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Saturday, January 05, 2013

I've been meaning to post this one for a while, ever since I put up 'Why don't people blog more?'

www.sparkpeople.com/myp
age_public_journal_individ
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I've been blogging since I started on SP and I'd never blogged before I found this site. So I started from scratch, and that was why I wondered why so many people don't blog much when there's a lovely blogging function ready and waiting to use.

I've just had a look at the replies and there seem to be a few common themes:

emoticonWriting isn't my thing.

It doesn't have to be. It comes with practice. Writing's a craft, in other words the more you do it, the better you get at it. It takes a while to develop your 'voice' and you won't develop it till you get started. And a blog's a blog. It's yours. It doesn't matter if you can't spell or you don't know where to put the punctuation. The best blogs are written from the heart, by real people.

emoticonI don't want to/I dare not tell people personal stuff and I worry about being identified on the net.

You can include a lot of detail about things you've done recently without talking about anything very personal. Or you can talk about personal stuff without giving the kind of detail that identifies you. This, I do all the time.

emoticonI waffle too much.

Waffle is good. People want to read about what a real person whom they can identify with has been doing.

emoticonPeople don't comment on my blogs

If you blog regularly, you'll soon find that people do in fact comment on your blogs. The same people who commented will come back and comment again. It takes a bit of perseverance. A bit like losing weight really, but much easier.

emoticonI haven't got time

It doesn't take long. Honestly, once you're into the swing of it, it doesn't take long. 10 or 15 minutes, normally (this one is taking me longer because I'm thinking about what I'm writing, for a change!). It also pays dividends. You get loads and loads of support and loads of new SparkFriends.

emoticonI'm too busy reading other people's blogs

Tut tut! Where would we be if everyone said that?

emoticonWho would be interested? I've got nothing to say

Everyone will be interested. You don't have to write momentous stuff. I wrote my last blog on how I got stuck in my bra. That is not going to change the course of history. It changed my personal history very slightly. A blog is about detail, what you were thinking, how you felt.

My top tips

1. If something funny or interesting happens to you during the day especially if it's related to fitness or food, make a note of it. It's blog material. It can be very small eg you tried a new vegetable, you didn't buy chocolate.

2. Write something other people can relate to. One thing's for certain, whatever has happened to you, has happened to other people and if you write about it people will reply with their own experiences.

3. Try to make sure your blog tells a story with a distinct thread running through it: where you were and what you were doing, what happened, how this relates to your SparkJourney, and a good punchline at the end.

4. Practicalities: write the blog in whatever word-processing software you use. It's easier to spellcheck, move text around etc. Split it up into paragraphs to make it easier to read with a triple 'enter' button (carriage return) between paragraph before copying it and publishing it on SP as a blog. It's good to use a photo if you've got one, and if you use a portrait (top to bottom) photo rather than a landscape (side to side photo) it comes out bigger because of the way the SP software works. You don't see the photos till you publish the blog, but you can edit the blog later and you can move the photos around just by cutting and pasting the link in edit mode.

So there you are. Now it's time for all of you to blog, because this is my last blog.

Now THAT'S a punchline.
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CATNCAG 8/22/2013 11:54AM

    All right! I'll see what I can do! You've convinced me because heaven knows I love reading yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 2/12/2013 9:58PM

    y
ou've convinced me

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BARBARAJ73 2/4/2013 2:30PM

    emoticon for the tips! As far as your "punch line" - I'll blog if you do!

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KOOKYKATHIE 2/2/2013 11:48AM

    Thanks so much!!! I have missed you and good "Attention Getter" at the end!!! You will not stop blogging!! Please never stop blogging!!! We need your blogs!!! Your blogs brighten my day!!! Okay, get the picture?

WE ALL LOVE YOUR BLOGS!!! They are emoticon

Keep on Keeping on!! emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 1/25/2013 3:53PM

    Thanks for the tips. I try to blog everyday. I have found that if I am down it helps. Sometimes my little dog gets into some real funny situations I love to share. It is great to learn that things that flustrate me flustrates other bloggers and it helps to vent a little

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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/19/2013 11:11AM

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LOUISE3518 1/19/2013 10:08AM

  momma mia............ THAT'S WHAT I KEPT SAYING WHEN I SAW YOU WERE BACK.
WRITING. Thank you for being you. A MILLION THANKS for every thought that goes into you brain, and then slips down into your fingertips ;) :) :) emoticon emoticon
NOW TO GO AND GET INSPIRED.... and get back on track. Amazing how seeing you pop into my mailbox has made me want to get back on track.... WOWSER
Walks in the snow are the best kind. Momma mia, you're back HURRAY !!!!!!!


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LOUISE3518 1/19/2013 9:46AM

  emoticon momma mia..............

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XHENA16 1/17/2013 11:16PM

  ok...now I am inspired and I must go blog... emoticon

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IMEMINE1 1/16/2013 10:27AM

    Great, I love your blogs.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 1/15/2013 11:42PM

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WAH !!!

I am so LOST without your
FABULOUS prose, wit and photos


Have a Wonderful Wednesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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ANIHAKA 1/15/2013 2:23AM

    I agree with everything others have said your blogs are inspirational and encouraging especially on the walking front. And your next walk will be on ..... for how many miles?

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/12/2013 10:07PM

    I've been one of ''those''.......maybe, just maybe you swayed me!...... emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 1/12/2013 3:20PM

    Hello! I've just done my first blog post.
Glad to read about your 7.8 mile walk (or was it 7.3?) - well done! I did a short walk from Carbis Bay back to St Ives at lunch-time, walked on the beach and up steps etc to make it more aerobic - was a nice walk. Take care and keep walking :D emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 1/12/2013 10:26AM

    It is NOT your last blog!!

Better Not Be!!

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Julia

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LISBETHSALANDER 1/12/2013 10:25AM

    I am missing your blogs and I hope you will continue to post your photos, which I have always enjoyed. You've been a real inspiration to me.

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OCCOOPERS 1/11/2013 4:20PM

    I agree with you Blogging is great! I am using it almost as a diary. I kept it private until just last week. I thought by making it public maybe I can find others going though what I am going through. I also made my food log public. I know nobody is searching for MY diet log... but somehow it is making me feel some accountability. I am hoping the blogging more will help me to reach my end goal!

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/11/2013 4:09PM

    I certainly hoppe you will reconsider. You have a way of making small bits and pieces of life fill with energy and verve. emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 1/11/2013 10:58AM

    emoticon all good.
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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 1/10/2013 11:53PM

    Thanks for the reminder, I blogged today. Actually felt good to write it down.

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LIBBYL1 1/10/2013 10:23PM

  hmmmm.... will put it on one of my things to do this year

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DR1939 1/10/2013 5:27PM

    How about I'm just too lazy emoticon

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JULESJET 1/9/2013 11:35PM

    I am loving blogging with SparkPeople!
And I really hope this isn't your last blog!


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LANAHAUTH21 1/9/2013 11:29PM

  Don't you just love it.


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CHERYLE51 1/9/2013 9:11PM

    Truer words could never have been spoken. Love it. emoticon

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CARBHEADKM 1/9/2013 6:12PM

    Thanks for your blog. It is very timely. I just started blogging when I joined Spark People 4 days ago... I am finding it very helpful - emotionally it helps me to focus on what I am doing and why. I dont care whether anyone reads or comments. My blog is for me! emoticon I hope you dont stop.

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SHANTRA 1/9/2013 12:44PM

    Like this a LOT.

shantra - the 278 lb Ballerina blogger

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MTULLY 1/9/2013 11:05AM

    Great advice on writing. It is a powerful tool and helps you sort out your thoughts and ideas. I am guessing you encouraged a lot of people to give it a go. Bless your heart!

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DOVESEYES 1/9/2013 1:42AM

    I'm getting Chicchantal withdrawal symptoms you didn't really mean it did you?
About this being your last blog.

Come on, you have to have emoticon walked somewhere, emoticon emoticon your shoes aren't even worn in yet...

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SPSPSP1 1/8/2013 11:53PM

    Good tips!

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ELSCO55 1/8/2013 10:50PM

    Thanks for the lesson

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KARENLEIGH32 1/8/2013 10:11PM

    Thanks for the tutoring! I sometimes think I can, but maybe not everyday! That would be a start though.... I sure hope that this is not your last as I do find a lot of pleasure reading about your walks! I have been without a computer for a few weeks so I've had to do a lot of catching up tonight on your walks!

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ANGIELEWIS023 1/8/2013 8:25PM

  Good advice

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CLARALAW 1/8/2013 12:20PM

    OH, NO! Don't stop. We love your words and pictures.

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FANTASTIC731 1/8/2013 11:32AM

    Good blog!

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LINDAKAY228 1/8/2013 10:21AM

    Great blog! Sometimes I blog more than others. Usually at a minimum once a week, but often more. You leave no excuses not to blog more though!

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JESSIG5 1/8/2013 9:06AM

    As an ex-newspaper reporter, I have no excuse. When I had a deadline, I had no problem whipping out a column every week and, just as you said, the best ideas would come from the simplest little things that others could relate to. Now, I just don't have the energy most days.

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MYLESIE 1/8/2013 7:21AM

    Okay, okay! I blogged already! emoticon Thanks for the fun blog!

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GRAMPIAN 1/8/2013 6:19AM

  Interesting points.

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DIXIECAP79 1/8/2013 5:46AM

    emoticon emoticon

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FATHINSN 1/8/2013 5:17AM

    I found these are quite funny, "People don't comment on my blogs" and "I'm too busy reading other people's blogs". For the first one, does it really matter that people read your blogs unless you really, really need people's feedback, hehe. And latter, is it because too busy to read other people's blogs or intimidate by other blogs that you're afraid your blogs aren't written good enough for others to read?

By the way, your link above somehow didn't work, I'm curious what you wrote about :D

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AMANDACOETZER 1/8/2013 4:42AM

    Thanks

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REENIE131 1/7/2013 10:20PM

    Great blog. Thanks!

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/7/2013 9:45PM

    Thanks!

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TXANGEL84 1/7/2013 9:41PM

    yay blogging

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BABNURSE 1/7/2013 9:23PM

    Thanks for a great blog.I know I initially was one of those people who didn't think I could write for a variety of reasons.but after the first blog it was much easier and very therapeutic. emoticon

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DANAPRIME 1/7/2013 9:14PM

    I sure hope this isn't your last blog! Funny, I can't think of anything else to say.

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DESERTJULZ 1/7/2013 8:43PM

    I will be sorely disappointed if this is, indeed, your last blog! However, I did write one. :D

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FARFROMASAINT 1/7/2013 8:21PM

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SPAQUEEN2012 1/7/2013 8:01PM

    Loved this! I want to blog more - - this has helped! emoticon

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