what-are-bloggers

When I searched online for “what are bloggers”, this is what I found,

Blogger : a person who keeps and updates a blog

Considering all we do, I found that to be pretty nondescript, and in some ways almost like an insult.

Now, if all I did was listen to the news, I would think bloggers are far left/far right wing radicals who trash political figures in the name of “first amendment rights”, with no concern of legal ramifications.

However, where I travel in blogosphere I land on pages like this one titled, Morning Muse: Writers Block, Pass the Windex written by Davina.

Feeling virtuous for being here this morning at this time, yet the writing reflects no virtuosity. Inspiration interrupted and dead to appreciation, I’m awash with writer’s block.

Discontentment creates unwelcome impressions on the snowy white page before me. Polluted thoughts cast shadows over inspiration….

Knowing I landed on a blog, my first thought is, “She’s more than a “blogger. Davina is what I would call a “writer”.”

Today’s Lesson

So, what is a blogger?

Is a blogger a writer? Is a blogger someone who goes online to freely voice their opinion? Is a blogger a blend of many things? And, can we be a blogger, but not be a “writer”?

Although I’ve written hundreds of letters (both personal and business), wrote speeches for corporate executives, dozens of paragraphs in employee manuals, enjoy putting pen to paper and have been told I have a gift for the written word, I’ve never considered myself to be a “writer”.

My definition of a writer is someone who knows how to tell a tale by keeping us captivated with each word, leaving us with a longing for more.

When I blog, I don’t write to captivate my audience, but instead I write to share knowledge. And, knowing many will scan my writings/lessons, I’m more concerned with getting to the point than spinning a yarn.

Confused as to how I would define myself, I checked how Wikipedia defines a writer. Here’s what they say:

Writer

A writer is anyone who creates a written work, though the word usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, as well as those who have written in many different forms.

Although Wikipedia is not the best source for definitions, I found this one to be so broad, my grandchildren would be classified as writers.

Digging a little further, I looked at two other examples.

Journalist

A journalist is a person who practises journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues, and people while striving for viewpoints that aren’t biased.

Reporter

A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media.

Since journalists and reporters attempt to be unbiased, even though bloggers “gather and disseminate information”, many bloggers are quite opinionated so even those definitions might not apply.

So what are we?

Are we writers who blog? Biased journalists and/or reporters? Left or right wing radicals/non-radicals who practice our first amendment rights?

Or are we just bloggers – “people who keep and update blogs”?

I don’t know about you, but I know I’m more than that.

Today’s Assignment

If you had to define what a blogger is, what would you say?

What do you call yourself? A blogger? A writer? A journalist? Or something else?

Raise your hand, share your thoughts and let’s see if we can come up with a better definition of what a blogger is.

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  1. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    I like their use of the word “hybrid,” which would help explain a lot about blogs, bloggers, and blogging — from: http://www.marketingterms.com/dictionary/blog
    “A blog is often a mixture of what is happening in a person’s life and what is happening on the Web, a kind of hybrid diary/guide site, although there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people.”
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Lori,

      Thank you for sharing the link and definition. They nailed it with that last part, “…there are as many unique types of blogs as there are people.” No truer words were spoken.

  2. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I like the conversational writing of blogs, where you write what you’d say.

    A lot of my favorite blogs are simply conversations in text. They don’t try too hard to be a writer, and they write things the way they’d say it. If they’d say “ain’t”, they write “ain’t,” … and by golly, I like it. (O.K, so I wouldn’t say by golly in real life, but that was fun … and that’s another beauty of blogs too, exploring and expressing.

    As a blogger, I don’t think of myself as a writer. That’s probably ironic, given how much I write. I guess it’s a means vs. ends deal.

    Oh, wait, what was the question? … I guess I’d call myself an information artist and my craft is information artistry.
    .-= Check out J.D. Meier´s awesome post: When Your Intuition Fails You =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi J.D.,

      I agree, those conversational type blogs are fun to read. The author really gives their readers a true look at themselves, right down to their language.

      I’m surprised you don’t see yourself as a writer as you’ve already had a lot of your work published.

      Information artist? By golly, that’s a catchy name. :)

  3. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I think everyone who blogs is going to have a different answer. I consider myself a writer and hope others would agree. I take pride in how I tell a story, even if it’s about poop. I struggle at times on what type of writer I am and what will attact readers. Sometimes I’m a journalist, researching and sharing information. Sometimes I’m just a story teller or even a fiction writer. But, what I think I am least (or hope) is just a blogger, especially if that means I’m a political radical. :)
    .-= Check out Debbie Yost´s awesome post: The Ultimate Project =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Debbie,

      You bring up a good point. Sometimes we are writing in different “formats” – whether it be creative writing or as a journalist would share information. So in a sense, we wear many hats.

      Like you, I’m not putting the radical hat on any time soon. :)

  4. Avani MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    I am very comfortable with the term blogger – one who maintains & updates a blog. What you do with your blog is a more important question for me. Just like with life – we all live, what we do with our lives is a completely different matter all together.
    .-= Check out Avani Mehta´s awesome post: Enrich Your Life – Part 2 =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Avani,

      That’s true. Whether we call ourselves bloggers or something else, it’s what we do with our “title” that can make a difference.

  5. I like to keep things simple. I call myself a blogger. If/when someone asks what that is, I say: “I write stuff.” Nuff’ said.

    Really though, I refer to blogs as a CMS tool (a content management system). There’s content that I want to distribute to a captive audience, the blog allows me to do that in a way that’s easy, resourceful and efficient.
    .-= Check out Ricardo Bueno´s awesome post: Bobby Mcferrin Show Us How To Engage With An Audience =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ricardo,

      LOL – “I write stuff – Nuff said”? That sounds like an idea for another blog post.

      You’re right. Blogs are a great vehicle for us to utilize to get our content out there.

  6. I maintain and update a blog – actually two blogs. On my business blog, I research and gather information and put it my own words. A large part of my blog is also my own personal experiences.

    My personal blog is more of a public journal than anything.

    Its hard for me to call myself a “writer” since I am relatively new at it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Carla,

      I’m with you. Even though I’ve been blogging for nearly two and a half years, I still don’t label myself as a writer. We’ll have to keep each other posted on what “name” we come up for ourselves. I lean toward “blog author”.

  7. I’m a writer who specializes in writing for the web. :)
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  8. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. First off… thank you so much for the mention. It put a huge smile on my face. And second, I like the title you’ve chosen for this post — “Defining What We Are” — because I think bloggers define what blogging is from wherever they sit. I don’t think it has anything to do with “writing” per se… but more so with entertaining, educating and communicating live and online in whatever voice we are comfortable with.
    .-= Check out Davina´s awesome post: Laziness is Like What? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re very welcome Davina,

      I like your definition as it’s all encompassing – we entertain, we communicate live, and/or we educate. That sounds a lot more truthful (and glamorous) than “maintaining a blog”.

  9. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I have not been too particular over the words I use to represent what I do. Sometimes, I call myself a writer and sometimes a blogger. However, overall, I think of my work as being in the business of creating change.
    .-= Check out Evelyn Lim´s awesome post: Creation, Intention, Consciousness =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      Good one. You’re in the business of creating change through the words you post online. That describes you to a “t”.

  10. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. it’s interesting most people who blog, and those who don’t, just believe it’s a diary type online medium. There eyes haven’t been opened up to the possibilities that blogging offers.

    Some people write really well .. but have no idea why they’re doing it, and no idea of the etiquette involved to get readerhsip and comments.

    When I started I was guided to find a passion .. I am such a generalist that that was tricky. I came up with my blog name simply because friends and relatives continued to say how interesting, positive and informative my letters were regarding my mother (she’s had 3 major strokes, but can talk and take things in).

    I found interesting articles that would amuse my mother, or we would get cards or prayer cards with information that we needed to learn more about – both of us keen to find out. I’ve always been sent home to google it, or Wiki it .. and then I could read the articles to my Ma (she cannot read as such, but can read a word, and pictures as long as there is just the picture she can usually see it – left sided negelect). My letters on her progress and the situation just cheered me up adding in the snippets about what we’d been doing & ensuring she and I always had a laugh.

    So the blog started, things that interested us, putting a new twist on things, tying a few things together to amuse, entertain, give us both something to think about. It is eclectic in its range of posts – my mother does not give so much input now, but my uncle has taken the blog to his heart .. and his letter ‘every day’ is his source of joy: I find it really quite humbling.

    So now .. having got here and with lots of ideas ahead .. to describe myself as a writer = no (though I’ve told I can and do), I quite like JD’s thought of information artist and his craft as information artistry.

    The post and comments will help me perhaps define my blogging world a little better .. I look forward to reading everyone’s ideas.

    Thanks Barabara .. great post to think about ..
    Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Hilary,

      I love that you shared the story of how your blog got started. With all of us having our own reasons, I always find it fascinating what brought people to blogging.

      I know what you mean about not wanting to describe yourself as a writer, even though you are and you do. Although “blogger” does cover what we do, I’m like you and think there could be a better description or definition.

  11. As noted by others, the definition of blogger changes with each blog, I think. As for me, I’m a blogger.

    Yes, my career has roots in writing and journalism, but my blog is about me and my experiences. So, like so many people before me, I’m a keeper of a journal, chronicling my life, my family’s life and sharing my opinions.

    I started down this path, using my blog as a family newsletter of sorts, but like so many other blogs, my writing has evolved and my purpose of the blog has changed. Although I still aim to keep loved ones abreast of current events, now I also use my blog as an outlet to write.
    .-= Check out RC – Rambling Along…´s awesome post: What I have learned… =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi RC,

      I like how you defined yourself – “I’m a keeper of a journal, chronicling my life, my family’s life and sharing my opinions.” That’s short, to the point and all encompassing.

      Isn’t it amazing how we begin this journey thinking we’ll just be sharing stories online, but when we get deeper into it, blogging begins to become a part of our daily lives and when we don’t/can’t blog, we miss it?

  12. I am ME.

    I do not restrict my definition to being a writer or a reporter or a commentator or (well okay, I DO define myself as the all-powerful Mother Unit around whom the world rotates, or at least the family, that is :) )….

    My blogging definition changes depending upon my goals. Sometimes I want to share personal insights, sometimes I want to teach, sometimes I want to rant, sometimes I want to make money, …. I change my definition to fit whatever persona I choose for a particular day.

    I am ME. And that works just peachy. :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      That’s funny – you define yourself as “the all-powerful Mother Unit around whom the world rotates, or at least the family, that is :) )…” And they do say, “if Momma ain’t happy, no ones happy” :)

      You’ve raised a good point about bloggers. We do wear many hats, all which are dependent on what we’re trying to accomplish. And…if we maintain more than one site, we often switch hats when we pen our posts.

  13. HI Barbara,
    I think i am something in between a blogger and a writer. I dont have a word for it…but i think the middle path is the safest:) How does Blogter sound;)
    But blogs are of so many types and maintained by different people…each with their own brand of language…..I guess each one knows exactly what they are. I on the other hand am still wondering??? 😉
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Zeenat,

      Hey yeah, “Blogter”. Or it could be “Writger”. :) It’s late and I’m getting goofy.

      You’re right. We all do have our own definitions of what we do. I find that fascinating as we’re all online authors but we see ourselves differently.

  14. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    A Blogger is someone who shares. We share our ideas, thoughts, concerns, and opinions. We share a part of who we are with the reader.

    Through this open and honest sharing, most bloggers hope to make a connection with the reader and to have meaningful conversations.

    I consider myself to be a writer and I use my blog as a platform to express myself, to share my love of hip-hop, and to offer teachers tips, resources, and stories of my experience.

    Blogging has nothing to do with the Internet. The Internet simply carries our message. So I agree with you that the definition above is way too limiting and misses the point.
    .-= Check out Chase March´s awesome post: Soulstice Interview Conclusion =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chase,

      All right, now you’ve got me thinking. If the internet is the vehicle that carries our message, might blogging expand into something greater than it is already? Is blogging so new, many don’t know how to define it? Might it still be in it’s infancy even though it’s been around for many years?

      That’s true, Chase, As bloggers, we do hope to connect with people. And, whether they comment or not, knowing our words are being read by others gives us hope what we’re saying is making a difference.

  15. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    I think we are a little bit of everything. Why do we need a label, nook or niche to fit into? Blogging has many variations of content to pull you in to stay and read.

    The scale of variety will always be there and so will the blogger.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      You’re right. We don’t (and maybe shouldn’t) put a label on ourselves, but if we maintain a blog, we do get tagged as being a “blogger”. Although we all have strengths we share, “they” put us all in one pile.

  16. TumblemooseNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I guess I’m a blogger, that is to say, someone who keeps a blog. It happens to be about writing, and I write something other than a blog so I’m a writer as well. So it must depend a bit about what the blog is about.

    They are all just labels, anyway, me thinks. Sometimes I feel more like a writer, sometimes I feel more like a blogger – but I rarely feel like a journalist or a reporter.

    Cheers

    George
    .-= Check out Tumblemoose´s awesome post: Who is the New Blog of the Week? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi George,

      Yes, they are just labels, but it sure gets confusing when we hear about celebrities who have blogs, or people who set up blogs so they can write nasty stuff about others. It makes me ask myself, is that how I want what I do to be defined?

      In fact, your comment got me thinking, are those who maintain video blogs (vlogs), considered vloggers?

  17. DotNo Gravatar says:

    Very interesting topic, Barb. I think it’s kind of like trying to find a definition for people who use a pen and paper. There are so many reasons that people write blogs. Some are trying to sell something, some are just letting off steam, some are teenagers just bursting with the need to communicate about and process all the emotions connected with their relationships, some are lonely people wanting to be heard, some have information of deep value to share, and so on.

    By the way, I think Davina is a poet. In my case, I’m one of those conversational writers, though I do have a couple of “themes” that I want to communicate.
    .-= Check out Dot´s awesome post: Comment on Summer Joys by Dot =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dot,

      Yes, blogs are started for many reasons and like Lori shared in her comment, the definition states there are as many types of blogs are there are people.

      When I think of the word “blogger”, it such a general term. To me it seems like maybe there should be sub-categories under it. It’s kind of like doctors – most don’t just say, “I’m a doctor”. They’ll say they’re a pediatrician, heart surgeon, eye doctor, etc…

  18. What a great question! I would have to say that the answer is probably different for everyone. Personally, I’ve always thought of myself as a writer so I would say that I’m a writer who has a blog. However, I’ve seen people clearly state on their blogs things like “I’m not a writer, I’m just a mom/college student/whatever” so I doubt every blogger considers him/herself a writer. A blogger can be whatever s/he wants to be in my opinion! :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Dani,

      That does seem to be the consensus. We all are defining ourselves in our own way. Like you, I’ve seen many of the “I’m not a writer” blogs, but when you read what they write, talent shines through.

  19. Amy LynnNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a Consumer Information Gathering and Sharing Expert.

    :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Amy,

      Ohhhh. I like that. “A Consumer Information Gathering and Sharing Expert” or a CIGSE for short. :)

  20. You always raise such great questions, Barbara. For me, I think it depends on the person who is writing the blog. Some people blog just for the sake of blogging. Others blog because they have career goals. So it depends on the person.

    As for myself, I would consider myself a writer. I have been writing for nineteen years and blogging helped me tremendously with not only my writing but helping me achieve my goals. So I just love blogging and recommend it to anyone who has something to say.
    .-= Check out Nadia – Happy Lotus´s awesome post: Dealing with Cranky Pants People =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Nadia,

      That would make a great definition for “what is a blogger” – a person who has something to say, and (from Chase – see comment above) uses the internet as a vehicle to get their message out.

      I like that.

  21. EvitaNo Gravatar says:

    Indeed these are again great questions Barbara…

    So what is a blogger, I think as you mentioned in your post so many things. Some people get into it for writing reasons, others for fun, while others as a job, etc..

    So to me what makes a blogger is anyone who has a blog :) And I guess updates it too, so that goes back to your original definition at the top :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Evita,

      That’s true. Many bloggers aren’t necessarily blogging because they like to write; some do it for their job and others for fun.

      I realize the definition is true, however it just seems to miss the mark – the big picture, so to speak.

  22. JMNo Gravatar says:

    I would define a blogger as someone who is dedicated to expressing him/herself on a regular basis through a blog. I don’t consider people who update once a month bloggers nor do I consider people whose last four posts are apologizing about the lack of posts to be bloggers.

    Bloggers are the people who write about what they are passionate about, regardless of whether they get paid or even read.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi JM,

      That’s a great definition.

      Good point, If a blogger has a blog, but doesn’t update it very often, I wonder if they even consider themselves to be a blogger, or if they just say, “I have a blog”.

      Ironically my other two blogs don’t get updated very often, and if I wasn’t active in blogosphere, I’d probably scrape the blogger “title” and just say I have work published online.

  23. RibbonNo Gravatar says:

    G’day
    Defining what a blogger is might be a little like defining what a painter is.

    A blog is a tool.. like a paintbrush and therefore the blogger is the artist.

    Art as in life has many diverse movements…

    You can all use the same tool, but fortunately all our results will be different and the same.

    just a thought…. Why do we need to define ourselves?
    I think because we are always looking for like minded people to validate who we are…

    as always Barbara… great post and thank you once again for all that you share.

    best wishes
    Ribbon :)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      G’day to you Ribbon and thank you for your kind words.

      I think the reason we define ourselves is because it tells others what we are, what we do. You know; just like how we’ll say “I’m a mother or a wife or an accountant, etc…”

      I do agree with what you said though. As bloggers we do tend to find/meet like minded people who are also bloggers and that does give us validation, hope and often a reason to continue blogging.

  24. Hi Barbara,

    I am definitely a blogger. When I was growing up, I filled notebooks and notebooks of just the stuff in my head. Now I write online. Private journal, public journal… but actually, what I end up writing most about is people. I just love people. What they are doing interests me and I find that most of my posts end up being about them.

    I have thought that perhaps I should write a bit about myself sometimes… so much of who I am is wrapped up in what I am trying to create with Cirkla! It seems as if defining myself comes out of what interests me, so in some ways my community defines me because that is what I am all about. I meet so many incredible people online. I just want to jump through the screen and meet them personally! So I developed my radio show to give me an outlet to do that. It has really enhanced my sense of community online (and is free if anyone wants to create one!)

    Thanks for making me take pause and think today, Barbara! Your posts (and subsequent comment chains) are always very interesting.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Amy, and I’m happy to hear you enjoy this site and the comments from others.

      As I was reading your comment, it made me wonder how many of us did the exact same thing as you – wrote in notebooks/journals for years on end. Now we can be bloggers and instead of “talking to ourselves” we can share our thoughts with others and have a conversation with many.

      P.S. Your radio show is a great example of how blogging can expand into other forms of communication. That’s a superb idea.

  25. KrisNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting to always think of something that you always just gloss over. To keep it simple I just think a Blogger is a person who consistently shares information and views online.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kris,

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your definition. You’re right, we often do gloss over something without giving it much thought.

  26. Hi Barbara,
    Great topic, as I’ve often wondered this myself. I would like to think of myself as a writer. I was hesitant to do this before because I wondered if a true writer is one who is paid for said writing. But then I thought about the time and energy I put into my blog and changed my mind! Bloggers are writers! It’s one and the same, in my opinion.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Jodi,

      Isn’t it funny how we hesitate to call ourselves writers, even though that’s what we do when we blog? I’m happy to hear you’ve added that title to your resume. Having read your blog, I also see you as a writer. :)

  27. She-FitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting post. I guess I always tell people that i am a blogger who enjoys writing. I love it!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you She-Fit,

      I agree. Blogging is a great “hobby” for anyone who loves to write, and the benefits often outweigh the time we put into it.

  28. JenNo Gravatar says:

    hi Barbara,
    I really enjoyed this blog! I appreciated especially what J.D. and you shared in regards to conversational blogging. One of my blogs is like this and I did not really know what to make of it but it just feels so refreshing and healing to send personal thoughts out there into the Universe.

    Surprisingly, I find myself in a few categories, and somehow I need to separate my blogging worlds into three, not sure if it is because I love to be organized with my life! 😉 haha
    I blog for business, personal – free expression
    I am a writer, yet I rarely consider blogging my firsthand; rather a sequel to expressions first written offline. (a book i wrote, etc.)

    Personal blogging for me is simply expressing honest and encouraging words, empowering others behind-the-scenes; being willing to share a topic that many would rather not initiate and yet they wish to partake in somehow. ‘Dear journal to an open page’ … with no expectations or care as to a response can be an exciting adventure.

    I love how diverse blogging has become! This was especially interesting to read a bunch of different views on this topic! Thanks for sharing!! 😉
    Blessings, Jen
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Jen,

      Isn’t that the truth? Some bloggers are doing just that – sending personal thoughts out to the Universe – and the blogger has no clue if what they share will be read. As we discussed here before, blogging can also be quite therapeutic based on the fact we can use our blogs to let “it” go.

      I like how you shared that even though you’ve written a book, blogging for you is a sequel to expression. Beautifully put.

      And yes, blogging is very diverse, as are the bloggers.

  29. MiaHysteriaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara~ First, I have to say that you are a writer as well as a teacher, coach, etc. I certainly am a skimmer with about 100 feeds (narrowed down) I read. The way you approached this post and the way it was written, caught me…which can be difficult…and kept me on. That *is* writing.

    So. For me. I’ve found blogging as a way to discover my voice as a writer. My mother would say that I’ve always been a writer and always gushes about stories I wrote in grade school. Yes, still gushing about grade school.

    Now having graduated from college years and years ago (in a different form of study), I’m finding that the writer in me is stretching her wings. I certainly didn’t know that I would find my voice and renew a long dormant passion for writing by blogging, but here I am.

    A writer. Via a blogger.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Mia,

      Yes, you are a writer. I find it amazing how that which we enjoyed as children (and teens) often resurfaces later in life. When we were young, we did what was fun for us. We become adults, begin to “act our age”, take jobs we may not love, but do it because we’re suppose to. Often we feel we’re missing “something” and often that “something” is a passion that was ignited in our childhood.

      Your mother saw the potential in you early. I’ll bet you make her proud.

      Thank goodness we have blogs with which we can express our thoughts.

  30. A disabled perspective…

    I’m a writer too disabled to leave the house who spends almost all of what little time I get each day not flat on my back/not having to deal with health aides blogging.

    So I have kind of a love/hate relationship with it. It’s basically the only thing I can do to draw attention to my work but I don’t have enough good hours in a day to have a chance of really making a go of it.

    Still, blogging/the internet is a lifesaver for me – I’m not sure anyone in my condition would have survived this long as a complete shut in with nothing to distract from intractable pain and disease progression. Blogging alleviates isolation and gives me something to focus my attention on.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Paul,

      I’m sorry to hear about your medical condition. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but I’m so happy you’ve discovered the world of blogging.

      For writers (or bloggers) blogging is a great way to not only distract ourselves, but to share and connect with the outside world, and get our name “out there”.

      I wish you much success with the promotion of your work.

  31. Barbara — I used to get mad at myself for always arriving late to your posts. This time it was a good thing because I spent time reading all the other comments, which I enjoyed. This is an excellent topic to generate great comments.

    When I was done, I thought of the story about the blind men and the elephant. Each felt a different part of the elephant and declared what the elephant was based on the part he felt. In truth, the elephant was everything that all the blind men described. It was a matter of perspective.

    Each of us relates to blogging with our own unique perspective. In my case, I am a blogger who likes variety; sometimes I’m a writer, sometimes a teacher, a storyteller, and sometimes a photographer. That’s what I love about blogging; it lets you express all the different parts of yourself:~)
    .-= Check out Sara B. Healy´s awesome post: The Still Small Voice Was Right =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Sara,

      How beautifully put – “…sometimes I’m a writer, sometimes a teacher, a storyteller, and sometimes a photographer. That’s what I love about blogging; it lets you express all the different parts of yourself:~) ” That it does, and how fortunate we all are to have found this medium for expression of our many traits.

  32. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    i do think there is a difference between a writer and a blogger. sometimes a writer writes and uses blogging as the platform.

    i consider myself a writer, but sometimes an entertainer because i also enjoy entertaining and i use my blog as an outlet. sometimes, i get in teacher mode, but not too many people want people teaching them stuff, especially if they are not aware of your credentials, so i don’t. :)
    .-= Check out Natural´s awesome post: Herstory In the Making =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Natural,

      You know, you’re the first one to say you use your blog for entertainment, but having followed you for quite some time now, I can see how the two have become a good fit for you. With your knowledge of the creative processes (videos, etc) and your sense of humor, your blog is definitely entertaining.

      You don’t just have a blog, nor exclusively a vlog. Now we just have to come up with a title for you. (Haha – that sounds like material for a future post for you :) )

  33. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. blogging gives us a way of putting across another aspect of life, allowing others to visit perhaps our world.

    Somewhere someone mentioned entertainment, possibly the next post (“my comment question”) – I can see many ways of developing my blog .. but I’d like to think that my blog is a place of retreat for my readers, where they can experience soemthing different, away from their busy worlds or from their own niches.

    I know here Amy with her radio show has expanded her horizons.

    Interesting ideas people have come up with –

    All the best – Hilary Melton-Butcher
    Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: Pigs, Vineyards, Bloomsbury and murals … =-.