Allow Me to Introduce You to…

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
moment.

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?

~ by Lorna's Voice on July 18, 2011.

16 Responses to “Allow Me to Introduce You to…”

  1. Thanks so much, Isadora. It’s good to hear people like what I write.

  2. Thanks Isadora. It was a fun experiment and a neat way to discover new friends. And it was Derek’s idea…

  3. This is an exceptional description of the world of blogging. Derek has a great blog and some insightful things to say for a man of his lean years. I can just imagine what the future holds for him – obviously, great things.

    Congrats on the guest blogging – sounds like the right fit for you , Lorna.

    Good Luck …

    Isadora

  4. Thanks! haha.

  5. Thanks for visiting both sites and helping me see how this guest blogging thing works!

  6. Congrats to both of you! Derek – was your date really allergic to tilapia? How sad. And Lorna, I don’t think you need to worry about having your driver’s license revoked; not for a while anyway.

  7. Thanks so much! This “Guest” thing is new for both of us and I hope it works out. But I don’t even know what “working out” would look like. I’m such a Blogger-on-training-wheels!

  8. Nice one, Lorna. And Derek, lol. You both write such readable, enjoyable pieces, thanks for sharing with us

  9. Great! His book reviews read like book-jacket synopses. I am quite impressed with him.

  10. Wow – will definitely check out Derek’s blog!

  11. Glad you like what you see–I sure did!

  12. Thanks for the advice, Victoria. It’s a complicated, fast-changing world out there in so many ways. I have a feeling the people we connect with in this blogging platform are wonderful resources when the time is right.

  13. Thanks Derek!

  14. Thanks Lorna! Lorna’s post is up now at: http://derekberry.wordpress.com/
    Go check her new post out immediately!

  15. Glad to meet you, Lorna. Just a follow up on trying to find an agent…I had one for 15 months before cancelling our contract…the world of publishing has changed enormously. Look at new options such as e-publishing. It is the wave of the future. Hope to see more of your work.
    Victoria

  16. He’s in high school still huh? Wow, I think I have a small crush on his words, don’t tell anyone!!!! Oops….. This is a great post, and a great idea!

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