Blogging Insights # 11 – Writing vs Blogging

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writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted

” Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.” — Jules Renard

What do you think?

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Do I agree?

Of course, I do. Any one would agree with this statement. But it’s not the complete picture, is it?

Writing is a lonely pastime. One can pontificate without being interrupted but we don’t get the benefit of debate. We share our opinions and that is it. What could be counterarguments, we don’t get the benefit of those as till the writing is read by others, they won’t be able to share their opinions.

In comparison, blogging is a different cup of tea altogether. When we write a post and state our opinions, stories, or poems, immediately after posting them, we get feedback from others.

Though we write without interruptions, we do get the advantage of counter-arguments when others share their views on our writing. I think this way we get the best of both worlds. We can say what we want without anyone stopping us or correcting us and yet if we are in the wrong, or our views are outdated, people out there help to set us right.

And thinking along these lines, I would say that blogging is even better than writing books because an author doesn’t know how people would react to their story till the book is completed, published, and sold. While a blogger gets instant feedback and has the advantage when any flaws or discrepancies are caught by their readers and corrected there and then.

Thank you Tanya for this interesting topic for today’s Blogging Insights

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Inspire/ aspire/expire

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “inspire/aspire/expire.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all if you want. If you use two, you get bonus points! If you use all three, Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. Enjoy!

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Thank you Linda, for you inspire us every Saturday to write our SoCS posts. I think that to think up a new prompt every Friday is a Herculean task. Many people aspire to be hosts of weekly or daily prompts but only a few manage to stick it out for the long run. I have seen many prompts expire with time as their hosts weren’t prepared to take on this full-time commitment.

So I salute all these wonderful bloggers who have been prompting the community at WordPress for years. It is a difficult task and few people acknowledge the time and effort it takes to do it long term.

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Blogging Insights # 11 -Who do I write for?

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Today’s quote is from celebrated author Margaret Atwood. 

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“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.” — Margaret Atwood

Who do you write for? Yourself, your readers, or posterity? I would love to know. 

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Who do I write for?

When I started writing for my blog, it was just to see if I could write. I started by writing on health-related topics because I knew that field. It was only later that I ventured into poetry and short stories, inspired by daily and weekly prompts.

Now my point of view has changed. Now I feel that I write for my readers as well as myself. It IS like scrawling my name in a random place so that some passerby would read it, the same principle does apply here. We don’t know when we put out our writing and views on the vast platform of WordPress, and through that, the WWW, who might read it and who might benefit from it.

Whoever is the target audience, writing is an exercise in self-expression and also a form of catharsis. Sometimes, when we are worried or irritated by something in life, writing about it helps us to see the problem more clearly and we can also see our way out of it.

Many thanks to Tanya for keeping this conversation going.

What or who do you write for?

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Blogging Insights -Bad grammar

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I saw this on Instagram the other day and thought it would be interesting to discuss it on Blogging Insights:

” What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar. ” — Ruth Rendell

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I think that bad grammar, used in any written document is very off-putting.

In literature, it is unforgivable. Badly written stories are so irritating and off-putting that people usually give up in the middle. The same goes for any inspirational article. If the usage of words, tenses, and grammar is not accurate, the meaning gets distorted and the purpose of writing that particular piece is wasted.

For people like me, whose first language is not English, we have to make more effort to see that when we finish writing, it all makes sense and is easily understandable. So I do make mistakes and try to proofread my posts before posting them.

Using bad grammar in talking is even more horrendous. I’ve seen teenagers using the word “like” ten times in one sentence when they are searching for the appropriate word to use. It was amazing for me when I first came to America to hear the youth here talking like that.

In social media, people use abbreviated text like grT or U or 4, and I don’t like that either. But we can ignore it because they may be in a hurry. But when they start using this form of writing in school essays, it becomes ridiculous.

“Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation” by Lynne Truss is a fantastic book about the usage of punctuation. I think everyone, specially the young people should read it.

One such example lent the book its title:

A panda walks into a bar. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and fires two shots in the air.

“Why? Why are you behaving in this strange, un-panda-like fashion?” asks the confused waiter, as the panda walks towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“I’m a panda,” he says, at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry and, sure enough, finds an explanation.

“Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

I rest my case!

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What does a being prompt host entails?

I have been hosting What Do You See Prompt for almost 2 years now. In addition to it, for the last 40 odd weeks, I ask a question every Sunday, the Sunday Poser.

Since the day I started my prompt, I’ve made it my policy to visit all the posts that are written in response to that prompt.

In the beginning, I used to reblog all the responses but I found it hard to keep up with it and besides people over here weren’t happy with me flooding their readers with so many posts.

I feel that since people are writing /posting in response to my prompts, it is just common courtesy to visit these posts, provided that they have linked it back to my post. Specially if I ask a question, I like to read the replies from my readers!

Some hosts just give daily or weekly prompts but seldom visit the responses.

The purpose of this post is to ask you, if you write in response to prompts, that does it make any difference to you if the host reads and responds to you posts or not?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

Thanks for visiting and reading!

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Blogging Insights- New Format # 9

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“Writing did not save my life, but it has continued to do what it always has done. It makes my life a brighter and more pleasant place.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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I do agree with this quote but with a proviso, sometimes writing does save lives as well.

When I talk about writing, I am talking about writing for my blog as I’m not a writer in the traditional sense. It is this writing that brings joy and light into my life. It also connects me to people from all over the world. This connection is of friendship which also educates us about each other.

Blogging/ writing out what is in our hearts also works as therapy. It gives us a platform to share our experiences. Many people share some dark and upsetting life situations. Writing these experiences serves a twofold purpose. On one hand, they vent out their frustrations and feel lighter for it, and on the other hand, this sharing makes them and others realize that they aren’t alone in feeling the way they feel. This can be a life-saving or at least a sanity-saving experience.

Creating something out of nothing is like giving birth. A process filled with wonder and joy. Writing is such a beautiful creative process that helps both the writer and the reader.

As usual, many thanks to Dr Tanya for continuing this discussion.

These are my thoughts on today’s quote. What are yours?

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Sunday Poser # 45

Welcome to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is very basic;

Why do you blog?

We all have started our blogs for different reasons. Some have done to further develop their talents as writers or poets. While others have done so just to express their views and thoughts.

I started my blog exactly three years ago. It was an impulsive decision but gradually it grew into a way to express me.

I find that writing/ blogging is a way to keep my mind sharp. I need to find words to express my thoughts. I check on spellings and the proper grammatical usage of the words I am writing.

It also is a way where I say what I want to say. In a world where most people are too busy to give time to each other, this blogging community is generous and kind. They read each other’s thoughts and stories and respond with their own.

It is also my therapy. I share my thoughts and worries here and find that others have similar concerns. By spending $100 a year, I get very good supportive therapy.

Blogging also gives me a direction in life. I now have a constructive purpose for all the empty hours I had at my disposal. If any one of my posts can cheer even one of my readers, my purpose is realized.

And lastly, but certainly not the least is the encouragement and appreciation that I receive here. It makes me so happy to read the positive feedback left in comments on my posts.

These are the reasons why in blog!

What are yours?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find you.

Thanks

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Blogging Insights — New Format # 8 – Honesty

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“If you intend to write as truthfully as you can, your days as a member of polite society are numbered.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

(Quote courtesy goodreads)

Do you agree, and if so, how far ?

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I agree that bluntly told truth can alienate and offend people. However, if a blogger is writing about their own truth, it should not offend anyone else because it’s their personal experience.

On the other hand, if we write about politics or religion and state our point of view as the absolute truth, this can result in unpopularity. I don’t shy away from tricky topics but I write about them diplomatically. I try to leave my arguments open-ended and invite the opinions of others.

There are many situations where I share my thoughts as a Muslim. I try to educate or inform people from other cultures and religions about my culture and religion. I have received very positive feedback about these posts.

In my personal experience, I’ve found the community here at WordPress very tolerant and open-minded. They neither get offended or give offense. At least the part of WP community with whom I interact.

In conclusion, I would say that being truthful is essential but being blunt is not. State your truth, but with respect and in a way as to not offend the readers.

Thanks Tanya for another interesting quote to discuss.

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Sunday Poser # 44

Welcome to week 44 of Sunday Poser

I have been busy with a project in real life that may result in me relocating to another city. That’s why I haven’t been able to comment much on your posts. That brings me to my question this week;

How much time do you spend on responding to comments?

I usually read the posts of those I follow when I get to my blog in the morning. My comments are usually short but I read the whole of the post before commenting. Some bloggers leave lengthy comments and observations on the posts from other bloggers. I always admire that and wish I had so much time to do that too.

But perhaps the reason I don’t do that is that I follow a lot of blogs.

So do you leave short comments on the blogs that you visit or thoughtful, long comments?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this post.

Thanks for visiting and reading.

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Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- Pin

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “pin.”Use it as a noun, use it as a verb, use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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When ever I am too busy to read through all the posts of the bloggers I follow, I save them to read later and comment on them. You can say I put a pin in it and come back to it later.

Keeping something on hold, to return to it later takes the stress out of the situation. We don’t need to do it right now. We can address the issue later when we have more time or are mentally more relaxed.

I did the same with the prompt for this post, I put a pin in it and saved it to write today.

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