Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, & More

Completing the circuit

On July 8, 2015, Bill Waters ~~ Haiku reached its first anniversary, and it’s been a fine first year! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read and perhaps comment… It means so much to me.  :- )

I had a most interesting conversation via Facebook with poet Mary Kendall, who blogs at A Poet in Time, that caused me to articulate why I reach out to readers through blogging, social networks, and journals and e-zines. It was a very long paragraph, but I think I can distill it down to this: I reach out to “complete the circuit”.

Any writer’s first audience is himself or herself, and this audience provides satisfaction enough for many, many writers — including me, at least most of the time. “At a certain point,” though, I said to Mary, “writing only for myself feels…incomplete. It’s got nothing to do with ego; it’s…metaphorically speaking, I feel like an electric charge builds up and that I need to complete the circuit, so to speak.”

If my writing is read by just one other person, I feel good, because I’ve achieved connection. And if a couple dozen people see my work, I feel *really* good. Twenty-four people — busy people, people with places to go and things to do — making time to read my poems and prose… That’s a whole roomful! Imagine how I feel, then, to see via WordPress analytics that over the last year approximately **800 people** have visited my blog! I know that there are blogs that get that many visitors in an hour, but for me — when one reader is good and 24 readers is great — 800 is like the countless stars in the sky!

You, my readers, have come from 28 countries, including…

  • The United States
  • The United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • India
  • The Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • France
  • Poland
  • Thailand
  • Spain
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • China
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Brazil
  • Belgium
  • Pakistan
  • Finland
  • Georgia
  • Norway
  • Ghana
  • New Zealand
  • Hungary
  • Puerto Rico
  • Russia

How cool is that?  :- D

As I said to Mary, “I don’t yearn to be on a talk show or to be interviewed or to be a keynote speaker at a haiku conference (as if!)… I just like knowing that at least a few people near and far are pinging back like a sonar sensor that indicates ‘we hear you… message received…’. And at the best of times, I get into an actual conversation about my writing or about someone else’s poem or about poetics in general.” So THANK YOU dear readers for stopping by now and then to “complete the circuit” with me.  <3

This posting is mainly about my “blog family”, but I also treasure my Twitter and Facebook connections and the readers of journals and e-zines and thank them all for finding moments in their busy lives to check out my work. Circuit: completed!

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2 thoughts on “Completing the circuit

  1. Gary Waters on said:

    Bill, your explanation of “completing the circuit” was an insiteful analysis given just as you write…down to earth and right to the point. Congratulations once again!

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  2. I was delighted to see how our conversation grew and broadened into this wonderful analysis and explanation of WHY you blog. Your wise words really resonated with me earlier as they do now. I’m also happily surprised that we both began our Word Press blogs a year ago, almost to the day. You came as a well established haiku poet. I came as an on/off/on/off poet who had only dipped her pen in the haiku ink pot a few times. One year later, I think both blogs have grown quite a bit. I agree, it’s a delight looking at the places where the readers come from. Blogging offers a wonderful chance to showcase one’s creative work. I wish you all the best on your second year of your very excellent blog. :)

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