Ever notice how getting stuck in a rut becomes everyone's problem? That's what I'm trying to avoid.

I’ve been blogging for quite a while (less than 2 months) and don’t want to run the risk of getting stuck in a rut. So when a real cool blogger contacted me with the idea to try Guest Blogging–even though I’m not so sure how it works–I said, “Hey, why not?”

Derek Berry found me through my “To Be Honest With You” post that got (no horsing around) Freshly Pressed. I checked out his blog and found him to be an engaging, witty writer and masterful book critic. What really blew me away is that he’s still in high school and has written book. I’m 53 and have just as many outlines for my soon-to-be-started memoir.

He wrote this post about blogging as an introduction to himself and as a start to what we hope to be a regular addition to each other’s blogs. I wrote something about my vast less-than-two-month experience with blogging for his site called “I Blog, Therefore I Am..No Longer Talking to Myself.”

Check out his blog and make a new friend! Here’s Derek’s Guest Blog submission…

Benefits of Blogging

  {Derek Berry is a writer, poet, and blogger whose posts can be found regularly here.

Every moment you’re living, it becomes a story. Your story unravels behind you slowly as you live, every moment becoming infused with a moral or an opinion. No truth stays intact when you make it into a memory—even the truest story of an event emphasizes and dilutes certain subjects—so that time does not exactly exist. As in, if you go on a date and remember it later: you remember the nice conversations you had, not the twenty minutes your date spent throwing up because she’s apparently allergic to tilapia.

Every moment becomes a part of a story, and by blogging, we tell our stories moment by

I first started blogging not-too-long ago, two months, to promote my currently
un-agented novel Word Salad. Beginning the blog, I asked, what should I write about?

Maybe my book—yes, I’ll just write about that book I wrote and—

Writing! I know a lot about writing, so I’ll blog about writing and what else—what else—

The Apocalypse! Panda-tigers! Rainbow beach umbrellas! Harry Potter!

One of the benefits of blogging is that you can always tell a story. If ever I go to the dentist and want to talk about going to the dentist, I can blog about that and people will read it. Comment and maybe even enjoy it. And what might have been a purely Novocaine nightmare for me becomes a story. Not to mention how much I get to rant about writing, praise Harry Potter, and promote my book.

But the real benefits of blogging come with the audience—it’s like telling stories that
never end—conversations that just branch out like the exponential genealogy of the Protist Kingdom. When you have to opportunity to tell stories that mean something to you and the luck to have people like them, you’ve stumbled upon something great.

I didn’t know anything about blogging, but I read writers’ blogs. Of course I would talk about my book, try to tell people about where I was reading poetry, and promote the rest of my work, but—you just tell stories. If I am gripped by something I really care about—for example my visit to a Tea Party Rally: — I simply write about it.

A blog is like an anything-goes column, a place you can post fiction, reviews, essays,  and personal stories. I write about writing, about what I write and how. If you love writing, why not write something people can read every day?

What do you blog about?