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Old 09-17-2007, 03:23 PM
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Blogging is a powerful tool, and it means different things to different people. What does blogging mean to you?

For me...I was never a "tech-savvy" woman, so a few years ago blogging would not have even been possible for me. But now blogging is easy, it's free, and best of all you don't have to know or understand "code".

I started blogging as a writing exercise. I wanted to work on my writing, so I could possibly become good enough at it to be published. I thought blogging was a good way to do that, and it turns out it was. If I had been just journaling writing exercises in a notebook, there would have been no "obligation" to do it several times a week, and I could skip a week or two without anyone noticing. I'm sure I would have never kept it up. But, the fact that people were actually reading what I was writing in my blog, was motivation to continue.

Now(almost a year later), I see blogging as a powerful tool, and a doorway for my voice. Blogging has opened up opportunities, that I never even realized were available to me. Through blogging I am growing into a person who I never thought I could be, and I like that person. When physical disabilities limit your contact with the outside world, blogging can open up that world to you again.

The thing I like best about blogging is...It's not just one thing, it's everything and anything you want it to be. What is it to you?
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:31 PM
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Great post Catherine! I am definitely not an active blogger. I blog on and off, delete my posts, delete blogs, etc. Over the last few months I was actually wondering if I should blog more! There are so many awesome blogs out there that are doing so great. With PayPerPost, ReviewMe and those other websites where they pay you to blog, blogging has definitely become more popular! Some people don't even have to pay for a domain, I've seen tons of fantastic blogs and people are only using blogger.com! What a profit.

I think blogging is definitely something I want to start some day when I'm done with school. It'll just be something I do for fun and I think I would really enjoy it. Blogging is a way to express yourself, meet new people and just have fun. I tihnk I'll end up loving blogging, but for now, I'm focussed on school school school.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:15 PM
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Blogging started out as a way to tell stories about what happened at work.

My friends always loved listening to those stories - some are so unbelievable.

I was shocked when I got a comment for the first time that said, "Regular reader, first time commenter." Regular reader? Holy cow! I was hooked then

I do it for fun. I don't stress myself out by saying that I must post "x" times per week. I post when I feel like it, and when I have something interesting to say.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:06 PM
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I blog for many, many reasons. Here are a few:

1. To connect with other nurses. I feel like I have a great support group of other nurse bloggers out there that I can get feedback from.

2. I love to write and nursing as a profession is a fountain of inspiration.

3. I love to get feedback via the comments that come in.

4. And of course there's the ego element. I love checking my stats and see who's been reading.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:12 PM
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I actually started a blog a few weeks ago when I was super bored at home. I got kind of crazy, haha, I made sure all the colors were good, submitted my blog website to every search engine, etc. However, after about a week I decided to delete the blog. I'm not sure why, but now I think it was a good idea. This way, I have more time for school.

Also, I was part of www.dandelife.com which is kind of like an online timeline/blog of one's life. I think it is a super cool website but I deleted myself from there too, haha. However, it is an awesome website and if you do have a minute, check it out. I did blog on there for a couple of months and it was very neat.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:20 PM
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OMG. dandelife.com looks like yet another social networking site that I could become completely addicted to! It won't be long before I need to get help for this...

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Old 09-17-2007, 11:52 PM
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I started blogging in Nursing school. I think it helped me to vent and after awhile all these caring people...nurses, students, and people who were just interested, started actually reading and coming back daily to see if I posted.
I got to where I really felt bad if a week went by and I didn't write something!

I think it's helped my typing skills.

I feel less lonely when I'm getting messages back and forth from readers and other bloggers. (I feel even less lonely now that I'm here at the Forum everyday lol)

I quit this year for several months and I think it was directly related to the burn out feelings I was getting from the hospital. I just didn't even want to think about nursing outside of work.

I like being back in the groove again.
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:13 AM
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I love to write, maybe that's why I'm so active in forums, haha. I think anyone can have a blog, you just have to get it out.

Before I deleted my blog I usually went around other people's blog and made comments. Of course, in order to comment, one has to put his/her name, e-mail and URL. If the person's blog has a "Top Commentator" thing on the sidebar, one could definitely get a lot of visitors just by commenting on a blog and being in that "Top Commentator" list! Especially if you find the blogs that have a lot of readers.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:10 AM
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I have been blogging for about 2 years and have blogged about work, my studies and my home and family life. Earlier in the summer I needed to put together a reflective log as part of my reflective practice module and I was able to print out and use some of my blog posts for that.

My current job is quite specialised and I find it quite a challenge to be able to blog about it freely, mind you there is plenty else to write about too!

The main thing is that I have found loads of other nurses (and others) from around the world and got to know about their lives. I love visiting and leaving comments on other people's sites.
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:39 PM
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Hi Jess. When I first started blogging I tried Blogger and WordPress...I actually set up accounts with both. Personally, I found WordPress to be much better. It's easy, free, and they have a great community. When you tag a post at WordPress it goes into their community under that tag...you get a lot of comments and a lot of new readers this way. And WordPress is free, the only drawback is you can't have ads.
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