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February 04, 2011

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Liz Fichera

I've also found that blogging can help with writer's block. It's fun to write about something other than my WIP sometimes. BTW, your blog is wonderful! :-)

Donna Cummings

Liz, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it. That makes the blogging even more worthwhile. :)

I agree about it helping with writer's block. Sometimes our brains just need to play with something else. Or maybe it's the discipline of something else. LOL Either way, it's a good thing!

Anita Clenney

Nice post! You've made some great observations about blogging. Almost makes me want to start my own :) And you do have a great blog. I think it was you who mentioned somewhere that it's an opportunity to show your talent as a writer, not the exact words, but something to that effect, and I will say that the writing on your blog is excellent. I can tell you have talent from your blog. So, if an editor sees that...well, you can see where the pros of blogging might be pretty darned good.

Donna Cummings

*blushes* Aw thanks, Anita. I appreciate the kind words. (I may have to put you on retainer, so I can hear them all the time. LOL)

You're part of a group blog, which I think is a great way to go, too, especially when you have a book coming out soon. :) I can't wait for May to get here so I can read it.

Liz Lipperman

I love the analogy about the marathon runner, Donna. I feel exactly the way you do. Even if you're not promoting your own writing, you're promoting your own writing!! I can tell by reading this that you have a sense of humor, and I immediately want to check out your books --when they come out, which I think is real soon!

I also checked out your excerpts, and I was right! You do write funny. Why am I not surprised??

Donna Cummings

Liz, exactly -- we're always promoting our writing. :) (Which worries me when I'm having one of those days when everything I say sounds like my fingers are on the wrong keys on the keyboard. LOL)

I love to write funny. LOL It seems to always be there when I sit down to write, and I hope it will tickle somebody else's funny bones too. I'm glad you enjoyed it (and my fingers are crossed to the point of no circulation that you're right about my books coming out soon! LOL)

VR Barkowski

Excellent points! Blogging certainly is the topic of the week, isn't it? Blogging is not for everybody, but it's clearly for you, Donna, which is why your blog is so engaging.

There are many reasons to blog: to connect with other writers; to sell books; to exercise writing chops outside the WIP. But the main thing is to enjoy it. If a writer doesn't enjoy blogging, s/he shouldn't feel forced into it.

Donna Cummings

VR, it is funny how certain topics are in the air at the same time!

I'm glad you find my blog engaging. I do enjoy it, although there are times when it feels like there isn't anything bloggish in me. LOL So that's when I "recycle", but that's not often.

I agree with the connection aspect, too. It's nice to have that, since most days it's me and the muse Endora, and she's not always the best company. (It's okay -- she says the same about me. LOL)

Tiffinie Helmer

Oh my goodness, Donna! I love looking at blogging as preparing for my wip. It's like you have taken the pressure off me. I have a blog that is so sadly neglected, it makes me feel guilty. I certainly don't need one more thing in my life that gives me guilt. Okay, I'm going to blog as a writing exercise and see where that takes me. If the guilt continues then the blog is history and I'm not feeling guilty for killing it! Besdies, I love killing things off.

Donna Cummings

Tiffinie, I know what you mean about guilt -- it's like mother's milk to me. But don't feel guilty about your blog. Give it a try and see how it works for you. And if you have to kill it off, well, my lips are sealed when the blog police come by to ask me a few questions. LOL

E.C. Smith

Such a great post. Though, I'm new to blogging, I am nodding my head to every point you made, Donna. It is like a warm up...loved the marathon analogy! LOL

Donna Cummings

E.C., I'm glad you liked the post. It's a little scary at first to blog--probably like most new things we try. But then it starts to feel more natural, and then we plot to take over the world. . .er, maybe that's just me!

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your blog (I added it to my blogroll).

Maureen

I live to blog. I think of how much I've grown by blogging and meeting other bloggers and it's just overwhelming. I have friends everywhere now.

Hey, writing is a solitary thing. Blogging is a community and we all need a community!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I agree about the community aspect. It's amazing how many people I've "met" this way. I love being able to interact with people who understand what this writing life is like. :)

Terri Osburn

I read this yesterday and intended to comment. But then this butterfly flitted by and...where was I again?

As you know, I'm part of a group blog and I love it. We've become a family and every once in a while we add a new member, which has turned out brilliantly every time. (And sometimes our members actually produce little members of their own, but that's a different situation entirely. LOL!)

I do enjoy blogging, but for me it needs to be a conversation. I don't see much point in putting an idea out into the universe just to have four people say, "You're right". I'm a lover of discourse and debate and a blog can be the perfect place for both.

Or the occasional odd tangent. Maybe a virtual party. No matter, there must be participation for me to enjoy a blog.

Donna Cummings

Darn those butterflies! LOL Of course, I would faint if I saw one right now, in the midst of winter. Sigh.

I agree about blogging being a conversation. That's one thing that makes it so enjoyable for me. There is so much information to share, and it's also fun to get to know each other and share our experiences, writing and otherwise. If we didn't do that, then blogging would be just like writing a book report or something tedious. Who wants that? LOL

Derek

I'm new to blogging but reading this blog and the bonds that can potentially be formed by joining a group has peaked my interest. I have developed a passion for blogging now and hope to develop my skills and abilities to the point where I can use blogging to make a difference in folks lives.

Donna you appear to have such a talent with words. I hope to follow and learn from you.

Best regards, Derek

Donna Cummings

Derek, thank you for the kind words. I think blogging can impact people in a lot of different ways, and it's enjoyable to be a part of that. Good luck with your blog!

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