Yes, that is a dramatic post title, but it’s true. Blogging has changed my life. We’ve all heard the stereotype of the writer as loner, hermit even, and it’s true that the actual writing is a lone process, but certainly not all writers are loners. I am.
I had read blogs (mostly political), and even checked out WordPress.com a couple times, but never signed up. What did I have to blog about? Then, last June, I decided to try expanding a short story into a trilogy of stories. By July, I had decided to shoot for a novel. I needed a support group.
By coincidence (?) I discovered a critique group starting up in my town. Their first meeting was scheduled for the very next evening! But I didn’t have the nerve to go. I finally made it to their fourth meeting.
I started my first novel in the fall of 1999. A year later, I had written the first draft twice—once as a horror novel and then again without the horror elements. I never showed it to anyone. Real life intervened and I wrote only short stories for the next seven and a half years. I didn’t show those to anyone either. But this time, I wanted to publish and I’m smart enough to know that if I wanted to attain that goal, I needed feedback on my writing.
So, I had to put on my brave face and not only talk to real live strangers, but show them my writing too! I was so freaked by the first that the second was almost easy. Almost. Then I met two lovely writers named Kasie West and Candice Kennington, both bloggers, and they inspired me to take the plunge.
And I’m happy I did. This year I’ve met so many wonderful people through my blog. You’ve made me think, and laugh, and blush, and you’ve made me feel like an interesting person. But don’t worry, I’m keeping this quote firmly in mind:
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. – Edward R. Murrow
But best of all, blogging has helped me believe in myself as a writer. Although I’m still learning, I now have confidence that, through words, I can effectively communicate thoughts and feelings—actual or fictional. And this confidence has carried over into my real world too. So, blogging has not only changed my life … it’s changed me!
28 thoughts on “How blogging changed my life!”
Thanks for this confessions of a writer and a blogger. After tree years of blogging (In french) in some months in english, I agree with you. It is true: Blogging help us in our writing and in our life.
This communication make us fell better for our day of writing.
Thans you for this post and happy Thanks giving.
That’s Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mireille. It’s only Columbus Day here. 🙂
Yes, I think all writers should blog. I wonder what percentage do?
I agree, blogging is a writer’s best friend for all the reasons you and others have listed.
For me, as well, it’s an opportunity to take risks that I would not have taken before. And, to learn from other writers I would never meet face to face because of physical distance. An online writing community is the next best thing to a face to face writing salon.
Thanks for being willing to share your thoughts and experience on writing, Linda!
You’re welcome, Christi. And thank you for contributing to my blog experience.
I take risks here too. Sometimes more successfully than others. I still haven’t found the magic formula for posts though. 🙂
I can’t remember what convinced me to begin blogging but it has become a place of catharsis’ for me. I am actually able to sleep some nights since I began blogging. This from a woman who had not slept through the night in several years. After receiving such wonderful support from readers I recently braved up and shared my blog address with friends and family. It has been a wonderful journey of self discovery.
I think you’ve topped me! Insomnia is horrible, so I’m glad to hear blogging has helped yours.