I Wanna be a Blogger

I’ve always thought it would be fun to have a weekly column in a newspaper. Interesting and amusing ideas float into my head all the time. I like the challenge of fitting ideas together coherently. (Maybe this isn’t as challenging for others as it is for me). A newspaper column would give me a chance to find out if other people find those floating ideas as interesting and amusing as I do.

Blogging is like a newspaper column, except without an editor to tell you what to write, that you’ve misspelled something, that your article is too long, or that you’ve missed a deadline. Blogging is complete freedom, within reasonable boundaries. It’s only natural that I’ve been toying with the possibility of blogging ever since the word “blog” started circulating around the internet a decade or so ago.

Only one thing stopped me from trying that new blogging fad, all those years ago. Okay, two things. Three. Three things stopped me.

First, and perhaps least important, there was no money in blogging. These days, I imagine some people are profiting off of their blogs. But back in the day, bloggers spent hours (okay, minutes…seconds, at least) polishing their innermost thoughts. Then they dumped the priceless nuggets out into the internet for anyone to read and discuss (or judge, mock, or ridicule – reason #4 not to blog). And they did it for free. This did not make sound economical or psychological sense to me, back then.

Time was a much bigger reason not to blog. Sure, I could just blat out the first sentences that formed in my head and not worry too much about transitions, organization, word choice, and all that writerly junk. But who would read such a mess? And if they did read it . . . well, see reason #4 not to blog.

Writing is easy. Writing well is hard. It takes time. I have multiple jobs, multiple kids, multiple cats, a really sweet and understanding husband, and novels to write. Blogging is just a big, black hole of time.

Isn’t it?

The biggest reason I never started blogging was fear. What do I have to say that anyone else would want to read? I’d feed valuable time, creativity, and resources into my blog and the only ones reading it would be my parents (and maybe my husband, if I ask him nicely to proofread).

When you write a novel, you spend months or years without exposing your work to total strangers. During that time, you can survive off of the fantasy that, some day, an editor will love it and publish it and it will become an international best seller and be made into a movie starring Shia LaBeouf and Michael Caine and you will be a millionaire. A blog can result in instantaneous criticism (see reason #4). Worse, silence.

Total disinterest can be bad for a writer’s motivation.

With all these reasons NOT to blog, why have I just spent the entire day setting up this big, black hole of time? It goes back to the first paragraph. Writing is like a puzzle game with few boundaries and rules, where the definition of “winning” is subjective. In other words, it’s fun. And it turns out I crave feedback a little more often than every few months (or years).

So this is it: my first blog entry. Be kind.

Be there, at all.

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About Marie Loughin

I love reading, writing, and editing speculative fiction of all sorts. My current focus is on writing contemporary fantasy, where I get to play god with characters from myth and legend. My Norse-based urban fantasy, Valknut: The Binding, is available at Kindle Books and other e-book retailers. You can find me at my blog (marieloughin.com) and on Twitter (@mmloughin).
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18 Responses to I Wanna be a Blogger

  1. Robynn says:

    Well done. No negative feedback here. I especially like, and understand, reason #4. I, for one, will keep reading. Maybe I’ll figure this out and be able to blog more routinely on my own site. So far it has been pitiful.
    Thanks Marie

    Robynn

  2. Buzz Loughin (other Dad) says:

    Great idea we have always enjoyed your writing and creative spirit. Hang in and we will follow. Ummm maybe I will consider a blog, whom do you think would be interested in a daily report of riding around Lake Kissimmee each day reporting on gators???

  3. Welcome to the blogging world, Marie! I know I will enjoy your posts and I bet you’ll make much better use of your blog than I have of mine!

  4. Bette Loughin says:

    Hi Marie,

    Go for it, girl! I’ll be looking forward to your interesting (and comical) entries. Just think out loud 🙂

  5. Good Job Marie! I will be subscribing for sure, you write very well. 🙂 Or is that good?

    • Thank you, Shannon! As for the grammar — let me put my tech writing teacher hat on. (Ahem)

      That would be “well”, since “well” is an adverb and “good” is an adjective. Except in a context of dialogue, especially sportscasters, in which case the use of “good” has entered into the common vernacular and is acceptable. (Ahem.) Thank you very much. 😉

      Sorry. I won’t do that often. It’s not like I’m a grammar expert, or anything.

  6. Carla Mack says:

    Great job Marie! When I read your e-mail about this blog, it reminded me of the movie Julie and Julia. I couldn’t wait to see how your thoughts would spread on paper, so to speak. I envy gifted writers and you are one of them! Your thoughts flow wonderfully! Keep it up! I can’t wait for more 🙂

  7. Jules Loughin says:

    Way to go, mom! Think aloud (as in aloud on paper- no wait, the Internet) and we’ll laugh at you. In a good way. ‘Cuz your funny. Tee hee. (is it a bad sign if I just confused me?)

  8. Roberta says:

    I agree with your daughter, you are way funnier on your blog than I am on mine. Congratulations for stepping into the void!

    Roberta

  9. RobynC says:

    Add to #4 “plagarism”. If a writer DOES come up with a brilliant thought, unscrupulous people will “borrow” clever wordisms and pretend they are their own, and once they become part of the Internetium… who can prove who came up with it originally?
    ❤ Robyn

    • True and unfortunate. And you CAN prove who posted first, in a head-to-head battle, but it’s usually not worth the legal fees. You shouldn’t be too attached to anything you write in a blog (especially when you’re unknown). I just hope that if anyone lifts something from me, they keep my name attached to it.

  10. Mom says:

    Your writing has always interested and amused me–just don’t use too much of your free time writing your blog and not writing your books and stories! I like to see something I can hold in my hand. I know you will have a lot of fun with this and the feedback is marvelous.
    Mom

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