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At last, Friday and why we blog!

This was an exciting week for words, My iphone screen got milk on it which messed up everything until someone reminded me to leave it 24 hours in a bag of rice so for the cost of one box of Uncle Ben’s it now works again. Thanks, Amanda at ATMC!

For writers I would like to post a guest contribution today from Janie Sullivan who has a marvelous school for writing in Arizona. I may not be able to get to her classes from here in North Carolina and you might not either, I’m sharing with you, (with her permission) some of her more helpful advice

Why Do We Blog?

            Posted by Janie Sullivan on March 28, 2013 in General Writing, Writing Life, Writing Tips |

I have recently had several questions about blogging. When one person said she did not see why she needed a blog, it took me a few minutes to be able to form an answer that made sense. It got me thinking, why DO we blog? I came up with the following reasons:

  1. As a writer, blogging is an excellent way of establishing oneself as an expert. The more I blog about writing, the more people will think I know about writing.
  2. Connecting in in our virtual world is much easier through blogging. Since I started this blog three years ago, I have connected with writers all over the world. Something that would not have happened without the blog.
  3. Helping other writers by blogging about my experiences as a writer also not only connects me to like-minded people, but it also gives me a sense of satisfaction about making a difference.
  4. Learning something new. Sometimes I am at a loss for a topic to write about so I do some research on it, learn about it, then blog about it.
  5. And yes, blogging is a great way to promote yourself, your products (whatever they may be) and your services.

If you blog, why do you blog? If you don’t blog, would you like to?

Speaking of promoting your services, I have a workshop coming up: Build a Blog, on April 20. It is a hands-on, live, face-to-face workshop  where I will be teaching participants how to build a blog in WordPress. Bring your laptop and come out of the three-hour workshop with a personalized blog all your own–If I lived near her I would! Contact Janie at:

Janie Sullivan Director, Center for Writing Excellence

Tel: 928-458-5861 | Mobile: 480-862-3130  http://janiewrites.com

Trainer: Webucator

Who is in your kitchen?

My husband has decided he wants to be in the kitchen. He made this decision a couple of years ago and it is wonderful! He enjoys the creative outlet of cooking and his new hobby means we buy more kitchen gadgets (I love it and certainly sur le table, williams sonoma, Macy’s and the Dollar store have all benefited.)

Last night his sister and our brother in law came to dinner. Joe cooked. I did not do a thing! Wonderful–adn soooooo delicious.

Our daughter cooks–encouraged her into the ktichen when she wanted to.

Our son liked to putter in the kitchen too–he called himself the McGyver of food, putting together odd combinations when he was not pleased by what I was serving for supper.

Last year our duaghter gave her Dad a cooking class (for the three of us) at Sur Le Table for his 65th.

What am I advocating? Encourage yoru family into the kitchen–to watch, to try out combinations themselves. Cooking is a creative outlet. It’s fun and sociable–an acitivty to share.