There’s something strangely familiar about finding and following poetry blogs.
It’s just like the rest of the poetry/reading/writing world. I try to find and follow as many blogs as I can, either through the wordpress reader, from recommendations and blogrolls on sites I regularly read, or by people talking to me on my blog and then reading their site. I love commenting and exchanging thoughts. It’s overall a very positive thing and a huge part of the reason that I am blogging. I want to connect to readers and writers of poetry – that’s why I’m doing it.
At the same time it is strange to see people writing brilliant, unique things and only having 17 followers when you’ve just found something that doesn’t seem as accomplished or original or well crafted and the page has hundreds or thousands of followers. I always read a long way back in a blog when I first find it and there are some gorgeous pieces of writing around – often not being read nearly as much as they should be.
It always has, and probably always will, take a long time to be recognised when you are producing creative work. It’s subjective and personal which makes it impossible for everyone to like and hard when it’s not popular because it’s a part of you. I read A LOT of poetry by a huge range of people and many times I don’t like the highest recommended or bestselling poets/books. Universal appeal is not something anyone should strive for, doing what is best for you, doing what is good and feels right and is true is much more important.
Here’s the thing. Even if lots of people aren’t reading it then it’s still out there. And that’s fantastic. There are all of these wonderful words floating around waiting to be discovered. It is a strange part of this new and ever-changing way of sharing words and art.