Thursday, March 24, 2011

Writing, Life, and Spilling Stuffs

Okay, first you should know that I'm writing this blog post this morning...in my sweats and running shoes...without my makeup on (sorry about that). But I've had something on my mind for a few weeks.

You see, when I started blogging, I went to blogs that talked about writing (because writing is awesome--Oh, and you should know that I'm a little behind this week...again, sorry). 

As I learned more about the craft, I started going to bloggers who talked about life. (Because even though writing is awesome...I wanted to interact with people who were people...does that make sense? I did tell you it was really early right?)

Now I read both (because they both rock).

Since I'm almost through school and seeing my writing improve, I want to improve my own blog. (You know add stuffs to the side, maybe add some writing ideas, spend more time checking out other blogger's blog - after that final...I guess I should get that done first). I really want to start to give back.

So I guess what I'm asking is...what do you like in a blog?  What do you read? How do you give back?  (You'd think I would know this by now.) 

So...spill it! What do you do? What do you like?

Okay. I'm off to run...or go back to sleep.  (The running shoes and sweats have me all confused.) Maybe I'll just blog instead. Have a great week guys!

31 comments:

LisAway said...

As a non-writer I just like reading what people write. I guess I like anecdotes and stories from people's past. I like funny or thoughtful and I don't mind the occasional rant. I guess I just like whatever my friends feel like talking about. :) (so excited that you're almost done with school!!)

Kristina P. said...

I like all kinds of blogs. My blog is fluff, and so I like to read fluff too.

But I also really like well written, personal stories about people's lives.

Elena Solodow said...

I stick mainly to writing blogs right now, due to time constraints. I like to read different approaches to writing, hear where people are at in the process, etc. Overall, it's such a great community with a diverse range of people, so it's always interesting to read about the different viewpoints.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love blogs that combine the writing life with a strong personality and *mostly* positive attitude. I LOVE your sense of humor. :-)

Shari said...

I like reading your blog because I like you. I think I read other people's blogs because I can relate to them, either what they are writing about or just the people themselves. That's all I've got. Sorry I'm not more helpful.

Rachel said...

I love reading about people. It makes me feel not so isolated...I should get out more :) but really. Reading about others struggles makes me feel...better :) And, I love reading about your writing! You have such a fun writing style, keeps me laughing! xox

Summer Ross said...

I like blogs that have something useful for me and ones that talk about life.

Catherine Denton said...

I like how-to's and stuff, but I LOVE hearing the heart of the person. I connect most with those who share bits (or lots) of themselves. (And I love photos!)
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Melanie Jacobson said...

I very, very rarely read writing blogs. There's only so much to say on the subject. Sure, it's nice sometimes to read people who "speak" my language, but it wears thin pretty quickly. I like reading funny stuff. Because I'm superficial.

Sara B. Larson said...

I think it's good to include writing stuff, and all that, but I like a mix. Personal and writing. I like the blogs where you get a feel for the blogger, not just feel like you're reading a textbook, you know?

Jolene Perry said...

I like an even mix. I want to know what people are writing - I want to see some of it (please SMALL bits) and I want to know what works for them, or what doesn't work for them.

I also want to know they have a life where thing happen, and where you sit in running shoes with no makeup - because most of us do that.

All of it. Give us a mix ;)

Lynn said...

I like hearing a bloggers personality through her/his posts. I do like gathering tips about the world of writing, but I also like reading inspirational posts, and even 'bragging' ones, celebrating successes. My photo hobby has me just looking at 'picture' blogs too. They keep my inspired, and wanting to do/be better! I love how your sense of humor comes through here!

Patti said...

I like a mixture of things. I like hearing tips about writing, but not all the time. I think mixing it up is a great idea.

ali said...

Carolyn, I think your blog is perfect. It's fresh and funny, a little bit about writing, a little bit about life. I like short blog posts, and you do that to perfection.

In short, I wouldn't change a thing!

Stacy Henrie said...

I enjoy reading about both - writing and life.

David Powers King said...

It's a tough juggle for me, being a writer and a blogger, because my time to blog (and read/comment on other blogs) is almost as time consuming as writing a book. For me, I know everyone has stuff to do and other blogs to visit, so I try to be concise in my posts, to say just what I need to say with little filler. I also like to (attempt to) entertain readers by posting pictures and youtube videos that are relevant to my topic at hand.

Great thoughts on the matter. Best of luck to your blogging progress! :)

Kathryn Magendie said...

Well, I'm commenting still in my robe and gown and slippers with my hair every which-a-way and coffee on my breath :-D

I read all kinds of blogs - author/writer blogs, food blogs, dog people blogs, cat people blogs, blogs about nuttin much and blogs about all kinda things, Appapachian blogs, Yankee blogs (laughing), Louisiana friend blogs - you name it!

My only problem is time - I have deadlines on my novels, so getting around to visit is harder and harder. But I do enjoy it - and I enjoy our blog!

L.T. Elliot said...

I think you're already doing such a great job. Your blog is positive, happy, upbeat. You talk about your life and you talk about writing and in both cases, you share your style and yourself. Just keep being awesome!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I like a mixture of things on a blog, which is probably why I like to mix it up as well.
One of the nice things about blogs is that you can get to know a person better than any other social networking site. :-)

Vicki Rocho said...

I like clean layouts. This is a hard one to balance because once you're established there are so many things you want to share. Other blogs, links to contests, etc.

And I know the going advice is that we should monetize and run ads....but I personally think they clutter things up.

Susan Fields said...

I like all kinds of blogs, but I think what really draws me in is a bit of the blogger's life, so I feel like I know them as a person.

Lola Sharp said...

I agree with almost everyone above. Personality/voice shines through the blogs I love the most.
I vote you just keep being you. :)

Love,
Lola

Bethany Mattingly said...

I love blogs that are fun but also informational. I guess really I'm just looking for their voice. I want to be able to "hear" the writer's tone and expression in my head...if that makes any sense. :) I like what you're doing right now.

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Michelle Teacress said...

I'm about to be long winded, so get ready ;)
I like to make personal connections with bloggers too, but sharing a lot of personal info on a blog is challenging - how much to share vs. not share? A nice mix of personal, writing, publishing, reading, even cooking, is nice. I'm not sure I have the balance right yet! I usually follow blogs if they follow me, but I usually READ blogs that...

1) have short posts
2) don't take forever to load
3) avoid bashing
4) celebrate milestones by sharing books
5) come up with their own unique regular posts
6) keep it clean
7) and most importantly, respond to me.

I usually avoid blogs that
1) are full of hype and flashy, cool blogger slang.
2) do too many blog tours or themed blogfests.
3) post their own writing for feedback (but I do tolerate posting queries)
4) make excuses or share really personal information.
5) don't look professional - blogs aren't really "professional", but sometimes it's easy to tell the author hasn't spent a lot of time designing, personalizing, or cleaning up the look of it all.

Boy, that's got to be the longest comment I've ever left. I could talk for an hour about this topic! I'll be quiet now. :D

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I think you have a great mix of writing, sharing links and sharing yourself on your blog Carolyn. That's what I look for when I read blogs. I want to feel a personal connection to the blog author...It gives me a reason to come back. :)

Danyelle said...

I like to know the blogger better for having read their blog. O:)

I try to give back by commenting back through email as well as stopping by commenters' blogs, but all that depends on time. Some weeks are better than others. :D

Nisa said...

I love getting to know the blogger, honestly. There are so many websites and blogs that give writing tips. I guess I read blogs to connect with the writers and hear their stories. Nos to much for the tips and helps.

As for giving back, I think sharing your experiences is a great way to do it. I've seen some writers do contests where they offer critiques and such. That would be one way of giving back. Mostly, I think it's just about having online conversations.

Janet Johnson said...

I love a little of both. I think it's more fun to read a blog when I know a little something about the person writing it.

Hope you had a great run! ;)

Medeia Sharif said...

I like to read about anything interesting and I like it when bloggers interact with me.

The Blogger Girlz said...

I'm fairly new to writing, so I'm drawn to writing craft related posts. Then again hearing about what's going on with others is refreshing.
- Aaron