The Blogging Writer

The life of a blogging writer isn’t always fun or glamorous. It becomes even less appealing when you add into the equation the “work” it takes to run a blog and to grow that same blog daily. There are days when I want to stop blogging and just write. Those are the days when I feel I have something worth writing… and that isn’t every day.

Many of us that are blogging writers have never published a book. The most scrutiny we received on our writing was from our 11th Grade Pre-AP English teacher who slaughtered our soul while mutilating our papers with red ink… all in the hopes of making us a better writer of course. I have had bad teachers and good ones. I have had people lift me above myself and people that made sure I never looked to the sky again.

I grew up loving to read, but always impatient to know the ending. When I buy a new book in a series I am reading I immediately read it twice. One time is the quick read in which I speed read to the end so that I know what I have been waiting to know. The second time is to appreciate the story and the details I missed the first go. They both equal satisfaction to me. When I was young my mother forced me to read my Summer Reading List before I could check out any books “for fun.” I learned how to speedread very fast because I was always in a hurry to get to the good books. Reading was my escape… I just didn’t realize until later in life what I was escaping from.

When I was in grade school we had different levels of education for children. “Normal kids” were placed into regular English and the “gifted children” were placed into Clue English. Clue was all about helping a child to reach higher levels of writing, imagery, and English in general. The problem was that while I could readily describe the sight of a dying flame, I could not in turn punctuate those sentences correctly. It was assumed we knew those trivial mechanics even though no one ever taught us. To this day I can’t tell you where a comma goes, but I can tell you where the sun goes when it dies.

I have very few friends “in real life” that read my writing. Most don’t know I blog and I see no reason to tell them. I write for me and because I must. If I didn’t have a day job to slave at I would write constantly until the internet told me to shut up. And then I’d write some more. The freedom to share openly with the world is a powerful tool. It is a weapon in the hands of some, a voice in the mouth of most, and an opportunity to show why we matter to others. We type our lives because the typing makes the living that much easier. That is what it is all about to me. That is why I blog.

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

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@smokendust

Visit my personal blog at https://aopinionatedman.com/

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34 thoughts on “The Blogging Writer

  1. I used to write/blog just to see if my blog would appeal to anyone. I’ve (in 9 years) never amassed over 300 followers. So, that said, I stopped writing daily humor blogs and now only write (for me) when something inspires me. It’s relaxing, a venting of my thoughts and humor, and a very good excuse for not mowing the lawn when I’m writing. “Not now dear, I’m writing!”

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  2. Brilliant! I love to read! I read fiction for fun, entertainment and escape, and non-fiction for knowledge. I can be found at the gym on the elliptical with my kindle, reading away while getting my cardio! I hope to see more bloggers share their writings in a book of some sort. Very satisfying! But I’m right there with you, Jason, I’m weary of the blogging and I just want to write the next e-book! So we both need to get cracking!

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  3. Where’s the “love” button! I too, read a good book twice. Once to find out what happens and then to see the details. Then, if I love the characters, I will read it again, and again, and again. Especially if no sequel is coming out! Best of luck with your blogging. I do enjoy reading yours. Always inspiring.

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  4. Hi Jason – What a great post – spoken from the heart – “I have very few friends “in real life” that read my writing. Most don’t know I blog and I see no reason to tell them. I write for me and because I must. If I didn’t have a day job to slave at I would write constantly until the internet told me to shut up. And then I’d write some more. The freedom to share openly with the world is a powerful tool. It is a weapon in the hands of some, a voice in the mouth of most, and an opportunity to show why we matter to others. We type our lives because the typing makes the living that much easier. That is what it is all about to me. That is why I blog.” – my favorite part.
    Thank you for sharing you with me – with us.😀
    cate

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  5. Blogging sure is an interesting outlet and I think you are right that most of us here have never published a book. There sure is some darn good talent in these parts though, published or not!

    Sometimes I absolutely hate to write but I always feel it is the best way for me to express myself so, like you, I can’t stop. I toss out a piece once in a blue moon on Facebook to share with friends, but other than that most don’t know about this side of me. I’ve found the engagement and feedback on WordPress much better than FB anyway.

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  6. “We type our lives because the typing makes the living that much easier. That is what it is all about to me. That is why I blog.” Such a heartfelt and relate-able ending! Typing our lives does make things easier. I feel like I can release a lot of things off my shoulder. I have so many books planted in my head but I am not an author yet. My blog inspires me to hopefully get it done🙂.

    I am one of those blogging writers that should write more too, but I am busy doing grown up things in the morning and all week. You are still one of my favs OM!🙂

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  7. Thanks so much Jason for sharing this very honest post I think many of us can relate snd share the same reasons for why we blog. Me included. I blog for me but I’m so grateful for the world of connectivity that makes it even more worthwhile.

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  8. As usual I feel you are not giving yourself enough credit, but I believe you when you say you have to write. I was asked by one of the places I blog why I write, and my simple answer was “because I have to”. For that reason I believe you will make it. You have a real talent beyond that of most and you have the curiosity to expand what you write about. If punctuation becomes too big a problem take a class on basics. I had the best English teacher in my senior
    year of High School and now I find that much of that ‘good’ stuff has fallen by the wayside. A number of years ago I bought the book that had just won the Nobel Prize for literature and found that it was written without one ounce of punctuation, not even capital letters or periods. I hated it and couldn’t understand how it could have won such a prestigious prize. The problem you had in H. S. was not something you did wrong. You had lazy teachers.

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