Is Blogging the Same as Writing a Journal?

I have always resisted the benefit of journaling because I have been afraid to go into that “perfect person” that is one of my personas. I have believed that journaling had little to offer me. However, I love to blog and learn a lot about myself as I “post” new articles. Is blogging journaling? Well, yes and no (my favorite kind of answer).

However, I started this my main  blog, kathyberman.com, during Thanksgiving, 2004, and I love blogging. For the years that I have been in recovery since 1976, I have studied and researched about all aspects of personal growth. The main aspect about blogging that suits me is that although I have 5 file cabinets full of material, with blogging I only have to write a “post” which is generally 3-10 paragraphs for me.

As all who have blogs that they update regularly know, a blog that has a general direction and particular messages takes a lot of work. I have been astonished to find myself working on my blog 10-12 hour days. Of course, organizing material collected over a 30+ year period takes a lot of time. The rewriting and reorganizing are also time-consuming.

But it truly has been a labor of love.  I am doing what I have wanted to do for years–expressing myself about ways that we can help each other grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I love helping people to learn new ways to express themselves. Blogs can have several authors so you may want to have a family blog or a friends blog. I can help get started and I can help you expand as you learn the basics.

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

Luciano de Crescenzo

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Why I Love Blogs

Two excellent articles in Fortune Magazine report my favorite aspects of blogging.The articles are entitled “10 Tech Trends” and “Want Truth in Advertising? Try a Blog.”

The reasons I love blogs are:

(1) I have a world of experts at my fingertips. In the past 10 years that I have been reading blogs, I have not made any purchases for our home or for personal use, read any books, watched any movies, done any research without consulting my free experts in each field.

(2) I feel powerful again in the knowledge that individual people do have power over the world we live in (for example, the Trent Lott experience.)  I love the way that blog writers know that those reading their site have the ability to talk back. When was the last time you talked back to the TV or the newspaper?

By the way, I live in the Ft. Lauderdale area and newspapers here are feeling the heat. The last time I gave it up, the newspaper called with an offer of $1.50 for the week for 6 months. I did say yes to that. I am worth more to the newspaper as a reader of their ads (which I’m not) than as a reader of their content. I also get the news seconds old on my RSS news sites including NYT, BBC, etc. Why do I pay for the newspaper?  I love the human interest already available for me to read.

(3) I never was a huge user of email. It works great for business but is labor-intensive for personal relationships. I prefer people in person. But with my blog I send out my messages to the world of many readers so it is quite a time saver. Also, since the people reading my blog can answer me back for all to read, I get instant feedback if I choose to. For the present, I have comments to my blog shut-off but do have published email.

(4) My fourth reason to love blogs is that we live in a sound-bite world. Posts to blogs are generally short. Over the years, although I read a lot, I started long ago seeking out the best parts of the book and skipping the rest. Blogs simplify this for me by having titles. RSS feeds are amazing as I can choose to receive a short explanation with each title. Did I mention again that they are free?

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About Coral Cay Blogs

Coral Cay Blogs is a meeting place for people interested in learning how to develop avenues of income. The income may come from products for sale or from offering ads on blogs. In order to simplify the blogging world, I will introduce terms that you may wish to further learn from your own study. I will give you a direct link to articles or sites about making money from blogging.

When you first begin to blog, if you were like me, you have never considered yourself to be a writer. But blogs are about writing posts–generally 200-600 words. So instead of a marathon, you will writing as a sprint. As this post at 37 signals suggests we solve big problems by paying attention to small things. Take your interests and list each one on a separate page. Then break down each interest into a series of smaller topics. Then begin writing on one of the smaller components. If you still seems larger than 200-600 words, break it down into smaller topics.

You will find in studying blogs that some writers write really long posts. A few of these writers I follow but generally in my “sound-bite” world, I prefer to read many authors with shorter posts. You can do what you want–it is your blog.

And this is the reason that blogging is recognized as being bigger than Gutenberg’s printing press. Blogging made each of us our own publisher. From blogs to sound blogs–podcasts–we became our own radio station. Then we became our own television station with video blogs–like YouTube.

In a side note here, someone asked a blogger if blogging was a fad. And the blogger said, “Yes, if 60-80 million bloggers decided to quit at the same time.”

About this blog:

When I decided to put an ad in the Coral Cay Newsletter, I hadn’t created this blog yet. So after I dropped off the ad to Patsy, I came home and began this blog. This blog took 20 hours form to construct. The added posts take 20-60 minutes.

You can set up a blog in 15-20 minutes in WordPress.com or Blogger.com. Creating the rest of the blog is where the work comes in.

Remember to divide and conquer–turn your blog into mini-topics to create the whole. “Life is hard by the yard–but a cinch by the inch.”

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