As you learn new dance moves, you have to learn the steps, turns and dips. You also have to figure out how to maneuver without stepping on toes. Yesterday I dipped when I should have twirled. Lillie Ammann posted a comment and it never appeared online. I’m not sure how I did it, but I must have deleted it.
The one I meant to delete was James Lee’s correction of my grammar. Just kidding, James! (James and I are friends and go way back.)
Anyway, I wanted to post here what Lillie said:
I've been enjoying your newsletter for years and look forward to reading your blog. Though I started my blog before you started yours, I'm still learning. It didn't take long to realize that keeping up with all the great blogs takes a lot of time!
I hadn’t seen Lillie’s blog before, so I dropped by to check out A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye. It’s interesting. If you have time, take a look. She’s both a writer and an editor and you might find her blog is one of those you want to bookmark.
One thing I’m noticing about blogs is that they’re less formal than websites. Not all, but a lot of websites are quite professional. This is who I am; this is what I’ve written; this is where I’ll be on my book tour; here’s my resume. Blogs are more casual, more chatty. This is not to say that Lillie’s blog isn’t informative. It certainly is. For example, her entry on September 6 was called Blog Carnivals. I’d never heard of a Blog Carnival! But I also believe if you keep reading certain blogs, over time you’ll begin to feel like you know the blogger.
This may not be true for all bloggers. I’m not at all sure Miss Snark is nearly as ferocious as she seems to be in her blog. On the other hand, Susan Wittig Albert’s personality comes through clearly in her blog. Over time my personality will most likely show through in this blog. After seven years of writing my newsletter, Doing It Write!, I noticed the columns were becoming more relaxed, almost like blog entries sometimes. That will carry over into this blog. In some cases, the blog is proving to be helpful to me. I can expand on things from the newsletter. For example, I listed the Jentel Writing Residency Program in the newsletter, but here in the blog I had room to talk more about my visit there and meeting the manager of the program.
And a special thanks to Lillie for listing me (despite my dropping her comment) in her Blog Roll. That was fun to be looking around her site and find Straight from Hel listed!
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