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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?'

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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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZZYYGGY3 1/7/2013 7:09PM

    great blog, and good reasons.

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LLEE06 1/7/2013 6:30PM

    Nice tips ^_^

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LISA_FRAME 1/7/2013 6:11PM

  good post

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AJB121299 1/7/2013 5:55PM

    nice

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FIRECOM 1/7/2013 5:18PM

    This is a great blog. I reread it today and I like it more than the first time.

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JUNEAU2010 1/7/2013 5:14PM

    emoticon NOT your last blog! I used to blog regularly and have gotten out of the habit for most of the reasons you listed. My latest is that I am working 7 days a week and am mentally dead by the time I am on my personal computer.... emoticon

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LVMY2SNSSLS 1/7/2013 4:04PM

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JJAQUES41 1/7/2013 3:28PM

    I love your blogs and your walks, say this isn't really your last one. I fall into the: nothing really interesting happens category. But, will try and blog 1x/wk and see what happens!

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JELLYBELLY221 1/7/2013 3:15PM

    Hmmmmm. Something to think about.....

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MARGARITTM 1/7/2013 2:48PM

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SATCHMO99 1/7/2013 2:32PM

    I was wondering... do you answer all the comments readers leave about your blogs?

I love your blogs.

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KATIWONT 1/7/2013 1:46PM

    NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO---it can't be your last blog!!! Ok, I have been thinking about blogging and you have inspired me. Coming soon............

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BMCKEOW1 1/7/2013 1:32PM

    Blogging is a great way to get support. I forgot that recently but I'm back at it. Thank you for the reminder. It helps.

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NELLBELLA26 1/7/2013 12:53PM

    Last blog???? NO!!! Say it isn't so.
I have two blogs that aren't one Sparkpeople that I need to keep up with. One is co-written with my husband and the other one is more personal.
It's cathartic to write. emoticon emoticon

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STODD251 1/7/2013 12:33PM

    See, I read the title of this and thought I was finally going to figure out how you keep getting featured blog posts. I guess it's simply because you know what you're doing with this blogging thing. I personally blog mostly for myself. I love having the accountability of sharing my experiences with others and greatly appreciate getting feedback from my sparkfriends. I'll have to work on that punch-line thing.

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HHB4181 1/7/2013 12:30PM

    Great job! I've actually been thinking of blogging lately....

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SECTION1RON 1/7/2013 12:17PM

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SCHNEBL 1/7/2013 11:29AM

    I don't blog because I write alot in my team. I feel like I have already put it out there. Of course, not everyone is on my "team", so I take encouragement from you and will start blogging!

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/7/2013 10:56AM

    Good tips

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BRENDA_G50 1/7/2013 10:00AM

    If you can't think of anything to say in a blog, do what I do...use other people's words ("Quotes" for example). Just be sure to give the author credit because I kind of got chewed out on one of my "quote" blogs once. The person that posted the comment thought they were MY words instead of the authors (I had given the author credit but apparently they were too upset to notice...guess it hit them too close for comfort).

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CLMANCHESTER 1/7/2013 9:22AM

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ASHPATCH11 1/7/2013 8:42AM

    a blog and blogs lol still a good read thansk!

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LIZZIE888 1/7/2013 7:53AM

  Blimey Ms Chantal!

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KOOKYKATHIE 1/7/2013 7:51AM

    I've been thinking about starting a blog and this is the encouragement I need. emoticon

Secondly: I hope this is not your last blog!!! You are the best BLOGGER.!! You must mean it is your last Blog for the day. Don't deprive us!

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LORELLELAURA 1/7/2013 7:39AM

    I hope it isn't your last blog!

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HENLADY11 1/7/2013 6:41AM

  What do you mean, this is your last blog???!!!
It had better not be.
I really enjoy it and get a good feeling from it.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 1/7/2013 6:29AM

    Great blog

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FARIS71 1/7/2013 5:52AM

    Well hmmm. I'll give it a whirl.

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BLUEJEAN99 1/7/2013 1:57AM

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/7/2013 1:55AM

    Thanks for the great tips, but do you mean what you said about it being your last blog???? I love your blogs!

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DRB13_1 1/7/2013 1:30AM

    by sharing our stories, we inspire others and together are better

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PHEBESS 1/7/2013 12:41AM

    Yup!

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MARITIMER3 1/7/2013 12:31AM

    I really enjoy getting to know people through their blogs, and also enjoy sharing my experiences, positive and negative, with my Spark Friends.

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JAMER123 1/7/2013 12:16AM

    I can probably use any or all the excuses but trying to find time in a busy schedule is difficult. Most nights I am Sparkin' til 1AM and get to tired to thing of a blog! So I will say, "push on, push on!" It can be done
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PCASEY7 1/6/2013 11:46PM

    How timely. I was thinking I hadn't blogged in quite a while and you provided some great tips! Don't stop blogging, you're a natural!

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JIBBIE49 1/6/2013 8:53PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured again in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 1/6/2013 8:52PM

    Great blog!

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HOLLYM48 1/6/2013 8:09PM

    Once again, you are too funny! Thanks for the great tips. I like to blog maybe once a week, usually on the weekends because my weeks are just to busy and I try to get everything else done on the site beside the blog. I love reading and relating to all the sparkers out there, it is so uplifting to read and hear other peoples stories, their success as well as the setbacks so we can all commiserate together!
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1MYSTERY_LADY 1/6/2013 8:07PM

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CICELY360 1/6/2013 7:32PM

  good blog

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KARRENLYNN 1/6/2013 6:58PM

    Thanks for sharing, good arguments. I'm not really interested in blogging personally, but I do enjoy the blogs of people like yourself.

Karen

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PK2H2000 1/6/2013 6:14PM

    emoticon !!!! What an inspiration you are!

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JERZGURL_NAN 1/6/2013 5:19PM

    you are one tough cookie - actually you are one special encourager.
It would be neat to find out what type of response this actually creates.
I'm even thinking about blogging tonight instead of journaling - hmm, maybe I will do both - like journal first and them copy it online - ha ha what a thought. But first I must put more Christmas things away since they are on the kitchen table and we need to eat AND have company coming tomorrow evening. Straightening up the house may be in order for the evenings. Goodness, I think I just Blogged. Mayhaps I should cut and paste. hmm, we shall see :)

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