It’s my blog, but it’s all about YOU

On March 30, 2007, the first post was published, and this blog was born.

This site was never meant to be more than a place where I could go to post what I had learned about blogging, but blogs have a way of taking on a personality of their own, and just like many others that stood the test of time, this site has been no different.

At the end of 2007 this blog began to morph into what it is today. Comments came in, cyber friendships were formed, community was building and soon I had an audience with whom I could share my lessons. And what is a lesson without an assignment? What resulted were questions being answered by the readers in what has now become the virtual blogging classroom named “Blogging Without A Blog”.

But it’s more than that. This blog is a community of kind and caring people, who not only comment, but who read what others write, and then go on to visit the blogs of the authors who so generously shared their thoughts.   Blogging Without A Blog believes in promoting and supporting other bloggers.  Your voice will be heard and the lessons that are shared are often suggestion and/or comment based.

Pull up a chair, sit for a spell, raise your hand, share your thoughts and don’t forget to duck if you see a paper airplane headed your way. :)

Turning the tables on me, I’ll answer a few of the frequently asked questions.

1) Who are you?

My name is Barbara Swafford.

I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and a friend who believes in God and the power of prayer.

I’m a kind and giving person, who tries not to be judgmental. I work hard, am honest and have high ethics. I prefer listening to talking, have compassion for others, enjoy lending a helping hand and have a soft spot for the elderly, children and animals.

In this uncertain world, I blog with hope that I can leave this world a better place by sharing a small piece of what I’ve learned on this medium called the “world wide web”.

2) How did you choose the name, “Blogging Without A Blog”?

When I’m learning anything new, I document the facts in a notebook (much like blogging). That’s what I was doing when I began to learn the blogging process prior to setting up my first blog. After reading and journaling about the blogging/writing process, learning the blogging terminology and what took place behind the scenes, I stared down at the dozens of pages of notes I had in front of me and penned, “here I am, blogging without a blog”. Hence, the name was born.

3) Why do did  you showcase other bloggers?

When I started blogging, my traffic numbers stayed extremely low for many months. Every once in awhile I would receive a comment, but they were few and far between. When I wrote, I imagined I was writing to an imaginary audience that would someday show up. In time, they did. Needless to say, I’m a patient person, but that’s not the case for some. I knew what other new bloggers were going through and developed empathy for them and their lack of visitors. I didn’t want them to lose hope, so in January of 2008 I launched my “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) series and went in pursuit of bloggers who were anxious to get found. Although the premise was to promote new blogs, I occasionally promoted older blogs that I felt were great reads.

The complete list can be found in the sidebar under “Featured Blogs From The Past”.

UPDATE: In order to concentrate on other blogging and life endeavors, I ended the “New Blog Of The Week” series.

4) What is the“Free Blog Registry”?

The Free Blog Registry is another endeavor of mine where you can showcase your blog. It gives you a chance to tell others a little about yourself, your blog and what others can expect to find if they come and visit you. It’s free. It’s easy. And as we all know, as bloggers every link helps.

5) Where else can we find you and/or your writings?”

Here, of course, where I’m currently publishing once a week and on my other blogs: Observation Mountain and From Waste To Resource

The Blog Boutique is where I offer free to download blog header art plus links to all things blogging.

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