I wanted to write a bit about the Medium writing community and what I see, not only as editor and writer, but as a human being observing.
I was wondering to myself, as I have many times before, why I take my editorial job at LL just as seriously as I do the writing in my freelance career. Poetry holds a special place in my heart, but I am including all writing here. It dawned on me today that it truly is an incredible thing that people from across the world are willing to share their life experiences with me, our team, and Medium. I mean life — everything from sex to death to nature, you name it.
Why are people, now more than ever, so willing to share their most intimate experiences with the world through writing? I think about how privileged I am to witness this!
Being an editor is a hard job, I won’t candy-coat it. I spend a significant amount of time each day editing, publishing, and working with writers because I am passionate about this (LL does not generate revenue and the editors do not get paid for what they do), but it does take its toll.
So, what keeps me going? What keeps you going? Is it the fame, the acclamation, the recognition? Perhaps, but I think more than anything we are entering a new age of collective consciousness, where people openly want to be heard, to be a part of a community, despite preferences in introversion or social interaction. I think people are listening more to their hearts and souls; the vehicle for expression in writing and creativity, paying attention — there is a longing to express one’s deepest thoughts and motivations. Of course, just as often, it skims the surface too, but how many of us can say that we do not receive a feeling of elation when we bond with others over shared experiences through writing?
In regards to those observations, these are my thoughts about what I am seeing — more and more: Expansion, release, communication, joining, essence, and more comfort in expressing oneself intimately with the world.
Maybe I am off, but it’s not just in writing that I am observing this phenomenon; no, we sociologists observe the world around us, too. There is no doubt in my mind that I am on to something here, and most likely, that you will be able to relate to this post.
I want to encourage you to keep working on your craft, as long as your heart desires. Expression, creativity — are there greater gifts to the world?
Hear from you soon!
Anna Rozwadowska 2019