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My Favourite Blogs

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I didn’t blog last Tuesday. I couldn’t. I was tired. I was half asleep in bed with Miller when the thought to write my truth moonwalked through my mind.

I want to share with you the writing blogs that I subscribe to. Everyday I get at least six posts from the different blogs. They are motivational, educational and most importantly, inspirational. Some of the blogs have more than one writer contributing.

Here’s the list:

Miss Snark’s First Victim

http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.ca/

Pub(lishing) Crawl

http://www.publishingcrawl.com/

The Collaborative Writer

http://collaborativewriter.wordpress.com/

Rachelle Gardner

http://www.rachellegardner.com/

Nathan Bransford, Author

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

Sisters in Scribe

http://www.sistersinscribe.com/

A Writer’s Life with Liz Fielding

http://lizfielding.blogspot.ca/

Restless Writers

http://restlesswriters.ca/

Brides In Black

http://bridesinblack.wordpress.com/

Sandra D. Bricker

http://www.sandradbricker.com/

Stephen Lloyd Webber

http://stephenlloydwebber.com/

The Abundant Artist

http://www.theabundantartist.com/

Wellness Immersion – Writing Retreats

http://summerwritingretreat.com/apply-now/

Script Frenzy

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Jenny Lawson

http://thebloggess.com/

Susan Dennard

http://susandennard.com/

*Sorry for not linking to all the blogs…it’s takes too long…it’s after ten…I really should be sleeping…

 

My addiction to blogs began with this one:

Heather B. Armstrong

http://www.dooce.com/

I can’t remember how I heard or found out about Heather’s blog, but the moment my eyes read a few of her posts, I thought to myself: hmm. this is awesome. I want to do this too!

I started this blog just before my book, Laughing Through A Second Pregnancy, was going to launch. I wanted a platform to write about the launch, about writing the book, about being a writer and mother…

At first, I blogged about EVERYTHING. I mean, everything. Dreams I had. Menstrual cramps I had. The weather. I was posting photos that I took because I love photography. I was writing about my children a lot. A friend, in all his gentle wisdom. stopped the madness one day. He said I had to remember the identity of the blog and stick to it. Boy, was he right.

It’s been close to a year now that I’ve been blogging, and I’m still working on my ‘identity’. Blogging is a unique form of communication, and if I want to (continue to?) be successful at it, shaping and cultivating its identity is must.

Consistency is a must. Obviously, I’m still very much working on this point!

A blogger must continue to ask herself:

1) What is my identity – my message, my purpose, my reason for being?

2) What does my identity have that makes it unique?

3) What can I commit to in terms of consistency that adds dimension to my message?

4) What are my short term and long term goals?

5) How is my theme and design adding to my message?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my blogging identity, and if I answer the above five questions I realize that I need to do a bit of work so to better shape and cultivate this blog.

I’ll be making some changes, I think, that will better my blogging identity.

The truth: I’ve much, much, much to learn about the world of blogging but by doing research (subscribing to other blogs, asking myself why I’m blogging and what my blogging goals are on a consistent basis, making subtle or large-scale changes, etc) and putting in the time, I believe I can raise my level of blogging ability to a place that will be more effective, and add an important voice to the world of blogging – and the world of writing. I want to take on that role. I want this to be part of my identity.

If you decide to check out any of the blogs I’ve listed, you’ll notice that many of them are about the writing life, specifically writing the Young Adult genre, getting an agent, and being an agent. It makes sense as this is the place where my writing life lives these days. I’m attempting to complete the first draft of my first YA novel, and in doing so, attempt to get an agent. It follows that I should stay connected to blogs that will help me do this.

I want to be a ‘helper’ blog. That’s why there are aspects of my blog that, I hope, will help other writers like myself – a list of contests and info about submitting, literary events in and around my community, ideas and messages about my own writing life.

I remember when I was a young writer someone once said to me: a real writer should never dare write about writing. A voice in my head immediately said: that’s bunk. Like, majory bunk, but other voices drowned that glare of confidence (?) out.

They say to be an expert, one has to do the same thing for ten thousand hours. Let’s do some math, shall we? (Geez, never thought you’d ever read me write that, eh?!)

I started writing in a journal, and therefore, on a daily basis, when I was nine. I’m thirty-three. (I”ll be using my fingers to get the answer as much as possible)

33 – 9 =  24 years

So I’ve been writing for twenty-four years. Wow.

Let’s say I’ve written for an average of two hours a day over the years.

There are 365 days in a year. (Using a calculator now.)

365 days x 2hrs = 730 hrs

That’s 730 hours in a year.

730hrs x 24yrs = 17, 520

Well, by golly, that puts me well over the ten thousand mark.

I think a two hour a day writing average over the years is probably quite precise.

I’m an expert! Woohoo!

Did I just figure out a complex (for me) mathematical problem on my own? Dear gods, that’s a miracle! Seems to make sense…I’m not saying that one has to be an expert to blog, by any means. For me, I think it helps. I’m a writer and blogging seems a perfect fit for someone like me who likes to use words and photos to tell stories.

A blogger must ask herself – why blog? On a regular basis, she must reflect on her identity and continue to shift and cultivate it. Sounds a lot like what happens in real-life, doesn’t it?

Why do you blog?

 

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