The topic: The best and worst things about blogging are…
The good part of blogging, I think, are the connections. I’m kind of a loner. Despite my original inclinations, blogging has put me in touch with so many wonderful people, some of whom participate in this blog hop. Just yesterday, I had a bad day and received a supportive email from one of my blog buddies. It meant the world to me and she gives pretty good advice too. Bloggers reaching out to each other across cyberspace and finding they are passionate about the same thing is simply awesome.
Then, there’s the fact that I get to practice my writing. There is this theory around the writing community that you need to write a million words before you reach proficiency with writing a story and gaining an audience. I’m a little over halfway to that total. Blogging has contributed about 150,000 words in the past year so I can’t complain. It’s definitely gotten me closer to my goal and taught me a whole lot about connecting to people. I think my stories are better for it.
The “Huh” thing about blogging that surprised me the most is how much it taught me about myself. I don’t know about you, but I used to sit at home thinking that maybe I was weird, that maybe my thoughts and experiences were unique. The truth is my particular combination of thoughts and experiences is unique but the individual components are not. There is power in finding people to share your crazy ideas with, to hear what they learned, to gain from their experience. Blogging helped me with that and it helped me learn where I sit on the spectrum of the human experience.
<p”>It’s also helped me get rid of my filters. Sharing what I think on a daily basis with perfect strangers does strange things for loosening up the tongue and growing a sense of humor.
The bad part about blogging is the huge time drain. Blogging takes time, effort and commitment. You have to show up two to five times a week every week for month after month, year after year. I now have over a hundred posts since my birthday in November. Sometimes I write my entries while my daughter sits on my lap. Sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom so I can have some peace. It’s not easy and it’s a total bummer when you write something and no one comments or tweets or even visits your blog that day.
If you’re starting a blog, be prepared to keep writing even if no one is reading. As you make connections, you’ll start to get more traffic and some of your old stuff will make a come-back. It’s tough but it’s great practice for a writing career.
How about you? Do you blog? Are you thinking about it? Leave your comments below.
This post has been part of the Finish The SEntence Friday Blog Hop.