Did you know that there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million to 200 million blogs today? So why in heaven’s name would I want to become blogger No. gazillion-and-one?
Good question—and one a writer/blogger friend asked of other bloggers. She invited us each to write a post on own own blog about how we started blogging, and then share our posts on her blog. So here’s my story . . .
Writers today “must write a blog,” the experts say—especially if they have published or want to publish books. I agree that advice makes sense in this Internet Age, but I put off starting a blog for a variety of reasons: too busy, nothing to say, too public, too blah, blah, blah… And so the years passed.
Early this year, quite by accident (as I reported in my first post to this blog), I stumbled into a writer’s wonderland in the virtual world of Second Life. None of my writer friends knew anything about Second Life, though it was filled with all kinds of opportunities for them. “Self,” I told myself, “you’ve got to get the word out to writers everywhere.”
So I wrote up a query for an article on writing resources in Second Life, and sent it off to The Writer magazine, which I consider the premier writers’ periodical in the English-speaking world. The editors there contemplated the query for more than two months before finally deciding it didn’t quite fit their editorial needs. Now, maybe they were just being polite, but in retrospect, I agree; it wasn’t the type of article they publish.
So the next step was to pick another writers’ magazine to send the query to. But before I did that, an idea struck me like . . . well, not like lightning, but definitely with more finesse than the Bluebird of Happiness‘s droppings! The idea: write a blog about writing and Second Life!
It was one of those “kill two birds with one stone” concepts (sorry, Bluebird of Happiness): I could say everything I wanted to say about Second Life with no editor (other than myself) hacking and slicing words and sentences, AND, I’d finally get that necessary-for-a-writer blog a-goin’!
Fortunately, I happened to be in the middle of a great class on blogging given by blogger Teddy Gross (in Second Life, of course!), so with his guidance (or perhaps “pushing” is a better word, Teddy?!!?) and the support of fellow class members H.R. Starr and Rich Ocheis. I created the WRITERS IN THE (virtual) SKY blog!
Whether my blog has any greater impact than a drop of water falling into the ocean, I don’t know. But it’s been great fun, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people in the process–including Sharon Hurley Hall, whose “Blogging Start Group Writing Project” on her blog was the impetus for this post.
That’s my story of my blogging start . . . and, as the cliche goes, I’m sticking to it!