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Blogging: Wrangling a Strange Beast — 25 Comments

  1. You sound like me. I’m a writer with a blog, but I guess I can’t really call myself a “blogger” because I suck at the social media stuff. I’m learning, though. What’s important is that for the most part (except for the part where it’s like high school) it is a really fun, supportive community.

  2. i’m with you. i love blogging, but mostly because i really love writing. i’m having a hard time keeping up with the social media networking – it’s a job!! then when do i write..? i don’t really know what i’m doing, i just keep plugging along and sometimes good stuff happens. although, i’ve thought of giving it up, i’m kind of addicted as well…
    for the record, i love your writing. i think you kick ass. and i’m totally cool, so, there you go. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m not a trained writer. I can’t even remember how I got started blogging – probably it was a book that told me how easy it would be – but I know it’s become a very big part of who I am.

    I know that when I’m on-line people either listen or don’t so I can say what I’m thinking – which seems to get me in trouble IRL.

    When I read your blog, I’m first reading your story. Then I’m appreciating the skill (training) you’ve put into it, and hoping to learn from it.

    When I don’t comment, it’s usually because I’m blown away by the skill.

  4. I think you’re way cool. Thanks for this post Natalie, ’cause I feel this way often too. Looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer. Tell ya what – at lunch, I’ll trade ya my bag of Fritos for your bag of cookies.

  5. I think it takes a lot of courage to blog and it really shows your personality. Sometimes in real life the “shy” people get tossed aside and overridden by the aggressive go-getter types. It’s kinda nice to tell your story on a blog… in your own pace and at your own time.

  6. I am just a dude who taps out a few lines on a keyboard. I try not to take it too seriously, sometimes I actually succeed.

    The most important part here isn’t whether you are popular but whether you are having fun or not.

  7. The Dude abides with this blog.

    What a strange concept, though. Sociable writers. I once yelled at some morons on another blog because they thought Hemingway would’ve made a great blogger. Hemingway hated people. He used people. He could care less about his fans.

    Blogging brings the writer full circle. Forces them to see the reaction to their words. I don’t always like it, but it is good for me. And you too, I think.

    • Yes! While growing up, I specifically wanted to be a writer so I wouldn’t have to deal with people! What kind of twist of fate is this?
      But you’re right, it’s good for me, and it’s been good for my writing as well.
      And I’m with you on the Hemingway subject – he would’ve been a TERRIBLE blogger!

  8. I felt like I was reading out of my diary regarding the blogging world. I loved your high school analogy! As you know, I’ve been on a blogging hiatus that’s making me sadder each passing day. I’m looking forward to getting back into the blogging groove, and it’s all just ’cause I like to do it. The idea of promoting myself and getting tons of readers is alluring, but in the end, the only reason I’m blogging is for myself. It’s fun to write, and it’s been great getting to know people through this cyber world.

  9. Wandered onto your page from The Bloggess’ page, and was first attracted by 1) picture of The Dude and 2) the fact that I also have a sweater just like his bathrobe called “mom’s bag lady sweater” that I will only wear at home or to Walmart. Started reading, and I am hooked. You are kinda weird, which is a real compliment coming from me! Looking forward to giggling and nodding my head in agreement as I continue to read…

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