November 22, 2012

The Best Reason to Blog – Part 3

Cluster of fall-colored leaves with text: What Are You Thankful For?

Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. The day we eat too much food, roll our eyes at the antics of our extended family, and think about all the things we’re grateful for. Or in my case, see if I can sneak in my NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) words for the day while everyone else is doing their post-turkey nap in front of the football game.

This Thanksgiving post is now an annual tradition on my blog. Two years ago, I revealed that the best reason for me to blog is all of you. Last year’s post reiterated that point with my gratitude for all the friends I’ve made via blogging and social media. And gee, what a surprise! All of you are still the best reason to blog! *smile*

I know many recent articles across the writing community blogisphere have questioned whether or not blogging is worth it. The cries of “blogging is dead” echo every couple of months. We look at our page view numbers and wonder if the time we spend writing blog posts could be better used on our other writing.

Those are all legitimate concerns. For some people, blogging isn’t worth it. They’re doing it out of obligation rather than an internal desire to express themselves via a blog.

Just as some people are more Twitter-people than Facebook-people or vice versa, some people aren’t blogging-people. Maybe they prefer Tumblr or Pinterest or another way to form connections.

I happen to enjoy the blog-length format, I love sharing things I’ve learned, and I value the real conversations possible in blog comments. When I ask questions at the end of a post, I truly want to know what others think, if they have differing viewpoints, or if they have further insight I hadn’t considered. The ability to have longer discussions about issues in the comments here, or at other blogs, is a big part of blogging’s draw for me.

The important thing—the thing I’m grateful for—is those connections. While I’ve made plenty of friends on Twitter and Facebook too, the relationships here, or on the blogs of others I admire and respect, stand out more in my mind as being just a bit deeper.

But if it weren’t for you, I’d be sitting here typing to myself, and those connections wouldn’t exist. So I’m most grateful to you and the special meaning you bring to my life. Thank you! *hugs internet*

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers
and Happy Thursday to everyone else. *smile*

Is there anything special you’re grateful for this year? When you think of friends you’ve made online, do some methods of connecting feel deeper to you? Which ones? Have connections you’ve made via Twitter or Facebook spilled over onto blogs or vice versa?

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Cindy Dwyer
Cindy Dwyer

That’s a very sweet post – and very true! Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving, Jami! I’m hoping I can sneak in a little writing during the post-turkey nap too! 🙂


Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful that I actually completed NaNoWriMo tonight!!! And I can’t believe I did it! xxx

Taurean Watkins

I’m grateful when I can get lost in a great book I didn’t write.

I had to take a sabbatical from my blog, and I do miss writing it, but apart from non-blog writing getting shafted in part from trying up my blogging, real life outside writing’s been like a soap opera, except there’s no cheesy elevator music, no one does my hair and nails beforehand (Breaking the third wall there…), and I don’t get paid to cry and rage, otherwise I’d be able to afford to go to a national SCBWI writer’s conference, just paying the 79 USD a year for my membership is a BIG investment for my limited funds, I don’t go to the SCBWI conferences because of a lack of will, it’s really a lack of MONEY, and it’s hard to get even my closest writer friends to get that.

Sure, there’s the local events in my state, but I find they don’t have the workshops and panels that would help me with my specific needs, and unlike some other parts of the country, there are only two events a year, and even they require travel expenses that are beyond me. As much as I’m glad I did WriteonCon, there are limits to web-only events, at least that ones that are free, and I never have hundreds of dollars (400+) to rustle up at any one time.

But we’re trying to be grateful here, so I’ll stop here, Jami.

Take Care All,

Marcy Kennedy

I’m sneaking in some blog reading and commenting while my husband and his family are watching the Washington-Dallas game. I’m not much of a football fan 🙂

Like you, I’m extremely thankful for the connections I’ve made and for the people who read my blog. I like Twitter (my favorite) and Facebook, but I don’t feel like I get to know people in either of those places as well as I do when I read their blogs and when they take the time to comment on mine. Whether or not blogging earns me future readers, I wouldn’t want to give it up because I’d miss those interactions.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving Jami! This year I’m thankful for the life I have. Is it perfect? No. Could some things be better, ie. more money, better health, more time for writing? Yes. I completely get where Taurean is coming from. I too can not afford the writing conventions which I would really like to attend. Still, we are very lucky in that we are able to find time to write, even if it’s just a few minutes here or there.

The website I listed is for my blog which I created with the hopes of reaching readers who like the genre that I write; Paranormal and Supernatural. I try to update it monthly, and each month post a series. The blog is only a few months old, so it’s hard to say how well it is doing in reaching readers.

Your blogs are always a joy to read and I would like to thank you for taking your time to write and publish them. 🙂

Catherine Johnson

That’s a lovely post, Jami. I agree relationships are different on each platform and that can work really well. You do get to know people much better through blogging. There just isn’t the time to only use blogging to connect unfortunately. Have a great weekend!

Teresa Robeson

Of all the connections I’ve made online, I would have to say that those I made through blogging and blog-reading have been my best and most enduring ones. I like Twitter too, but the connections there are often on a less deep level…still fun, but less deep. YKWIM? 😉

As for Facebook, I closed my account just to get away from some of the “friends” there. It doesn’t work for me. I feel like I don’t connect enough with my real friends, and yet my acquaintances get to know too much about me. FB often just gave me the creeps.

Then, too, there are forums like WANATribe, Verla Kay, etc. I like those well enough, but like Facebook used to, forums can drain my time without giving me nearly as much in return as blogs and Twitter.

This has me wondering: how did I meet you in the first place? I can’t remember for the life of me, but I’m so glad I did! 🙂


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