Are You Ready For a Blogging Adventure?

October 1, 2008 by  
Filed under Writing Space

Do you want to let your words soar?

Then maybe it’s time to cut the ropes and fly off into the wild, colourful adventure of blogging…

Photo Credit: Temecula Festival by ms4jah on Flickr

Although writing a blog might sound like something reserved for those of a technical nature, or citizen journalists, or youngsters who are glued to their pcs, you’d be amazed how many ordinary people are now sharing a little piece of their world with other members of the world wide web.

Many of the writers at the Calm Space are also enthusiastic and gifted bloggers: in fact that’s how many of us got to know each other in the first place.  Making connections across countries, across continents, in fact across the other side of the world is just one of the ways that writing a blog can transport you off into new adventures.

Here are some of the other ways that blogging might just carry you off into the horizon…

  • You’ll stretch and develop your writing, experimenting with new styles and content
  • Your words will be read by people in other parts of the world, connecting you together through the power of your words
  • You’ll form friendships which in turn can lead to new working relationships, business partnerships, or ideas for projects and initiatives
  • You’ll get used to hearing the sound of your own writing voice, and soon you’ll be strengthening and developing that voice till you’re singing out loud
  • Reading the work of other people will give you an insight into the way people live in other parts of the world, reminding you of how different our lives can be… and how many common ties bind us together
  • You might learn how to share pictures, videos: offering a peek into your world and maybe bringing a burst of sunshine and colour into someone else’s
  • You’ll find that other people are interested in you and who you are, where you live, what your work is like, what kind of things you can see from your kitchen window.  Your dull old ordinary world can start to seem special and exciting, when viewed through the lens of other people
  • You might travel to meet some of the people you’ve spoken to through your writing online. I’ve travelled to Chicago and Italy this year to meet up with other bloggers.  Although Australia seems a long way from Scotland to meet up with other Calm Space authors… who knows what might happen one day?
  • You can use what you produce and what you’ve learned to achieve other lifelong ambitions, like writing a book or creating a store to sell your craft work
  • You’ll find yourself exploring new avenues, new ideas each and every day, following ideas – your own and other people’s – and flying off to see where they take you, just like these gorgeous balloons…

If you’re already a blogger, what kind of adventures has it led you into?

If you’re thinking about getting started – what would help to give you the final push, to cut the ropes and set your writing free?

Comments

10 Responses to “Are You Ready For a Blogging Adventure?”
  1. Joanne says:

    Hi Joanna

    I enjoyed reading this, I know this would assist more traffic to my site. I am still trying to understand the right sites to blog on to get my message accross.

    Thanks for the words of wisdom.

    Cheers
    Jo

  2. Joanna Young says:

    Hi Jo,

    Blogging is a wonderful means to attract people to your site, because it allows you to make connections to them, and them to you. That in itself will bring you benefits of stretching and finding new motivation for your business.

    Good luck with your endeavours

    Joanna

  3. Jodi Vial says:

    I’ve been writing a blog for almost two years, mainly to keep myself sane by putting my thoughts down in words. I have always loved writing, and it has been incredibly therapeutic for me to have an outlet for my thoughts. On any given day I am raising children, struggling with (or triumphing over) depression, marvelling at the many other creative bloggers out there and finding my own voice. I love being able to document it all and hope that maybe someone, somewhere in the world, might stumble across my words one day and be a tiny bit inspired. I am greatly inspired by the calm space, which I found completely by accident (or should I say serendipity?) and was delighted to find so many creative souls in one place, all doing their thing for the love of it.

  4. Joanna Young says:

    Jodi, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I certainly was inspired by my first visit to your blog – I’ll be back for more for sure.

    I enjoyed reading about how you found the Calm Space – serendipity indeed, though how it fits with elephants I’ll never know!

  5. My blog is coming up to its first birthday, and it’s been a wonderful adventure for me. I’ve connected with people all over the world, including some of my heroes. I’ve learned lots of new skills, gained confidence, broadened my mind and had fun.

    Definitely worth the journey.

  6. Joanna Young says:

    Angela – that’s fabulous. I don’t know about you but I couldn’t never have imagined such wonderful things happening before I started – it is indeed a fantastic and rewarding journey.

  7. karen says:

    Joanna

    You’re so right about this being a fantastic and rewarding journey. I have discovered friends and inspirations through blogging that I never would have otherwise.

    It seems to me that this is a journey you cannot really understand until you actually jump in the water. (hmmm, mixed metaphors there, sorry). I could never have imagined the degree of connection and learning and expansion and friendship I have discovered through writing a blog. Thanks for sharing Joanna.

  8. Joanna Young says:

    Karen, I agree with that, very much. It’s something you need to experience, not read about. On the other hand… I did want to try and find ways of tempting people into the water!

  9. Sandra R says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.