“What do you do with a blog?” is a basic question many bloggers are asked, and as we travel through blogosphere, we see the possibilities are endless.

Blogs can be online diaries documenting a life which future generations will be able to read. Blogs can be used as a teaching mechanism and share lessons on thousands of topics, as a platform from which the author can gain more exposure for a worthy cause, or to showcase artistic talents such as music, art and/or creative writing. Blogs can also be used to promote a business or hobby or as a stepping stone to developing an online presence which will benefit both the author and their readers.

The beauty is, anyone can have a blog and are free to choose how they use it.

Today’s Lesson

For what bloggers are actually doing with their blogs, here’s a small sampling:

Debbie Yost of Three Weddings is a mommy blogger who uses her blog to share family stories and photos, plus educates others about Down syndrome.

Betsy and Pete Wuebker of Passing Thru use their blog to publish stories of interest and showcase Pete’s artistic talents.

Joanna Young of Confident Writing shares writing tips with her readers, and also offers a fee based service where she works with her clients to improve on their blog posts.

Mark Penta of Creative Journey Cafe is a freelance artist (illustrator and caricaturist) who not only posts interviews, photography, and other articles, but also showcases his published work.

Friar of Deep Friar is a writer and an artist who shares stories and uses his blog to display both artwork and cartoons which he will showcase in his future storybook.

Kim Woodbridge of (Anti) Social Development uses her blog to educate others while soliciting clients who need help with the behind the scenes mechanics of their blogs.

Dr. Nicole Sundene and a team of writers created Kitchen Table Medicine to educate others on alternative medicine and how to get healthy.

Tom Volkar, of Delightful Work is writer and a life coach who offers free and fee based teleconferences.

Amy Derby not only publishes articles on Write From Home but is also a creative writer, freelancer and corporate blogger. Amy is also an avid Twitter user.

Jannie Funster is a musician who uses her blog to not only share her thoughts but to share her music, as well.

George Angus of Tumblemoose Productions is a writer who uses his blog to teach others about writing and to showcase his work.

Catherine Lawson uses her blog to share what she has learned from being in business, plus challenges her readers to think outside the box.

Kathy at Virtual Impax writes articles for her blog, plus promotes her business which “combines strategy, research, ideas, program management and ventures to help clients get the most from their marketing both on AND off the web.”

Akemi Gaines of Yes To Me is an entrepreneur who blogs about life issues and uses her blog to advertise her Akashic Reading business.

Blogger Dad is a writer, journalist and cartoonist who not only posts stories on his blog but also shares his comics on a second blog.

Ann of Vintage Mommy connects with other parents of adopted children hoping to create a dialogue that will benefit all who read.

Ian Denny’s first blog centered around his journey back from business failure. He has since gone on to be a highly successful businessman who now uses a business blog to grow his clientele.

Writer Dad obviously showcases his writing talent and is close to having his work published.

Annie Anderson not only blogs about her life, but uses her blog to advertise her copywriting and graphic design talents.

Davina of Shades Of Crimsom writes articles for her blog, promotes her business as a life coach and has a second blog dedicated to her editing, copy writing, and/or proofreading business.

Maya of Think Maya, and Geek Dance not only blogs, but recently started a new site named Meme Tales where she hopes to collaborate with others and write children’s books.

Kelvin Kao of Puppet Kao loves puppets and uses his blog to (you guessed it) share stories about puppets.

Although she’s a pediatrician and will share posts on medicine and parenting, Dr. Shiela Cason often uses her blog to showcase her photography.

James, Harry and Charlie of Men with Pens use their blog to share stories plus to promote their business which includes web design, graphic art, copywriting and web content.

Vered of Momgrind is a mommy blogger whose blogging talent has gotten her freelance writing gigs .

John Hoff of eVenture Biz has a business plus a blog and is launching a new website for bloggers which will offer hands-on-help for those who are converting to or signing up for WordPress, including a competitively priced web hosting service.

Darren Daz Cox is an artist who showcases his art on his blog, plus discusses how he created each piece.

Linda of Forced Green educates her readers on the importance of green living and saving the environment.

And, there’s so many more…..

As you can see, the possibilities of what can be done with a blog is endless.

As the cartoon says, “Think Big!”.

Today’s Assignment:

This is an easy one, what do you do with your blog?

With regard to your blog, do you have any plans of expanding its purpose?

There are so many things that can be done with a blog, I’m anxious to hear how you use yours.


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  1. RobinNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – it really intrigues me the way each blog is unique, so the blogger can make their own rules – just like in life!

    In my own case, I started it simply because I wanted a blog, and my topic was the only thing I could think of that was a bit “different”! At the moment I can see it helping me meet others who share my interest in my topic.

    Robin´s last blog post..The Genie That Keeps On Giving

  2. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Wow, you’ve been busy with this post. Lots of links! You are definitely a promoter of bloggers, community and shared knowledge. Thank you for the link.

    I don’t have any current plans to expand my blog’s purpose any farther than promoting life coaching, etc. I will continue to write to share my thoughts and experiences, and because I enjoy the connection with readers. It helps me to understand myself better too, and to know that we are not all that different from each other.

    Davina´s last blog post..I Lost My Introvert In A Crowd

  3. Hi Barbara – Thank you for the link and for your wonderful support. It means the world to us.

    We do have plans in store for our blog. I’ve mentioned on Twitter that we’ve recently embarked on a new venture, which is travel-related! We’re planning some great adventures! We’re very excited about this, as it meshes so well with our interests and experiences. We’ll be announcing it soon on PassingThru.

    Participating in your site has introduced us to so many interesting bloggers in such a friendly community. This has definitely made the journey even more enjoyable than we anticipated.

    Betsy Wuebker´s last blog post..FINDING VALUE IN UNCERTAINTY

  4. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    i use my blog to impart information that i want to share. i enjoy creative and comedy writing. it’s nice to have an audience without being on stage. i also love knowing what other people think and how they feel, so sometimes i looking for feedback on a subject. my blog readers help me just as much as i entertain them.

    no future plans for my blog.

    Natural´s last blog post..Roll Call

  5. Joanna YoungNo Gravatar says:

    What an amazing list! Thanks for putting the time and effort into compiling it… and for making it think about what you can do with a blog.

    Sometimes I use mine mainly to think out loud… it helps me to work out ideas. I enjoy coaching and encouraging people along the way, and when I learn that someone has taken a stretch with their writing because of what I’ve done on my blog… well that’s a pretty great feeling.

    Joanna Young´s last blog post..How Do You Get Past Your Writing Road Blocks?

  6. God, that must’ve taken you ages – thanks for thinking of us!

    As you mentioned, we use our blog as a business gateway to help us earn a decent living. But our blog is more than that – we want to use our knowledge and experience to help other people earn a decent living, too.

    So we share what we know, tell stories, give information – anything we feel that has substance or a lesson that people could use.

    Expanding its purpose? Well, let’s see… it’s a static website, a business profile, a portfolio, a blog to teach, a place to sell, a location that recommends, a resource for others, a hangout, a virtual world friend… oh man. No. Please. I’m not expanding any more.

    James Chartrand – Men with Pens´s last blog post..The Big Secrets No One Talks About

  7. Mrs. MicahNo Gravatar says:

    This month, I’m hoping to use my blog to make us more accountable about tracking our spending and to inspire readers to join me in doing so as well. I’ve had a great response so far through comments, e-mails, and a bump in subscriptions. I’m hoping most of them will stick it out for all of February and it’ll make a difference in all of our lives!

    Mrs. Micah´s last blog post..Day 1) Where’s My Money Going?

  8. Ahhh you are too nice to us. Thanks for the link-love!

    My next step with my blog is to have the scent of fresh-baked brownies wafting from the computer whenever someone clicks on my site!

    Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Kalyani’s Magic Fuzzy Pants

  9. Barbara,

    What an INCREDIBLE list! Thanks for including my humble little blog in it!

    The BIGGEST thing my blog has done has been to help me connect with some of the most AMAZING people in the world! (You are included in that list!) I’ve learned more in the past two years of blogging than I did in 16 years of school.

    Of course, the list of blogs you mention here are ALL on my list of learning resources!!!

    Kathy @ Virtual Impax´s last blog post..Social Media Marketing – What you don’t know CAN hurt you

  10. Barbara,
    What I do with my blog is share simple practices that get me more results with less efforts.
    Results for work, life, and blogging 😉

    Alik Levin | PracticeThis.com´s last blog post..Consultant Deceive The Heavens To Cross The Ocean. And Wins.

  11. The quick answer is: I get rid of Somedays with my blog.

    In more detail…

    I use my blog to talk about the more philosophical side of getting over procrastination and to increase the awareness of my other services such as my newsletter which provides more concrete tips and my workshop and future mentoring services which offer detailed Someday-busting help.

    In other words, the blog is a portal.

    Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s last blog post..Get out of that hole: Someday-busting lessons from Take That

  12. Kelvin KaoNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the mention, Barbara. As for my blog, I am going to work on my videos some more. My blog is more or less going to revolve around the videos I make, usually a video and then followed by the behind the scene processes including puppet building, prop construction, and editing. I’m definitely going to try more stuff. In fact, I got a new video scheduled for release, just haven’t done it yet due to logistic reasons.

    The blog will probably never be huge, but you know what? All I need is like, 5 friends reading it (and I do have that) to make me happy. Actually, I would still keep writing even if nobody else reads it. I’ve actually forgotten how to do some stuff before and went back to look up how it was done. =P

    Kelvin Kao´s last blog post..A Linguistic Study on Myself

  13. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    What a great look at how so many people are using their blogs – fascinating!!

    I use my blog to spread a little self improvement – and it’s as much for me as it is for everyone else. In writing, I find that I learn so much myself. So, it becomes a way for me to share my thoughts with others, and to learn myself.

    And Jannie — I’ll be continuing to visit you! Brownies — I can smell them already…oh, wait – that’s the muffins my daughter made for breakfast!

    Lance´s last blog post..Smile!

  14. LingNo Gravatar says:

    I post daily on 3 blogs. Problem is that I seem to have lost track (apart from the financial aspect) of why I’m posting on them. All I know is that if I don’t write the posts, my day wouldn’t be complete. It’s like eating and sleeping. You have to do it. If you can call that a purpose for a blog, then I have a purpose. 🙂

  15. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Quite an interesting list.

    I actually have three blogs, but I’ll stick with Exit78, for this.

    Exit78 provides, for me, a place where I can share my photography and provide some commentary on a variety of things. As I do this, the blog is evolving and helping me to continue to be intellectually stimulated.

    Mike Goad´s last blog post..The Sun Has Lost Its Spots

  16. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I like the way you illustrated by example.

    I originally started one of my blogs to share “book nuggets.” Rather than book reviews, I focus on some action or insight and apply it. Later, I expanded the focus to include more source of insight (people, quotes, … etc.)

    One thing I didn’t expect, but turned out to be interesting is having book authors guest post. I’ve only had a few so far, but it really feels like standing on the shoulders of giants.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..Avoid Mental Burnout

  17. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, Barbara, what a wonderful compliment to wake up to. Thanks. I will actually be dimming my primary blog’s purpose. I love it to pieces, but it is extraordinarily time consuming and impossible to make a living. I’ll continue to love it and maintain it to the best of my ability, but I’ll have to start spreading my voice to some other venues in a hope to provide for my family.

    Thanks for such a wonderful list, chock full of bloggy goodness.

    Writer Dad´s last blog post..Building a Bridge

  18. TracyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! I basically blog to explore my own interests and share them with others. I figure if I’m interested somebody else must be, too.

    It’s been a ton of fun to have the blog this year and I’ve learned so much and met so many great people.

    Tracy´s last blog post..Baconnaise – A Review and a Contest!

  19. Barbara,

    I liked that you said blogs can be anything you want them to be. Mine started out as a way to bring attention to my coaching practice. As I am no longer coaching, it’s now in transition.

    Now, I’m trying to follow where my writing is taking me. I hope my blog will become a place where people share and connect — a place where someone can get what they need from the comments as well as from the post.

    This is a new journey for me and I’m slowly learning my way…thanks to the many wonderful bloggers traveling through the blogosphere!

    Sara B. Healy´s last blog post..A Facebook challenge with a twist!

  20. JulieNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, Barbara. You’ve done a lot of homework for this terrific list! Now I’ve some new sites to explore; thank you.

    And thank you for asking. My blog is where I share random thoughts about things I observe in life. I didn’t intend to benefit from it, but I’ve found the exercise of writing posts helps me translate my thoughts into words. Learning to write this way is like doing mental push-ups. I truly value, so much, my readers’ comments, too, because they help stretch my thoughts even farther. The closeness I feel to everyone there enriches my world and my thinking immensely, and I hope I am effectively expressing my gratitude.

    While I don’t see changes to my blog’s purpose, I’d like to do some deeper, much more disciplined writing: I plan to write a book. As I learn to balance daily life, blog writing and book writing, the thoughts I explore through blogging will likely be expanding as well.

    Julie´s last blog post..Tag, This is Who I Am

  21. dr_iqmalNo Gravatar says:

    thanks for the info…
    hope to see more from u…

    dr_iqmal´s last blog post..Did U Know…? (part 1)

  22. MarkNo Gravatar says:

    You have provided some great links. The possibilities are as endless as the individuals who open up a blog!

    Mark´s last blog post..The Layer Man

  23. I use my blog to spread the word about how employment is modern day slavery. I believe that everyone who is unfulfilled in his or her work needs to consider the leap to the freedom of self-employment.

    The classes, my small business coaching and the free teleclasses are only a way of delivering on that greater mission.

    My blog is the portal to inspire and encourage those who want to make that leap.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Off Kilter, Pissed and Real

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Robin – Yes, it’s just like in life.

    I always enjoy visiting your blog. Your topics always make me think and I leave feeling I have expanded my knowledge. Keep doing what you believe in.

    Hi Davina – You’re welcome. That’s so true. “We are not all that different from each other”. Blogging definitely proves that.

    Hi Betsy – You’re welcome. I’m looking forward to your new endeavors. You and Pete always come up with such great ideas, it will be exciting to see your new one.

    Hi Natural – I could see you as a stand up comic. You’re right. Blogging is a wonderful way to get feedback and to “test” our talents. Someday your blog could also be a fabulous resource to draw from if you were to get into comedic writing as a profession.

    Hi Joanna – You’re welcome. I hear you. Blogging is a great way to ‘think out loud”. Often when we put our thoughts “on paper”, we begin to see clarity.

    Hi James – You’re welcome. How could I not include the three of you? You’ve done wonders with your blog, your careers and for blogosphere.

    Haha. You say you’re not expanding, but I’m guessing your blog (and business) will just keep getting better and better. You guys rock.

    Hi Mrs. Micah – What a great way to use your blog. In a slow economy many need to turn inward and assess their spending habits. Your blog sounds like the perfect place to learn how to do it.

    Hi Jannie – You’re welcome. When you find that “scent” plugin, let me know. I want my blog to release the scent of home made bread. Yum! 🙂

    Hi Kathy – You’re welcome. However, I wouldn’t say your blog is little or humble. It’s filled with tons of valuable information.

    I agree, blogging does give us the ability to connect with wonderful people and we can learn so much. Who knew?

    Hi Alik – I love how you share those simple result getting practices. I’ve learned a lot from visiting your blog. Thank you.

    Hi Alex – Well put. Your blog is a portal. Every time I visit you I think, “what other “somedays” do I have”. You get your readers thinking, thus improving their lives.

    Hi Kelvin – You’re welcome. What I find so fascinating about you blog is you have opened my eyes to what really goes into the making of and presentation of puppetry. (is that the right word). It’s an amazing process and one we’re not apt to think about as we enjoy puppet shows.

    Hi Lance – Isn’t it ironic how when we write, we see more of ourselves? Following your blog and reading all of your comments throughout blogosphere, I see how you’re helping others with your kind words.

    Hi Ling – It sounds like writing is a passion for you. Although you may not see a financial gain (yet), I’m guessing you will.

    Hi Mike – ***smiles***. I like that – “…helping me to continue to be intellectually stimulated”. I think you’ve nailed it as to why we blog and and enjoy reading the work of others.

    Hi J.D. – Thank you. I must say, yours is the perfect place for book authors to guest post as you’ve reviewed so many books. Question. Will you “guest post” on your blog since you’re a published author, too?

    Hi Writer Dad – You’re welcome. Even though you may be “dimming” the time you spend on Writer Dad, the archives are filled with your beautiful stories. Whatever you do, I know you’ll be successful. Your writing abilities are too great to go unnoticed.

    Hi Tracy – What you said is so true, “I figure if I’m interested somebody else must be, too.” Often we think the opposite, but with the millions of people in this world, there are many who can identify with us and what we write.

    Hi Sara – Good point. We often do start a blog with a specific goal in mind, but as our interests change, so does our blog. One thing we find is the longer we blog, our blog takes us in different directions. It will be fun to watch where yours takes you.

    Hi Julie – You’re welcome. Your comment made me think of how our blogs are life seen through OUR eyes. As readers show up, they often get a different perspective of life, too. Like you said, comments help us to expand our thinking, as well. Ah…the joy of comments. Don’t you just love them? We can learn so much from our readers.

    Hi Mark – Yes, the possibilities are definitely endless.

    Hi Tom – And inspire you do. Your blog is touching many lives and the encouragement you provide is often just what they need to hear.

  25. I loved this post. It really shows there’s more than one path to being a “successful” blogger. Thank you so much for including me.

  26. JMNo Gravatar says:

    Yay! I’m de-lurking.

    I have many blogs, but the one my name is linked to in this comment is the blog where I talk about my life in Australia. (I’m originally from the US, moved over here and married an Aussie.) I’d like to expand it by blogging more often and by including more pictures.

    JM´s last blog post..Snags and Sweet Potato

  27. What an incredible list! All fabulous resources, too! How long did it take you to put it together??

    The primary purpose of my blog is to provide a wealth of information, insights and tools that help readers create online businesses that enable and support personal as well as financial reward…. “holistic” Internet businesses, if you will.

    It also serves as the online headquarters for my biz and as the soon-to-be portal to my upcoming sites and blogs.

    I love the fact that there are almost as many ways to use a blog as there are bloggers. I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I can tell you it’s unlike any other business-building tool I’ve ever used or “experienced.”

    I have volumes to learn and sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming, but it’s an incredibly satisfying experience for me and I’m here for the duration.

    Thanks for all your effort and time spent putting this incredible roster and article together, Barbara.

    Mary Anne Fisher´s last blog post..How to Avoid Being a Victim of Mistaken Identity in Your Online Business

  28. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    You’ve put up a great list summarizing what each blogger is offering!! How inspiring to know that a blog, with live examples, can be used for so many purposes! Some of my friends have been asking me why set up a blog. Now I know that I can refer them to this post! Great thanks!!!

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Wings Of Love

  29. I’ve had so much fun realizing I had an interest, then finding a ton of folks with the same interest. That’s been one of the best things that’s resulted from blogging. I can get feedback from people with the same interests but way more knowledge than me. How empowering!

    Sara at On Simplicity´s last blog post..Simple Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

  30. Yes to Me is THE Coolest Spirituality blog. Authentic (how much more authentic can it be than direct communication with spirits?), funny, and practical (practical! Like real business tips!)

    I do talk about my Akashic Record Reading service, but I don’t see it as advertising — I only mention it from time to time because it’s my business and because I get inspiration there. Yet, it has converted plenty of readers to my service ^_^

    BTW I’m celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Yes to Me with free eBook giveaway ($29 value) now — limited offer.

    Akemi – Yes to Me´s last blog post..My Online Gratitude Journal One Year Anniversary Edition # 23

  31. What a great list of ways that we can use our blogs to reach out to the world. My blog is about my spiritual journey through this life of mine. I use my experiences to reach out to others, especially survivors of incest and childhood abuse. I want others to know there is life beyond the abuse and that life can be glorious if you want it to be. I hope that those who haven’t been through the abuse can find compassion for those who have.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s last blog post..Life Scripts at Joyful Days

  32. Hi Barbara,
    What a cool list.
    I am exploring myself through my blog. I like to share the agony and the ecstasy of inner journey in blogosphere. And yes, I am in contact with many people with resonating passion.
    It is nice and growing.

    The Journey Within´s last blog post..Destiny or Freewill?

  33. I think blogs are great for pushing a local cause or message out to an international audience. Like you said, they’re free, and nowadays they’re user friendly enough so that even someone who isn’t particularly tech savvy can set one up pretty easily. We’ve seen the power of blogs, for example, when they were part of how people in Myanmar reached out to the world regarding the situation of the populace.

  34. Exposure? Check
    Promoting a worthy cause? On occasion
    Telling the world about my skills? Check
    Sharing ideas? Check

    You know something? The more I blog, the more people I meet I learn from people.

    Blogging has become a way to meet new people, interesting people with deep things to say. It’s ironic in a way, I am here, writing about wisdom, and I end up learning more than my readers.

    Funny enough, thy shy self of me does no longer consider networking a chore, but a need.

  35. Hi Barbara – Thanks for including me!

    It’s funny – that wasn’t what I originally intended with my blog. I had no purpose when I started. Now it forces me to work on code – things I’m having trouble figuring out so I can then write about it and help others.

    I have another site about elephants that simply is used to educate and gather all related news.

    Kim Woodbridge´s last blog post..I Loved My Grandmother

  36. FriarNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, thanks for the link love!

    Yes, I definitely blog to showcase my art and cartoons for my future books. But there’s one other equally important reason I blog…I like to make people laugh. I’m kinda like the class clown…I admit, I like the attention.

    If I can make my readers spew their drink out their mouth all over keyboard and have them tell me they’re ROFLOL’ing ….then my mission is accomplished!

  37. WereBearNo Gravatar says:

    I have a huge goal: turning around many people’s attitudes about cats.

    So far, I have attracted a lovely community of Cat Appreciators, but I also hope to reach out to people who aren’t… yet.

    I’ve discovered that people find my blog when they search for information about a cat misconception… and I’m glad they find a refutation of the myth on my blog.

    That’s what makes me feel I have made a great step forward.

    The wonderful feedback I get from my fans is what keeps me going. When they tell me they are enjoying their cats more, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

    WereBear´s last blog post..Cat Affection Move: The Shift

  38. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Vered – You’re welcome. Yes. There are many ways to succeed with blogging.

    Hi JM – ***smiles***. I’m happy you not lurking, too, and have decided to share your thoughts. I just checked out your blog. It looks like a great one. It’ll be fun to follow your journey as you adjust to life in Australia. I hope to see you here again soon.

    Hi MaryAnne – You’re welcome. I’ve been working on this post off and on for about a week and finally it all came together. I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it.

    You’ve described your blog perfectly. It is a wealth of information. And I agree. Blogs are unlike any other business building tool.

    P.S. I see you’ve registered your avatar, It’s great to see your smiling face. 🙂

    Hi Evelyn – You’re welcome. I’m guessing you’ve shown your great blog to your friends. And please, do tell them to drop by. There is so much we can do with a blog, isn’t there?

    Hi Sara – That is empowering, isn’t it? – Finding so many with the same interests as us, and then learning even more from them. And, you’re in a great niche. Who doesn’t want a more simple life?

    Hi Akemi – Congratulations on your one year anniversary, and for your (limited time) free ebook giveaway.

    It’s wonderful how your blog has turned readers into clients for your Akashic Record Reading. I’m guessing they also can “see” how authentic you are via your writing.

    Hi Patricia – Thank you. Yours is a wonderful platform as there are so many people who have gone through abuse of one form or another. By writing about your experiences and recovery, you’re teaching others there is hope. You’re a shining star, Patricia.

    Hi Journey Within – Thank you. Isn’t it great how when we blog, we quickly find others who think like us? It’s actually a very small world.

    Hi Kurt – That’s true. Blogs are great portals for pushing a local cause and/or supporting our platform. And yes, with blogs being so user friendly, almost anyone can have one.

    Hi Miguel – I like how you put that. “[I] no longer consider networking a chore, but a need.” We do learn a lot from others don’t we? The power of blogs……

    Hi Kim – You’re welcome. I love how your blog took you into your current position, and how that isn’t what you had intended for your blog.

    A blog about elephants? I didn’t know that. If you happen to be reading this, please come back and share the link.

    Hi Friar – You’re welcome. I’m not quite ROFLOL’ing (rolling on the floor laughing out loud), but your comment is making me smile. You do good at making your readers laugh. And, you also do great with your art. What a wonderful combination.

    Hi WereBear – Cats are great pets, aren’t they? I love how you’ve dedicated your blog to cats. It’s a great niche and with so many animal lovers out there (me included), you shouldn’t be lacking for readers.

  39. Hi Barbara – It’s in transition but I’ve had this elephant site in a variety of forms for over 6 years. I recently moved it to it’s own domain.


    Kim Woodbridge´s last blog post..(Anti) Social Lists 2/8/09

  40. Hi

    Great list of blogs to go through!
    I have lots of plans for my blog, so many though, that I don’t know where to start! I’m chasing my tail a bit at the moment.


    LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..Overcoming The Barriers Of Introversion: Starting The Process

  41. EvitaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!

    Wow and yes the possibilities really are endless. I am a health and science educator by profession so I started one of my blogs to educate people on healthy and natural living in all areas of one’s life. My first blog was actually started out of a passion for my personal spiritual journey and to connect with others to show and help to achieve a wonderfully blissful life. And my third blog came out of my passion for photography and poetry and there I just share with others some of my photos and provide inspirational moments.

    So yes – blogs really can be as little or as much as we want. As for expansion. There are a few other blogs that I will be starting before the end of the year that will target more of my passion and help to humanity areas – I am very excited to say the least as the journey so far has been amazing!

    Evita´s last blog post..SkyWatch Friday – Sky Moments

  42. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara … you have outdone yourself by giving us so much link love! This is an incredible list of unique bloggers, including myself, who pour their hearts/souls into their work. Thank You!

    I have been finding some neat green stuff coming or about to hit the market for communities, consumers and companies to utilize in getting full use of sun, wind and water. This is an exciting time to see what inventions are being worked on much less what can be done.

    This is going to be fun! 🙂

    Linda´s last blog post..Near Perfect Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

  43. JenaveveNo Gravatar says:

    Another fabulous, thought-provoking post Barbara, with an incredible amount of great links for us to check out (thanks).

    What do I do with my blog? I treat it like a fun bucket to fill with anything that I or others are doing creatively that I would like to look back on later, or share with others. It’s a repository for my right-brain activities like creating and making, and a means of getting thoughts out of the brain and onto the page.

    I don’t have plans to expand it, I’d rather just let it evolve over time. Originally it started as a sewing blog, but it’s evolved into a blog about all sorts of topics including healthy eating. It’s almost like my own reminder board to keep on moving, keep on creating and keep on dreaming. It works pretty well as is, so I’ll probably keep it that way.

    Jenaveve´s last blog post..Eye Spy…..something delicious

  44. GennaroNo Gravatar says:

    Blogging is a communication device. I use it to communicate the importance of exploration. Be it international travel or your own community. Setting outside your box occasionally is great.

    Gennaro´s last blog post..Planning A Perfect Romantic Getaway

  45. Hi Barbara – Its been awhile since I’ve visited, but I am getting back into the swing of things. I use my blog as a vehicle to expose a wider variety of clients to my advice on communication and persuasion. The legal industry dominates my everyday business, but my true passion is improving communication in daily interaction.

    I don’t have any plans to expand although the goal for the year is to write more! I am also going to expand my blog so other employees can share their knowledge as well. I would also like to try a vlog to see if my readers respond to video better.

    Theresa Zagnoli´s last blog post..HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY – OR IS IT?

  46. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I write on my blog

    Patricia´s last blog post..I Request the Honor of your Comments

  47. Great post – as always. I agree with Robin (all blogs are unique) and Gennaro (that blogs are a communication device). While GrowMap is specifically meant to share proven strategies for improving blog usability, ecommerce conversions, and driving traffic through many methods including Social Networking, I blog elsewhere to share and interact with others on other subjects and in specific niches.

    Internet Strategist´s last blog post..Have a Blog? You Win By Reading This Blog Review Contest Entry on Best Blog Design!

  48. Hi Barbara –

    I’ve been out of the loop for a few weeks so I’m late catching this post. But thank you for including me! And all of the other wonderful people you’ve spotlighted. Got a few I’ve not read before to check out.

    Hope you’ve been well.

    ~ Annie

    Annie Anderson´s last blog post..Random monday ramblings

  49. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Kim – Thank you for coming back by and leaving the link to your elephant blog. I checked it out and found it very fascinating. Great job!

    Hi Juliet – Thank you. There is a lot to do with a blog, isn’t there? Just take it one step at a time and enjoy the journey.

    Hi Evita – You’re one busy lady. Three blogs, plus a plan to add more. Blogging is a wonderful hobby, isn’t it? And, is a great way to connect with like minded people.

    Hi Linda – You’re welcome. Yes, it will be fun. I always enjoy coming by your blog to see what new “green” invention you’re writing about. It’s always an education.

    Hi Jenaveve – You’re welcome. Blogs are like that, aren’t they? A repository for our thoughts and/or creations. Not only can we use them as a “collection point”, but others find joy in them as well.

    Hi Gennaro – You’re right. Blogs are excellent for communication. We not only get to connect with those in the same niche, but with people all over the world.

    Hi Theresa – It’s good to see you again. It sounds like you have a full plate. Being able to improve communication in daily interaction is a great niche. I’m guessing your clients benefit immensely from what you share.

    Hi Patricia – And you write very well. 🙂

    Hi Internet Strategist – Thank you. Isn’t is amazing what all we can do with blogging? With a little bit of creativity the possibilities are endless. It’ll be fun to watch how blogging changes in the future, as well.

    Hi Annie – You’re welcome. Enjoy the other links. There is lots of good stuff to read.

  50. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, Thank you for your kind words…

    Patricia´s last blog post..A Romantic Day by Myself

  51. MayaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi barbara,

    I have to apologize. I have been so busy that I have not even monitored in links to my blog. I stopped to read your blog and noticed this! Thank you so much for the link!!

    Blogging is indeed a great way to do so many things. Without my blog and the community a lot of what i am doing would be meaningless….but it is amazing to see the various things people are doing with their blogs. I guess the key is to be passionate and continue to do what we love.

    Thank you so much for including me here !

    Maya´s last blog post..The One Hundred: A Guide to Pieces Every Happy and Balanced Soul Must Embrace: Simplicity

  52. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – That must have taken you a long time to put together. Thank you for including me – it really is appreciated, especially as I haven’t been writing so much lately.

    Now I need to go through all those blogs you’ve mentioned and check out the ones I’ve not already visited.

  53. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia – You’re welcome.

    Hi Maya – You’re welcome. Yes, being passionate about blogging is key.

    Hi Catherine – You’re welcome. Have fun going through the list and finding other great gems to read.

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  55. Barbara–I appreciate your blog tremendously. As a blog newbie I am still trying to navigate the net and perhaps find the appropriate place for my voice. Words tend to spring from my fingers generating my own bizarre outlook on life. In a short time I have sold some articles for content but feel the need to look for some sort of direction. Some of my content was stolen which then made me realize that if it was good enough for someone to steal, sell, and profit from—then I need to learn how to market myself as well as protect my content. I stumbled upon your blog when looking for information on how to do exactly that. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how you support fellow bloggers and act as a conduit for the blogging highway. Cheeky

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words Cheeky,

      I was just on your blog and love what you’re sharing. Such originality.

      I know what you’re saying about having your content stolen. Unfortunately when we blog and put stuff “out there”, others will happily claim it as their own – sometimes taking credit for it. Other times, just reposting what they stole from us with names and links intact, all in the name of having something to publish so the spiders and bots visit their sites. I wish I had a good answer as what is the best way to handle it, but I don’t short of notifying them to take it down. (And even that may not work).

      Where I’ve finally landed on this issue is that it will happen from time to time and if I start spending my precious time chasing the thieves, then they’ve won. Instead I now concentrate writing, posting, visiting other blogs, working behind the scenes and on other blogging activities where I have control.

      In the meantime, happy blogging.