Why I Write

Telling stories is the best way to teach, persuade, and even understand ourselves. ~ Psychology Today – The Power of Stories

photo credit: artistdaily.com

photo credit: artistdaily.com

Dennis Fischman is a communications and social media expert who challenged me to write a post about why I write. I have a great deal of respect for his work and have learned a lot reading his blog: Communicate. To see his reason for writing, click here and while you’re there have a look at some of his other posts – I am sure you will find them as useful as I have.

I can remember my mother reading to my brother and me long before we could read and write ourselves. I credit her for my love of words.

Early on in elementary school, my love for words and stories blossomed. I can distinctly remember a writing assignment where we were asked to write a 3-page composition.

I wrote 16 pages!

I also remember sitting at the feet of my grandfather, asking questions and hearing stories about his childhood and the war, totally mesmerized and learning, perhaps, about why our family is the way that we are.

Stories connect us and also have the power to transport us to places and situations we have not personally experienced, yet they connect us emotionally to the rest of humanity. One might not personally know how it feels to be homeless, for example, but we can all relate to how it feels to be helpless and alone.

Personally, at my blog TALKTODIANA  I get to combine my love of writing with my passion for community through the sharing of stories and my personal philosophies.  Hosting a blog has opened up an online community of people and their stories and human experiences to me that I wouldn’t have otherwise known; further enabling me to learn from the experiences of others through the comments they leave on my posts and the stories that they share on their own blogs.

Professionally, through my blog here at The Other Bottom Line, I am able to share my knowledge and 20+ years of experience in the non-profit sector – particularly in fundraising. Writing here also feeds my passion for community and hopefully inspires non-profits to properly care for their donors. After all, the human experience is built on relationships.

Non-profits have an important story to tell their communities about the vital work that they do. A well told story that includes donors and how they affect change with their generosity, inspires others to get involved.

Equally important, are the stories of donors and volunteers. Why they give, what their passions are; how they connect with the non-profits they support.

Our individual stories are threads that connect with the stories of others and together they fit into a beautiful tapestry of the greater story of humanity. Writing, for me, is an effective, powerful and satisfying way to contribute to that tapestry.

Thanks for reading and now I pass the torch to Mary Cahalane over at Hands-on Fundraising. Mary, who has 30 years experience in the non-profit sector, is the owner of Hands-on Fundraising and helps non-profits to reach their fundraising goals. She really gets the importance of relationships with donors and I can’t wait to read her post on why she writes.

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate discussions that will help us all to better engage with our communities. Your participation and feedback are most welcomed and valued. Please join the discussion below.



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      He struggled with alcoholism. I once asked him what started him drinking. I think I was 12 years old. He told me that he’d shot his brother in the war. He had many siblings, some he’d never met because they were spread out in Europe to be raised by other relatives. Something about checking a soldiers dog tags and learning it was his brother….

      My dad doesn’t believe the story to be true, but I’ve always wondered…


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