On Blogging

A long time ago, I wrote about Stephen King’s book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I enjoyed the book and it was not only an interesting look at King’s own backstory but also a good read about why writers should be writing and how King himself creates his horrific tales.

Over at How To Make My Blog, there’s a post about how what’s in King’s book should also apply to bloggers.

This one, when put to blogging, jumps out at me just as it did when I was reading it from a fiction writing point of view:

Do it for joy. If there is no joy in it, it’s just no good. Writing is not about making money, getting famous, or making friends. Writing blog posts should be inspired play and it should not feel like work. When you do it for joy, you can do it forever, no matter what.

I honestly have never for a moment expected to make real friends through blogging. I’ve made some, though, and there have been a few who’ve come by year after year, and I have five of them behind me now on this blog, and keep visiting. I visit their blogs, too. It’s amazing what you can learn about each other through writing.

I’ll admit that writing for popularity is sometimes a problem for me.   I don’t mean that in a “I only want to write things people will agree with” way: I don’t mind it when people disagree. But like every other blogger, I like comments.

And sometimes, just like now, as I write this, I can look over at the two most recent editions of the Saturday Six and Sunday Seven, see how few responses there were this past weekend: in fact, as I write this, there was one single player on Saturday and none on Sunday. I begin to wonder if they’ve run their course. Or if the blog has.

I remind myself that last weekend was a holiday weekend in which family visitors can easily throw a wrench in people’s free time. I also remind myself that once in a while — probably much more often than I’d care to contemplate — the topics and/or my questions suck.

So I think I’m going to work on the next set of each, and hope that I come up with better questions for next weekend, and that I get a little bit better of a response.

I’m open to suggestions, incidentally, so if you have any questions in mind, use that nifty little “Contact” link at the top of the page and send them to me.

(HT: NewsTechZilla)


  1. Diana, originally I thought the comment moderation would entice people to comment sooner, thinking they might be “first to play” on those weekender memes. Admittedly, that’s clearly not as important to people as it used to be when this was on AOL and people made it a point to try to be first.

    My main objection now to turning off comment moderation is the spammers. Even with multiple levels of comment security active, there are still some spammers who get through, and I’m not yet willing to just hand them the keys to the blog: I’d rather stop them before they get to leave a comment than have them say something inappropriate and try to find it after it has already been seen.

    But I do make it a point to check for comments multiple times a day when I’m not sitting in front of a computer, so in most cases, there shouldn’t be a major delay in getting comments to appear.

  2. I was away all weekend up at the cottage with only a dial-up connection, so I wasn’t able to play.

    I would like to suggest that you allow comments without waiting for you to approve them. I think some people shy away from playing when they see no comments.

  3. Fair cop: I started visiting because of the weekend ‘editions.’ But then I started reading the ‘in between’ stuff, which was well-written, passionate, educational, rational, and fun. At this point, I would miss you if you stopped doing the regular stuff as much I would miss the memes.

    (I didn’t do them this weekend mostly because they didn’t grab me, and because it was one of “those” weekends. I feel guilty–maybe I’ll chime in now on the Sunday meme.)

    1. No need to feel guilty…I wasn’t trying to pressure anyone into doing a meme…just thinking out loud…or perhaps I should say, “thinking in print.” 🙂

  4. I rarely play in the Saturday or Sunday memes, but I always read over here.I only play, like Donna, if the subject catches me. Because of time restraints I don’t get to blog as much as I would like, and memes just aren’t usually what I do if I have a few minutes to put up an entry. I would really miss YOU though if you were gone. You always have interesting posts, and I enjoy your writing and will be here as long as you are!

  5. There’s no problem with your blog, Patrick. As far as the Saturday Six and Sunday Seven, I only participate when it’s on a topic that really grabs me. I wouldn’t care if you decided to drop them, nor will I care if you keep doing them.

    But I will probably be a reader here for however long you keep blogging.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.