Many of us bloggers are either actual writers, photographers, journalists, public relations aka social media experts or wannabes of one or more of the above. And there are your "just ordinary people" with a story to tell, a writing talent and people saying:
"You should start a blog."
Some blogs really take off and become popular, even money-making, and others just schlepp along with a small group of followers who manage to catch the blogger at just the moment he/she thinks it's time to quit with a:
"I love your blog. It really speaks to me. Please don't stop."
How do they know that we continue blogging just to hear/read that? Many of us have become "friends," community over the years, even if we've never met f2f face to face. And there are those we actually know in real life and discover more from their blogs. I have a combination of that on my "blog rolls," the list of blogs on the sidebar of my two blogs, this one and Shiloh Musings.
Many of us blog a combination of personal and political, whatever is on our minds and new in our lives.
Paula blogged of a death in her family, A Woman of Courage and Strength. HaMakom yenachem, may G-d comfort....
Seraphic Secret gets a mazaltov on the birth of a grandson.
Mazaltov and refuah shleimah to Geuliyah on the birth of her twins,
מיה אמונה בת גאוליה שומרונה
זהר אושר אביה בת גאוליה שומרונה
Our latest news is the marriage of our son.
Skyping! from their temporary abode in a mercaz klita in northern Israel.
Blogging isn't dead. That's one of the reasons all sorts of mainstream press has added blogs on its internet sites. I've had blogging rights on a few internet newspapers. Of late, I can be found on the Jewish Press blog section. They choose the posts from my blogs. I stopped blogging on a different paper, because they demanded only original material written for their site. And considering that they certainly didn't pay me anything, it reeked of chutzpah to make demands.
I like the independence of blogging what I want. My blogs are my own newspapers. I decide what's "fit to print." I hope you enjoy reading my blogs. Please share the links and comment in the comments, thanks.