Greg Rolfe

2 years ago · 1 min. reading time · 0 ·

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The purpose driven plume

The purpose driven plume


Today, as I sat down to write, the only consistent thing I could think of was why. Why write anything? Why should I spend the time and thought attempting to place words on a page that generally fail to reach their goal? What goal you might ask, therein lies the problem. What goal? What is the point of the words placed on the page? Are they intended to entertain? Perhaps these words are intended to inspire or inform. But a goal is essential.

What goal do I have for the words I am placing on this page? Do I even have a purpose, or am I just writing? As you read this you might begin to think that indeed a goal must be set, an agenda is placing these thoughts upon this page. But is there?

To be successful you need to have a goal. Any leader will tell you this from the beginning. Any job you have will have placed center front the agenda of the job. Regardless of the job you accept, there is a goal, a point, a purpose. This is the same for writing. When telling a story, you must have a goal in mind to direct your pen and draw out the readers' interest or at least their attention. To build this interest in what you are placing down, a purpose is indeed needed. What is that purpose? What is that goal?

Tomorrow you might have a task to write a proposal, a simple request for an agenda. But obtaining that agenda is your goal, it is the purpose of that article. Placing your pen to page or more accurately placing type to screen, is guided by this desire. But today, why are you writing? Why am I?

You like myself, have read many posts and books as well as many articles of varying lengths, many of which were well written but failed to have or at least achieve a goal. Without this goal, this purpose, the words regardless of how well written have no point. On the other hand, a word placed on the page with a well-defined agenda even poorly written will bring home its point.

So before you place your pen to page or key to screen determine what your goal is. Take the time to define your goal as clearly as you are able. If possible create a picture in your mind of what you want to achieve, then write that picture.

I hope this meandering tale blesses your day.



Greg Rolfe

2 years ago #13

Sounds very reasonable to me!

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman

2 years ago #12

My reason for writing is to entertain, communicate with others and to keep my mind working. And why not do something you enjoy!

Greg Rolfe

2 years ago #11

Harvey Lloyd direct as always! Your illustration is beautiful as is your Proverbs reference. Yet, I still tend to post. Blessings good sir.

Greg Rolfe

2 years ago #10

Hello Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris, thank you for stopping by. Keep up the great work!! The magician is good and in writing even better. Though to be honest when I am called the fool I fail to take it as well. My pride still overfloweth. I would expect it to be not as full after weighting as long as I have been now thought.

Greg Rolfe

2 years ago #9

Lada \ud83c\udfe1 Prkic Hello. Interesting post. I generally read too much into posts and comments as I anticipate that the one posting has a point to make even if it is simply to say hello. I expect I might be wrong but I know I will continue to look. Thank you for adding to my information base. To be honest I would not have guessed you did not naturally write in English. My Spanish writing is far from as complex as your obvious skill in English.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 years ago #8

Personally I'm ok with being thought of as a fool. After all, the card that follows the Fool on the tarot is the Magician... :-)

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #7

You ask some tough questions of yourself. ☺ Why is always a question that has infinite possibilities. I agree with Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris all things must have a stated purpose. It is the purpose that you ride through the chaos on. I also believe that speaking, or writing, in public helps us coalesce our thoughts. Thoughts are like a ping ball ball bouncing off the sides of our head until we bring the thought into creation by saying it out loud, with a keyboard or microphone. I heard a theologian speak to Genesis 1. God spoke things into existence. I liked his take on the fact we are given the same opportunity to speak or communicate things into existence. The birthing of a thought if you will. However Proverbs warns us that sometimes it is better to appear the fool rather than open our mouths and remove all doubt. So it's a balancing act.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

2 years ago #6

So true. Not just for writing, but also for anything worth our time. I apply this when writing a programming script. Thank you for the reminder, Greg! It's always good to be aware of this. Cheers

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #5

just views and opinions , thoughts I dont trade on bebee my other persona does that on LI :-)

Lada 🏡 Prkic

2 years ago #4

Hi Greg. I realised that I don't follow you on beBee, so I've just corrected that injustice. :-) I wrote a few posts on this platform on the subject you mentioned, and asked myself questions such as: For whom am I writing? Why do I write in a foreign language? I write many emails, memos, business documents, and multi-page reports every day at work. But I never wrote on social media before I joined beBee almost five years ago. Then, the writer in me woke up, and since then, I write occasionally. Because English is not my mother tongue (and I blog only in English), blogging improves my written English. I write when I am inspired to write, which is pretty rare lately. :) Perhaps we don't need a goal for things like writing on social media. Many never wrote a blog post, but regularly comment on posts by others. Commenting is also a form of writing. Writing a meaningful comment is, for me, time-consuming almost as writing a post. Many things I did in life, I did because they resonated right for me at the time. For most of them, I didn't have pre-set goals.

Ken Boddie

2 years ago #3

My aim, Greg, is simply to entertain, and if I can educate the reader along the way, plus initiate a comments string or three, then even better. You ask why? I say why not?

Greg Rolfe

2 years ago #2

Hello Pascal Derrien, good to hear from you again! Exchanging. Trading? Engaging? Combined? You have raised my curiosity, peeked it I say.

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #1

Actually your question stopped me in my tracks I never really thought about it... i guess it is about exchanging

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