Blogging Communication

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Blogging has been around for a while; the first bloggers sharing their thoughts and experiences in the early 90’s. In comparison to these pioneers, I am a novice. I began my blog as a medium to share my thoughts, my reactions to what I had seen and read, my efforts at writing.

I never thought that blogging would draw me in the way it has. I never thought that blogging would encourage me to write even more; or that I would share my amateur photographs with people on-line. My eyes and ears are now more open to opportunities to share and to write. I flip through the pages of a paper and think, “My readers will Β find this interesting.” I look through my photos and wonder, “Would my readers enjoy looking at these?” Sometimes phrases flit through my head as I try to decide on a topic for a new blog post.

An unexpected boon of blogging with WordPress has been the communication I have had with readers. Their comments encourage me, and make me think of another’s viewpoint. Their comments motivate me to share more; and to continue blogging. In the morning after I have switched on the computer, I log onto WordPress and am always thrilled to see a new comment – a comment which I take the time to respond to. After posting, I browse through my Reader, reading the posts of the virtual friends that I have made. I read poetry, short stories, look at stunning photographs, and read the experiences of people in different parts of the world. I make comments and read replies with interest when I have asked a question. I may have never met these people in person, but I have made a connection with them.

I have added blogging to my list of past times. My only regret is that I did not discover this means of communication many years ago.

Why did you begin blogging?

Β© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

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47 thoughts on “Blogging Communication

  1. I’ve been blogging for several years now, and began as a way of finding my voice; that evolved into photography through a fellow blogger telling me I should do a photography 365 challenge that I had admired him for. I took the challenge, and thus began my photography. Without these happenings, I would never have found my passion for photography. It is so wonderful to meet new friends here…just like you!

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    1. I love how people support others in this community. And through that support lead us to things we never dreamed of trying. Thank you for sharing your experience with us Angeline.

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  2. I like writing, like to share my photographs, like ‘talking’ to nice interesting people from around the world without having to leave my home, but the final reason were some health problems (now ok, thank you πŸ™‚ which kept me house bound for some time. And like you, I too have made some very nice friends in just under a year. And you are right, I so wish I would have started years ago (when family and friends were trying to get me started – but I thought it then a great waste of time) and also wish I would have taken literally hundreds if not thousands of more photographs. But then I shrug my shoulders and say ‘there must have been a reason why I did not do it – the timing was obviously not right’. Carina πŸ™‚

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    1. I too would have taken hundreds of more photographs – and at more interesting angles too than I have done in the past. Thank goodness I have a patient husband and family because now I take even more pictures than I used to πŸ™‚

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  3. Thank you for these insights, Colline. πŸ™‚
    I started blogging because I always wrote for others – on request. And I realised that I wanted to write for myself once in a while. Your last paragraph could be mine as well. It is a real pity that I did not start blogging earlier.

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    1. What a pleasure to write what you want to write and not what others want. I found it liberating not to have to focus on the ‘target audience’ and instead focus on my writing pleasure. πŸ™‚

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  4. Blogging sure is fun Colline. Great post and well written hon. I would sure love to see more of your photo’s too and I am sure I will love them. πŸ˜€
    I began blogging again after I decided I am not going to let people put me down with what I love doing. Creating and photography. I am not professional either but it’s relaxing and taking photo’s make me see the world in a different light and it’s great having all the beautiful bloggers out there with the same interests..and their encouragement and lovely compliments. It does make you feel like you do belong somewhere. πŸ˜€
    Great post and thanks for sharing hon. *hugs*

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    1. Oh yes, I get a sense of belonging among the wonderful friends I have made Sonel. I try to balance my photos and writing – though I do need to take my camera out more often when I go for my walks πŸ™‚

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  5. I was (and still am) a frustrated travel writer. Hire me somebody!
    But it’s been a better experience than I might ever have imagined. Looking forward to tomorrow’s photo, Colline. πŸ™‚

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  6. I think you have summarised what we’ve all discovered very well Colline πŸ™‚ We all share a blog environment in which most of us are very pleased that others enjoy our input. Long may that continue – keep up the good work πŸ™‚

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  7. I had thought of blogging as a way of archiving our recipes for my family and never dreamt that I’d still be here two-and-a-half years later. Quite a welcome surprise, I must admit. πŸ™‚

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    1. I enjoy reading your posts John and hope you don’t stop once you have recorded all your family’s recipes. Not only do I enjoy reading the recipes, but also the family stories that come with them.

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  8. You pose an interesting question Colline, I love hearing why you started yours. I started mine to help me make art, and then it was to make me take photos, and it has worked really well in that respect. Like you, I have also meet some wonderful people, like yourself, and one day, maybe we will meet.

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    1. I know that if I ever come to your part of the world I would love to meet. In the meantime, I enjoy our virtual communication and I enjoy looking at your photos πŸ™‚

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  9. I started it for my last year of teaching but that never came to fruition. Then I realized how much I enjoyed sharing a few words (I’ve always wanted to write) and photos, and now I don’t know what I’d do without it. I, too, feel a connection with many people, and for someone as “to herself” as me, this means friends.

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    1. I can imagine nothing more pleasant than spending some time during my retirement days communicating with like-minded people. I hope I am still blogging when I reach that stage of my life πŸ™‚

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  10. I am not a big writer but I love to do my posts and put some photos on it. It forces me to say something also. I love to read your post. You are sweet and to the point. Makes it easy to read and also comment. Thanks for also coming back to me all the time.

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    1. Thank you Ian. As you say, it is a great medium through which to learn. Reading blog posts have shown me a lot on what people do, where they life, and what they think on issues I am interested in.

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  11. The idea for A Frank Angle came to me over various conversations I had with a friend about an upcoming election. He wasn’t a blogger, but he encouraged me to write about my thoughts. I started a specialty blog on Blogger in September 2005 (which I no longer do) … but AFA started in August 2008.

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  12. Well, my dear, you know when I began to blog and why… 😦
    What I love about your blog is that you always take the time to answer to your reader’s comments!
    And yes, blogging is a great way to express yourself without having to ‘pitch’ stories to editors or agents πŸ™‚

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    1. Most definitely Darlene. You work hard on a story and then you are told it is not what they need at this time. Much better to write it and enjoy the response of those who do get to read it. πŸ™‚

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  13. Inspiring post, Colline.. πŸ™‚
    I much learn from my global friends, how to communicate and to write a post in English (English is not my native language)
    By blogging, I could connect and interact with my global friends, indeed.
    Have a great weekend and Happy blogging, Colline… πŸ˜€

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  14. I started blogging in 1999 as part of an online support group to quit smoking. The group/site is gone now, and I did quit smoking, but my addiction to blogging stayed with me. πŸ™‚

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