Why in the World Did I Start this Blog???

by Joan Kremer on August 16, 2008 · 9 comments

in Adventures,Benefits of SL,Opportunities

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?

Alas Zerbino blogging away in Second LifeGood 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!

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1 Sharon Hurley Hall (1 comments.) August 17, 2008 at 6:23 am

What a great reason to start blogging, Joan. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to browse around your blog, too, to find out more about Second Life and writing.

Sharon Hurley Halls last blog post..Sharon Hurley Hall: Readers’ Interview

2 Joan Kremer (71 comments.) August 17, 2008 at 8:25 am

Hi Sharon! Thanks for the post — and thanks for starting this project on starting blogging! Second Life has been great fun, and so has blogging about it been. If you have any questions about SL, just ask, because as you can see, I love to talk about it!


3 jmb (1 comments.) August 20, 2008 at 10:45 am

Interesting story Joan or Alas. We met at Michelle Richmond’s talk at Story Mountain lodge.
There are so many blogs about SL, mostly about shopping and how to do this or that. So one about the writing life in SL should be interesting. I hope to come back again to the Lodge sometime but Wednesday at noon normally has another RL activity on the go.
I don’t know how I found your place, since I am not a writer. I think you sent me an IM because of my Blogpower membership but then I noticed Leslye Writer, a SL friend in your group when I joined. We both belong to the UK Guild of Writers in SL. I feel like a bit of a fraud in writers’ groups, but enjoy some of the things I attend for that group.

Both blogging and now SL have been very interesting experiences for me and I occasionally write about the SL experiences on my blog. I have a draft post on the go about meeting Michelle which I hope to post soon.

jmb (another Joan) jmb balogh in SL

jmbs last blog post..How does the World View the US Presidential Elections?

4 Rich August 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm


New home, subtle and yet striking new look! Fantastic!

I love reading your entries. Not only to they dredge up horrible memories of my newbie days in SL, but I still learn new things from them. People like you are what makes the writing community in SL the undeniable success it is. Keep up the great work. I quiver with anticipation of each new post!


5 plaidearthworm (2 comments.) August 20, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I admit, I’m intrigued by the thought of the writing life in SL. I’ve created an account, but haven’t really explored yet, wanted to find out more info, and your blog is wonderful! BTW, try again on that article idea, I think a lot of writers could learn from it.

6 Joan Kremer (71 comments.) August 21, 2008 at 9:03 am

Hi JMB! I don’t know how you found your way to Story Mountain, either, but I’m glad you did! I love your blog, too! Might be Leslye–we’ve gotten to know each other through other writers’ events.

Main thing: Don’t feel like a fraud! For one thing, you ARE a writer–just look at your blog. For another thing, those who love to read belong with writers as much as writers do–it’s a symbiotic relationship where we need each other!! So thanks for joining us and hope to see you often.

(By the way, I’m hoping to start a book club at Story Mountain soon where the readers would meet with the author of the current book–sort of like Athena Isle Writers, but with a reading focus instead. I’d love it if that worked out for you to participate in.)


7 Joan Kremer (71 comments.) August 21, 2008 at 9:05 am


Thanks so very much for your comment. I’m glad you like the (slightly) revised site. Your blog has been an inspiration to me–as has your ongoing support for this blog, inworld and out! I look forward to your posts, too!!


8 Joan Kremer (71 comments.) August 21, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hi Plaidearthworm!

Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you signed up for SL; I think you’ll find a lot of writer-related things to do there. It does take a while to find your way around it, so I hope this blog can help. Also, I plan to add soon a list of helpful websites for newcomers to SL.

Glad I found your blog, too — loved the story behind your name.


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