Sunday, 4 November 2012

Blogging Successes and Failures

Jo Carroll, one of my very good blogging friends, has given me The Addictive Blogger Award.

Thank you, Jo.

If you’ve not visited her blog then please pop along to:


In return for this award I have to talk about why I started blogging. Some of my original hopes for this blog have not been achieved but the failures have been cancelled out by the successes.

  • Failure: I started this blog when Mr A was first diagnosed with Amyloidosis. I had hoped to contact others in a similar position. This didn't happen but we’ve got used to his condition now and it’s become part of our lives.

  • Success: I’ve always wanted to write one of those opinion columns in the newspaper. *Glances at soap box in the corner* I don’t suppose I’ll ever get paid by a newspaper for doing it, so this is the nearest I’ll get.

  • Failure:  I wanted to promote myself as a writer.  *hmmmm, me and over a 1000 other writers*

  • Major Success: I thought it would be nice to meet other like-minded people. I never expected that I would get to know so many lovely, chatty, supportive bloggers. Social Networking sometimes has a bad press but for me it’s all good. *virtual cup of tea and cake anyone?*

  • Failure:  I thought that writing a regular blog would kick-start some of my writing projects, the ones that have been ruminating in my pending file, but some weeks I hardly have time to do any writing. I’m far too busy enjoying and commenting on everyone’s blog posts, not to mention writing my own. OK, I exaggerate but it is a commitment and inevitably takes time.

  • Success:  Not a week goes by when I haven’t written something new, edited and polished it and posted it up for people to read so I am writing!


There are as many negative bullet points as positive ones but I wouldn’t want to be without my blog, no way! What are your blogging positives and negatives?

I now have to nominate five other bloggers to receive this award. They now have to explain why they started blogging and pass the award on to five others. Do go and visit them and, if you don’t already understand why I spend time reading other people’s blogs, then you will soon.

Val at Watery Ways

Joanne at Word Splash


Ann at Morning AJ

Carol at Carol Hedges [I’ve just noticed that Carol has, last week, blogged about why she blogs *synchronicity* but I think you should visit her blog anyway.]

31 comments:

  1. I find blogging fun too - meeting so many other writers has been truly priceless. I've learned a ton, made lots of friends and had a lot of fun! :)

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    1. I agree, Jemi. We're all here to promote ourselves but while we're doing that we've found each others' friendships.

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  2. Bless you, Rosalind and thanks! I'll do it after...well, you know..erm.....I've got an important post to do first!

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    1. You're welcome, Val, and I'm looking forward to being a guest on your blog. Thank you so much for asking me.

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  3. Isn't it funny how the things you think you'll get of something don't materialise, but they can be more than made up for by the unexpected benefits?

    I'd agree that blogging has become a useful part of my writing routine, offering me an outlet for a different kind of writing. I certainly didn't intend to be a book blogger, but 2/3 of my posts are now reviews or other book-focused posts.

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    1. I don't often do book reviews, Beth, but I know that a lot of bloggers do and it's a useful resource for readers.

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  4. Preparing a post definitely takes time.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. It certainly does, Shelly and I love the way you always send those hugs and chocolates. They're very well received!

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  5. Well Ros, you've certainly promoted your writing skills to me through your blog. You have penned sime excellent poems here!
    I actually started blogging because of Roger Federer and his successes, but as you know, it dramatically changed!

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    1. Thanks, Duncan. I'm a bit sensitive about my poems. I read ones in anthologies and can't understand what they're getting at. Mine are "What you see is what you get"! I love reading about Malaysia in your blog posts as it's so different from Leicester [and you'd know that being an ex-Leicester lad!]

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  6. Yup - love blogging. Only started in May. Honoured to be proposed for this! Love your bog too - especially the poetry. Renaissance Woman!

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    1. Thank you, Carol, you're welcome. I'm blushing at the Renaissance Woman label... [hang on - is that a good or bad label?!]

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  7. Interesting post, Ros - and yes, please, virtual tea and cake would be good!

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    1. Excellent, Jo, shall we have some flapjacks today. I made some orange and cinnamon ones the other day [real not virtual!] and surprised myself with their success!

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  8. I'm honoured. Thank you.
    It might be a few days before I get round to doing the reply (Still got lots of Manchester to cover!) but I'll be there as soon as I can.

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    1. You can respond whenever. There are no obligations and I'm enjoying your Manchester trip.

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  9. Hi Ros .. the blogging community is great and I've learnt loads about so many subjects, different takes on life, understanding how people cope etc etc .. and talk about support - they're always there ..

    I wouldn't be without blogging - it's really opened up a different way of life ... now my future is ahead with a few surprises coming up ...

    So pleased to have met you - and must click across to your links .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I'm so glad you've found the same wonderful support from the online community.

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  10. thank you for the award, but certainly unnecessary. It's been a pleasure to "visit" via your blog and also meet other writers and readers too. Miles and oceans in distance, but one click away from adventure. Thanks

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    1. I love that line, Joanne 'miles and oceans in distance, but one click away from adventure' should be a strap line for blogging. Thanks for that.

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  11. Blogging started out for me as a means to an end... i.e. "building a platform" to support my "real" writing. But it's become something entirely different. Now, it IS the end. Community is very important to me, but I never imagined it was possible to find such a wonderful sense of community from a group of people one has never actually MET. The blogosphere is truly amazing, isn't it?

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    1. II agree, Susan, as Joanne said above.

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  12. Funny how you started out blogging for one reason and it emerged into something different. You have reminded me that I have a post to write for this award too.

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    1. I shall pop over and read it, Anne

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  13. Well Ros, you got me into blogging and I've a lot to live up to, learning from the Master! But thank-you for your continually inspiring blog. I think one of the best things about blogging for me is that it has made me more aware. I see something, go somewhere or hear something and think 'I could blog about that'. I have also really enjoyed taking more photos. I'm still rubbish at it (and no I won't blame the camera even if it is only basic)but at least there's room for improvement!

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    1. I know what you mean, Alex, I take my camera everywhere with me now just in case.

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  14. Congrats on your award Rosalind! I do happen to find your blog to be very addictive! I started blogging after my younger son went off to college, and I never imagined that I would meet so many warm and gracious people like you! Hope Mr A is doing well. Slowly but surely I'll visit your links. Julie

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    1. Hence the title of your blog, Julie. And Mr A is doing very well. Thank you.

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  15. I agree with the drawbacks, and the time commitment is far more than I expected. Thankfully, though, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Right? I'm grateful for our connection, for just one example.

    Take care, Rosalind.
    xoRobyn

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    1. Me too, Robyn. It's good having you as a blogger friend.

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  16. Great post and it has reminded me why I used to enjoy blogging so much. I need to start going to visit blogs on my list on daily basis again instead of just weekly

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