The Five Reasons YOU Should Invest More Time Into Your Blog

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The Five Reasons You Should
Invest More Time in Your Blog
by Kendall F. Person

forestI was a late bloomer when it came to blogging, not entering the scene until August 2012, and only at the suggestion of a close friend and fan of my work. When I posted U.S. Open: the drama in sports, it was not because I had suddenly seen the light and wanted to join the blogging community, which as it turns out, was the best decision I could have made, but it was because,  after a 12 year self-imposed exile, I wanted to discover if I were still able to write. I was not working at the time, having only recently returned from a 30-day project in Philadelphia, so time, as far as hours in a day, was on my side. Locating an apt subject was simple, for as a huge tennis enthusiast, the approaching United States Open afforded the perfect topic. Blogger, Google’s easy to use blogging platform, gave me the tool and my good friend had given me the motivation.

I had spent 15 years in the marketing arena, five of those years marketing my own work, so I knew about promotions and the need to promote my first post if I expected anyone to read it. My confidence was not low, it was non-existent, so I chose an inventive way to promote my work, while protecting my fragile ego in the process. I derived a pen-name, hence, thepublicblogger.

Knowing the importance of statistics, after conducting a generous amount of promotional work, I sat back and stared at the counter, which is a built-in part of the blogging platform. While tennis is a niche sport in my home nation, it is a major attraction in most other parts of the world, and to my surprise, U.S. Open: the drama in sports took off (on a relative scale). I would gain a 1000 views in the first week of that first post, and even some infighting in the comments section. And then, something remarkable happened….Kendall F. Person the writer was given a second life.

gardenI began searching for permanent employment, but continued to write and soon after published my second post, Rudyard and Michelle: A Literary Union forms a Century Apart. While the numbers were not nearly as impressive, the comments reaffirmed that the literary world was where I belonged. I continued to blog, even confirming – via the series BREATHE – rumors among close friends that thepublicblogger and Kendall F. Person were one in the same. Nearly one year, 30 posts, and 12 promotional videos later, I realized that investing more time into my blog, can only make me mentally stronger, more visible as an author, more determined as a writer

and more knowledgeable about the

world around me.

So without further ado, I give you The 5 Reasons why YOU should invest more time into your blog.

If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run  – from If, by Rudyard Kipling

 

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Time
For those who enjoy a comfortable and refreshing night’s sleep, consider it a one of life’s guilty pleasures. Those who suffer with insomnia, either on occasions or as a way of life, perceive a peaceful, uninterrupted night of slumber a gift straight from the heavens. Lack of sleep does not simply leave you tapped for energy, it actually becomes painful as one tosses and turns, slugging pillows, throwing the blanket on and off of your tired body, begging for the sandman to take you, which he never does. But why suffer in silence, or disturb your loved one, if there is one sleeping beautifully next to you, or drain more brain cells watching television shows you would not normally watch, when you can invest that time, not being used by anything else, into your blog.

Rather it is a rant about not being able to sleep, or a piece of work worthy of a Nobel Prize for literature, producing new posts, adds depth to your site, material for readers and yes, writing a full post at two in the morning, even acts as a natural tranquilizer, allowing you to get some much needed rest.

In vain have you acquired knowledge if you have not imparted it to others.from Deuteronomy Rabbah

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Share the Wealth

There is nary a challenge, problem, question or quandary that is unique to any individual person. And while I completely understand that just reading about another person’s struggles, that are similar to ones own, will not solve your problem, it sure can make you feel a whole lot better. I use my own posts as examples, simply because I know them, I do not pertain to be an expert in all fields that I write about, so read the comments under your own posts or others’ you follow, and you will note the truth of what I state. When I posted about operating under the confines of bipolar disorder (Elevators: Using Mind Games to Cope with Depression), readers who battle depression, anxiety or other mental blings, joined in the conversation. Some were grateful of my personal anecdotes, while others left messages of their own successes and challenges. BULLY opened the doors wide to a societal discussion on worldwide crime, and my music reviews introduce artists to new listeners. Whatever direction your blog has taken or the platform you have chosen, there are others who can be assisted by your strengths or, in turn, even offer meaningful suggestions to the one that made the posts.

Omwana ni wa bhone  (It takes a village to raise a child) – Kijita (African) proverb

threeThe Blogging Community Depends On It. 
In the small, working-class neighborhood of Strawberry Manors in the city of Sacramento, California, it is not uncommon for police helicopters to hover overhead or gunshots to be heard through the silent air of a warm summer night. The local elementary school, at one point, ranked dead last in academic performance in the state of California. The neighborhood and its residence were thought so little of, when the great floods of 1986 threatened to inundate expansive land geared for development, even though it was vacant, developers purposely diverted flood waters that  drowned nearly ever single house. But Strawberry Manors proved that the strength of its community would be measured by its residence and fought back against every challenge that threatened their pursuit of living a normal, happy life. They embraced wayward youth rather than shooing them away. They demanded a strong academic program for their children and they waged a winning class-action battle against those same developers, being awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair their washed out homes. But if not for the active participation of most of the home and property owners alike, Strawberry Manors could have easily fallen into despair.

In writing post and maintaining our blogs, we are making a contribution to an institution with a world wide influence, allowing everyone to voice their opinion and deliver sound, experience-driven advice. Each contribution deepens the level of the well. Rather your contribution is entertainment, how-to or a rant about your bad day, it allows the blogging platform to earn the mantle of being an expansive, online community that brings the world closer together.

Just make me feel good. – Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball

 

twoReleases Negative Energy in a Positive Way. 
Leticia Musgrove, Halle Berry’s character in the brilliant, but depressing Monster’s Ball, had lost her husband through capital punishment, her only child was hit by a car, she was evicted from her home, and literally thrown out into the streets. Alone with Hank Grotowski, (immortalized by Billy Bob Thornton) who had problems of his own, he asked but one question “What can I do for you?” Her reply, “Just make me feel good.”

Venting frustrations, even at an unchangeable situation, or presenting your self-produced podcast, video or book, blogging has a way of making each of us feel good. There is a sense of accomplishment whenever we complete and publish a post. Rather it is a photograph of the sunrise, taken from a mountaintop somewhere in paradise or the final episode of a 5-part serial post, we exhale at the small wonder we achieved, and revel in victory when readers find solace or passion within our art. We feel good because we have taken a step toward reaching our goal, or simply because we find joy in being ‘Liked’ by someone that we may never know.

Say it forget it, Write it regret it. – Unknown Origin

 

oneOur Contribution to the World
‘Say it, your words will be forgotten. Write it, your words will transcend time’ should be the bloggers motto. Following the Columbus High School track team debacle, I joined the discussion via telephone and in person. But I found the incident extraordinary, for whatever reasons, which incited to me to write the post A Lonely World. My life is still a work in process. I am humbled by both my readership and the incredible comments that readers leave. While I am a confident writer and do comprehend its craft, there is still much for me to learn and room for me to grow. So when I say, A Lonely World is a special post, please accept my words in the spirit in which they are given, and by no means a braggart or conceited boast. And that spirit is to prove my final point. Had I not written the post and only stated verbally the exact same words, what has turned out to be my most read, most liked and most heartfelt piece of work, would have found no further listeners then those few people that I spoke with, who have no doubt forgotten, the words that transpired about such a meaningful topic.

Everyone has a story or a song or an experience that once immortalized through blogging, will produce comfort or force thought or a reaction, somewhere around the world. Investing more time recording those experiences, assures that our imaginative creations, valued opinions and wealth of knowledge will find audiences to enjoy and learn from them, long after we are gone.

– an opinion from thepublicblogger (Kendall F. Person)
music, ‘My Motivation Inspiration Everything’ courtesy of P-Shaw Productions



576 Comments on “The Five Reasons YOU Should Invest More Time Into Your Blog

  1. Great post. The blogging community is indeed a wonderful place to be and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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  2. I really like your blog, it is inspiring and encouraging. I’m looking forward to more of your posts.

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    • Then today, the first time we have ever met, becomes a win/win type of day. For it is neighbors like you, and words like the ones you chose, that offer inspiration to me. Welcome to the neighborhood. Glad you are here.

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  3. I especially liked your top 2 points about why we blog – I am still coming to terms with why I started this and where it will lead! Thanks for stopping by and following. Cheers Pip

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    • It is my pleasure to have visited your community and thank you for taking the time to visit the neighborhood. It is the diversity that creates the wealth of knowledge and motivation that inspires us all. Glad you are here.

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  4. Thank you, Kendal, for following my blog. I appreciate that! My blog is about beautiful beads with unique design. I just started the blog, it’s a pleasure to work, to create beautiful things. Keep writing!

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  5. Firstly I noticed you very kindly ‘liked’ my blog recently. I decided to visit yours this morning, and found it fascinating.
    I will admit to being impressed with your style and content.
    I look forward to further visits.
    Thank you my friend

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  6. Thank you so much for stopping by. I wound never have had the pleasure of reading this post. As I read it I felt invigorated and inspired. I don’t particularity like writing to much and am new to blogging so I’m experiencing a major learning curve. However, I want to help others and the only way I know how is to share my experience. I feel I have to do it. I have face my fears by telling others how I have felt and what I have gone thru for two reasons. The first is to allow myself to heal from all the bad I’ve experienced in life so I can move forward into better days, and the second is in hope of giving someone else some insight or hope in their own world.

    Your post helped me realise why I push myself. You also pinpointed a few things that I experience. For example, I really wish I could get out of this manic state that my bipolar has me going thru so that I can sleep. At least I feel a sense of being refreshed. I really do appreciate it.

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    • We have so much we can learn from one another. I am overjoyed each time I hear from a new neighbor that says they have learned from me or I have motivated or inspired them. You are an inspiration to me and I am equally as glad that I found you. Welcome to the neighborhood and I wish you all the best in your blogging experience. You have certainly enriched mine.

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  7. Hello, thank you for following my blog. My recent posts are somewhat atypical though – usually they are about endangered animals with poems, hope you like those as much!

    I’ve found that the ability to have your posts sent to Twitter and your author page on Facebook is wonderfully helpful time -wise!

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  8. A brilliant read. Although my stats are remaining small, I can tell that added work reaps great rewards. Thanks for keeping me motivated and trying to make something great!

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    • Numbers (stats) are what they are but they only tell part of the story. When you write and post with passion, the numbers will naturally grow. So glad you found this piece motivational. It is serving its point. Welcome to the neighborhood. so glad you are here.

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  9. One good part of being a blogger is reading other people’s blogs, which I do often. I enjoyed this post, it gives me motivation to continue to blog. Thanks!

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  10. Thank you for following my blog and providing the opportunity to connect with yours. I appreciate your post of ‘5 Reasons’ and helping me verbalize just why I am blooging and belonging.

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  11. Hi Kendall, thank you!you inspire me to keep going. I like this post,”just make me feel good, you write beautifully and am looking forward to read more…Thank you for stopping by my blog “home” and deciding to follow it. its my pleasure!

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    • Always my pleasure to meet new friends and welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood. You are no exception. So glad you found The Five Reasons a source of inspiration. Positive energy feeds from one person to another, so I am happy to say, your words inspire me too.

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  12. As a new blogger myself, just started months ago, you are an inspiration to become better in writing. You are an incredible writer. Thank you for this very helpful and well-written post.

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  13. I love this piece. A new found friend suggested that I begin a blog several years ago. I didn’t begin until 2 weeks ago. I’m still finding my way, however I’m inspired by the blogging community and ready to grow with it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. HI Kendall – I like this post. I found it inspiring and validating. I do a lot of sorting of ideas when I can’t sleep! I’ve been blogging since April 2012 and am still finding my way and my voice. Thank you for stopping by my blog and deciding to follow it.

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    • My pleasure to have visited your blog. I am confident writer, but still very much a student in life. I learn from all of my neighbors and am glad to know that learn from me in return. Thanks for adding your voice to the this forum. You are appreciated.

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  15. Hey Kendall,
    Just read this post as it came up as a “you might like” topic since I am following you now (isn’t it funny how we bloggers love “followers” but stalking could be the same thing?…..semantics, right?). Anyway – my blog (Reflections of a Sunburnt Mind) is mostly about the crazy hilarious stuff that happens to me, but your advice planted the seed that some of the more serious lessons-learned topics might be worth sharing every so often……would offer a change of pace for readers as well. So – thanks for spreading the knowledge wealth…..appreciate it!

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  16. I find it so difficult to start writing but once I do, the words just flow. I want to write, and I want others to read. I can only hope that I have something to offer those who take the time to read what I say.

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  17. Kendall–thank you for the follow on Move the Chair-I appreciate it. And I really needed to read this post today-have been feeling stuck and unsure of direction in my own blog, but this has given me some things to think about-thank you and I look forward to reading more of your work-

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      • littledogslaughed – so glad the five reasons served as a jump off point to get you going. we all need a source of inspiration, which is what the neighborhood is all about. Byron – Tis true, my friend. I welcome you both to the neighborhood and thank you for adding your voices to the forum.

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  18. Since the day that I learned how Twitter works, I have become suspicious of every add and follow on every social media site….and now my blog. I love to write, I love to read, my writing style is nothing more or less polished than my personality, I write as I would speak. Having said that, I’m flattered by the follow (unless you followed me because you are thinking that my writing is atrocious and you need to influence me! Ha!? I swear I’m not a conspiracy theorist) and I appreciate that you took the time to read my latest post….now I’m going to dive back into yours. Good day!

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  19. thank you for visiting my pages, I am still cutting my teeth on my blog LOL.. Thoroughly enjoyed your post.. I must say the statement “investing more time into my blog, can only make me mentally stronger” is so very true for me. No idea if mine is something that others will want to read but I know that it is positive and from the heart and gives me a purpose and it feels good to get it all out !

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  20. Kendall, great post! I’m really enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work. – Byron (The Old Money Guy)

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  21. Thank you for the suggestions. I always need more advice. I don’t blog the way I would like to but I want to make sure I have the right content.

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  23. Hi Kendall,
    Your post here is very inspiring and makes me want to continue with my blog. Keep writing.

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  24. I am still a beginner in the blogging community…my work is consuming my time,and am taking a decision to invest in something else so as to create more time for my blog.tnx to ur 5 reasons post….grateful

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  25. Greetings Kendall,

    I came to thank you for following my blog, but also to get an understanding of a fellow blogger. In seeking a pinch of that knowledge I have to say I also found some motivation, a dash of encouragement, and a tablespoon of strength. For I was lead to just what I needed to read. So, after reading this post… I followed you back, I liked the post, and left this comment to let you know, I found (even though I was not searching) what my spirit was looking for and needed!
    I appreciate you and look forward to enjoying more of your blogging.
    Blessings

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    • Thank you for adding your voice to this forum. Your kind words are appreciated. I am so grateful that you found what you needed here. Glad we found each other. My pleasure to be a member of your community and welcome to the neighborhood.

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  26. Hi Kendall,
    Thank you for liking and following my blog.

    I really appreciate this post. As someone new to the world of blogging I am yet to work out what I really want from it. This post has given me some ideas and encouragement.

    The impetus for my first few posts was anger over political issues here in Australia, but I am not intending that to be all I write about. We have an election in a few weeks, so hopefully then other things can come to the forefront.

    Really my reasons for starting a blog are that I now have 50 years of life experience and knowledge and want to share it. I also have been suppressing the urge to write for 50 years now. Can’t hold it in any longer.

    I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Opinionated Introvert

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  27. Hi Kandall! Love this blog post of yours! It really does feel like a community of friends…!
    Putting yourself ”out there” is not easy but it is indeed very rewarding and therapeutic.

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  28. Thanks for the follow Kendall! Loved this post – it was nice reading a unique view on the importance of blogging. Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! 🙂

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  29. Thanks for following my blog, Kendall. I agree with you about reasons to blog — there are so many positive reasons to do so. I look forward to following your blog!

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  30. Hi from Australia Kendall, glad you found my writing journey. Also glad to have found your own unique take on the world, you write beautifully. Very apt that writing is catharsis, or at least should be.

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  31. You are a prolific and interesting writer and thanks for checking out my website! As an artist I create stories through images on canvas, as a previous English Major, I can appreciate that your images come through words. It amounts to the same end I think, getting viewers/readers to understand your particular stance in the world…look forward to reading more.

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  32. You are a truly talented writer Kendall! This post in particular is one that evokes such passion and honesty I couldn’t agree with you more.
    I related to it so closely it inspired me greatly to continue writing as you have summed it up perfectly in one post.
    I feel so honoured that you have stopped by my blog and connected alongside an newly adapted blogger. Your work proves craftsmanship of a born-writer with the heart behind it. I so look forward to your upcoming blogs and any feedback or exchange of ideas will be welcomed!

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  33. Hi Kendall,

    Thanks for coming to see my blog and now being a follower.
    You have a great blog and if you had 1000 views in one day I think that you have made it big time.

    Happy wriitng.

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  34. Hi Kendall, thank you for the follow… your post and even replies are like a breath of fresh air and I have no doubt that I will learn a lot from your vast experience and inspirational post.

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  35. Hi Kendall, its a great post that you shared this time. It make me to think more deeper and go for some more creative works on my blog.
    And thanks for following my blog i.e. businessdreamsblog.wordpress.com. I am fresher in this but trying my best in sharing all those things which are required for running any business. Hope you are liking my work.

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  36. Thank you for the words of encouragement, Kendal, and for sharing your experience. Kipling Kipling and Deuteronomy well paired to give excellent guidance and motivation.

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    • You are quite welcome. If by Rudyard Kipling is my absolute favorite poem so it is no coincidence that Mr. Kipling is there. But thanks for spotlighting Deuteronomy. That was new to me, but it felt right as soon as I read it. So glad you added your voice to this forum. It is the collective voice where true wisdom and knowledge are found.

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  37. Hi Kendall,
    Thank you for following!
    You write beautifully… looking forward to reading more!
    May your blog continue to grow and attract more followers.

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    • I just read your comments and smiled. It is a beautiful thing when total strangers, who may never meet, can make one another smile and think. This was one of those beautiful things. Welcome to the neighborhood.

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  38. Hi Kendall, thank you for following me a pure honour! I just started my blog this week. It’s a challenge for me as I am not a writer but a visual learner/communicator. I found your article to be very encouraging and inspirational. Maybe there is still hope for me.

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    • blog with visuals. art, photographs, paintings. You can tell a story with still pictures and many incredible bloggers are doing it right here at wordpress. and don’t stress about writing. right a paragraph a page and publish it when you believe the thought is finished. or don’t publish it. you are editor in chief within your blogging community. have fun with it. and welcome to the neighborhood.

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      • Thank you, I will take your advice and get with it! I’m glad to be a part of the neighbourhood. \*^o^*/

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        • Quite so, Kendall – unless one’s writing for someone else (i.e. being paid to be a writer), write when you’re inspired, write when you’re happy, write when you’re unhappy, write when you feel you have something to say, or a bone to pick, or something you’re trying to ferret out, or… You get my drift – yes?

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  39. I love your ideas here Kendall and also want to thank you for following my blog. I know I can learn from your experience and welcome the opportunity to hear your thought on just about everything.

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  40. Hi Kendall, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading this thought-provoking post. I especially liked the one on Time, being one of those people who sometimes just can’t switch off and find sleep. I no longer get stressed about it – that just makes the situation even worse and guarantees that sleep won’t come. Now I simply accept that it’s one of those nights, put my headphones in and listen to music while I read a book or write blogs – it works and I’ve come to like the feeling that I’m writing away quietly while everyone else sleeps. I’m looking forward to reading more of your inspiring posts and thanks for stopping by my “What’s next?” post. Happy blogging.

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    • Love your question at the end, followed by words of good cheer. Classic. …lol…. What’s next? Well. you we have just have to maintain your season pass and see. Welcome to the neighborhood. You are appreciated.

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  41. Hi Kendall. It has taken some time for me to get back to your blog after I commented to thank you for your follow quite some time ago, apologies for that! Since then, things kicked off with my daughter and I have been trying to help her (she is almost 21 and has Asperger’s Syndrome) and my blog went in several different directions. I then had an ‘Akismet’ issue whereby I couldn’t comment on other blogs for a couple of weeks (this was a UK issue only so I believe!) and it is only now that I am somewhat back on track and able to comment on all these wonderful blogs from way back!
    So, all that to say, I would like to say thank you so much for this inspiring post. I can really relate since I, too, am a ‘late bloomer’ and didn’t start my writing career until 2 years ago, and my blog until January. What an incredibile experience it has been, joining this community, as you indeed say so eloquently above. Not to mention the sleeping issues…is this common amongst writers, that, and owning a cat or two?!
    I am now following you Kendall and I very much look forward to reading more of your wonderful posts. Have a great day 🙂

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    • i am so grateful that the neighborhood provides a comfortable environment, allowing visitors, and neighbors to be as open about their blogging worlds and life in general. as they wish. That is very important to me as it is to many members of the neighborhood. Thank you for adding your voice to this forum. It supports the richness of the community. Glad you are back to blogging and that darn Akismet bug has left you alone. Welcome to the neighbhood. And all the best to your daughter.

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      • Thank you so much Kendall for your lovely welcome and kind wishes for my daughter, I really appreciate this 🙂

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  42. Hello Kendall/Mr Person/publicblogger! thanks for viewing my blog. As you can see I’m a fresher. Just started in earnest this week and trying to get my head around the widget world. found your words very helpful in that its just how I feel. Writing is my passion that I never spent any time on before. Its incredible and I’m truly honoured to be part of something special.

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      • Thank you for finding me. Because I am from Romania and I’m trying so hard to develop a little business. I worked in education field (I have 3 licences) and from 1th of September I have no job. Well, I am dissapointed, of course, but I do know that I must try to work hard to succees. I’m askink nothing, just go and see my blog, I am a beginner and I am working handmade beads. Thank you, all.

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