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What Blogging Has Done For Me

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I first started blogging in March 2008 and since 2009, I’ve been posting a new Bo’s Café Life strip on my blog six days a week. Some days it’s difficult to sit down and think of something to post. Some days, I ask myself, Why am I still doing this? I had one of those days recently so I decided to write a list, a list to read when I need to remember why I blog.

  • Blogging helped me to find my voice. By letting me get immediate feedback on my work, blogging helped me to find my voice as a humorist. And today, I still rely on commentors to let me know when my humor works—and when it doesn’t. 
  • Blogging enables me to share my writings with others.  Four years ago, I was anti-blogging. I only wanted to get published in the “respected” print publications. That was until both The Atlantic and The Village Voice rejected a humorous—but controversial—piece I wrote about Starbucks. I believed in the piece and I knew that there was an audience for it… so I emailed the blog editor at The Huffington Post and he said I could post it and other pieces. That was when I became a blogger. And later, when I couldn’t find a publication that was willing to publish my humorous pieces about marketing, I was able to post those pieces on Chief Marketer’s Big Fat Marketing Blog. Today, I still post pieces that have been rejected by publishers. Without blogging, those pieces would have died on my laptop.
  • Blogging gives me a reason to write when I feel like giving up. Every time I feel like giving up I’ll get an encouraging comment from a reader, a reader who says that my comic strip made her day. When I feel like quitting, I remind myself that there are people who visit my site every single day and hope to find something funny to read. I don’t want to let them down.
  • Blogging enables me to make new friends around the country and around the world. When I visited Colonial Williamsburg, I had coffee with a writer I met through my blog. And when I visited West Virginia, I attended the local writers group meeting; I met some of the members through my blog. It’s a great feeling to know that from Indiana to Istanbul, I have friends who will meet me in a café and talk to me about writing over a cup of coffee.  

I hope this list helps you the way it has helped me. And if I missed something, please share it with me.


Written by Wayne

May 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

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  1. After several false starts, I’m beginning to achieve an irregular regularity with my blog (no digestive jokes, please), and I stopped by here to thank you for your comment of last month. Having scrolled down a bit, I’ll not “like” you, but I will come back to see what you’re up to. I like the tone of your blogs, and God knows I can use the advice without the B.S. Thanks.

    Yvonne Montgomery

    May 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  2. Hi Bo,
    It has been a while, but I hope I will have a lot to tell you soon on the writing front (fingers crossed:) )
    I loved all your reasons, and many are true for me too, but I am extremely curious about the Starbucks piece. Can you send me the link? I’d love to read it!

    Pinar Tarhan

    May 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  3. Oh, add India too – to the list of countries where you have readers! Your Bo’s Cafe Life often makes my day.


    May 19, 2012 at 10:55 am

    • Thank you!! Knowing that I have a reader in India made MY day!

      Wayne E.

      May 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm

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