Blogging Is Writing, Duh.

When I’m in Africa I teach the Bible almost every day, but when I’m home I write, well, I blog.

 

It’s harder than I thought it would be, but it’s also more fun than it sounds.

Sometimes I run into a friend I haven’t seen in awhile.
When she asks what I’ve been doing and I answer ‘blogging’, she looks at me like I just said, “I’ve been eating bugs”, or “I’ve been canning okra”.
Apologies to all you okra fans and you bug fans too.
It’s like she’d understand if I’d joined a cult or started selling Amway, but BLOGGING!!!

What’s that?

Well, for me blogging is writing.

I hope it’s good writing.
I hope it’s better writing than it was a year ago.

I’m learning more about photography, but only because I think it can help tell a story or make a concept more relatable.

And I’m learning more about how to make my blog LOOK THE WAY I WANT IT TO LOOK; which usually makes me want to say BAD WORDS.
Words like the ones I said just before my Aunt threatened to wash my mouth out with a bar of Dove soap.

But I keep working at ‘tweaking’ this theme all the while quoting Bible verses like:

1) Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth. . .

2) Set a guard over my mouth LORD, keep watch over the door of my lips.

3) Let your speech always be gracious. . .

Last year I made a slideshow that ran on the main Home page of this blog.
Now I can’t figure out HOW I DID THAT.
Just one of the little frustrations of my limited skills.

 

So, I read blogs about blogging.

I don’t dare tell that to my friend.
That’s a bridge too far.

One of the first blogs I found is Copyblogger.

Their focus is “teaching people how to create killer online content”.
I’m not there yet.

I’m sure most of their readers are people who write for a company website, professional writers, but I still find tons of good instruction about writing, especially writing for the web.

Want to be inspired and challenged?

Click the link below and read about being a ‘Prepared Writer’.
I can’t wait to get home and put some of her ideas into practice.

http://www.copyblogger.com/content-every-day/

 

Another good find is Darren Rowse. Β 
He began a photography blog and learned by trial and error how to build a successful blog.
I love his accent and watch his podcasts just to hear him talk.

Shallow right?
But I actually listen to what he says.
I liked his content so much I joined his Problogger Community.

You can hear him speak at this link.
Did I mention he has a cool accent????

http://problogger.com

I’m missing the 31 Days of Blogging Event at Write31Days because I don’t have reliable internet for the first 9 days of October.
I did it last year and immediately developed a macular hole.

I literally BLOGGED MY EYE OUT!
But, you might want to give it a try.

http://www.write31days.com

 

What’s your favorite thing about blogging? Β 
How did you decide what you wanted to blog about? Β 
What makes you crazy and where do you go for help when you get stuck?
Share your favorite resources, blogs, and writers who write about blogging..

 

 

9 Comments on “Blogging Is Writing, Duh.

  1. Thanks for this post – on the surface lighthearted, and it put a welcome smile on my face! Then I started clicking the links and found excellent content – thank you for taking time to share these great resources. You also make me pleased I avoided the 31 day challenge!! I’d already felt relieved today, I’m trying to write every day for 5 days and that’s proving enough of a challenge for this month πŸ™‚

    • Oh Victoria, thanks for the feedback! Also, you and I can relax and enjoy the Fall. I do want more consistency in my blogging, but this year the 31 Day Event just didn’t fit πŸ˜‰
      I really liked the Prepared Writer article on Copyblogger. I think I can benefit from the practices she described. The first thing I want to do is change to a stand up desk. It’s a healthier choice since ‘sitting became the new smoking’!!!
      Cheers

  2. I enjoy writing in bite sized chunks. It’s manageable. So far, I’m learning by osmosis from reading others (like yours). I do like The Sarcastic Muse, but like your link, it a bit more than I need. Still I get a lot out of it. If I wasn’t on my phone, if provide a link.

    • Hey Dan, thanks for sharing The Sarcastic Muse, I just Googled it and added it to my WP Reader! You never know where you might find something you can use. The iPod put 1000 songs in our pocket and smartphones have dropped the whole web in there too πŸ˜‰
      Do you post from an app on your phone? I sometimes use my iPad, but I haven’t mastered the tiny keyboard!

  3. Hi Kelly, I had bookmarked your Bible teaching website a while back and took some time tonight to read your story and the about page. I love it! I have been listening to CC teachers for quite a few years now and am currently listening to Chuck Smith’s teaching on the book of Acts via podcast. I’m just amazed at how simple your 3-step approach is! I think it’s just awesome what you are doing in Ghana.
    Thank you for the links above. I will be checking them out as I have time.
    I am working on a few posts about the Bible (reliability, unity, etc.) that I hope to finish soon, but it’s just so hard to find the time to get it done!
    And I do love your writing. I think you definitely have a gift for it. Keep it up!

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