In many past years, I've set a goal for myself to write a poem every day. Some of those years, I've come very close to doing that. In my old chat room, there were folks who were interested in seeing what I came up with each day, so I sent out my daily poem to interested people.
Someone was always saying, "You should have a book."
So, since I was working and could afford it, I self-published a book of some of my favorite poems. More than half of them are of a religious nature, some even based on sermons I've heard.
Thanks to my many on-line friends, I sold enough of those books to pay for the cost of having them printed. I've since restricted my "poem list" to people who have bought my book and then asked to be on "the list", and to those who can stand to see the bad side of me once in awhile. Because my poems are my personal form of therapy. Having a few readers keeps me honest, and committed to my goal.
I'd say at least 95% of my daily poems are mediocre, or even awful. Sometimes I cop out by writing a poem consisting of only four lines. But every once in awhile, I write something of which I'm proud, and it's all because I've committed to writing a poem every day.
Since one of my readers e-mailed me saying, "You should have a book," I thought I'd share the fact that I do, indeed, have one.