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    • Laurie Stone

      Yes, Amber. Over the past few years, I’ve met some amazing people and writers in the blogging community. I think that’s my favorite part.

  1. I began my blogging journal for a couple of the things you mention here: first and foremost practice and readers. And yes, we love comments, that hit of dopamine when someone likes the post. But I also began blogging to get over the vulnerability I felt by putting myself out there. Thanks for this post.

    • Laurie Stone

      Pennie, Vulnerability is the word, especially in the beginning. My hand still quivers a little over the “publish” button, but less and less these days. I really believe with blogging, like anything, practice is key.

    • Laurie Stone

      Kristine, Blogging has many wonderful things, but I agree, having readers from all over the world is awesome. It shows what we’re capable of and how much more alike we are than different.

  2. That just about sums up what I love (and dread) about blogging too. I also recommend it highly, I can not now magine what I did with my days before I started blogging.

    • Laurie Stone

      Margaretha, I also can’t remember life b.b. — before blogging. It changed me in ways I never could’ve predicted, most for the better. (I still can get traffic crazy, but that’s lessened over time).

  3. Was there life before blogging? 😜
    I agree with all your points. I love reading and sharing blogs of all niches; I love my blogging friends. I love blogging. Blogging takes up a lot of time but I’m learning to balance my blog time with my work, family & real life time.

  4. Spot on! Lovely to read some honest statements of a fellow blogger and how good to read that we apparently all deal with the same issues and experiences. Funny, how some posts really shoot for the stars, although you didn’t expect much of it yourself, and some posts you write and think, ‘wow’ that is THE bomb, get just nowhere. The best part of the whole blogging ‘business’ to me is meeting all you amazing people from all over the world. I should have started blogging 10 years earlier, I think 🙂 Thanks for this entertaining post, I really enjoyed reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Klaudia, My only regret with blogging is it wasn’t around 20 years ago when I was raising kids. I would’ve loved to be a Mommy blogger. And I agree, meeting fellow bloggers (some from across the planet) is a huge thrill.

  5. I constantly bounce between “Can I really share this” VS “Am I holding back too much?” You’re so right about mistakes (or the fear of) in public. But I’m slowly and surely getting over it. Heh we all make mistakes, such is life!

    • Laurie Stone

      Amber, My skin is so much thicker than when I began 5 years ago. I also have that caution over sharing too much or sharing too little. It can be a hard balance.

    • Laurie Stone

      Karen, Its uncanny. I write about my dog Libby and traffic goes through the roof! You’ll have to experiment and write about your dog. See what happens.

  6. I have also deleted many posts – after 6 years, there were some realllllly bad ones! You know how much I enjoy what you write – you have a wonderful style and it feels like I’m talking to a friend.

    • Laurie Stone

      Sharon, Right back at you! I admire both your talent and your drive. You’ve always been a great inspiration to me.

  7. Yeah, all of this. Especially fellow bloggers. The scariest part is definitely making those public mistakes. Or even if not mistakes, the knowledge that once your words are out there…there’s no taking them back. Great post.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Lisa. I agree, sometimes its not mistakes that intimidate, but sharing stuff you know you can’t take back. I try and walk the line between being honest, but not telling all.

    • Laurie Stone

      Susan, That’s probably one of the best things about blogging. Like any craft you do consistently, you see yourself getting better. I also find that other bloggers have been my greatest classroom.

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