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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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LIVELYGIRL2 1/6/2013 5:04PM

  I'm glad you addressed this.

I've only wrote one.

I did however consider several other topics or thoughts. So, thanks for the kick in the tusk. Maybe I'll consider it more seriously.

I did have something memorable happen yesterday. If it's ok ( and doesn't fit the category of " no politics", I could. Basically , our union told us we get to pay $150.00 more a month and extra fees for way less.

I hope you STILL BLOG. I hope that's a threat , not a reality. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/6/2013 4:50PM

  emoticon for the tips.......

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ALIDOSHA 1/6/2013 4:34PM

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MAMAOWLS 1/6/2013 4:09PM

    I certainly hope this isn't your last blog I really enjoy what you have to say and the comic relief it brings.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/6/2013 3:55PM

    Yes, you are right... AGAIN!!!!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 1/6/2013 3:39PM

  Blogs are one of my favourite things about Spak People!

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SJKENT1 1/6/2013 2:51PM

    I can't imagine my week without the stories and pictures of your walks. Please say it isn't so!!

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BEUTIFULBRAMBLE 1/6/2013 2:50PM

    I have several blogs besides the one here on spark...there is such a thing as too much of a good thing... I really need to pair down the ones I have...

*poofs to write about my visit with my momma*

*hugs*

Happy New Year to you hon!

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PATTISTAMPS 1/6/2013 2:32PM

    One of my goals this year is to blog a few times a week. So far, so good, LOL... But I so enjoy reading others' blogs, so I know it is a good thing to share!

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SHOAPIE 1/6/2013 2:31PM

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/6/2013 2:28PM

    Great!

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SUSIEMT 1/6/2013 12:44PM

    Okay Okay Okay! I have been feeling guilty lately for not blogging! Well, I'm not going to eat over this! I just have to think a bit! Thanks for the nudge.

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NEWMOM20121 1/6/2013 12:37PM

    Again, great blog. Love the tips.

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GRATTECIELLA 1/6/2013 12:20PM

    The suggestion to write it in your word processing software is a good one. Also I love the suggestion to include pictures, though I'm guilty of not doing that.

I hope you do keep on blogging! You are inspiring!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/6/2013 11:44AM

    punchline = joke

Right???

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FIRECOM 1/6/2013 11:36AM

    I am confident (hopefully) that you will not stop blogging. I was not a blogger until one day I just took the plunge and now I love it. Not for adulation, but for the feeling of doing something good for me, and in return, for many others.

I cant blog everyday primarily because I find it difficult to just sit there and fine a topic. I just stay aware of what is going on around me and then something comes along that provides a spark of inspiration and then the words flow.

Thanks for a really great blog today.

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EABL81 1/6/2013 11:15AM

    Oh noooooo! I can understand wanting to take a break for a little while, or post less often, but please don't quit. Your blogs are much too much fun!


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CAMSEDGE 1/6/2013 10:53AM

    You are wonderfully encouraging. Communication can be so difficult...verbal or written..Sometimes I think that writing is so much easier since being a shy introvert I have difficutly getting the words out to talk...and being soft spoken I don't always get heard...but I have found that people do listen at times...and the best indicator of this was one time when I heard my words repeated form the mother of a young woman who I had confided in pertaining to another homeless animal..".they all deserve to have someone to love them...just like we do.."I didn't bounce up and say...Gee...that's what I told her!...I just basked in knowing that my belief was carried forward on the lips of a child.

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GARDENCHRIS 1/6/2013 10:43AM

    Ok ....I.... KNOW..... that this is not your last blog!!! LOL

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AGENTMNA 1/6/2013 10:11AM

    Awesome blog!!! Off to write one now...lol. emoticon

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CAROLYNNE242 1/6/2013 10:08AM

    I love your blogs they are inspirational, please say you were joking, and keep blogging!!
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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/6/2013 10:03AM

    I use to blog everyday, then stopped. Now I am blogging more again.

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MARUKI52 1/6/2013 9:54AM

    Yea! Probably Chicchantal has gone away to write that book herself.
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Always enjoy reading your blogs Chicchantal.

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KATHIC2 1/6/2013 9:45AM

  Great tips! there should be a book coming out from soon!

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MOMMY445 1/6/2013 9:31AM

    such a great blog! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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JOANNHUNT 1/6/2013 9:20AM

    Now, now, now this isn't the last of your blogs. You have too much interesting things to say. Read you in your next blog. I write everything I do from the time I get up to the time I go to bed on paper which helps me to destress. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 1/6/2013 9:18AM

    OK, I'll give it a try... but please tell me you are kidding about stopping...clearly we look forward to hearing from you!!

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JANEMARIE77 1/6/2013 9:18AM

    oh you keep up the great work for those of us that are emoticon emoticon

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FROMNDTOGA 1/6/2013 9:11AM

    You are a natural - please don't stop blogging!!!!!
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MIMIDOT 1/6/2013 8:47AM

    I hope you are kidding!!!! I start my day with reading your blog. Have a good day!

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TRYINGHARD54 1/6/2013 8:40AM

    hmmmmmm, blogging ! I'll think about it.

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TDEMAIO2 1/6/2013 8:21AM

    You kidding right?? OK OK I am not saying NO I won't ? I kinda keep a journal and its really about my feelings and mostly about my son who left for college a little over year ago. I am SO lost not being a mom protecting him :O I do the journal mostly because it's cheap therapy (whose not broke right) and his first year out of the house was a mothers worst nightmare :O Please keep taking us on your walks and who hasn't been all twisted in their bra at one time or another lol

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OFGREENGABLES 1/6/2013 8:06AM

    but I want to know where you go on your walks

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LEANMEAN2 1/6/2013 7:33AM

    You'd better be joking! We would certainly miss your blog.

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SANDYCRANE 1/6/2013 6:59AM

    You had me for a minute. I agree, that the more you blog, the easier it gets. Thanks for giving me that little push I need to blog on a regular basis.

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REGILIEH 1/6/2013 6:48AM

    It better not be your last blog!!! I would miss you forever!!!

Today's blog was very helpful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/6/2013 6:46AM

    Blogging/vlogging helps keep me connected to the SparkCommunity. It also encourages and motivates me more than I ever would've imagined. It's been a key factor in keeping me focused and accountable. It's also a heckuva lot of fun, and I've made some good friends, as a result. I highly recommend sharing your journey with other Sparkers. Great blog! (as usual, heh heh)
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LUNABYRD 1/6/2013 6:29AM

    Thank you for your editing idea! One of my "resolutions" this year is to blog more. And don't stop your blog because I love it!! It's like taking a little vacation each time you write! emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 1/6/2013 5:48AM

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POPSY190 1/6/2013 2:44AM

    Great blog. I'm waiting for the Vlog emoticon

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CTMOM2KIDS 1/6/2013 2:23AM

    Blogging, and involvement in the SP community in general, have made a huge difference in my weight loss journey. I love blogging! And by the way, I love reading your blogs! Keep 'em coming!!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/6/2013 1:30AM

    All of what you said it true and good advice. I try to encourage others to at least write about what they are doing with their exercise, diet, etc. Their struggles, highlights, good day, bad days! How you going to get support if you don't get out there and talk about it?! Right?! I love to visit blogs and at least blog once a week. Been here for two years and have always blogged. I think it is fun!!!!
I love SP and supporting my SPF's the best that I can..that is why I don't blog as often as some. But, you do write good ones, so keep them coming. You get more popular votes than anyone I know, so they must like them for sure! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 3:40:57 AM

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COCK-ROBIN 1/6/2013 1:09AM

    You're doing great, and I don't want this to be your last blog. Keep at it!

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RAINBOWMF 1/6/2013 1:01AM

    Cute!!! You will keep blogging , it is in YOU!!!

Hugs Mary

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ANDYLIN90 1/6/2013 12:03AM

    It better NOT be your last blog...I think you are hysterically funny and I look forward to laughing with you each day. I do wish you would write more about the cats...I'm not a cat person, but I find your kittys quite funny and I like hearing about their antics.

Now, this blog was excellent and you detailed so well how to get started. I haven't written very many blogs, but with your encouraging words, perhaps I'll write more.

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SUSIESLIM62 1/5/2013 11:19PM

 
I like to consider myself a writer of sorts. emoticon for the inspiration and good advice. emoticon emoticon
Truly hope this is not your last blog emoticon but blessings and success whatever you may do in the coming year. emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/5/2013 10:44PM

    Now that is a punchline! But punchlines are the butt-ends of bad jokes and we know that you would not do that do us!

You've given me a lot to think about. I'll work on polishing my schizy blog.

Thank you!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/5/2013 10:37PM

    Hope you keep bloggin

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XTINA46 1/5/2013 10:37PM

    No no! Say it ain't so !!! it would be a dull and dreary, lonely and listless world without CHICCHANTAL blogs to light up My days!
Seriously if you ever write a Last BLOG
You must explain the reasons behind your decision. Just to vanish with an enigmatic flourish would be cruel and unusual punishment to your readers who truly love you so much!!!!!!
So- either keep writing or reveal all!


Comment edited on: 1/5/2013 10:38:31 PM

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JERICHO1991 1/5/2013 10:17PM

    I have not tried blogging on Spark People yet. Perhaps someday soon.

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