Friday Fun – Why did you start blogging?

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 J Jackson writerLisa 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.

35 thoughts on “Friday Fun – Why did you start blogging?

  1. Huge variety of responses here, but you all seem to like blogging, whether you have your personal blog or not. I just recently attended a workshop with a (published) writer who was still saying: ‘What’s the point of blogging? I’ve got a website with all my books listed on it.’

  2. Thank you for sharing. I started following this blog a few months ago and always enjoy the insight you each share – but Fridays are my favorite because I get to hear from many of you on the same topic. Please keep it up!

    I started blogging about a year ago because I love to write and needed an outlet. I was also embarking on a cross-country road trip and slam poetry adventure (which quickly turned into something else) and thought it would a great way to keep family and friends included in my journey. But I have to say… it’s making a connection with a person I’ve never met, or striking a cord with a friend I didn’t know as well then as I do now, which tickles me into writing again and again.

    Just 2 days ago I wrote a little something about Cleveland, Ohio because I’ll be moving there soon and frankly, people think I’m crazy. The resulting comments from Clevelanders and Cleveland lovers around the world have brought me great joy and have inspired a new passion in my writing.
    Now I’m Crazy for Cleveland (and writing about it).

    http://aslamminadventure.com/2012/06/13/why-im-moving-to-cleveland/

    Thanks for also being inspirations in my writing adventure!
    @PocketGail

  3. I haven’t started a blog yet, but hoping to by year’s end. Been following LTW-WTL for over a year because I lovethe different voices and the wide variety of blog posts. They’re funny or serious, about casual or formal topics, and occasionally off the beaten path of writing, but that’s fine by me. Paying careful attention to what other writers (including responders) have to say, and internally incorporating things I think will work with my own ideas.
    In my opinion, blogging has to be done well to work. Some people create blogs that are…mouth diarhhea! I’ve been visiting other blogs for awhile and some are great, some horrible.
    I’ve also followed other blogs through links people post on this site – a good way to discover other great writers.
    In anticipation of learning to blog, and for practice, I write blog posts. Right now, I’m working on my introductory post. It’s much harder than I thought it would be.

  4. I started blogging when I started writing again. I guess you could say that I conquered a huge fear the night I posted my first blog, and that is why I keep writing it. Being a very reserved person most of the time, it is very difficult for me to put myself out there. Every post, no matter how well or poorly written, is my way of laughing in fear’s face and letting it know that this is one battle it did not win.

  5. I started blogging last August to help grow my Leadership & Communication Coaching business and realized a few weeks ago that while I do still write to help others, I’m really writing for myself! Each blog post solidifies my thinking in a big way, which results in greater skill for me as a coach.

  6. I have two blogs. The first one was started with hopes of getting people interested in the book I have written and hope to get published. The second one was started to keep up with my Grandson and his progress in life. Diagnosed with autism in January 2012, it broke me for a minute or two and then I did what I always do, read, write…blog! I have loved this blog. The people I’ve connected with have helped me learn so many things about autism. My focus and hope in life has gone from a negative to a positive thanks to the comments and friends I have made through that blog!

  7. My sister suggested I do a blog in February. My sister, a nurse, is my biggest cheerleader. My blog is called Milestones and Millstones. I will be posting an article I’ve written and published on Learning Disabilities since I have a Grandson with LD. I also have a chapter of a book I have written on breast cancer at my sister’s suggestion. My husband was hospitalized for 60 days and spent 45 in ICU. I kept a diary and named it “Trapped in ICU.”

    • Since you referred to it, you should post the link here Sara, like the LTWWL authors have done! That way anybody who wants to can click and follow. I also have a child with severe disabilities and one with mild dyslexia and one gifted, so very interested in what other’s experiences have been as I find them inspirational. Paste your link here and I will check it out and post a comment on your blog for you!

      • Laura, I discovered, quite by accident, that if I click on the person’s name at the top of their comment, it will take me to their blog. I haven’t figured out how to do the link bit. I’m still learning, I hope…

  8. I started blogging because I wanted more people to see my paintings and people always liked it when I wrote about food. I had hoped blogging would lead to paid work (it hasn’t yet). Now it is part of the regular structure of my week and it forces me to paint, which is a good thing. The surprise to me was the big, friendly blogging community.

  9. It’s great to find a group of writers and hear their thoughts and observations. It’s also interesting to hear that you all like blogging. It is a daunting prospect but I’m now addicted!

  10. I started only recently and I can believe how much blogging becomes an integral part of your life. I wanted to share my experiences in the fields of multicultural project management, translating, advocacy, digital communication and now, everywhere I look I see a blog topic. I want to learn more and more in order to produce better and better articles. It’s a wonderfully vicious habit and I hope to be able to share it with talented writers like yourselves.
    Teresa

  11. Laura, I haven’t posted the learning disabilities articles yet but will soon. I’m having trouble with my personal computer but hopefully will get it fixed this weekend.

    • Very good. I recently submitted an essay about parenting a child with severe disabilities and hoping it will be accepted into an anthology on the topic of disabilities. If so, I will use that as a piece for my blog once I get it up and running.
      What a terrific discussion.

      • Laura, I would be interested in learning about the anthology on the topic of disabilities. Would it be too late for me to submit something? I’d like to know before I put my article on my blog. Can hardly wait to hear from you.

    • Here is the link to DRT Press, that is calling for submission for their anthology:
      http://www.drtpress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=59

      Note: You will NOT be paid if your essay is accepted, except with copies of the book. Their first book “Easy to Love Hard to Raise” was well-received and continues to serve as inspiration for parents at the beginning of their journey parenting challenged children. The second in the triology planned is called “Easy to Love Hard to Treat” so your essay should be geared toward commenting on your experience regarding treatment or outcomes. My daughter is now 24 and my essay is entitled “Letter from a Mother of a Challenged Child to a Woman Pregnant With One” – an essay based upon a letter to my cousin who was told she could never have children but found herself unexpectedly pregnant over the age of 40 with a Down Syndrome child.

  12. Thanks for a great topic! I love to write. I always wanted to blog but just didn’t know quite where to begin. There’s also a feeling of vulnerability to put yourself “out there”…but I’m glad I did! I’ve met wonderful supportive people who have so much to share. Ít’s been a great journey.

    • Cathy G–Loved your family pics and thoughts. I feel it is so rare now for people to have these memories with divorces, etc.Can you tell is yours just a free blog? I want to add pictures but don’t how. If it costs money that’s out.

      • Hello saranell. Thanks for your question. No costs. I use Windows Live Writer as I find it easy to use when adding photos, editing and uploading. Also, I upload my posts as drafts so I can view and adjust if needed.
        I saw this link in the Support Area of WordPress; it’s about adding images to your posts.
        http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/
        Hope this helps!

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  14. i started a blog because it was recommended by my publisher as one way to promote my novel. i’ve a lot to learn about blogging yet. at them moment i just use it as a sort of weekly diary. i did try telling my dreams in it but found putting them into words too difficult to keep up. i’m worried that it’s boring. i don’t think anybody views it, but i will keep at it as i gave a commitment to my publisher that i would do it.

  15. I began blogging by a suggestion from my Pastor’s wife, and a friend. It’s been very sporatic at this point. There have been many obstacles in my way. I have been inspired for many years to write a book, But couldn’t come up with a name til recently. This process for me has been slow.

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  17. I began bloggiing recently because for quite some time I have felt led to do so. I have put it off time and time again, because, like many of the comments I have read, I was scared to put myself out there. Reaching the right people, not worrying about ‘fitting in’, knowing the proper frequency and length of a good entry, all of these things are difficult to get a grasp on. My hope is that blogging will be my learning ground….jumping off point. I am hoping….and ‘faith is the substance of things hoped for’

      • Glad you enjoyed it. I submitted my other article with your help. I also enclosed a copy of “Kudos for Cush,” to give her some idea of what else I had done. Thanks so much.

  18. I started my Blog yesterday only which is (http://Sumething2learn.wordpress.com). I wanted a platform where i can talk about the achievements women’s have attained and blogging seems to be an amazing platform where i can write whatever comes to my heart and what i feel. I don’t know how far will i go, but am sure i would have a great time blogging and reading other blogs.

  19. I started my Blog yesterday only which is (http://sumethingtolearn.wordpress.com/). I wanted a platform where i can talk about the achievements women’s have attained and blogging seems to be an amazing platform where i can write whatever comes to my heart and what i feel. I don’t know how far will i go, but am sure i would have a great time blogging and reading other blogs.

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