Ideas, writers and readers
Keeping a public blog and claim we write for ourselves seems contradictory; if that were the case, we would dump our words in a local document; we do write for others. That does not mean that the sole act of writing isn't beneficial in and of itself; it is. However, communication happens when someone else reads. Ideas are captured in words, and they become as seeds, patiently waiting for the possibility of germinating in the mind of a reader. Fundamentally, communication equals the spread of ideas.
Writers need readers; readers need writers; ideas need both to spread.
Readers motivate writers to keep writing, good writing pieces motivate readers to keep reading, and motivation is vital for both writing and reading.
What is your motivation as a writer?
In my case, when going through difficult times, writing helps me to take some perspective and to get my mind right. Sometimes writing is simply a coping mechanism; when something is bugging me, writing it down helps me to let go—although it does not address its root cause. Full of shame, I must accept that when someone reads what I write, that makes me feel somehow important.
I aspire to write for less selfish purposes, though. I have to find a way for the words typed on this keyboard to become a medium for important ideas to spread, reducing any trace of narcissism to the minimum.
What is your motivation as a reader?
Usually, I read because I want to learn something new. However, learning is hard. Thus the kind of reading necessary for that is never effortless. It is not uncommon for me to
spend waste time reading things that I know are at best irrelevant, a mean to get entertained.
I'm trying to be more selective regarding my reading preferences, filtering out external and invasive “suggestions” about what I should read about. I must “protect myself from what I want” in order to find what I need.
What are the ideas worth spreading?
I don't have an answer for this one. I have the feeling that the worthiness of ideas never correlates to their popularity. Ideas should be of capital importance, beyond who write them, who read them and what medium is used to spread them.