Saturday, June 30, 2012

Honey, I don't understand what blogging is.

Writer's block of the blog is a dreadful thing.

But every conference we go to, every Twitter post, every agent or author interview screams on-line platform and must and you and necessary. But sometimes, I just think to myself, all I want to do is write books, tell stories, weave magic. I don't feeling like expounding on writing or doing another interview (though I love my interviewees!). So then what? Stories about my dogs?

Radio silence.

Tonight's topic is courtesy of my sweetie, who, upon being asked "What should I blog about?", replied, "Honey. I don't understand what blogging is."

Ah hah! My topic.

Errrrr. What is blogging? I mean, really. Why do we blog?

I blog because it's fun to meet people in the writing community. I've made online friends who if I saw out in the real world, I'm sure I'd greet with a hug and a smile. Plus sometimes it's fun to talk about random shizz or dig a little into someone else's life.

Why do you blog?

I will never need to read Fifty Shades of Grey if I have this in my freezer. The best ice cream flavor for summer. Hands down!

18 comments:

  1. I blog pretty much for those same reasons, Jaye... because I realize blogging won't get me an agent or a book deal or sell books. Only a good story combined with good writing will do that. So, yes, I blog because I like it. :)

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    1. And do you ever get blog block, like me?

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  2. I blog because it's a good headquarters planted in a foreign land, from which I can venture forth, meet people and go on adventures, and come back for refreshments. Dip my toes into the pool a bit. Then start all over again.

    This is the best way I can explain it. :)

    I love to talk about my passion for writing fiction, especially to other writers, who "get it" and can share their perspectives too. What's hard for me is to settle for a fitting topic from the whirlwind of stuff in my mind. It's chaos, I tell you, chaos!

    What I do to come up with "bloggable" topics is brainstorm. There are different techniques, and I love them all, so if you're ever really stuck, Jaye, please drop me an email. I'd gladly do my best to get your wheels spinning again! :)

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    1. I may take you up on that, Vero! You can spin the topic wheel for me. In fact, why don't you go ahead and shoot me one! You choose.

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    2. You asked for it.

      How about...
      - How did you come up with your last villain? What is creating villains like for you?
      - How was your first time? ...when you showed your work to someone else. ;) And what did you learn from that experience?
      - What's the toughest lesson you had to learn about the writing life so far? How did you learn it and what advice can you give us from it?
      - Who did you learn most about writing from (can be a book you read, or a critique partner, etc.) and did you tell them what they did for you? Why or why not?

      Want more? ;)

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  3. Because it's FUN! And I love meeting people. And I want a place that chronicles my writing journey as well as my personal journey.

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  4. I blog because it's a good fit for me as far as online presence. I get to expound a bit on this and that. Work out what I think about the topic at hand. Shout-out books I like.

    I DO get blog block. Once I had it so bad I quit blogging for 6 or 9 months. Then I realized that was no way to build a community, and I don't like blogs that talk to "no one." The one cure that works for me, always, is to schedule my posts way, way, ahead. At any one time, I usually have 7-10 in the queue, waiting to post. For whatever reason, this prevents the "nothing to blog about" panic.

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    1. Oh gosh, I wish I was that good about scheduling! Want to do a high school you interview?

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  5. I agree that blogging is fun. It's also a great support when other writers can understand your journey in no way that family or friends can.

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    1. So true. My writing talk grows thin to my family, for sure!

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  6. I started out blogging to build my platform, but along the way I've met so many wonderful people and learned to much. It's almost like my college for writing. I love it. But I do feel you on how sometimes I just want to write:)

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    1. Yes, I'm the proud recipient of the Blogger/Wordpress MFA. Thank you very much.

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  7. Hahaha, my hubby would totally say the same thing. Even though I constantly tell him about updates from the Twitter world, he actually asked me two nights ago if I had a Twitter account. When I reminded him of all my updates from the Twitter world, he said, "Oh... yeah. I just... I can't keep track of all these things you do." Sigh... ;)

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    1. We have fights on who hears news faster - because I'm on Twitter and she's on Facebook.

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