As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been wearing my blogger’s hat now for five years. This post is #424. When I started this blogging gig, I was in the midst of chemo, probably not the best time to start a blog, or maybe it’s the perfect time… I certainly had no idea I would end up having so much to say about breast cancer and loss. Who knew?
I’m still an educator at heart, so I guess it makes perfect sense I started blogging at the beginning of a new school year. As we move into the ‘new year’ again, I thought it might be fun to share some random thoughts about blogging. Sometimes I just love being random, don’t you?
- Writing of any kind, including blogging, is risky. You put yourself out there and sometimes this creates uncomfortable-ness. Feeling vulnerable is a feeling most bloggers know quite well.
- Having said this, the risk is very much worth it because the rewards are great.
- The biggest reward by far for me is the community I have come to know, respect and love. As a whole, breast cancer bloggers and blog readers are a very welcoming, non-judgmental and forgiving lot. And realizing you are not alone in whatever it is you are dealing with, well, you just can’t beat that.
- Sometimes you pour your heart and soul into a post and you do not get the response you expected.
- Sometimes you pour your heart and soul into a post and you DO get a response like you NEVER expected.
- So you just never know what may or may not strike a chord with readers. Challenging, yes, but keeps me on my toes I guess.
- I consider many of my blogging pals (including readers) to be friends. Real friends.
- Working from behind a keyboard works out great for this introvert.
- I learn stuff every single day.
- I hate cancer and I REFUSE to pretty it up on my blog. REFUSE!
- Related to #10 I suppose, somewhere along the line I got a bit rebellious and morphed into some sort of advocate and this still surprises me sometimes.
- Blogging and reading blogs is addictive. I have no idea how many I read. I should create a system of some sort, but as you may or may not know, I’m basically very unorganized…
- I also have no idea how long I’ll keep blogging. I have a whole notebook full of ideas. Finding time to write about them is what holds me back. And being unorganized doesn’t help either.
- I don’t want to keep blogging too long though, ‘cuz who wants to become that old worn out blogger who merely keeps repeating herself?
My friend Jody of women with cancer once told me, “Keep at it (blogging) as long as it feeds your soul.”
That’s what I intend to do.
Thank you for hanging around with me as we enter another ‘new year’ at Nancy’s Point.
What sort of posts interest you most – personal experience, loss/grief-related, information sharing, advocacy, rants, guest posts, reviews, or some other?
Share a random thought or two about blogging or reading blogs if you want to (and I hope you do). Feel free to share your blog link if you have a blog.
I guess this could be another one of those blogging challenges (14 random thoughts on blogging) – hint, hint…
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