I've been running on low fuel lately. I felt like I needed to start chucking the cargo out of the plane in order to make it to the next refueling station, but what I found was that comments left last week helped to refuel me midair. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!
I've decided to continue on, at least until the new year.
Here are some reasons that I have to continue with blogging. Perhaps they will help inspire you when you get to feeling like you are running low on fuel and need to lighten your load.
Seven Reasons To Continue Blogging
1. Talented and Inspiring People in the Network
I've benefited by reading the blogs, poetry, and stories of others.
I've also benefited by seeing how people use images and talk about taking them.
Everyone who leaves a comment and posts about the struggle to continue on with writing, and makes little victories, is an inspiration.
2. Opportunity to Write for a Live Audience
There's nothing so depressing as having nobody read your stuff. I love the feedback from others and the ability to improve my writing style based on how people respond.
I don't post creative nonfiction or stories often, but I've been encouraged as a writer because of those times.
By the way, I've loved reading other people's short stories and creative pieces. Anthony's bit on stalking the pro golfer stands out as one of the funniest things I've read in a long time.
3. Depth of Communication and Interconnectivity is Possible
The mere fact that I can refer to Anthony's funny story (or anyone else's really good post) shows that depth of communication and interconnectivity is possible. We, as bloggers, have the opportunity to surpass magazine writers because of this interactivity. We can go deeper into issues if we bounce off of each other and carry on a conversation or friendly debate.
My favorite part of blogging is when posts and/or comments take an issue or experience deeper and deeper.
4. Opportunity to read posts that are humorous, hopeful, exciting, agonizing, joyful, or informative
Jen's latest post on writing a mystery made me feel excited, because I could feel her excitement. Patrick's latest post triggered a feeling that is a mixture of hope and agony. It is great to have a manuscript in the hands of an agent, and agonizing to wait and wonder what will happen as each day passes in silence. That's the kind of stuff I'm talking about.
5. Agent/Industry Advice
I've read some good agent and industry advice on this blog and others. I've even had an agent (who has stopped by and posted a couple of times on our blog) send me an email that gave me the name of an industry person who has an interest in the kind of stuff I write. That was exceptionally cool of her, and shows how good natured people can be when you network in and communicate professionally.
6. Opportunity to Inform, Entertain, and Inspire Others
I may or may not succeed at getting published. That's not 100% within my control, as other people get to make the decisions, but I can say that some people have moved me by telling me how something that I wrote made them feel or interested them. Connecting with others through my writing, which includes informative blogs and creative nonfiction posts, is rewarding.
I suppose that if I felt that connection more I would feel more highly inspired to blog. I sometimes wonder what it means when I see just two or three comments on a blog post, whether it is a writer from this blog or elsewhere. It could relate to the quality or form of the post or it could relate to how connected one is with other bloggers. What do you think?
7. Blogging is an Evolving Form that Appeals to Fast Paced Readers
I want to continue learning the form. Sometimes I stick to the guidelines I've read, and other times I don't. It is interesting to see what works and what does not.
Failure to connect with readers teaches lessons, as does connecting.
Lady Glamis and Alex have both posted exceptionally good advice on how to blog. This advice, and the experience of blogging, has helped me to develop a new style of writing which extends from the blogosphere to the memoir I am writing on a decade of running and not.
In the end, getting refueled midair is what matters most. The irony is that the way blogging works it's not all about how good of a writer you are. It's also about how good you are at refueling others. That's an area that I can certainly improve on. I need to be the fuel plane, as well as the jet.
Questions of the Day:
Notice what I did not put on the list: building a platform. Do you think it should be on there?
What do you think? Which of these reasons resonates the most with you?