Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Confessions of a Blogaholic by Morgan Mandel

Morgan Mandel
Morgan Mandel is a past president of Chicago-North RWA, is Library Liaison for Midwest MWA, a member of Sisters in Crime and EPIC. Her published novels include the romantic comedy, Girl of My Dreams, and the romantic suspense, Two Wrongs.

CONFESSIONS OF A BLOGAHOLIC

It started innocently enough. Curiosity led me to a blogspot called The Life of a Publisher. A link there connected me with Blog Book Tours, operated by a woman named Dani. Always open for promotional ideas, I joined her e-group of the same name. Suddenly I was caught up in an intensive training program on how to arrange my blogspot to best advantage.

Prior to joining the group, I’d blogged only on special occasions, at my private blog, Double M, and on Wednesdays at my group blog, Acme Authors Link.

When I joined Dani’s e-group, I learned about the benefits of daily blogging to build a followship. An August daily challenge was already in progress. Although August was almost over, I decided to accept the challenge myself at my own blogspot to see how long I could last. I’m still doing it. Now I can’t stop.

How could I? If I did, I’d miss my blogging friends. These people are as real to me as people I see in person, some even more so. I’ve met all sorts of bloggers, with all sorts of reasons for blogging.

Some do it for promotion, some out of loneliness, some for the fun of it. Depending on the bloggers, I learn of their ambitions, their setbacks, illnesses, families, hobbies, weather, all kinds of happenings. Some share writing and life experience tips they’ve learned.

Whatever their reasons for blogging, the results are the same. Bloggers are real people sharing real experiences. In their posts, they leave behind a bit of themselves whether they realize it or not. Like breaking news on TV, I never know what’s going to appear, and I have to stay tuned for more.

What about you? Do you enjoy blogging? If so, what do you like most? If not, why not? Please share.

Thanks to Ginger for inviting me here to blog. Everyone's invited to come on over at any time to visit at Double M at http://morganmandel.blogspot.com.

15 comments:

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Morgan,

You're getting me hooked as well-so, be careful everyone, blogging is infectious.

Thanks Ginger for hosting-another great blog to follow.

Chris Redding said...

I also got into the habit of posting regularly because of Dani.
I do like how different the writing is than novel writing

Ginger Simpson said...

Morgan,
Thank you so much for being a guest today. I always enjoy your blogging and posts on our shared loops. You continue to inspire me. :)

ginger

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks, Ginger, for hosting me today. We do travel in the same circles, don't we? It's fun bumping into each other on the net.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com
http://acmeauthorslink.blogspot.com

Helen Ginger said...

I've gotten into the habit of posting everyday - I missed a few days over the holidays, with guests and a book deadline looming. The best part about blogging, I think, is getting to know other bloggers.

Scobberlotcher said...

Great guest post, Morgan. I think many people are starting to realize the benefits of blogging. I drank the Kool-Aid and now I'm hooked, too.

Nice blog, Ginger!

K. Harrington
author, Janeology

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks Ginger for hosting Morgan's post. I think we are all getting hooked on blogging. I just wish I had time to keep up with all of the ones I enjoy.

Ginger Simpson said...

Morgan is always welcome here. And, ain't it the truth about having time to follow all the entertaining blogs. I continue to list the ones I find awesome among favs, but unfortunately, I don't find enough time in the day to visit as much as I'd like too. I could spend all my time reading them, if only... I'm definitely addicted too.

Marilyn Brant said...

Blogging has an addictive quality, doesn't it? Nice job, Ginger and Morgan :).

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Morgan,
Interesting. Yes, I can see how easy it is to get hooked on blogging. I'll have to watch myself.

Cheers
Margaret

Moira Keith said...

I need to really work harder at blogging. Sometimes though, I find it difficult to blog. Maybe because I feel anything I have to say on a normal day to day basis isn't as interesting as the novel ideas I have.

Definitely something to think on though.

Morgan Mandel said...

I thought it would be hard to post blogs every day, but somehow the inspiration comes to me. It's usually from something that happens that day or the one before.

It's good to see so many others are hooked. That means I can feed my afflication. (G)

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

Tanya Zafino said...

Some do it for promotion, some out of loneliness, some for the fun of it. Depending on the bloggers, I learn of their ambitions, their setbacks, illnesses, families, hobbies, weather, all kinds of happenings. Some share writing and life experience tips they’ve learned.

Torie Lynn Howard said...

The nature of my blog requires me to post regularly. It offers tidbits of info about upcoming days so other bloggers, or anyone promoting anything, have lead time to utilize it to their advantage.

As a new blogger, it's been a challenge to keep up with it but I will prevail.(Torie's leaving now to composing today's entry)

Thanate said...

I'm a Blogaholic.

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