I have no idea how many followers I have on Medium

And why I don’t really care

It’s true. Not only do I not know how many followers I have here, I don’t even know how to find that out.

And no, I don’t really care how many. Or even care to know how many.

I’m not writing for you

I’m writing for myself. My stories on Medium and on my blogs are the dues I pay and the efforts I exert in order to become what I have always striven to be: a better writer.

I’ve known since I was very young that I wanted to be a writer. I was such an accomplished reader that in second grade, during reading class, Miss Sullivan (there was no such thing as “Ms.” in 1956) would send me down the hall to read to the kindergarteners.

Whenever I read a story, either aloud to someone else or silently to myself, I always envied how the author could take the same words that I knew and turn them into something that other people would want to read.

At the ripe old age of 8, I had fixed my star on becoming rich and famous as a writer.

Today, 60 years later, my guiding star has been fixed not on getting rich but rather on perfecting my craft. And if a by-product of that effort somehow entertains, amuses, or educates you as a result of my exercises, I’m glad. Even happy sometimes.

But that’s not my main goal. I’m just trying to be the very best writer that my 8 year old self dreamed she could be.