IWSG: Blogging

Once upon a time I started a blog, and I like it!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is the creation of science fiction writer Alex J. Cavanaugh. You can find his books here. He started the IWSG, “To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!”  The IWSG’s website offers resources and a support group. Join the blog hop the first Wednesday of each month here

The awesome, fantastic and beautiful co-hosts (yes, I am one of these lovelies 😁) for April are Janet Alcorn, T. Powell Coltrin, Natalie Aguirre, and Pat Garcia!


Optional question(s): How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?


Me? I’ve been blogging since 2009. At the time, my daughter blogged and suggested that I start one. She believed I would enjoy writing for one. Also, she believed that I would find other writers to connect with. I told her I would not like to blog. Guess what? I was wrong. She was right. Shh, don’t tell her. 


Soon after, I found my first writer blog and others after that. I've loved the experience. These days, I don’t blog on a regular basis, but would like to get back to that habit. 


The best parts of blogging are the friendships with people I will never meet in person and the shared love of writing with other bloggers. 


Time does change things. The biggest difference between then and now, regarding blogging, is the amount of knowledge a writer can find on writing. These days, many writers share on their blogs and websites what they know about writing and publishing. It’s a big deal. 


How long have you been blogging? 


Hi Teresa - I've been blogging since 2009 too ... and love it - I've managed to blog regularly (not regularly as such, but not stopping) - I really appreciate it - I've learnt so much, and really appreciate other bloggers ... I hope you get back to it. Cheers Hilary
Hello! What a beautiful line to start the post with. Love it! Thank you for co-hosting.
It is the friendships that matter most. I started blogging the same year, not believing I would enjoy it. And yet, I'm still here!
Thanks for co-hosting today.
Kristina Kelly said…
I started around that time too! It’s so great how many authors resources there are now!
Liza said…
I started in 2009, too. I too am grateful for the writer friends I have made online.
It's so true that it's a big deal when writer's share their knowledge regarding writing and publishing!
Natalie Aguirre said…
Thanks for co-hosting with me. I started blogging in 2011. I enjoy the friendships I've made through blogging too.
Linda Hoye said…
I’ve been blogging since 2008. Love the many connections over the years!
Toi Thomas said…
Happy IWSG Day! Thanks for co-hosting today.
Thanks for sharing your experience. It's cool that your daughter introduced you to it. I've been blogging since 2010.
Diane Burton said…
You must love blogging if you've been doing it for so long. Daughters often know best. Thanks for cohosting this month.
Mary Aalgaard said…
I also started in 2009. We met pretty quickly through the web. I especially liked your Ruralhood entries and Blogging from A to Z. Thanks for keeping the connection alive!
Lynn La Vita said…
I started the same year, too. I wanted to share our adventures as we sailed La Vita and explored Mexico by sea.
Thanks for co-hosting our April blog-hop.
Pat Garcia said…
Yes, making new friends and learning how to support and help each other is one of the best things about blogging.
Blogging does make a difference in a writer's life.
All the best, and have a lovely day.
Shalom shalom
Lidy said…
Thanks for co-hosting! I started blogging in 2013. Funny thing is that I knew about blogs, one of my first and favorite to visit was Dramabeans. A website founded by bloggers and K-drama enthusiasts. But I never thought I'd start one myself.

Until I came across and read a blogpost about how blogging was advantageous in helping build an author's platform. After, not knowing what I was doing, I jumped in only to fall off. Then came back with a clearer purpose and goals for my blog.

Through blogging I've connected and befriended other bloggers, authors and reviewers. Learned about IWSG from a former blogger. And eventually joined the IWSG.
diedre Knight said…
Enjoyed your post! Quite unexpectedly, blogging filled a void I didn't even know I had. And, I agree, it's a wonderful platform for connecting with like-minded people - especially writers ;-)
PJ Colando said…
I've been blogging a dozen years - it's my weeny appointment to write, mining my life experiences, and priming the pump of creativity!

Here us my blog: https://www.pjcolando.com/
Love the photo of Millie. What a cute pup! Thanks for cohosting this month's IWSG question. So you started blogging one year before I started. More power to you. Blogging got better once I joined IWSG. Suddenly, I had a community of helpful writers. Thank you all!
cleemckenzie said…
Blogging is absolutely about communicating with others. I wouldn't be doing this without a way to comment.

Thanks for co-hosting today! Great job.

Melissa said…
I've met some wonderful people and learned a LOT. I wouldn't be the writer I am today if it weren't for blogging.

Thanks for co-hosting. :)
Fundy Blue said…
Thanks for co-hosting today, Teresa! I started blogging in 2012, and I really love it. The main reason is that I love the friendships I've developed over the years. Oh, and I love the IWSG! Happy creating!
Nancy Gideon said…
I SO agree with you! I grumble and groan, but I love the camaraderie found in the blogs I regularly participate in. And they force me to take responsibility for what I am (and am NOT) doing with my career.
Joyana Peters said…
I so agree with everything you said. I can't stand the pressure I sometimes feel about getting my blog post up regularly, but I love the community building it offers. I'm just getting started with IWSG community and am excited to get to know everyone better. Thanks for co-hosting this month!
J Lenni Dorner said…
I am so grateful for the blogging community. I feel like I write and publish more because I take time to blog.
Samantha Bryant said…
I wonder what was in the water in 2009…that's the year I started, too! @samanthabwriter from
Balancing Act
Olga Godim said…
I like blogging too. Occasionally and totally against my expectations. Blogging keeps me writing, keeps me exploring the writing process and discovering what works for me and what doesn't in the books I read. Overall: a totally positive experience. Before I started, I never did think I would enjoy it.
F. Stone said…
What I like about blogging, posting on facebook, is that I can express myself in a format that can be edited. My verbal conversations sometimes should be edited; but once said, it cannot be deleted. Thankfully, I have lovely friends. :)
Jemima Pett said…
I was on Janet’s post when I realised that Jemima might have started blogging in 2011, but her alter ego was blogging before that… but disconnected from the rest of the blogging world. So really, all my community is thanks to you, and the other people I found online when I started writing.
Thank you for co-hosting this month, and thanks to the blogging community for being there.
Jemima at jemimapett.com
Loni Townsend said…
Sometimes, our kids just know us, don't they? It's nice connecting with people online. Thanks for co-hosting!

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