Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Has Blogging Done For You?

Did you start a blog for the same reasons you continue you keep one?
How did your role as a blogger evolve?

I've been fortunate to change as a blogger. This space started as an online journal; it took me almost a year to connect with other writers and use it as a place to work on the craft.

My first writer/blogger friend, Laura, continues to write one of my favorite blogs to visit.
The other day when I was revising my query, I realized that I got some of my best pointers from Amparo, who looked at my it earlier this year. She found things that I never could and as a result, helped me write a stronger query.

The more people I meet through this world, the more I feel understood in my goals (and the more I learn about how hard some individuals truly work).
There are many things that I go through that I feel only my fellow bloggers would understand.

Blogging has given me more advice and insight than any class ever could.
Sending e-champagne and cupcakes your way for making the online world an incredible place.


  1. Blogging has expanded my world. It has taught me perspective, I have made friends, and I have learned many things that I thought I knew but actually didn't know as much as I should.

  2. I began blogging when prodded by my publisher to get my butt online. But platform and promotions aren't why I'm still blogging. I've enjoyed meeting so many awesome people. My blogger buddy list is huge, but I do try to check on my key friends every day. And if not for blogging, I wouldn't have met my cool critique partners.

  3. I'm glad you have had such a positive experience blogging. I too have found it to be a great way to connect with people I wouldn't have found any other way. It's a lot of work to post regularly, but it's worth it.

  4. Like Alex, I began blogging because my publisher told me to. It is about the only way I can promote my book, though I have a few other ideas in mind after two months of promotion. But I also keep blogging because I like the friends I've met, and I also get a lot of fascinating ideas from other bloggers who like me have published or who keep writing in hopes of getting published. As struggling writers, we can use all the support we can get, and this is a MOST supportive community. I LOVE it!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

  5. Saumya, I just read your comment and I thank you for ordering my book! I think you'll enjoy it - I've been stunned how many women really enjoyed CassaStar. And I think everyone will dig the sequel even more!
    Thank you!

  6. I agree - blogging has become much more to me than I ever expected. It has been so neat connecting with other writers, readers, of all ages, from many different nations. What an experience!

  7. I've had an online journal since January 2004 and while my first one was about 2/3 friends only, 1/3 public I made some GREAT online friends...and I've even met half a dozen or so of them in person! Moving to an entirely public blog was a big change for me and has had something of a learning curve...I started with one blog, switched that to a much more specific theme, started a second blog that is STILL all over the place...but I've learned a lot about advertising myself and getting my blog(s) and my writing out there, and I really think it's a valuable tool :)

  8. You have a perfect point lady.I miss blogging and I miss you guys!!! Stupid day job... :(
    Lots of hugs!!

  9. Blogging has been almost wholly positive for me. I say "almost" because it does suck up a lot of my time, but I think it's worth it. I feel like I know so many writers out there and they are supportive, no matter what!

  10. *sips champagne* *devours cupcake* Thanks, Saumya!!!

    The best part about blogging is the people. It's been wonderful connecting with all of these amazing writers and sharing our journeys!

  11. I am still new to blogging, and I really enjoy reading what is happening with other people.
    I want to expand my blogging circle though.

  12. I started blogging because I thought it would be good to start building up a platform/audience while I was sending my book out to agents. But I continue to blog because it's fun and I've met so many great people - if it had all been geared toward platform-building all this time, I think I'd have gotten very boring and gotten very bored!