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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I Love Clogs!

If you are wondering why I chose clogs for today's picture, I really don't have a reason, other than the fact that "clogs" rhymes with "blogs," which is what I'm posting about.
Back when I first started my blog (and no one was reading it), I did a post about why I blog. Here's what I had to say back then:
So, why am I doing this? Because I like to hear myself talk. No, seriously, there are two reasons why I'm doing it.
#1: It's a diary of sorts. It is a tale of my journey through the publishing jungle. In other words, it's a place where I can vent my frustrations, and hopefully, some day, celebrate my successes.
#2: It's a chance to share with other writers (if they should visit my blog) my experiences on the road to publication. If I ever reach my final destination, it's a testimonial of what I did right. If I never make it there, it's an example of what not to do. Either way, it could be useful to someone.
Today, I have to add a couple more reasons.
#3: I love connecting with people who have similar interests. I learn so much from my fellow bloggers, and this on-line community has become a support system for me.
#4: It's free entertainment! I laugh at your blogs. I cry at your blogs. I am inspired by your blogs. Your blogs make me think. Bottom line is: I LOVE YOUR BLOGS!
So why do you blog?
P.S. Don't forget about Mooch. To add a sentence to his story, click on the penguin in my sidebar.

17 comments:

strugglingwriter said...

I used to think I blogged so I could build up an audience for when I was "published". Now I just think I blog for the interaction with other writers. I LIVE off of comments on my blog, although those seem to be getting leaner and leaner.

Karen said...

I started my blog as a way to keep up with my friends and family on what I'm up to. Somewhere along the way, I started to get kind of good at it and found a steadily growing audience. I have doctors and lawyers and moms and writers reading about my life. And telling the stories about my experiences is helping me hone my skills as a writer. It also gives me motivation to finish my novel since I know there are at least 47 people out there that will probably read it.

I've also developed some really good friendships along the way. Blogging has made the world a little smaller and cozier. And I enjoy that.

Amy Tate said...

Hi Susan, thanks for visiting my blog! I love your shoe theme. One of my good friends just broke her ankle on a pair of clogs, isn't that awful? They were too high! It's horrible and funny all at the same time. I've "met" some of the most wonderful folks through blogging. Writing is lonely, and this community of writers is my life line. So glad you have found your blog - I look forward to reading more!

Amy Tate said...

That last line was supposed to read, So glad to have found your blog. I hit post too quickly, sorry!

quixotic said...

I started my blog in similar fashion. I wanted to chronicle the journey and be able to look back and laugh and cry with myself on the road to publication. It doesn't hurt that it is also a great way to connect with and socialize with other writers.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

The diary aspect is big with me and when I post about stuff I learned it helps to cement the concepts in. And I love the new people I meet in cyber space.

Strange Fiction said...

I can relate, and agree, with all of today’s post and comments. I’ve learned a lot about writing and fellow writers from blogging, and appreciate the support system that it provides. It’s nice to know that we’re not all out here struggling through this process alone.

Tracy said...

I thought it'd be nice to chronicle the journey too, especially since I tend to live so much in my head that my own family has no idea what's going on. I've received so much encouragement by reading others' blogs as well, so maybe someone will get something from my posts. And, let's face it - blogging is just plain fun!

B.J. Anderson said...

I blog because it distracts me from writing, lol! But I also like it because reading other people's blogs gets me motivated to write. I love it!

Danyelle said...

I love connecting with others as well. It's fun to see what people are doing and thinking. The writing community is a wonderful support system. :D

Janna Qualman said...

Hi there! I like your blog. :) And I agree with all the reasons you mentioned, for they're why I blog, too.

Best of luck to you with your endeavors.

MzzLily said...

I started blogging because I love to write about anything. I blogged on MySpace for a long time. When a couple of friends moved to Blogger, I thought I'd give it a try.

I set up three blogs for different purposes. My number one reason is still because I love to write. The community is the second reason. I have some wonderful friends in Blogville.

Blogs like yours are a big help to me. Maybe someday when I am a published author, my blog will be a tool to help other beginner writers.

WhisperingWriter said...

I blog because I love to write. Plus I love "meeting" other people.

Patti said...

I think I started a blog not knowing what to expect and when those first comments came I was so excited. It's been great reading about other writers and knowing that everyone is sharing the same ups and downs that you do.

I agree its also great entertainment, almost too great as I sometimes spend too much time on them.

Lazy Writer said...

For whatever reason we blog, I'm glad we do! It's soooooo much fun!

Rae said...

I started blogging because of encouragement by my best friend. I was always sending her stories and she recommended I blog and share them.
Now I am hooked.

BTW
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am having a few problems with my posting but will get things back in order.

Mom2Peach said...

I just started blogging last month, so I'm a total newbie. Can you imagine my excitement when I got not one but two new Google followers in one day?! I started writing because I felt like I was living in isolation. I have an almost-2-year-old son and two 80-year-old parents who live a hundred miles away (oh, and a husband too), and I'm trying to take care of all of them while working full time. I have friends with young children, but their parents are still active and able-bodied. I have friends with elderly parents, but their kids or grown (or they never had any in the first place). And I've got plenty of people willing to throw unsolicited advice my way, and they usually don't have a clue as to the full scope of my life. I needed someplace to spill my guts, and I figured I may as well do it online because maybe, just maybe, there's somebody else out there feeling as alone as I do some days.