Saturday, 8 May 2010

The joy of blogging

    My good friend Emma Newman* refers to the joy of blogging from time to time as she describes the support she derived from her blog as a struggling unpublished writer suffering from post-natal depression. Not only did she use the blog as a personal sounding-board through which to develop her query letter and attract a publisher, she also found herself connecting with a lively and supportive group of other bloggers in a similar situation. Her experience inspired me to start this blog in January when insomnia finally forced me out of the closet, and like her I have found through blogging both a tool to enunciate and organise my thoughts and experiences, and a way into a wider community of like-minded souls. Thanks Emma!
    Like Emma I've reached a milestone in blogging terms, this post will be my hundredth. For Emma the milestone was tainted by the death of a close friend, for me it comes at a much more positive point as I make my first tentative steps out into the world presenting as female. I find that in blogging I've discovered a medium I like, so much so in fact that my century has arrived in under five months. Back in January as I sat on my sofa in the dark of snowbound early mornings I never expected this to happen, but just as once you've unleashed your inner girl you can't put her back again, once you've got on a roll with your writing it's difficult to stop.
    Thank you all for reading and following this blog, for your support and comments. I've come a long way so far this year with my first hundred posts and I hope you'll stay with me for my next hundred and more.

*Incidentally, while I have your attention, sign up for Emma's short story mailing list and read her Friday Flash fiction!


  1. Well done on reaching three figures :)


  2. Always good to read your posts. Cant believe 100 have came around so quickly.

  3. Congratulations! I happy to have discovered your blog!

    Melissa XX

  4. Thanks ladies. I'll keep 'em comming.

  5. Love your blog, girl. Keep on writing!

  6. Wow, 100 already? Took me over a year to get to that point!

    Thanks for the kind mentions of my little nook, I'm thrilled that blogging has proven to be just as nourishing for you as it has been for me. It's made me realise that when we write from the heart, the right people find us and see who we really are, and cradle us in the world. Isn't it beautiful?

    So, I raise my cup of tea to you my friend, and wish you all the best for the next 100 posts, and beyond :)

  7. It is, completely beautiful. The joy of blogging. I stole that phrase from you because it describes it so well.