LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOGGING

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Once again I sat curled up in bed, my iPad resting on a pillow and with lightening speed I clicked through the blogs. A post idea ignited in my brain and I switched to my own page and my fingers tapped away frantically. Beneath the pillow I felt the heat of the iPad burning and my fingers became scorched as I touched the keys. Repeatedly I tried to stop but my compulsion to finish my post was relentless. Just then I saw it – the top right corner of my iPad smouldering into searing molten plastic. I tugged at it gently and part of my tablet peeled away between my fingers.

With a scream I woke myself and in panic looked for my disintegrated iPad. Quickly realising it was all a nightmare I lay back on my pillow and wondered. Might I be enjoying this blogging experience a little too much?

No way!

DSC00148I started this blog as a way to share my novel writing journey. Quickly it became much more; providing a chance not only to share the ups and downs of my writing but also an opportunity to relate my own private musings as well as exchanging interesting information, book reviews and anecdotes as well as inspirational ideas.

The writing of the posts is invigorating – such a welcome relief from my novel as well as being so versatile and variable. However, writing and posting my own blogs is only a small part of the blogging experience.

Reading, liking and commenting on other blogs has become an integral and important part of my day. Not only is my isolation as a writer eradicated, the wide range of other posts are often not only informative but often stimulating. Many are accompanied with stunning photographs that cannot fail to brighten the greyest of days.

From around the world come uplifting stories, spiritual ones, funny humorous  blogs accompanied with hilarious images and captions. In contrast there are highly interesting literary ‘essays’ as well as educational posts. I read the numerous book reviews with relish, enjoying their diverse styles and learning so much more about new books available.

Whilst I am following a wide range of bloggers my main cohort is drawn from the writing community and I am eager to learn from my fellow writers.

Self-publishing is an extremely popular topic and I devour and often save the advice and hints offered. Who knows, one day I might need to brush up on these skills! Furthermore there are many posts on practical writing issues such as editing and grammar; always a useful nudge to pay attention. On the creative front I value the many and varied writing prompts posted, at times a phrase or image kick-starting a sentence or idea.

DSC00149It’s always a joy to read about other people’s success; to see their books, to read the interviews of their writing ventures, as well as learning about their woes and difficulties with self-promotion. New phrases are bounded around with cult enthusiasm and I am now proud to understand what ‘Thunderclap’ and the like are all about.

Finally there are many profound thoughtful blogs created which focus on difficulties of life, illness and loss. What gains my attention and admiration is that they all eschew victimhood and rather take a positive control of their lives in an artistically inspirational manner.

What all the posts have in common is the ability to touch people intellectually, emotionally and/or spiritually. This is something I strive to achieve through my blog – for my words to truly touch my readers. To raise a smile on someone’s face, to teach someone something new and interesting that day, to reaffirm someone’s idea or belief.

As I reached for my iPad today it is in the safe knowledge it will not burn out, melt apart in my hands. Rather it is, as always, a most useful tool for sharing and communicating. With a satisfactory safe click I will join you all out there. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Until then; Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for sharing your posts.

‘In a gentle way, you can shake the world.’

Mahatma Ghandi

Current Word Count of First Draft: 68,363

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8 thoughts on “LET’S TALK ABOUT BLOGGING

  1. Peter R says:

    I’m relieved that your iPad is safe; it would be a disaster to lose your blog. I find these blogs fascinating. So much of social media seems to be almost mindless sound-bites, with little or no thought behind them other than “I must get my word in”. It’s a pleasure to read your contributions, and to follow the links to other bloggers that have similar thoughts.

    Don’t worry too much about self-publishing. I’m sure that when the novel is complete publishers will be only too happy to run with it.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Great to hear you are enjoying the blog, thank you. Blogging has all been a most positive revelation to me and I am glad others are catching on to the fun and interest.

  2. Mike says:

    Another very interesting blog- and the dream sequence threw me. just love the fact that each blog is different – each one fresh and so well written. I don’t know how you keep it up. i now realise that writing a blog is not just getting a few words down – it’s much more than that. Well done and keep up the good work. Can’t wait to see what’s next. Oh, yes – and I love the photos

    Mike

    PS When is the novel going to be finished?

    • Annika Perry says:

      Glad to keep you on your toes there with the unusual start to the post! I’m glad you’re enjoying them all. As for the photos, I have a very good friend who keeps me supplied. Regarding the novel there is a perfect Greek phrase, ‘siga, siga’ – patience, patience.:-)

  3. mitchtizon says:

    This is the one of the few times I have encountered a blogger someone like you. The openness of words use are very relaxing and welcoming. :)) I will follow your blog and I hope you will also find the time to follow mine 🙂

  4. Mirja says:

    What a vivid dream! Gave your heart a work out before you even got up.:)
    Glad fingers and iPad survived for this new fun, caring and informative blog.

    I am not a blogger myself but can well see how you all are like colleagues in
    a warm and creative worldwide company of artists in various arts. I love following
    some blogs and yours is one I enjoy very much. Some I found among bloggers
    you follow and those who follow you.
    Fascinating.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mirja, Alas, all my dreams tend to be rather vivd and exciting to say the least but never had one about my iPad before! Not being active on social media otherwise I really had no idea what to expect from blogging but I have been warmly and positively surprised by the great experience. It is fascinating and enriching and I am glad you have that as well.

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