Thank you, J.J., for enlightening me regarding the curation process here at Medium Forum. I have written a few pieces here over time, but for the most part, I’m a fan of the other writers. I enjoy reading the stories here, as I’m a lifetime learner. I would contribute more original pieces if I felt that I have something useful to say that might be of interest to other readers here — but I’m a “modest soul”… so I don’t write just to hear myself talk, so to speak. I think that my writing skills are fairly well developed, and I hate letting go of any piece I write before I’ve thoroughly proofread it, and corrected my typos, spelling and grammatical errors.

In any case, I had the mistaken impression that the Medium Forum is a social network platform where people with a personal story to tell, or simply a particular political axe to grind can share their thoughts and perspectives. I gradually became aware that the writers here are engaged in an effort to get their pieces published, and thus recognized — with the hope of future more formal publication. I just hadn’t seen this as an opportunity for me to become a professional writer.

This probably sounds a bit strange to you, perhaps. I have relatives and friends who have, over the years, encouraged, begged and hounded me to “for cryin’-out-loud” start writing for publication. (My sister is convinced I’ve wasted my life’s talent because I’ve refused to take the “leap”.) Frankly, I just lack confidence. Never felt I am talented enough. (I’m sure that I’m not the only unpublished writer who has held this self-abnegating point of view.)

In any case, your commentary here has opened my eyes. Oh dear! Perhaps I’ve been found out, hiding in my little reader’s corner here as I do. Uh-oh! (But thank you, in any case.)

And best regards…. Bonnie Jacobson, Longview, Washington

Member of the Medium Forum, varied interests, particularly preservation of American social equality and environmental preservation.

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