Quote of the Day: We are adventuring in the charterless seas of imagination. – Anne Morow Lindbergh
To me, blogging is being part of a globe of writers and artists and readers. It is taking me to places I never imagined I could go.
(photo from google images)
I met with my writer’s group on Monday night. We call ourselves The Motley Crew because we started meeting in the tiny Minnesota town of Motley. Of the 10 or so members of The Crew, only two of us blog. (The other one is FranticMommy) The question, Why should we blog? came up. A few of us have been to writer’s conferences where the powers that be (editors, agents, etc.) tell us to have a web presence. I was resistent to the online networking world, too. However, I launched my blog in November, see intro blog, and have not looked back. Blogging is good. It’s all about connections, inspiration, and energy. I get all of that and more when I am in the blogging world.
My best writer connection started off-line with my writer-mama-pal, Roxane. Read about our connection when she interviewed me on her blog at Peace Garden Mama. She was the main force in sending me off into the wide world of writing.
And, it is an amazing world. I never knew I’d get so many great ideas from reading blogs, and writing them. Art inspires Art. Words stimulate more words. The more I read, the more excited I get about writing. The more I write, the more I want to write.
Before I had a blog, I thought, How can I write a blog and find time to read all those other blogs and comment here and there and everywhere? I’m not even getting my own fiction written, not to mention cleaning the bathrooms, and hauling the kids around to their stuff.
Huh, it’s like exercise. The more you do it, the more energy you have to do all the other things that require your energy. It’s revving you up, like a rechargeable battery.
Here are some of the stimulating connections that I’ve made:
Whole Latte Life and Journaling Woman are there with me nearly every morning as I enjoy my morning mug of joe. Their blogs are short and entertaining and stimulate blog posts and journaling ideas and creative juices.
I do daily mediations at Inkwell Inspirations. I find such comfort there.
Jody Hedlund is a contemporary Christian writer who just signed her first contract with Bethany house. It’s so fun to read about her journey.
I’m also linked to an agent, Rachelle Gardner, who lets us see into the world of agents and publishing.
The Character Therapist offers the kind of character advice I should be paying big bucks for. Pull up your couch and read a while. She gets you thinking about the deep, inner workings of your characters.
Shannon at Book Dreaming keeps the dream alive.
Jen at Woolgatherings has such style. I imagine her quite famous some day soon.
My friend, JeMA, who lives very near me has started a blog on her art, with short descriptions of what it means to her, her inspiration, and bits of her life. It’s beautiful. Gives your mind visual stimulation.
All of my followers and the ones that I follow, pretty much the same list, offer something unique. I can’t mention them all here. It would get too long. Still, every once in a while, I click on someone new from another blog and find a new friend. You could too.
I follow a few mystery writer blogs because I have a secret longing to write mysteries. I know this because I can’t stay away from them (the mysteries AND the bloggers).
Mystery Writing is Murder has given me great tips on characters, especially the antagonist, and plot, even though I’m writing historical fiction. She linked me to Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. She was featured on Mystery Writing is Murder to promote her latest release B-Very-Flat which I now need to read!
Which brings up one “problem.” Reading blogs links you to more great blogs by writers who have interesting books, therefore, giving you more things to read. You decide if that’s good or bad.
In the end, your time belongs to you. What you do with it is your choice. Some days, other things dominate. I’m home today with a sick kid. Last week, I was in the ER with another kid who had a sprained ankle. My brother, who is not even 50 yet, just had major surgery. Life is full of distractions. Even our best friends who want us to succeed, need us and pull us out of our writing. Or, do they? For me, being with people, caring for them, loving them, feeling their love, hearing/reading their stories stimulates my creativity and I find that I do have the energy required to write AND clean the bathrooms.
Journaling Prompt: What type of writing and/or art do you find stimulating and irresistible?
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That was a really nice tribute to a lot of great blogs. Thanks for sharing! Hope your sick kidlet feels better soon and your brother recovers quickly. My goodness, life is full of distractions. Some are nicer than others. I couldn’t agree more with your last sentence
Thank you, Nisa. Another great connection in the blog globe!
Mary, this is a beautiful tribute to blogging and its benefits. I need to have my husband read this – he loves to mock me for being a 40-something year old blogger. The benefits you listed are so true and meaningful. I can’t imagine life without the close friends I’ve made through our circle of writers. I have re-discovered the love and enthusiasm I was slowly letting go of without the support of other writers. Thank you for including me in your list of connections. You are certainly a big part of mine. Thanks, Roxane, for hooking us up! 🙂
Thank you, Shannon. This one is longer than my norm. Guess I had time to write and think w/sicky home w/me. There’s something calming about a resting child who is recovering.
Let the mockers mock. We know this is our battery charging home.
Art inspires art. Words stimulate words. Truer words could not be spoken, Mary. All the blogs are an artform in themselves, the author reaching out with their passion, their thoughts, their choice lives. And okay, I’ll say it … Bloggers rock 😉
Happy writing to you!
Awesome blog entry! I am new to the blogging community and having a blast checking out new blogs and getting to know such great and amazing people. I can’t wait til the weekend so I can have time to check out some of the blogs you listed. Thanks again and hope your little one is feeling better.
Kim, what a great day to drop in on my rantings about blogging! Thanks for reading my words. Welcome to the blog world.
Joanne, you’re always a great connection…rock on!
Oops, I didn’t realize I’d left such a long comment on your previous blog. I was sooo into what you had written. Like this blog. Mary, you have a talent for pulling others into your writing. I think you’ll have a famous book one day!
Kittie, Don’t appologize for your nice, long response to Reckless Love. I liked it. It’s like we were having a coffee together. I started thinking about possibilities. I don’t know, yet, but will keep an open mind to trying something new.
Also, thank you for this great response. Who knows where this journey will lead?
For some reason I can not stop coming to this wonderful blog site!!! I was feeling peaceful after reading your blog, knowing that it is okay to be bouncing around the blogging world in the morning hours.
I believe our day is about the people we meet, not what is on our agenda. It comes down to priorities, and some times the house, well, it is dead last!
thanks for the shout out, mary! appreciate you!
The Character Therapist
JeMA, the house doesn’t seem to care. It’s sort of like, whatever, I’ll have another job for you to do tomorrow.
Jeannie, anytime. You’re a great therapist – for our characters.
Mary, part of the Lenten fast is to refrain from commenting, but…I wasn’t expecting to find this particular post today. So, I am excusing myself from that for a moment to say that I am SO glad you’ve found your way here. It is obvious to me from all the encouraging comments here that you have melded quite well with this world, and I am not at all surprised. It was just a matter of you dipping your toe in. You are a beautiful blogger. I’ve been reading emails from you for years, hearing the posts within them. Now I get to read them as posts and still hear from you by email! Remember, I’ll be quieter during Lent but I will still be reading and reaching out other ways. So proud of you!
Thanks, Roxane. My emails were most definately my pre-post blogs.
Thanks Mary! You summed up the blogging experience very well! The connections are truly so encouraging and necessary. And they do jump start us! I miss when I don’t have the time to visit others!
You mentioned some good blogs there and I follow many of the same. It’s neat being in this blogging community. I wish there would be like an annual get-together of the bloggers connected with-in this community since I feel like I kind of know a lot of them but it would really be nice to actually meet them in person.
Writing that I’m drawn to as far as doing? Stream of consciousness writing is fun. I enjoy just rambling sometimes, but having a purpose or at least a group of purposes. Also, surrealism–I really enjoy visual surrealistic artists, and film-makers like David Lynch and Fellini, and written accounts of dreams or surrealistic visions.
Cool. It would be fun to have a blogging convention!
You are so kind! After reading your comment on my “taking a break” post, I had to wander over and read this one. Thank you, friend. Your words are a balm to my soul.
I love blogging. I truly do. I have made so many friends, so many wonderful soul connections. And you’re right: the more you blog, the more amazing blogs you find! It’s a wonderful problem to have really. So many people I could invite for tea but I don’t have enough cups! I just have to take it one day at a time.
PS: Wouldn’t a blog convention be neat? I just had to comment on that 🙂