Blogging and Writing – Finding Inspiration and a Sense of Community
I love my blog and despite recent doubts about whether I should bother at all, I feel I am actually getting a lot out of it at the moment.
These doubts made me examine why I write a blog in the first place. It started as a way to record significant moments in our lives as the children grew and developed, but I went on to write about a variety of things. I don’t have a niche and although I occasionally still write about our family life, my blog has evolved to include the things I am most passionate about.
I write about our family travel adventures, particularly as we venture further afield now the children are older. I always have trouble finding suitable places to go and accommodation big enough for the five of us (three is an awkward number when it comes to hotels), so if we have a good experience or go to a great place, I like to share this information.
I also write about our family health. Nutrition has always been a big part of my life and I’ve battled with IBS for years. During the last few years, my husband has developed digestive problems and I also have a son who can’t eat wheat and dairy, so between the three of us, we have a big list of foods that we have to avoid. Going gluten and dairy free has actually helped all of us and has made a significant difference to our lives.
Finally, there is the fiction writing. It is hard to manage writing a blog and working on a manuscript when you have more pressing (paid) work to do, but I feel that it is my blog that has actually helped me to keep going with my fiction work. It would be so easy to give up and listen to the ‘go and get a proper job’ voice inside your head, but I don’t want to give in to that. I love writing fiction. It is my hobby and everyone needs a hobby, right?
I started my Friday Fiction post because I wanted to share some of my work. One reason for this was to get feedback and another was to meet like-minded writers who were in a similar situation. I decided to start a link-up, so it could become a kind of community – a blogging wirter’s group, if you like. I’ve also shared extracts from published authors, with the idea of giving an alternative to a review and providing writing inspiraiton.
One thing that I love about doing this post, is that it keeps me writing the fiction. During a busy week, it would be easy to put it to one side and forget about it, but I feel I am committed to this post now and that drives me to keep going.
At the moment, I am still in my routine of getting up early to write. This has worked really well for me, so far. What I have found is that the more I write, the more the ideas flow. I also draw inspiration and gain ideas from the work that is shared by others.
Some of my Friday Fiction posts have discussed how to find writing inspiration. I should perhaps add another post about how you can draw inspiration from other writers and how it is important to be part of a writing community, not just tapping out the words on your own. I truly feel that this is important and I am grateful for the support and the sense of community that I have found through my blog.
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