Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Why I blog

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Why do I blog? (Why am I asking why I blog? Because other bloggers are asking the question and it got me to thinking....why...???)

When I first started it was because I needed to learn how to edit. I'd finished my first novel and was completely alone. I had no idea what to do or where to go. It seemed the perfect place to hone the skill of simplicity. Trying to find the exact word to express what I meant to convey. If you go back and click on some of my first posts, you can see how I've grown. I keep them there as a reminder, even if they make me want to hurl.

THEN I found a writing community. Really. Who knew? And I made some friends. ME! I don't make those so easily, but then again, I've never met writers.

THEN I started to get followers, and I followed, and my students wanted me to post about things sociological, which led to memories, which led to more writing and more editing practice. All good things.

THEN I started using my readers as testing grounds for sentences and paragraphs for my new novel. Taken totally out of context (like mad libs on steroids) I used different phrasing techniques to see what worked best.

THEN I noticed the blogosphere has so much to offer in terms of FUN!!!! I found other blogs that had nothing to do with writing. Fun, fantastic, social networking blogs. Irreverent political blogs. (Anyone ever visit FU penguin? Laugh my pants off. Won't link it, look it up. Be aware that the language is really very strong), blogs full of magic and mystery and music. Poets and Pedestrians alike. WOW.

To conclude. I blog because I do. It makes my writing stronger. I made friends. I visit blogs that make me laugh and cry and take my mind in new directions. I'm a better teacher, writer, parent, and person. Really.

For example: I've met people with vastly different political and religious views from my own. But I LOVE their writing and can commiserate with their journeys. Before I was blogging I would have made judgments. Now... I stop. I think. I listen. Amazing.

Why do you blog?

31 comments:

  1. Well, my answer would be a post of it's own so I'll just copy you and say that I blog because I do. =]
    Glad you blog because I wouldn't have met you otherwise.

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  2. Me too LT! Post it girl! I wanna know!

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  3. Similiar to you, I began blogging for a different reason (to promote my online shop) but found it boring. So, I started blogging about my life, travels, etc., and OMG, people started following me!

    I've met some fantastic people and continue to do so. I blog now because I enjoy sharing my stories with others who seem to find them interesting. And I so enjoy meeting new "people" who allow me to share in their life's events.

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  4. I used to blog because I thought it was something an aspiring writer "had to do". I looked at other writing blogs, and learned so much from them.

    I never hoped that I might inspire others with my blog posts the way I've been inspired, but there's always tomorrow. ;)

    Love reading your posts, Suzy, even if I don't always comment. I'm glad that you and L.T. blog, too.

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  5. I started blogging so that I could be "published", but now I do it to improve my writing and talk to my bloggy friends!

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  6. Yes, community! It was the nice surprise that came from this whole experience =)

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  7. Peer pressure led to my family blog, and after a while I found I wanted to post more and more about writing, which really wasn't the purpose of the family blog. I started a writing blog, not really expecting anything. I too found an awesome community here in the blogosphere. I like having a place to say the things I want to say about writing that I know all you other writers will understand. PS. I love that cute picture at the top.

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  8. Like you, it began for one reason and morphed into many. I'm glad you do, though! It is fun, isn't it?!
    ~ Wendy

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  9. Like many writers I started blogging because social networking is supposed to be important,and maybe it is. But now I blog because I love communing with other writers and/or people who love to read stories. I can't believe how rich the experience has been. Stories have been around since time began, and part of that is how they tie us together in human experience. Well-met, everyone!

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  10. Mostly I blog to practice my writing. It may not be stellar but I use it to test drive thoughts. I'm always editing my entries even the older ones to make them sound better. I guess you could say it's my online journal of sorts. The poetry I post are mostly experimental writes stemmed from prompts and insomnia nothing I would probably ever consider for publication. The writing for pubs stay on my computer, then I post an announcement if they become published. However, like you I have met some pretty wonderful folks from all facets of the world including writers, photographers, artists,etc. There is a real sense of community.

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  11. I am not a writer, I began blogging as I was bored and wanted to start a hobby, ....I love blogging and the friends I have made through blogging have been a wonderful bonus. I enjoy others short stories, photography, and poems or just reading about their days. It is a wonderful common thread that bonds us all together.....women, mothers, wives am not sure what it is but I am sure I absolutely love it.
    ........:-) Hugs

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  12. I blog because I'm a loud mouth. Really, it's true. I like ranting and raving about random things and most of my friends and family have learned to tune me out by now, so I started a blog to just sort of let it all out. I heart blogs.

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  13. As with most things with me, it is a long story,lol,,but my suggestion Ms Suzzane, don't stop. BTW is that you a'talking on the "facebook" photo? :)

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  14. All good reasons to blog. Is there a bad one, really? :-)

    I started anonymously blogging my personal journal. It's evolved far past that now, into several blogs: a writing blog, a tea review blog (neglected at the moment), a nail art blog, a Halloween scrapbook type blog, and a NaNo blog.

    Why do I blog now? To keep a record of my hobbies. To meet new people who share the same interests. To put myself out there, and learn how to be a social creature. To simply enjoy being part of a group (or groups).

    Most importantly - because I enjoy it.

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  15. I started to blog because I love to write and I never had enough time to do it (that was just an excuse, of course). I figured by blogging I would have to get on some kind of regular schedule and write. And it worked! I'm on a regular schedule, and I write. And I love it! I've "met" some people I would never have imagined coming across, some incredible writers, some who just like to have fun and share memories and photos and art and thoughts and all the other great stuff we all like to enjoy!

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  16. You guys! Thanks for all your answers. I love reading why you blog!

    And, unfortunately yes, Glnroz... the tall beauty is my oldest girl. The other two changelings are darker and little, like me! I like that I am caught mid-yell (my favorite pass time)

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  17. I'm not entirely sure why I blog... I started because I wanted an outlet to blurt out my random thoughts and document my writing journey... and I guess I just kept going. Some days I'm not sure why I bother, since I've been doing this for about 3 years and feel like I've barely made a dent in 'the blogging community' (ie. I haven't met many people, not for lack of trying), but... all things considered... I'm grateful for visitors and anyone who bothers to read my ramblings :) So I suppose above all, I blog for myself, just because. Seems to be a common theme! :)

    Faith @ Literary Coldcuts on Toasty Buns

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  18. My blog started out of shock--a way to dump the emotion of unexpected unemployment out of my chest. But five minutes later, it became the way to let the secret me, the one few people really knew about, the writer who's been trapped for so many years, out to breathe. I'm improving my writing, and reading other blogs, like yours Suzanne, that teach me more, and now I'm not quite sure how there was ever life without blogging.

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  19. I blog because I like to share more obscure information with people. I an not a writer, but I love providing useful scientific and financial insights.

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  20. I love to blog for just those very reasons. :) Sometimes I have more time to devote to the blogosphere than others, but I never really go away.

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  21. I blog to connect. That's why I started it. To connect. I didn't know any other writers. I didn't know any poets and I REALLY wanted to know some. and like you I am inspired. Then I realized that my writing needed my blog. It needed to grow. It needed to see what an edit looked like. It needed a haircut and a restyle and some honest feedback.

    And I'm beyond glad you blog. I wouldn't have met you. Too sad to think about :)

    I keep my early posts as reminders too. Truth be told, I am still writing some stuff that I know will make me cringe in another year.

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  22. What a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing this. I've gone through a journey with blogging too. I've ended up with wonderful friendships and lots of support. It's wonderful!

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  23. Blogger hates me. That's the only explanation I can think of for why I missed this post this morning.

    I am so glad you blog! Truly.

    I started off blogging because I thought it'd be fun. I wrote a lot of self-indulgent nonsense (and frankly, still do) because it was entertaining for me. And such a great source of procrastination. Then, I made friends that made me stick around. And it's still fun, and great for procrastinating.

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  24. I started blogging as a means to keep writing when I shopped my manuscript out and even after a few agents were interested...it needs work. So I wanted to write and literally thought I would start something that only my family would read. But its such an amazing group of talented people we connect with via blogs... love it. And I love what we learn about ourselves through this particular style of writing process. And I laugh a great deal by reading what other people write in response to what I am writing.

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  25. to connect with writers - cuz where else do you find them besides at their computer alone in an office! :)

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  26. All great reasons. I think it's theraputic for me right now and I am actually enjoying it. I am enjoying learning and making new friends too. :O)

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  27. i bloggeed my answer on my site this morning. If I have to trick you into visiting,, ok so I confess.,, lol.

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  28. I started blogging to keep my brain active and to keep in touch with English writers. Living in Cypriot hills I wanted to share my life too. It all grew from there.
    I am so glad I did, I have met so many people, found courage and support in the cyberworld.

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  29. I started to blog because I thought it would be a good way to build my author's platform and make myself more attractive to agents as I queried my book. But now I've made so many wonderful friends from around the world, I'm almost embarrassed to admit that. And who needs agents when you have a blog following?

    I had no idea blogging would be such a joyful experience!

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  30. Well, I'm not a talented writer like yourself, but I can relate to the love of blogging and what it does for a person! And I love the picture you have with this post!

    So great to meet you at Willow's ball!

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  31. I started blogging because I thought it would help instill more discipline in my writing if I felt I "had" to post something at least a couple of times a week. And, in many ways, it has. Although right now I'm reading my bloggy friends b/c I have no idea what I'm going to write about today! Of course, "meeting" so many smart, funny, and interesting people in Blogland is a fantastic perk.

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