Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why Blog?

When I first started my blog, I did it just to see what blogging was. I knew so little that I fumbled around just trying to figure out how to first format it, and then second, what to put in it.
Later, when I was ready to publish my first novel, I became mercenary in my intentions. I wanted to sell books.  The blog became about selling and getting my name out into the Internet universe.
Over the last three years I’ve become more serious in my intent. I’ve discovered that blogging is truly my journal. It isn’t just about selling or getting my name out there anymore, though both of those are still very important to me.
Instead, I’ve learned a few lessons, as we all do, along the way. Like, I want feedback. I want people to read my blog because they find it interesting and/or informative enough to follow “me.” I need to express my emotions and/or thoughts sometimes, to let them breathe outside of my self.  And yes, I want people to read my novels, to be curious as to where my ideas come from, or where they can find out more about a certain subject I’ve written about, perhaps the real life aspect of an issue. But most of all I’ve found I love blogging. I didn’t think I would so much, but I do.
Below is a link to an article on blogging that seemed to hit my nail right on the head.
Why are you a blogger?

Lisa Buie-Collard is an new member of the A to Z Team and is excited about all she's learning "behind the scenes." She posts on her blog which can be found through the link on

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I started because I was told to get my butt online and start an author platform to sell my books. I'm still here because of all the great connections I've made and I enjoy it.

MunirGhiasuddin said...

Blogging is somewhat like a journal for me too. I do write when something is very important for the well being of human beings and people in general. I also want to leave something for my kids and my grand kids to read.

Fil said...

Your post is so timely - I've been doing a 30 day challenge to stretch my blogging muscles and for the most of the time have been asking myself "why am I doing this?!" But basically I'm loving it and the connections and hope that eventually it'll help my business and help build me an audience.
Fil’s Place - Old songs and Memories

Anonymous said...

I've been blogging since 2007 and have enjoyed it. though I've had some tech problems and have had to start new blogs. The highlight is doing the A to Z, I was the first to sign up for the very first challenge and then 2 years ago met Lee whilst I was in LA. yes! blogging have had some high spots for me,

cheerfuloptimistic said...

I started blogging to vent some of my issues and talk about movies. And a little more than a year later, I'm still doing that.

Romi said...

I blog mainly because I'd like to practice writing in English, which is a foreign language to me. I live in a country where English is not spoken. I also want to 'meet' people from English-speaking countries through my blog.

kaykuala said...

You got it right Lisa! For Hank it was more of curiosity on what's out there. Fumbling along the way was the right description. No book writing yet but blogging is still lots of fun!


Kathleen Jennette said...

It's my scrapbook. I consider myself a blogger... not a writer, and I am just fine with that. Meeting other bloggers in connection with my riding has been the gem of this realm for me. A lot of fun.

KaTy Did
Life's Ride As I See It

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lisa - I'm glad you're part of the scene and now part of the A-Z scene .. that's good news. I started blogging to learn .. and am still learning - but love blogging so much ... and while I was looking after my mother - it stretched my brain muscles, so I had something to talk to her about - which was stimulating ... and I've learnt so much along the nearly six years now.

Good to see you here - cheers Hilary

G. B. Miller said...

Seriously short version: I blog to avoid other people's version of censorship. Long version can be had at my 1st blog circa 2008 when G.B, Explained It All in such minutia that to this day I go "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww" when someone asks that question. Not to the person, because the person asking the question is very cool, but to the question itself.

Now, that should qualify as the best non-answer given by a non-politician to a question ever.

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