To My Readers:
Who are you?
Before I can write anything to you, I need to know who you are. At least, that’s the advice I’ve received from other writers and high school English teachers: know your audience.
Again, the question, who are you?
You may already know about me. I’m a bit of a rambler. I love Jesus. I’m a newlywed; married the first guy I ever dated. I drink copious amounts of caffeinated substances. I have morning issues (and am working through them). I can get pretty fired up. I have a degree in English Literature. I’ve never been a cable TV subscriber. And I am truly afraid of dolls and wind-chimes (yes, you read that correctly, dolls and wind-chimes).
We probably share lots of commonalities, but I know you aren’t my clone. I assume my writing appeals to women because I am a woman, but that may not be the case. Are you a woman? A man? Are you young? Youngish? Do you have a degree? Have you ever gotten in trouble for rambling? How do you spend your weekends? Do you have an endless list of DIY projects – thanks a lot, Pinterest – that you want to tackle? Do you know the difference between a gorgeous latte and all other lattes? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What keeps you up at night?
Writer and blogger Emily P. Freeman has a concept that building an author platform isn’t an effective way to build a writing community. She uses the imagery of building a bench, creating space where you can give your readers a place to gather and, simply, be.
What kind of bench, in Emily’s words, is Victoria’s Ramblings? My dear readers, who are you?