Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for...Blogging

I had to really think about what I wanted to blog about for the letter B. Then it came to me: Blogging. I mean, it's what we are all doing here, right?

I was resistant to the idea of starting a blog. I'm a busy person. I work up to 60 hours a week, write two books a year and have two young sons to take care of. And I'm in a couple of very active critique groups and do beta reads for other writers on top of that. Did I really have time to start a blog as well?

Actually, no. But I made time. And after almost two years of blogging, I love it. I've made so many wonderful friends through my blog, not to mention finding some fantastic beta readers! It's also a really good way for me to untie knots in my thinking, or to get advice and ideas from a wide pool of people. My blog has become a place I come to for comfort, solace and inspiration.

I love entering blogfests where I get to read other writers' work and get feedback on my own. I enjoy the sense of community I get from reading other blogs, especially the ones where I discover something I never knew existed. I feel like I have hundreds of pen-pals, all posting regular messages about everything under the sun. And I don't even have to hang out by the mailbox waiting to see if they've written this week.

What do you love about blogging? And why did you start your blog?


  1. Great post. A while back I didn't even think about blogging, or that I could even blog, now it's like a second home (apart from the YA forum :D), I don't think I could imagine not doing it anymore.

  2. I started as a way to let family overseas know what we were up to, but then found I enjoyed it for myself.

  3. I'm an unpublished writer, so blogging is the next best thing to being published, right? Okay, so there's a partial truth in that. The blog is a great medium for getting ideas out into the world and receiving instant feedback. Also, for sharing experiences, and perhaps contributing--and enhancing--someone else's life. Also, as a writer, it's fun, and a great way to hone one's writing skills. And, as you say, there's all the people you meet--blogs you follow, people who follow your blog, and even just people who drop by to leave a comment as a result of a blogfest (hello!). :)

    And I'm sure there are a ton of other good reasons to blog. Sure, it can be a time suck, but on the whole, I think the benefits outweigh the cons.

  4. I feel exactly the same way! My blog post for today at Falling For Fiction was an ode to blogging :)

  5. I'm having fun meeting all kinds of people and doing things like blog hops.

    Happy Monday!

    My A-Z

  6. I've been blogging since 2005 and in 2011 started a movie blog. So now I have two blogs and both are in the challenge. I enjoy writing on a regular basis, even if it's just to post a comment about a book or movie that I like.