Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Blogging's Ravenous Appetite for Words

“If you love writing or making music or blogging or any sort of performing art, then do it. Do it with everything you’ve got. Just don’t plan on using it as a shortcut to making a living.” (Seth Godin)

This is my 544th post on One Writer's Journal. When I started this blogging adventure in January 2008, I only posted once a week. Here's the very first paragraph I blogged.

"Hi, everybody. I'm just a country girl who's been writing forever. I hope to share some of what I've learned about writing over the years and some about being a country girl through and through."

And the last paragraph in that first blog: 
I'll tell you more about growing up in the country next post. Wouldn't want to give away all my secrets the first day. These blogs have a ravenous appetite for words.

Boy, was I right about that ravenous appetite of blogs! Words, words and more words.  And by now, if I had any secrets, you probably have had a chance to read them all. It's a good thing I like journaling as I told you in Post 2.

I'm figuring out what exactly I want to write about in my blog. I've been a journal writer forever, but that's writing to myself. Now this may be writing to myself too, but it's like leaving my journal open out on the kitchen table where anybody can read it. That might be okay. I've done some of my best writing in journals. How about you? Are you a journal writer?

Since then I started posting twice a week and left my journal open on a lot of nights. I want you to know I've appreciated each and everyone of you who has taken a peek. I've also needed to remember this bit of advice from Liz Strauss. "The Internet has no eraser.”Once something is posted, it's out there. It's hard to grab back and completely make it disappear. 

So I've tried to remember to share encouraging words and fun stories. And now I'm letting Jocie from my Hollyhill books do her own blog once a week. Hollyhill Book of the Strange. The picture up top is the one I have on that blog. It's me a long time ago when I was only beginning to scribble words in notebooks to make stories. I've scribbled and typed and word processed millions of words since then. And hope to have another million or two in my fingers. 

Some of that million will be here on One Writer's Journal where the great thing about blogging is this from an anonymous (no doubt blogging) writer. "Blogging is not rocket science. It's about being yourself and putting what you have into it."

"Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” (Andrew Sullivan)

Writing out loud. That's a good way to look at blogging. 

So what do you think? Do you like to blog? Read blogs? What advice would you suggest to make my next 500 plus blogs more fun to read?


  1. Blogging has been good for me as a writer. Even better has been the fellowship of the other contributors on my two group blogs. It is getting harder now that I have deadlines from publishers to meet. The authors who have visited on the blogs have taught me a lot and have blessed me. The writers on both blogs amaze me with their consistency, persistence, and talent. So overall, I get encouragement from the contributors and I love engaging with our guests on the blogs. Cool to "meet" new people. Great question, Anne!

    1. Good to hear your thoughts about blogs, Carrie. I've always thought the group blogs look like fun and I enjoy when I guest blog for friends now and again. Perhaps one of the best things about blogging for a writer is the practice of writing - organizing thoughts and turning them into something somebody else might read. Thanks for sharing about your blogging experience.

  2. I keep thinking that I should start a blog. I so enjoy reading them and following, and I consider those who I follow as friends now. I think I would like you to add a few recipes - I bet you come from a great line of amazing cooks.

    1. Great comment, Belinda. Guess that the best thing about blogs is finding friends. Recipes - now that's an idea. I could slip one in now and again. I'm a country cook so it would never be anything fancy.

  3. Hi Ann, I do enjoy your blogs. I read each one but may not comment. I'm visiting my mom and internet reception is sketchy sometimes so I'm not always able to comment. I love keeping up with you and most of all reading your books. Keep up the writing! I do keep a journal and I don't have a blog but enjoy following others. Have a great weekend. Linda

    1. So nice of you to let me know you're reading my on-line journal here, Linda. I enjoy the friends I've made on here. I don't write in my private journal much anymore, but sometimes I miss that. Need a few more hours in my days lately. But don't we all?

      Hope you have a great weekend too.

  4. When I started my blog several years ago it was because I liked to write poems and my thoughts down but wasn't long before I started reading more and doing reviews and now mostly it seems the blog is just reviews...
    you were a pretty little girl, Ann. I feel comfortable writing to you since I know you live in Ky where I grew up.
    Paula O(

    1. Thanks, Paula. Fun to share our KY roots. Poems might make for a unique blog. I wrote a few poems back when I was a beginning writer, but nothing deep. Just a few rhyming words. Always enjoy your comments and appreciate the compliment. I've been trying to decide if my pants are pinned together on the side. Maybe I had a split seam. :)


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