Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blogging Freedom

A pattern developed. Right here on this blog. Right under my nose. All on its own. In the last few weeks. And I am free.

I'd searched for something like this after reading this post by Kristen Lamb. Her post caused quite a stir for authors, bloggers, and writers who blog about writing, but when I read it, I sighed. A happy, heart-lifting, freedom kind of sigh. Because, honestly, I don't want to blog about writing every time I post. Sheesh. Did I just write that? Yes, indeed I did.

So after reading her post, I contemplated and listed things that encapsulate my life. Writing is one of those things, but my list hosts many other things too. And why can't this blog accumulate all those things in one place? I think it can.

Mondays evolved into sharing my love of middle grade books and linking with others who do the same. Wednesdays blurt writing blurbs. And Fridays are a free-for-all. And because it's a pattern, not a set-in-cement plan, I can follow it or deviate from it. Even the days I post, they can flex. Ahhhhh. I found freedom. And that was important to me.

What about you? If you're a writer who blogs, how do you determine what you blog about? And should writers mostly blog about writing? Let's talk.

19 comments:

  1. I am so with you on this! I am incapable of writing only about writing, and even if I forced myself to, readers would eventually give up reading my blog because it would be forced. And boring.
    So I try to work writing or something related to it into my posts, but some of them are purely for fun (i.e. Boston Driving). And I think, as I prepare my posts, those will probably be the best EXAMPLES of my writing. Aha!
    Also important.

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  2. Excellent point, Kristen, that the fun posts showcase our writing and our personalities. And that is very important.

    Keeping posts brief is key as well. If I see someone's post is long, I usually start skimming.

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  3. My dog blogs about her doggie, little life and usually relates it to my writing (little) life. That being said, I love reading blogs where writers give a peek into their real, "other" lives and have started considering that approach. There's only so much writing and reading about writing that a writer can do, after all....

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  4. I'm totally with you on this. We have to blog about what gives us passion as well as what will connect with our readers. Just like in a book! :-)

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  5. I've been wondering about that a lot myself. Before I post something not related to my books or writing, I think: "Should I do it?" But then I think: "It's my blog, isn't it? Am I not free to post whatever I want? Whatever is on my mind?" Ultimately, I choose to blog about what I'm interested in or what I'm worried about, etc. Who knows? Maybe someone else will find it of interest too?

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  6. Our experiences inform our writing. I think we absolutely have the freedom to post things about our lives- our interests,personal stories, particular events. I agree that people like to get a peek into our lives. I certainly enjoy knowing the person behind the words.

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  7. Oh, I love the freedom of blogging whatever and whenever I want. If it's my blog, I can do that! So I don't limit myself to certain days of the week. That said, there's a certain kind of freedom in discipline too. Knowing that I need to post that MMGM blog on Monday morning forces me to work toward that goal. The rest of my week is up to me, so it's sort of haphazard. I've never been a daily blogger and never will be. Confession: I don't have time to read everyone's blog every day, so I can't expect them to read mine! I figure twice a week is enough.

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  8. Genevieve, writing from your dog's perspective is brilliant! And...I think relating things to writing is different than writing about writing.

    SP, Farida, Iza, and Joanne: Seeing inside writers, their passions, their whatevers helps me as a writer sometimes more than writing tips. I hear ya'll. It's a balance (and so is the time!), which is what I was searching for.

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  9. Hey, Barbara! I used to blog about writing, then would stop. Start, then stop again. This time I just started blogging about my first passion--reading and sharing books and it hasn't stopped. Every now and then I blog about writing, but the natural fit for me was talking books. Great post!

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  10. Deb, when I stumbled upon my first MMGM, I think it was Brooke's blog (and then I clicked through all the links), my heart blipped faster because I knew I wanted to talk books too - but hadn't really thought about making it part of my blog. Sometimes stumbling is good, really, really good. =)

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  11. You should talk about what you're passionate about. Something that will entertain or instruct, but also something you REALLY LIKE talking about. If that's writing (and in my case it kind of is) then GREAT!! But if not, you shouldn't force it. Because you'll eventually fizzle out. Only do it if you love it. That's my two cents. :D

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  12. Lisa, thanks for chiming in; you're two cents are always valued! Your point is strong - blogging about your passion(s). Writing is one of mine, so is reading, but so is just....stuff I wanna blog about. =)

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  13. Glad you found freedom in that post :) I found myself having a mini-heart-attack, but I knew she was right and I've started branching out about the other things in life that I enjoy. So far it's going very well, and I'm having fun letting everyone get to know me better and find some common ground :)

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  14. My blogging style is extremely random. I do some occasional series or meme, but they are also random. :)

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  15. Rebecca, it was interesting - watching the debate about that post unfold. I love reading little bits about authors lives and not just about writing.

    Akoss, you have a beautiful random style. =)

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  16. Dear Barbara,

    I very much appreciate the questions you've asked, and the ways you're resolving them Great work--the evidence, your blog.

    Peace and continued good things for you, in writing and in life.

    Sincerely,
    Diane

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  17. Diane, thank you for stopping by. And thank you also for your encouraging words.

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  18. I blog about writing because I process what I'm learning through it. But I also feel the freedom to post about anything I want to.

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  19. Laura, that's a great balance. And exactly what I was struggling with. I didn't know if I SHOULD post other things.

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