I blog, you blog, we all blog – Why?

My friend and  fellow author Pat made me start blogging. Okay, she didn’t really MAKE me. It was a suggestion. A forceful suggestion.

That really isn’t true either. As authors, we encourage each other to find ways to promote ourselves and our books. Pat suggested we blog. So, we did.

I wrote many blogs all about writing and I always hated those blogs.  I don’t think I’m qualified to tell others how to write or how to get published. Pat is much better at them than I am.

I think my posts ended up having a sarcastic twist to them, even when I didn’t mean to. And now,  my blog has grown to take on a life of it’s own. I’m horrible about posting with any consistancy. I don’t always have something to say and I don’t always have time. Often, I’m content leaving comments on other blogs.

Recently, a couple of my favorite bloggers left, but one came back. 🙂

Another has abandoned one blog to spend more time on another one but at least he didn’t abandon his readers.

So I have a question.

Why did you start blogging? What do you get out of it?

I did it because Pat made me. I keep doing it because I actually kind of like it.

Thanks Pat.

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105 Comments on “I blog, you blog, we all blog – Why?”

  1. xxhawkeyexx says:

    Hey! Nice post!
    Well, I wanted others to criticize my work and read it. My friends don’t really like writing or even reading, or they are too busy in ‘facebook’ and messenger, so, I though “What if I start blogging and post fragments of my short stories?”
    Then, I remembered there was a thing to create blogs, so I researched a little and found wordpress!
    At the beginning I posted everyday, or tried to, but now I try to post when necessary or when I have things to post.
    I like to visit other blogs and comment :)!
    It’s nice to look at other points of view apart from people close to me or even myself.
    Take care,
    http://xxhawkeyexx.wordpress.com/

  2. Hi Hawkeye! So you’re out looking for criticism? You came to the right place!

    Just kidding. I’m not overly critical. Actually, I hate being criticized in my writing or any other way. I think a good crit partner is invaluable.

  3. I probably started out because I thought people would be interested in the crazy shit that goes on in Spain through my American eyes. I’ve always loved to write, and had been working on a book, so I thought it would be good to start getting my name online.
    That premise didn’t hold for more than a month though. It just became fun. I started only writing about the stuff I wanted to write about, and only making comments on the blogs that I found funny. It’s fun as hell for me to get into different characters and mindsets for different blogs. There is no other forum quite like this.

    • Scott,
      The more I get to know you, the more similarities between us I find.

      And the scarier it becomes…

      I’m just kidding. I love your blog. You’re crazy funny and I’m thrilled to see you coming to my place.

  4. Chicks, no wait, I have a chick. Really, I enjoy the interaction with other creative people and, like you, its taken off in directions I would not have predicted. Its fun too.

  5. Ivan says:

    When I first read a blog it was in 1999. A friend of mine started sharing her daily adventures and I loved the way she put it. At that very first moment I desired to do the same. I wanted to share my thoughts. It took ten years for me to inaugurate my own space. Before I started on April 2009 I spent a whole week brainstorming my motivations and a question that was the turning point for me was: would you still write even when people don’t read? would write only for yourself? Being able to say yes to it I started and I’m loving it. My blog has become the best therapy ever. I have learned so much about myself. The title is ‘Sem Redeas’ which means No Leash. I’m loving to run wild.

    As for my friend, she quit bloggin on that same April and now she is into the Twitter thing.

    Claire, sorry for my deficient English.

    • Ivan, your English is much better than some native speakers. Have you seen how these kids today write or speak?

      You’re still a very new blogger since you just started in April, but you’re doing very well at drawing people in. The only problem is that I can’t read Portugese!

      Ohhh, what if you wrote the blog in Portugese AND a translation in English? Too much work? okay, yeah I guess so.

      I have a twitter account and a facebook page too. They’re both listed under my About Me, but I hardly ever go over there.

  6. delicate flower says:

    I started blogging as a procrastination tool, in part. I began writing my story/book in 2007 and got sidetracked.. Nervous, full of self-doubt, new job etc.. so thought the blog would satisfy my writing lust.. what it has done is make me more sure of myself while allowing me to see what the comments might be. And, helped me realize that I can and should write my story.
    But the greater part has been the fun other bloggers I’ve found. I am now writing seriously and credit the blog world for helping me get there!

    • Hi DF!

      I completely understand where you are now. I entered my first manuscript into a writing contest at gather.com in 2007 to encourage my sister to write more. The story had sat for over 10 years while life moved on. I brushed the dust off of it and threw it out there. That entry was an editors pick to be a semi-finalist. I was shocked. I never expected it and I’m still in awe when people read my books and like them.

  7. Pat Bertram says:

    Blogging does become a way of life after a while. It is good therapy. I use it to figure out the next step in a novel, to figure out the secret of promotion (still don’t know what it is, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do), to try to figure out what I want to do with my life. I only write about writing because . . . well, that is my life. Whether I am writing a novel, an article for promotion, a blog post or comment, it’s all writing.

    I originally started Bertram’s Blog because I’d heard that authors needed to blog to develop a relationship with their readers. Since I was unpublished at the time, I decided to act as if I were a published writer in an effort to make it happen, so I started a blog. Didn’t even know what a blog was, but I started one. Now I have about a dozen, though — to be honest — I don’t keep most of them up to date. They’re more like repostitories of articles. But I keep Bertram’s Blog current. It was my first love, and remains so today.

    Odd to think that this blog sort of came from my first blog, but I’m sure you would have found a way to blogging even without me, Claire. Blogging is writing, and that’s what writers do — write.

    • I had never heard of a blog until you told me about it. And then I was like a lost little puppy trying to figure it all out. I’m still learning, but at least I’m having a blast doing it. I know there are many aspiring novelists who stop by and you guys can learn a lot from Pat’s blogs. Pat, can you post links to all of them please?

      • Pat Bertram says:

        All of them, Claire? There’s so many that I’ll just hit the highlights.

        There’s Bertram’s Blog — http://ptbertram.wordpress.com and Warren Adler (yep, the author of The War of the Roses himself) had this to say about it: Bertram’s Blog includes posts on all aspects of the literary life from inspiration to editing, from rejection to reward. In addition to Bertram’s own essays, this blog regularly welcomes guest contributors to share the stories of their craft.

        Then there’s Book Marketing Floozy — http://marketingfloozy.wordpress.com — which is an indexed reference blog with articles on all aspects of book marketing by many different authors.

        I blog with the Second Wind authors at http://secondwindpub.wordpress.com (You can also find Claire there and many other wonderful writers, each with a unique slant on writing, life, and the writing life.

        I contribute to The Write Type – Multi-Author Musings blog http://writetype.blogspot.com/

        I help run a writing discussion group on Facebook for Second Wind Publishingwhere you can find great information about writing: http://www.facebook.com/patbertram?ref=profile#/group.php?gid=46004593127

        Let me know if you want more links, Claire. You’ll probably have to dig this out of the spam folder as it is.

  8. Archive. I had been doing editorial cartoons for the past several years on a Cincinnati Blog. Honestly I thought what happens if they decide to shut up shop. I wanted an archive of my own and the ability to branch out in areas beyond political stuff.

  9. spamwarrior says:

    I wanted to write. I got some cool blogger friends, and it’s just so fun to blog… I don’t know. I just like blogging. A lot.

    • Hiya Spamwarrior!
      I agree. I don’t think it would be nearly as much fun without some of the people who wander through. And I’ve been by your place. You’re a riot! (And we think too much alike!)

  10. I wanted a means of ‘publishing’ my short stories for others to read and ‘enjoy’ if they found me. Which is the BIG problem. There are now so many blogs out there that those of any interest or quality are damn nearly impossible to find.

    To try and identify what if anything makes a good fiction blog, I (through boredom I hasten to add) surveyed all the existing short-fiction blogs at blogcatalog in mid-December 2008 (all 1000+ of the feckers) and then followed what i felt to be the best, and ALL new such blogs until May 2009. The results are out there in a brief ebooklet at;

    http://hambocentral.blogspot.com/2009/06/best-new-short-fictionblogcatalog.html

    The penny then dropped that my small short-fiction contributions added up to a hill of crap and that my time would be better spent on supporting the blogs that I enjoyed. Thus, sickdays by alantruit has led me to here, and a few other dens of iniquity.

    If any of that helps, enjoy. If it didn’t, ignore it!

    dave aka OFaBOF aka El Pres

    • El Presidente! It’s nice of you to come across the pond to grace me, a mere humble servant of the Truly Sickies, with your presence. Alan is the one who found me to start with. HE thought I was funny.. huh… go figure. I don’t know what he sees in me. 😉

      I’ve been over to your place and I saw the fiction catalog. I’m not in it am I? My blog is so tiny and I don’t pay enough attention to it.

      Thanks for coming by this den of iniquity Dave!

      and what’s OFaBOF?

      • My survey was limited to short-fiction blogs listed on blogcatalog only, I had to make a choice and that was it.

        O ver F ifty a nd B oring O ld F art.

        I tried to produce a free on-line weekly review of the funny and odd news in the world late last summer. Needed a catchy title so came up with OFaBOF. Managed 4 issues then had another small heart attack (not related) and the world economy collapsed so binned it. I learned a lot about formatting documents though, esp the issuu format which I think is brill for wordy work.

        dave

      • alantru says:

        I see a talented writer, Claire.

  11. I started because my friend does it and seemed to love it. I love it too, but I am finding it hard to keep the stamina. I am trying to study for graduate school, preparing for my last semester as an undergraduate, being a husband, working, writing a book, interning, oh, and getting prepared to be a father. It is becoming harder to continue my blog, but it does bring me joy and I love the people I have met because of it and that is why I keep going.

    • Eric,

      Oh honey, You post more than anyone I know. Sometimes more than once a day, and you keep them short and simple so we can keep up. Your life is so interesting, but you have to do what you have to do. I think when other things in my life push out my blogging time, I will simply fade away. But that doesn’t mean I won’t come back!

  12. […] I blog, you blog, we all blog — Why? By Claire Collins […]

  13. The people that hold me captive in the basement alluded to the fact that (the keyboard taped to the wall) was in fact the key pad to open the vault door to which I was trapped behind. My first 300 blogs were my attempt to crack the code. Now I do it for free food.

  14. George says:

    I generally blog when I have a message to address to a mass public. Sometimes I want to convey something that’s been preying on my mind and that I think all (or most) of my readers want to know about. Usually, though, I’m a private person. 🙂

  15. Vickster says:

    What is the quote? “We read to know we’re not alone”, Could it be, we blog to know we are not alone? The way I see it, blogging has reintroduced “Show and Tell” on a whole new level. We now have access to a high speed podium in which we can satisfy our basal need to be validated and in turn pay homage to one another. Its the ultimate head nod to our emerging talents and self worth. Just like a kid standing in front of a classroom, holding in their hand something worth sharing, we post and waste no time checking to see if someone out there has commented on us lending proof to the world…we are not alone!
    I think I may have answered my own question. My big brother is FJ, and he just spent the better part of yesterday trying to convince me to blog and share my art work. I think I just might take the plunge! Interesting question Claire! Thanks for asking.

    • Hi Vickster! It is certainly a pleasure to meet the sister of one of my absolute favorite bloggers. He is a talented photographer, an interesting writer, and a wonderful person. And, if I say anything else, his ego is going to grow so large that his head won’t fit through the door.

      I think your analogy is excellent. It is very much like being a little kid and holding a treasure and sharing it in front of the class only to be concerned if the other little kids will like it or if they will think it’s stupid. Come to think of it, there are a lot of little kids out on wordpress and they are so much fun to play with. 🙂

      I do hope you will share your artwork, Vick. Post it and come back here and leave a link. FJ can show you how.

      • Vickster says:

        Thank you Claire! Its nice meeting you as well. You’re right about FJ . He’s much more talented than you think. We all (the entire family) cannot believe the volume of books he consumes! He’s bright, witty, and with all his knowledge…he’s the perfect dinner guest! Best of all, he’s a good man and I’m proud to call him my brother.
        It’ll take me awhile to start a blog, I just recently figured out how Face Book works. So be patient with me….Look forward to reading more of your blog!

  16. Neil Reid says:

    Why blog? Well, mine is only a few weeks old. Except to say it is so so much less work than doing the work of an home spun and coded website, which I did but no longer update. This is cake minus the frosting I suppose.

    For myself the question is more – why write? Because I was told to – simple as that. Years ago in considerable transition, I posed the question, “What should I do next?” And thinking the response was about jobs or where to live. Something like that. Came the response – “Write”. Cliche? I suppose. But seemed wasteful, unkind, not to comply. Mind you, that response was literally only that one word. Not write well, not write and publish – just write. Written a lot of drivel along the way! But maybe that’s necessary in getting to what’s next? Yet it seems partly incomplete not being at least some public about it too.

    So the blog, Bearly Audible (intentional spelling), is some writing without all the window dressing, and now filtered of what might more hurt one’s ear I’ll hope. And a blog, hopeless probably! But then that’s not my contract here.

    The old adage applies, “buyer beware!” But then, where doesn’t that apply?

    • And we get what we pay for, but damn if there aren’t blogs I’ve come across that I would pay to be part of, and I get to enjoy them for free.

      Nice to see you Neil and welcome to the blogosphere!

  17. DOMINO says:

    I think I might be an emotional exhibitionist.

    Blogging has an immediacy, and an interactive quality that I enjoy. I think it revolutionizes the way a “book” can be written as the readers become part of the story.

    • Welcome, Domino!
      “Emotional exhibitionist”. I love that phrase. I enjoy the social interaction without the need to get all dressed up and go out. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here on a Saturday morning in my pajama’s and I haven’t had a shower or breakfast yet. I have a cup of coffee and life is good.

      Um, you guys don’t care that I haven’t showered yet, do you? 😳

  18. Bob Trusty says:

    Wowsers, Claire! Those are some great questions.

    I started my blob a long time ago on the myspaces. My friend timmy helped me then to set it up for me, but i didnt know what to write. Timmy also setup my current blob and my friend Rick does all the technical stuff for me.

    I write my blobs because i like to tell the world what im up to! Timmy said it was a good opportunity to get my name out there and my stories in life as he’s been in it and knows them all! LOSTL!

    He thinks that what i have to say makes people happy and thats all i want!

    It helps that i like it too, just like you!

    I hope your weekend is great!

    Bob

    • Hi Bob! It’s always such a joy to have you around. You should always listen to Rick and Timmy. They’re such smart guys. Them and your mum! Always listen to your mum! I have to jump over there and see how your date night went. I’m hoping it’s better than the last one. Those librarians can have an ornery streak, ya know.

      I hope your weekend is great too!

      • Bob Trusty says:

        LOSTL! Rick says the last person i should listen to is him! And I know that Timmy will always look out for me!

        My date went well! and i went on other ones! I just havent had a chance to say hi to all my wonderful internet-o-blob friends!

        So much better than the date with Elizabeth.

        Hooray!

        Bob

  19. I was living in North Carolina when I started my blog. Ironically, I lived in the same city as Second Wind Publishing (Kernersville, NC), but I never heard of them until after I moved. 😦

    The purpose of my blog is to show people that not everybody who runs for office is a Democrat or a Republican. I also wanted to show the trials and tribulations of a candidate going through a campaign.

    • Ahmnotdt,
      Are you serious? Kernersville is such a small blip on the map. I was there, and Greensboro and Winston-Salem, in February. Second Wind Publishing is getting ready to celebrate it’s first anniversary. I believe your blog serves many purposes, but people will have to go over and read your platform to figure them out. 😉

      By the way, every time I see your name, I want to say, “yes you are”.

  20. Community service plea bargain. I really can’t go into it anymore than that…

  21. uninvoked says:

    Because it’s fun. That’s why!

    No seriously. I wanted to promote my work, which snowballed into an idea for how to use an old novel I had that I didn’t plan to publish through ordinary means. The result: Uninvoked the noveling blog. It’s been loads of fun so far.

  22. Pat Bertram says:

    Hi, Claire! I thought you might like to see this:

    Claire Made Me Do It
    http://ptbertram.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/claire-made-me-do-it/

  23. […] recently wrote a post on my personal blog page and I ask the question, “Why do you […]

  24. G says:

    Hmmm….I started blogging because a good friend of mine from the chat rooms who admired my writing, thought I would be better served moving to the blog world.

    I did in May ’08 and haven’t looked back since.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours seems pretty cool so I bookmarked as a fave.

  25. Ms. Claire,

    I write in hopes part of me will go on after I’m gone. I can visualize my children being old at the Nursing Home with a grandchild on their knee. They’ll read my book to the child who will ask, “Was great grand-dad really like that?”

    They’ll say, “Oh honey, that part was fiction, but now this here, that was real.”

    And that is what drives me.

    drtombibey.wordpress.com

    • Dr. T,
      I’m a genealogy buff myself, absorbing anything I can about the people who created me. Being able to look back and see something they were part of is like touching them through time.

  26. yorksnbeans says:

    I began quite by accident. It was the day after Ms. Palin made her national debut. She sickened me (to put it bluntly). I was never much into politics until I heard her speak and I KNEW, right then and there, I didn’t want her in the White House. Not even close to it. So, I somehow found myself on ireport.com and I started blogging. First about her, then it became other things until I grew tired of that website. I then started up my own blog where now I find myself drifting in a sea of thoughts that can be as varied as the colors in a gigantic box of crayons. I enjoy reading and conversing with other bloggers. People are SO CREATIVE!!

  27. ralfast says:

    Why do I blog?

    Variety of reasons:

    1) Self-promotion

    2) Sharing of ideas

    3) A place to vent

    4) A space to create

    and so on and so forth. 😀

  28. Ivan says:

    🙂
    Free Smile

  29. Ivan says:

    “Reality prior to my language exists as an unthinkable thought. . . . life precedes love, bodily matter precedes the body, and one day in its turn language shall have preceded possession of silence.”
    — Clarice Lispector (The Passion According to G.H.)

  30. NobblySan says:

    “To blog, or not to blog. that is the question”

    As once written many years ago by some beardy bloke from the English West Midlands….. but that’s enough about Duncan.

    Claire, you will doubtless be pleased to know that I have belatedly added you to our blogroll. Apologies for not having done it sooner.

  31. Gryphon says:

    I blog because I cannot live without writing. I have access to this great public forum and so I use it. But even if I did not have it, I would still write–even if it means scribbling in a steno bush hiding from the rain under a bush.

    I write therefore I am. G.

  32. Bill Reed says:

    Why do I Blog? Well it wasn’t anything intentional. One day after losing my library for the xth time because I couldn’t pay the storage, I went searching on the internet to see if I could find copies of books to keep on my hard-drive. Well, one book I found, and I can’t remember the title, had been uploaded on the SCRIBD site and to download it I needed to sign up. I did so, but had no intention of uploading anything myself. After using the site for a personal library, for some unclear reason, I decided to upload documents of my own and to start commenting on others documents. Mostly the documents I uploaded whre just whatever happened to be on my hard drive, things I had written over the years that hadn’t been lost and a few hand outs that I had used when I worked in community mental health. Then a weird thing happened; people started noticing my documents and commenting,I started commenting on the documents of others, and the friend request started to roll in. My life became uploading documents and communicating with my own little on-line community. Well, the community aspect has kind of dreid up and these days I spend more time watching my view counter rise than actually communicating with people. I guess, after discovering WordPress through another blog of my church, I am now trying to see if I can rebuild the old days that I like.

  33. wordnerd45 says:

    Great question! I started blogging as another way to raise my voice. I attended a writer’s workshop as part of something called the National Writing Project. It is a workshop designed to develop improved writing skills and improved writing teacher skills. For me, it provided a safe, secure environment where others validated my writing as “worthy of reading and sharing”. So, it gave me my voice, long ago silenced by self-doubt and insecurity.

    I chose THIS blog site merely by doing a search for “free blog”. It really was the first and only place I found. The blog was so easy to set up, I had it done within minutes. Being an “older”, less tech savvy woman, I wanted something so easy even a blond, older woman could manage it.

    So, add a newly raised voice, endless amounts of subjects to write about, and unlimited cyberspace, and voila — the blog was born. Now, if I can only shut my muse’s mouth more often — she’s a TALKER!!!!

    The Nerd

    • We all want the problem of an active muse and you want to shut yours up? I’ve been plying mine with chocolate and wine and she still only talks when she wants to and then it’s non-stop for awhile.

  34. The Nerd says:

    Oh, well of course I’ll listen to her when it’s convenient for me. But sometimes, what she’s saying would make a sailor blush!

    The Nerd

  35. zeusiswatching says:

    Sledpress.wordpress.com got me going. She helped me set up my blog and has encouraged my postings all along. I still ask for her thoughts on my progress.

    I think of it as a way to share my eclectic interests and tastes, but I don’t use it as a private journal — that won’t do. Still, I get to be creative (sort of) and blogging has even helped me expand upon my interests, kind of fleshing out my hobbies and self-guided studies in science, music, art, and literature.

  36. frigginloon says:

    I would question the validity of your friendship with Pat for starters. Anyone who suggests you start a blog are pure evil. Oh yes, read between the lines Claire, she just wants you to become an obsessive addict, forever checking for new comments rather than sipping lattes with her.Yep that’s right, you have been dissed in the most humane way imaginable. As you spend your days frantically thinking of things to say, wanting to please your readers (who never go away)Pat has quietly moved on with her life, footloose and fancy free. Oh yeah, once you have a blog, YOU ARE OWNED. Huh, I am surprised you even remembered you had kids, let alone sending them back to school :). I think they should start up blogger anonymous meetings for people like us. Hmm, maybe that’s why some bloggers stop writing! Anywho, gotta go and check my stats….

    • Yeah Pat’s lucky I still like her after this. I ohnly recently discovered stats and I refuse to let myself be drawn down that hill. Last week, I didn’t blog or respond at all and I nearly got lynched for it. I can’t leave even if I want to! Great to see you Loon!

  37. lori says:

    I started blogging as an outlet to all of the poems & stories running through my head. Whenwelisten.blogspot.com.
    Then I began another blog as a way to help others learn from my mistakes in this journey called Life. Hereallalong.blogspot.com
    I have met so many wonderful people on line and through social networking that I just can’t give it up. so, I am now working on my first book and the ideas and opportunities keep coming, and it all began back in April with this thing called blogging.
    Today I learned I won your book from the Second Wind Labor Day Giveaway! I am so excited! It’s rare for me to win anything.
    Thank you, I can’t wait to begin reading Fate & Destiny.

    Lori

  38. […] and fellow author, Pat, is going to guest host my blog. Many of you may remember Pat from my “Why do you blog” blog.  I’m guest hosting over at her place today and I have a fun project, so come […]

  39. Water Cooler says:

    last time, i joined a writing contests on the internet and i won a small price for writing a nice piece of writing :~’


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