration for you, your life experiences, and your writing. I don’t know about being a social blogger, but I cherish your stories and the comments you leave here. We had some similar experiences along the way, many of which this technological world has cast aside. It is in this commonality I came to consider you a dear friend even though our physical paths may never cross.

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  5. I, too, have had people disparage my desire and follow through with blogging. Here is my theory about why people want you to write a book. If you write a book they can pretend to have read it AND tell all their friends they know a published author. However if you write a blog, these same people are uncomfortable around you because a blog is current and it’s obvious if they’re not reading/paying attention to what you’ve written. Plus there’s no clout to be had by knowing you if you’re *only* a blogger.

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  6. Hi Maggie, thank you for being a part of my writing journey. I always appreciate your comments and reading your posts.

    Is blogging writing? How could it be otherwise?

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  7. A great post Maggie and a super quotation. I believe we all write for ourselves initially and we obviously derive great pleasure from doing so, otherwise why would we carry on? I am forever thankful for all the interesting, funny, factual, fanciful, and serious words that everyone writes, and would love more hours in the day to read more. Love and hugs to every one of you, even though many will never read those words!

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    1. Thank you, Peter. I agree that reading and interacting with fellow bloggers could be a full time occupation! I am grateful for all those I have the opportunity to read.

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  8. Love the Bradbury quote. I really loved the post too Maggie … but, oh, you’re just a self-published author and blogger, oh you can’t be as good as a professional!!! Ha, ha, oh that’s hilarious. People really are crazy. Thanks so much for showing the craziness of the situation. You are so right. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. The world is crazy, opinionated, and judgmental. I think if someone writes on/in whatever platform and wants to consider themselves a writer…. cool beans. I liken it to kinda being the same thing as art and artists. Some pieces are beautiful and strike a nerve… and others might make absolutely no sense to 98% of the population… but they both could’ve been made by someone who considers themselves an Artist. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, Maggie… I take something away every time I read your words. Thank you…!

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    1. Thank you, Darren. I appreciate this comment so much. We do get to define ourselves – we just need to tune out the static of other people’s opinions.

      I have learned so much about love, loss, grief, and learning to live life from you. And someday if I make it to Vermont, I hope to share a cup of coffee with you.

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  10. Sometimes I feel slightly “less than” for self-publishing my books, but then I remember that the vast majority of people never write any kind of book or have an active blog. Thank you for the wonderful quote! I must go lurking in the library!


  11. “You mean you just put your diary out there for the world to read?” A blog is a very particular form that is hard for many to comprehend. Those of us who stick with it know it fills a very special, very important niche in the writing world.

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