Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Why did you start blogging? … and why do you keep at it?
Susan Nye: My blog, Around the Table, started as a little newsletter which I wrote to promote my fledging catering business. Almost immediately it took on a life of its own and became a newspaper column. And then a self-syndicated column. Selling to the faltering newspaper industry was tough going but I started to build an audience.
An optimist, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could turn the column into a cookbook. After sharing my goal with some writer friends, they suggested that a blog might help. Afraid that it would be a lot of work without a lot of reward, I hesitated for a month or two. Then the first of what would become many newspapers carrying my column went bankrupt. I’ve been blogging ever since.
I continue to write and blog the column because I love writing it. Around the Table combines memoir, cooking tips, recipes and menus. It’s fun to write and fun to share.
Diane MacKinnon: Like Susan, I started my blog, Healing Choices blog, as a way to let people know about me and my life coaching business. I wanted to start it for years before I actually got over my fear and just started posting to it. If I had known how much fun I would have with it, I would have started it a long time ago. My goal is to serve others in a way that also feeds my soul. Writing a blog about life coaching topics meets that goal in a big way. Getting to contribute regularly to L2W-W2L is also a joy. I get to write about writing, which is one of my greatest passions. I feel very lucky to be a part of this community.
Lisa Jackson: I haven’t officially started my own blog yet. I had some ideas, and I had a burst of energy for one focused on writing, but my idea was too large and it’s defunct. I have other ideas for a blog, though, so in the next month or so I’ll get it out there. But I love blogging here as a way to connect with other writers. My fellow bloggers are always inspiring me to reach a new level with their posts, and you, our readers, are so generous with your comments that you’re helping us gain momentum online. It’s a wonderful community.
Wendy Thomas: I started blogging about 3 years ago. I started as a co-founder of a marketing blog (www.savvyb2bmarketing.com) and as the owner of my own blog (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com). Since then, I’ve blogged for many other blogs and have started or helped start a few other blogs (this one, http://www.chroniclymelookslike.wordpress.com and a few others that have died a quiet death).
I love blogging. As Lisa pointed out, it creates a community around a particular topic, I’ve met some really good friends from my blogs. Another reason I blog is that it gives me the freedom to write creatively. I don’t have to worry about what my editor will say, instead I get to experiment with humor, photos, graphics, and language any way I see fit.
While I certainly don’t have to blog everyday, if I don’t blog, for me it’s like trying to fall asleep without brushing your teeth. It just doesn’t feel right.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I don’t have my own blog – yet. I started as a guest blogger here, and was then invited to be a regular contributor. I’ve been posting every other week here since January 2011. I’ve also been invited to write guest posts to a few other blogs – http://www.hercircleezine.com/, http://blurbisaverb.blogspot.com/ and http://vermontbookshelf.blogspot.com/. Initially, I accepted these invitations to help promote my first novel, Into the Wilderness. I’ve continued with Live to Write – Write to Live because it has given me a great community with both the other bloggers (whom I’ve yet to meet in person) and with a wider, writing public. I do love the give and take between writer and readers that blogging allows. But blogging doesn’t pay the way my editorial work for radio and print does. I know: money isn’t everything, and I’ve been thinking about adding a blog to my website before my next novel comes out.
Julie Hennrikus: I have a neglected blog. I also blog for Sisters in Crime NE and StageSource. And I am thrilled to be part of this blog. I started my own to build my “platform”. But I don’t have a theme, and that is making it harder. I have found that blogging has been a great writing exercise, though. And deadlines are terrific for staying on course.
Jamie Wallace: I began blogging because I was going through a divorce and needed an outlet. The unexpected connections I made through this medium have had a deep and lasting impact on me – personally, creatively, and professionally.
Though my current blogging life revolves around the writing I do here, at Savvy B2B Marketing, for Fans of Being a Mom, and on my own blog at Suddenly Marketing, I will always have a special place in my heart for the now defunct community that was the birthplace of my blogging – a small, indie mom site called Maya’s Mom. It was there that I first found the courage to share my writing. After three decades of private journaling, I finally “spoke” my words out loud. The compassionate reception of the other moms on that site is a gift I can never repay. They helped me find and trust my voice, even as I was going through one of the most challenging times in my life. I still count many if those women as my friends.
I don’t know what my blogging future holds. I have many ideas I want to explore, but imagine they will evolve in their own time and in their own way. All I know for certain is that I plan to keep blogging for as long as I’m hanging out on this mortal coil.