Thursday, February 4, 2010

Blogs..blogs ..blogs

Oh blogging-- how I love thee. I started blogging not knowing where it would take me or if I could even get the hang of it. I was told it will help get my name out there-- more of a marketing tool.  To be honest my eyes opened wide when I realized it is not only a marketing tool but a classroom.  I have been a crazy blogger for about a month and I have learned way more than I could have ever imagined.  You can ask anyone your biggest fear or how to cure you biggest writing flaw and --wah la --you have an answer.  You really do get a response in the blink of an eye.
The other little nugget I did not expect is how many supportive people I would meet.  Really, I can't believe it.  All I have to do is write about my mood and my fellow bloggers lend a tissue when I am sad or rejoice when I am celebrating.  They give the best advice because they are in the same boat.  Writing is not easy but it is what we all love.  So keep it coming!  I will do my best to return the support. 

Again a short blog-- I know-- but I have been finishing up some writing on my WIP so my brain is not firing on all cylinders. 

Question: What have you gotten out of blogging? Was it what you expected? What attracts you to a blog? What makes you follow a blog? Are there changes you think I should make on my blog?

Have a good day!

14 comments:

  1. I wasn't sure what to expect, but these past ten months when I first started have been mind blowing. What a great way to reach people. I joined four Yahoo! Groups for writers and editors and have met some terrific people who have helped me tremendously. Honestly, I could not do this without them.

    Stephen Tremp

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  2. I've discovered that blogging has been one of the best decisions I've EVER made for reasons like your own. I follow a blog if I think they write something interesting, write from an unusual perspective, have connections to either the agriculture or writing industry. I've found that posting pictures with a post can help draw people into what you've written. :)

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  3. I, like you, went in thinking blogging would be a marketing tool. But it's been so much more than that. I've made great friends through blogging. I think it's kind of crazy that I can get to know someone through their blog and their comments on mine and develop REAL friendships. That has been a delight. And I learn a lot from other people too.

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  4. I've found blogging to be a wonderful community of people, supportive, inspiring, teaching. You're right, whatever a request, someone's willing to answer. It's kind of like a modern-day neighbors stopping by over the backyard fence for a quick visit and cup of coffee, checking in with one another.

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  5. I love the camaraderie of the writing community. I went in hoping to meet up with a few fellow writers and have found many friends.

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  6. You guys have great comments. Like you all have stated it is a great way to meet other writers that can provide support, information, and friendship. :)

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  7. I have discovered a wealth of benefits to blogging that I never dreamed I would. I've come to consider several bloggers among my best friends. I love the camaraderie and support found within the circle.

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  8. I wasn't sure what to expect when blogging, it was more of a creative outlet! I couldn't have expected a more positive result, all my fellow writers and bloggers giving me praise, and support when needed truly is amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience in the process! I post questions and they are answered by several people, it helps me sort out my ideas for my current novel.

    I also love reading others work, and their lives and what they go through in a day, it shows me that I am not the only one doing several things to make my book a success!!

    Keep up the great blogging!

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  9. I totally agree with you! When I was trying to decide if I should start a blog, it was because I had heard it was good to "get my name out there." Truthfully, I didn't know if I wanted my name out there...anyway- I started blogging and realized that I have all of these "friends" who knew exactly what I was going through. It's been a huge support for me.

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  10. I had NO idea what I was in store for. I started blogging just to keep my friends informed on my life. Writing is a BIG part of my life, so naturally I posted about it often. Before I even knew what was happening, other writers starting following me. Then, I started following them. Within weeks I had built close relationships with these strangers from distant lands. It was amazing and awesome. I'm so glad I stumbled into it. It's been one of the most rewarding things in my life.

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  11. Blogging is immensely time consuming, but it has been such an amazing way to get to know other writers. For the first time since my days as a creative writing student, I feel a part of a writers' community once again. I don't think anyone else can understand what this whole writing business is about quite like another writer. And the support is just tremendous.

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  12. We are sisters you and I. I'm a decorator, wedding planner and writer so you see...sisters. As such my advice is this don't leave apart of you when you blog. Design my dear and let it be seen on your blog. Feed the senses, use your design background to play-up your writing blog.
    If there is ever anything I can do just leave a comment on my blog and I'll do all I'm able.
    Warm regards,
    Simone

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  13. Shannon, I couldn't agree with you more.

    Jen and Tina -Thanks for visiting my blog and can't wait to read more on your lovely blogs.

    Kelly-Thanks for insisting that I do this ;) I am now addicted. Thanks for all your help so far. You are keep me going.

    Carolina-Yes, it is time consuming and so addicting. Thanks for writing such great posts.They put a smile on my face.

    Simone-Thank you for your advice and kind words. I am actually looking into freshing up the old blog. It will be the third change since I started this a month ago--that is what designers do right? Change.

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  14. I agree with everyone else - I've been blogging for my family for a while so that they can keep up with my kids, but I just started my writer's blog at the beginning of January, and almost immediately, I felt this huge sense of belonging. I really had no idea that this huge support system was out there. It's an amazing network, right now for just plowing through my first draft, but eventually for the rest of the crazy process. Wanting to be able to post something about my progress keeps me going, too. It's encouraging in so many unexpected ways!

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