What If No One is Paying Attention?

Jorgenson Center at the University of ConnecticutI suspect every writer, be it of words or music, asks him or herself the following questions:

So what’s the point of having a blog if no one is reading the posts?

What’s the point of releasing music if no one is listening to the songs?

Why put forth the energy if no one is going to read or listen to what I write?

Seriously, what’s the point?

The point is this: be it writing words or music, create those things first for yourself. Do what you love and be passionate about it. Now if someone else happens to like what you’ve done enough to want to read or listen, then that’s simply a bonus. And if they don’t like it or are indifferent to it, well then, that’s okay, too.

Don’t create with a motive to simply be liked. Doing that only empowers others, not you. But on the flip side, don’t create with a motive to simply offend. Yes, art will offend when it points out the truth, because truth can be offensive to many people. But offending just for the sake of being offensive? That’s just lazy.

At the end of the day, if your work is important to you and you’ve left a little bit of your heart in it, if you’ve put a bit of your soul into it, then it will stand a better chance of resonating with someone else because they will sense the authenticity in the work. Because without authenticity, then the words you write, the music you perform, are just the result of empty acts of creativity. And seriously, what’s the point of doing that?