About Blogging  

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1288 posts
8/15/2006 8:43 pm

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8/18/2006 3:17 pm

About Blogging

I’ve been thinking about my writing on the blogs for the last month or so. I’ve written several responses that I like blogging because it’s such a public, but at the same time private event.

The anonymity of writing about some very, very personal things has helped me to restart a growth process that has just been re-started. It’s such a pleasure to share what I’m thinking and have such wonderful support. For that, I thank all of you who read and for those of you who respond.

I’ve hinted that I’ve been a journal writer for many, many years. I believe that writing a journal helps one get in touch with their life and thoughts about that life. Writing a blog takes journal writing to another level….One that not only helps me get clear on my thoughts, but allows others to leave comments that start me thinking about the subject on a much deeper level.

I also have received wonderful inspiration from the blogs I follow. Many of you know that I visit on a regular basis and make comments as I feel it is appropriate. Sometimes I want to write what I consider a much longer response than is warranted. Those have been some of the inspirations I’ve had for what I consider my best posts….The ones that have real meaning for me.

In the last month I’ve learned a lot about the art of blogging. The learning has mostly been around what causes me the most joy and personal growth. Don’t get me wrong….I love it when you read and comment….but at the end of the day, the writing is really for me…..just like my journal writing has been for me….

The difference here is you are along for the ride….I get to share my life with some very compassionate people who have comments and thoughts that are so deep….I visit your blogs and find inspiration for thoughts and questions that I’m struggling with….You honor me with responses that continue the thought process….

So, my question for the evening is what about blogging is satisfying for you? Do you get more value from writing, reading or responding? What in a blog makes you want to read? What in a blog makes you want to respond? Do you feel you know the people you respond to?

Thanks so much for reading….I truly enjoy writing and being allowed to share my thoughts….It’s such a treat.

angelofmercy5 59F
17881 posts
8/15/2006 11:45 pm

I love reading your blog. I agree that I myself enjoy writing and sharing. And I love that people comment....and also from those comments, I get some solid advice and food for thought. But as I travel around blogland.....I really enjoy sharing just a small part of each persons life.

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/16/2006 3:25 am:
I always enjoy reading your writing. You were one of the first I ran across, I'm glad I did.

ShyWhisper2006 53F
15175 posts
8/16/2006 3:11 am

what about blogging is satisfying for you?
It helps me organize my thoughts and feelings and calms me in a way...even if it is not responded to ..just getting it out of my system...like shouting at the top of your lungs on a hill top...

Do you get more value from writing, reading or responding?
I like all parts of it...I love the writing...but sometimes need a break and read others ...then I like to respond to some that catch my eye.

What in a blog makes you want to read?
It depends...sometimes I follow others names from visitors from my blog to their own...other times it is from anothers blog that I see what someone has wrote and follow them back to read their blog.

What in a blog makes you want to respond?
It touches me...sometimes I cannot find the words to say what I want to the writer and sometimes I feel whatever I say is insignificant in a way...but I try to let them know that I am have heard them...I think thats most important.

Do you feel you know the people you respond to?
In some ways...and to a certain degree, some hide it rather well how they may truly be, but others are very real in their posts and observations and discussions. So yes I think I know some bloggers a little more than if I was to only view their profile on the main page. *smiles*

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/16/2006 4:01 am:
I find it's such a gift when I run across writing that expresses exactly what I'm thinking. It always helps me get in touch with an issue I'm working through. thanks.

JuicyBBW1001 54F

8/16/2006 3:17 am

At first I started blogging because of the exposure one gets from it on this site, but then that changed with my Damaged Goods post since then I have been using my blog much the same way you use yours. I am in the process of peeling my onion so to speak and getting to the core of me to try and make sense of who I am and how I relate to others. Guess I am achieving that purpose. I have learned alot about myself and others since I have started the book of questions and I hope that others have done the same whether they answer the question in my blog or they have grist for the mill as it were.
I also still have that side with a sense of humor because sometimes I get bored with answering my own questions and just want to have fun.


AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/16/2006 3:33 am:
I also have times where I look at what I've written or listen to myself speak and say OK, stop the BS and try to get real. I'm not saying my last sentence is true for you, but it is for me....*grin* As you know, I like your questions, it was one of the first things I ran across when I started hanging out in the blogs....Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

rm_shannee2006 52F
3355 posts
8/16/2006 7:09 am

I love to write. I love to read. I love the interactions that can happen through writing and reading. I love how I feel after being made to laugh so hard my face and belly hurts, to feeling like I'll weep from the story of a fellow blogger; sometimes with a warmed heart, sometimes with heartache for a sad, sad story. I like to be effected by others. It makes me feel alive...and blogging has brought a new experience of that into my life. It may not satisfy forever, but it is certainly an enjoyable part of my life and it's enabled me to meet extraordinary people. Blog on!

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/17/2006 10:03 am:
I also feel that I've met extraordinary people through blogging. Many of them have asked incredible questions that have forced me to think about things in a different way.

keithcancook 60M
17865 posts
8/16/2006 8:22 am

I enjoy the interaction the most. But if that was taken away and commenting was banned, I would still read the blogs and probably write a few myself.

Blogging is like a "thinking" exercise for me.

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/17/2006 10:04 am:
I think the writing part with no response is journal writing for public consumption. I find that much more valuable than the private journals I used to keep.

rm_aWench4U 61M/61F
741 posts
8/16/2006 2:24 pm

What about blogging is satisfying for you?
Blogging is the air that I breathe, which may sound a bit strange because I don't post everyday. But when I do, it forces me to organize my thoughts into a logical sequence (logical to me anyway!), and try to stay to one topic. It's therapeutic to me, helping me to work through an issue, trying to see both sides with equal validity. I don't always achieve that goal, but I have to have something to shoot for, don't I?

Do you get more value from writing, reading or responding?
I think I value each segment equally, but I prioritize them reading first, commenting second, and writing third. Part of this is the old confidence thing: everyone writes better than I do; what they have to say is more interesting than what I have to say; they say it better. Part of it is simply a time factor. It quicker to just read, next is responding, and most time consuming is writing my own original post.

What in a blog makes you want to read?
There are several factors that draw me to a post. First, I read certain people's because t]it is a habit--I've followed their Blogs from when I arrived here. Others I read because the title grabs my interest. And still others I read through the referral of others, saying something to the effect, "Check out this Blog."

What in a blog makes you want to respond?
Three things will get a response form me (provided I have the time):
1) A really funny post that had me laughing out loud. I have to let the author know he/she hit my funny bone with the post.
2) Something that resonates with my soul. Either I have experienced what they've written about in the past (or something pretty similar), or I'm struggling with the topic at this time. Either way, the author deserves to know the he/she hit a chord.
3) Much more rarely, if what the author says REALLY irritates me, or I feel they have overlook some major piece of information, I'll respond and supply what I feel they missed. This is NOT done as an attack on the writer! NO, it is simply to present the other side and achieve a balanced post.

Do you feel you know the people you respond to?
After a while, I feel like I am getting to now the people who I trade comments with. After all, a Blog with comments is sort of like the letters I used to write to my grandmother--the only way I had to get to know her since she lived on the other side of the country--although the topics bear NO resemblance!

Good post and questions, Skier. Thought provoking, as always!

Remember the past but do not dwell there.
Face the future where all our hopes stand.


AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/17/2006 10:09 am:
Angel - I like your writing. I don't think you have anything to apologize for. Thanks for your response it was very thoughtful.

wickedeasy 67F  
26878 posts
8/17/2006 3:31 pm

okay skier - go back and read what Sparkee wrote again -

blogging is journalling with an audience. if you didn't care about being read or gettign comments, you'd just write a journal. blogging gives immediate feedback and that helps me go deeper in my thinking, or off in a new direction

in some ways we all write for ourselves (or about ourselves) but the audience, well they add the goosebump moments, yanno

i'm glad i found your blog - now i'm addicted.


You cannot conceive the many without the one.

AstirRelicLatah replies on 8/18/2006 6:25 am:
I agree and hope that's what I wrote. That's what I like about blogging it can be journalling with an audience. The feedback makes it all that much more fun and valuable. I've stated before and will again that I've grown more in the last month than I have in years....it's the impetus I get from not only writing and receiving feedback from people like you, but having the gift of others writing their thoughts which trigger more thoughts and questions in my own mind.

Your blog was one of the first I found....Your writing has inspired my own thoughts. Having you regularly read my blog is a great compliment for me. I often will think as I'm writing what your reaction will be. I feel that a lot of our thought processes are similar. So, thanks for making yourself available and vulnerable in your writing. It's added a tremendous amount of value to my life. And, yes the audience does add goose bump and other moments.

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