What We All Forget

21 Apr

By Nesher Ehrman

 
Oh, look, it’s another post on the Writer’s Corp. They’re probably talking about being a writer. How inspirational. How creative. How helpful.
 
If you’re a writer.
 
But what if you’re not? 
 
One problem I have with blogging is that it has a sense of being ‘writing, by writers, for writers’. It’s our common ground, our foil, the subject of all of our conversations. And when that happens, someone very important tends to get neglected. 
 
The reader.
 
There are many more content consumers than there are content creators. We sometimes forget this, because the ones being heard are the creators. Because they’re the creators. Duh. But the majority of people in this world are the people reading, not the people writing. They just get forgotten by the content creators, because the content creators assume – as humans tend to do – that everyone else is also like them.
 
This is a mistake. Without the content consumers, without the readers, we would be nothing. Writing is about transferring meaning from one person to another through a specific set of prearranged symbols, which are letters and words. But this process involves both sides – the passer and the passee, if you will. Or even if you won’t.
 
So anyways. Don’t forget our readers. Quiet, shy, seldom making themselves heard – yeah, you. Are you listening? I want to say something just to you. Writers, skip this next bit. 
 
Thanks, readers. What we do wouldn’t be worth anything without you. You make writing worthwhile. Thanks.
 
If you’re a reader, or even if you’re a writer who just reads, sometimes, make yourself heard in the comments. That’s how to make writers better. There’s inherent value in criticizing the work of others, if the criticism is constructive. That’s what we need from you on this site. So make your presence known. Say your say. Comment your comment. And once again, thank you.
 
This piece was written by Nesher Ehrman, an author of The Writing Corp who is also sometimes a reader. To see more by Nesher, pay a visit to nesherehrman.wordpress.com/

 

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4 Responses to “What We All Forget”

  1. Saronai April 22, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I read the whole thing because I believe that all writers should be avid (and not just sometimes) readers too.

    I’m glad for this post. When I first started going serious with my writing blog I started by picking up the trend: Writing about writing for other writers. I was fortunate enough to encounter a post on http://blog.liviablackburne.com/ before too long that made me rethink that approach.

    As a writer wanting to reach out to potential readers, I was going about it all wrong and instead only gathering a few writers. I went about tackling my content with a more sure aim at my intended audience. While having blogs dedicated to the writer is nice, it’s very important we not forget about the readers, especially if we’re pitching our blogs as an author space for connecting to our readers, rather than just our fellow writers.

  2. Daniela April 21, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I enjoyed reading this post. My own blogging venture started almost a year ago, and almost as an accident … little did I know that it will give me a taste of what it feels to write for an unknown audience, sending words like sparks into vast and unknown space … much light has come back since.

    • nesherehrman April 21, 2013 at 9:35 am #

      That’s always a special feeling. Seeing someone answer you, as a person, and let you know that they hear you is the whole point of writing, in my opinion.

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