Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Blogging II

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.
~Z.N. Hurston
To Blog or not to Blog, that is the question. I see many blogs about nothing yet I see many more about something. People have a need to share with the world their everyday lives. It’s as if it is a form of medicine for them. Much like the social networks are an addictive form of sharing, chatrooms the home of the homebound, blogging is to writer’s the medicine of the field.

If you have something enlightening to tell the world, or you’ve discovered a ruby among the rubble, you don’t want to keep it all to yourself, you want to share it with the world. The social scenes allow for tiny bits and pieces, but a blog, that can give you an entire mouthful to spoonfeed your followers. And if it something everyone wants to hear/read then your followers will read you every day to see just what it is that you’re sharing with the world.

A blog can be a step in the path your going down as a writer. Writer’s like myself like to give you morsels of the writing craft, while other blogs give you authors and interviews with authors, while some blogs review the books that they’ve read, while there are some blogs with absolutely nothing to offer, and I wonder why they even try blogging. That’s right, blogging is a form of mental release in a world where sharing what you ate for dinner has become status quo. People have a need to share with someone, ANYone, their everyday, month, year, happenings.

It’s not just about blogging, it is also about promoting your blog. Promoting it on facebook, twitter, blog catalog and many other places that will get people to come and read what you wrote, that is if they are interested in what you have to say. And it helps if you have friends because via friends you get hits and shares. People will share with others the things you’ve written if they felt it worthy enough to share.

Here lately, I have a set of  ‘so called friends’ who apparently like what I’m writing so much that they run back and tell their friends what I’ve written. Then those friends come and visit me, but not without an agenda to sabotage all of my hard work that I put into writing my blog. This is the reason I’ve chosen to keep my personal life personal and become a quiet blogging recluse, sharing only what the writing world offers me.

Sure I’ll write blog posts about writing, but you’ll be hard pressed to learn anything of me on a personal level, because well, I’m keeping myself closed to friends who cut you in the throat, find folly in bringing you down, and sit in sheer joy by bringing on negative vibes to my positive world of blogging.

Blogging can be a fortified essential nutrient in your writing diet. Write right and they’ll come to read what you wrote. Write wrong and they’ll move on to the next blog that excites them. It’s all about reaching the reader and have them liking what they’re reading. To blog or not to blog, THAT is the question!


Beth Zimmerman said...

Aw Joni - I am so sorry you have had a run in with the slime of the blog world! I so do not understand anyone who can only seem to rise up by pulling someone else down and stepping on them! Me ... I'd far rather be a voice of encouragement! I've really been quite blessed as I share (maybe too deeply into) my life and have encountered minimal negativity. Of course it may be that there are angels guarding my blogs because I have a sufficient measure of negativity in my *real* life! Thank you for stopping by my Tigger blog and being a voice of encouragement for me today. It was a rough day and I needed some hugs! Even virtual ones! Be blessed! Beth

joni said...

Thank you Beth.

Allow me to clarify. The blogging community has been uplifting and an inspiration on a daily basis. I met with the negativity from a few lost souls on a writing site I once was a part of.
I eliminated the site, and the few who attacked me, and life has been much better without that negative influx of bad vibes.

Your writing was inspiring and that is what we all need this day and age!

Thanks for visiting!