Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: Why did you start blogging? (Bonus Points: What was different than you expected? Why do you keep blogging?)
Lisa J. Jackson: I got started several years ago when I heard blogging was “the thing to do” so I figured I’d give it a shot. My personal blog has sputtered and started and is currently lifeless, but I enjoy blogging here immensely and can’t believe how many years it’s been already. This is a great group of ladies and being part of the collaboration and having such great readers as yourselves keeps me inspired, motivated, and blogging.
Jamie Wallace: I started blogging by accident. It was 2007, and I was “journaling” on a parenting site called Maya’s Mom. My posts about my in-process divorce earned a bit of a following, and the editors of the site invited me to be a paid contributor. Suddenly, I was not only “blogging,” (a term I’d only recently learned), but getting paid to do it. It seems a lifetime ago now, but I think I had been blogging at Maya’s Mom for a little less than a year when they were bought out by Johnson & Johnson. Our little indie site became part of J&J’s industry-leading BabyCenter brand, and – happily – after a brief pause in my blogging “career,” the editors at J&J invited me to join their team. I was a proud BabyCenter blogger until the end of 2011, at which point my copywriting and content marketing business had grown and needed to take priority.
So, to answer this week’s question more directly, I started blogging because I wanted to connect with other women over a shared experience. I didn’t have any expectations because I didn’t even really know what I was getting into. I was just sharing my thoughts and having conversations. Later, I launched my own blog as part of a content marketing strategy for my Suddenly Marketing business; collaborated with my five, fabulous “Savvy Sisters” on the Savvy B2B Marketing blog; and joined the lovely and talented group of writers here at Live to Write – Write to Live.
I have continued blogging, usually on several blogs at once, since that first adventure in 2007 because I love the chance to practice my writing craft, explore new ideas, share what I’m learning, and connect with other people, be they prospective clients or fellow writers or just other curious seekers like me. Thanks to each of YOU for being part of this journey and never-ending experiment. I’m so grateful that you choose to spend some of your time here with us.
Diane MacKinnon: I started blogging on life coaching topics in 2011 as a way to get over my fear of showing other people my writing (see my blog post from yesterday) and also as a way to share my passion for the work I was doing. I’d been doing a lot of writing, but I hadn’t shown it to anyone. I also had an idea for a nonfiction book so I thought blogging would be a good way to expand on my thoughts for the book. I joined this blog at the end of 2011 also, which I didn’t realize until I just looked back at my drafts. I love writing for this blog because of the topic (all things writing!) and because there is such a collaboration between me, my fellow bloggers, and the amazing community of readers that we have here. I rarely get comments on my blog, so it’s nice to be able to interact with all the active readers here at Write to Live–Live to Write.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I started blogging when my novel, Into the Wilderness, first came out. The deal I had with my publisher was that they’d do all the work to design and produce the physical book, including ISBN, Library of Congress and Ingram (the distributor) and I’d do all the marketing. So I started writing guest posts for a several different blogs. In January, 2011, Wendy invited me to write one here, and I did: A Reasonable Approach to Internet Marketing posted on for Live t0 Write – Write to Live. She also talked me through the actual posting of the piece, I was that clueless. And she invited me to join the gang; I’ve been posting every other week ever since.
I love being part of this group, both because it’s great to be able to spread the work, but also because my colleagues here are so generous about sharing what they know. I’ve put that knowledge to good use, finally starting two blogs of my own, Living In Place, about my rural life in Vermont, and The Middle Ages, about – well, middle age! I like the discipline of meeting my weekly Wednesday deadline – and how it keeps me thinking all the time, makes me more attentive to what I’m doing in my daily life and how it can translate into a 500-word post that will have meaning to my readers all over the world.
And really, that’s why I blog – to connect with my readers. It’s been five years since Into the Wilderness came out. I’ve finished another novel, now with my agent, and I’m rewriting another, one that I thought was finished but turns out to have been only a rough draft. Since novels take me so long, I use my blogs to keep and build audience. Hopefully, everyone will stay healthy and live long enough to see my books into print!