Why do you read what you read?
I mean, why are you even reading this? Perhaps that’s presumptuous of me. With a yawn and a click of a button you could cast this straight into the cyberspace landfill. Totally understandable. If I wasn’t laboring over this idea myself, I’d get on to more important things like ENews, viral videos, or clever, unassuming FB posts.
But I am a writer. At least I want to be. (Did I actually confess that out loud?)
“There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
So, when stories are told. Agony shed. Why do you read it?
Or do you?
In the digital age, words and images shoot past our eyes at lightning speed. We can access anything we want – whenever we want. What compels someone to take a minute or an hour or an entire afternoon to sit and actually read something? And not just speed read. I mean really let the words permeate; like the message itself just might enhance your life. Or change it. Or challenge it. Or…
My Gmail inbox is chock FULL of emails vying for my attention. And I’m not even gainfully employed. I am however, a stay at home mom who may jump at the chance to “save” an extra 68% on Zulily even though I no longer have babies at home. You can’t fault companies for trying.
Every. Single. Solitary. Day. Here’s to you Sierra Trading Post and other royalty of direct marketing.
Some emails are junk. Some are worthwhile reads. Some convey necessary information about school work or sports practice. But many — oh so many — bait and switch me into giving away hours of my life I can never get back. I rue the day I decided to give out my actual email address instead of some alternate one for online offers. I know – first world problems.
The question remains: How do I discern what to read, what to file, what to forward and what to archive? (Archive is just a fancy way of saying “trash” because you can always dig it out again if you want to. Kinda like George Costanza and the “archived” chocolate éclair. Man I miss that show.)
With the perpetual barrage of blog posts, status updates, tweets, hash tags, magazines, ebooks, and the stack of old school paperbacks ever mounting on my bedside table — how do I decide what I read and what I don’t?
When I actually pick up a book, what makes me want to FINISH it? I have run out of bookmarks because they are all housed half way through various books in my repertoire – never to return to the light of day.
If you actually made it this far, congratulations! You have a formidable attention span.
May I now ask you for a great big honkin’ favor? Will you indulge me and my writer/bloggy friends and fill out this brief survey?
** If you leave a comment here on my blog or on my FB wall – your name will be entered to be chosen at random (Scout’s honor!) to receive a $10 Starbucks gift card. After all, it is the holidays and there’s nothing that says I want to escape from the retail rat race like a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Peppermint Mocha.
Here goes —
1. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? Meaning you’d actually recommend it or dare I say, purchase it for another.
2. What are three adjectives you’d use to describe said book?
3. How do you prefer to read material? (Online – blogs, emails, articles), actual chapter books (You can tell I have grade-schoolers in my house), or some other way?
4. Major bonus points for adding any flavor to this discussion!
When art is released into the world of words, what makes you want to stop and stay a while?
From one who wonders…
PS — If you want to feel lighter, forget shedding pounds. Shed agony.