Blogging Mondays  10/20/2014
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Every Sunday afternoon, I get a reminder on my phone that I need to post a blog on Monday. And almost every Sunday afternoon, I spend at least an hour trying to come up with a good topic to blog about.  Then I get involved in the football game on television and figured I’ll do it later.  After supper, maybe, or just before bed. Typically, I forget about it until Monday morning rolls around and I’m once more scrambling to come up with something I can blog about.

So today’s blog is about blogging.  Why is it so hard for us to do? As writers, we’re storehouses of millions upon billions of words and a backlog of stories that, if we each lived to be several hundred years old, we would never have time to write. So what is it about the blog post that just dries up our creativity and makes us dread our day in the rotation we’ve set ourselves to blog?

After some soul-searching, I’ve discovered that for me, it’s putting my opinion out there. It’s letting people know, hey, this is what I think about this subject, and then sitting back and hoping that someone somewhere will make a comment or agree with me. At times, it’s waiting for someone to even acknowledge that I’ve posted something he or she thinks is worth looking at.

Because having readers like our work goes to the core of who we are as writers. Yes, we write because we have to and some part of us will explode if we don’t. We don’t write for the glory (although that’s nice) or for the money (although that’s even nicer). Ultimately, we are writing for the enjoyment and pleasure of the circle of readers we hope our work will attract.

So it is with our blog posts. But I think there’s an added soupcon of vulnerability in a blog post, because unless you post strictly about how to do something, such as craft a query letter, you’re putting your thoughts, hopes, dreams, fears, out there for everyone to see. It’s you without the filter of a hero or heroine in those few paragraphs every Monday morning. And that’s a scary thing to do. 

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Mica, I have no idea how you write a weekly blog. I only do mine once every couple of months. I agree that it is a bit scary to put your self out there. I think getting comments is helpful as well Lynn Lynnandrea..blogsppt.com
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This is my issue to Mica, and I'm the worst. For me, it's finding the time and having something interesting to say - at least as far as I can see. I take my hat off to you for your efforts and courage to get it out there. - Ron
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Hey, Mica, you took my idea for my next blog!!
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Lynn, I struggle with it every week. I wish I could say it's an effortless thing, that the ideas just pour in. Every once in a while that will happen. Most of the time, it's something that someone says that sparks it. I'm looking forward to reading yours.
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Ron, Thanks for the kudos. I pour my heart into the books I write, I figure I should do no less with ANYTHING I write, this blog included. It's nice when people read and appreciate the effort that it takes.
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Deanne, I've heard people say there's a universal consciousness that we, as writers, all tap into, that there are only so many stories out there, and that it's only our spin on them that makes them different. Maybe it's the same for blog post topics!
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