NaBloPoMo#12 – To Write or to Blog?

NaBloPoMo_November_smallIf “To Write” is my destiny, then why am I blogging? Am I blogging because “they” said I should? “They” being the pros, the published authors, the mentors, speakers at writers’ conferences, my colleagues.

Somehow, I can’t picture Hemingway holed up in the barn studio, clacking away on his typewriter to instantly send his masterpieces out to a world of instant readers. Only that, and nothing more. No, I cannot picture that.

Do I blog to keep my name out there? If a name is only a name and nothing more, then why does it matter what my name is? No one will remember me by my name. They will only remember me by my stories, as readers remember who it was that wrote the Harry Potter books. J.K Rowling.  The two go hand in hand.

So until I write something memorable, my name will remain overlooked among the great writers of my time. I do have a published novel, children’s books, and a poetry book.  Many anthologies, newspapers and magazines have published my poems, articles and features. One of my photos captured an Honorable Mention once in a contest and was published in the Arkansas Times.

Now, if I could publish a book of my blogging material, wouldn’t I be mighty pleased?

© Freeda Baker Nichols

Writer on location at Piggott

Freeda Baker Nichols at Writers’ Retreat. In background, Hemingway’s barn studio where he wrote some of his stories.

Books by Freeda Baker Nichols

Books by Freeda Baker Nichols

29 comments on “NaBloPoMo#12 – To Write or to Blog?

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  2. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    I do enjoy your blogs, look forward to each new thing you post. The “they” are not always right about what writers should do. The “you” must follow your heart, write, blog, send new things to be read often.
    Another thing I would be interested to see more of to get the word out to more and more in the world of FB space is if you posted more on your face book Author page.
    The first time I saw your writings was a poem posted online that you had written that just grabbed me and I was hooked. You had no clue who I was at the time, when I requested you as a friend, but what a friend you have become, I feel as if I have known you for years, and it all started with one poem about your mother and her house. Wish I could remember the name of that first poem.
    Keep up the good work, and yes keep your name out there, how else would we have known you? 🙂 🙂


  3. Don’t you get an audience for some of your work through the blog–just like through a book? Not to mention a group of blogger buddies 😉


    • Yes, I really do, and that’s a nice thing about blogging. And yes, I like my blogger buddies! They seem like friends I haven’t met.(as you do) 🙂 I’m not going to stop blogging, but I might slow down. I do think I’ve allowed the blog to take time away from the fiction writing. 😦 I need to manage my time better. That’s what I’ll focus on. Tomorrow, the local “Dirty Farmers Market” is hosting a book signing for me. They recently opened a shop that carries crafts and books by local people, as well as produce, in season, from the farmers. Sort of a unique set-up. Only in the Ozarks? 🙂


  4. dotlatjohn says:

    I just heard about someone being contacted by Moody Press to do a book because of her blog. Blogging keeps us writing! I enjoy yours.


    • That’s good news about Moody Press. Yours could fit there, too, with the inspirational scripture blending with your post. Thanks, Dorothy. I love to blog. My lament is that I spend more time creating a blog post than I do writing fiction, since I’m blogging every day this month.:)


  5. I would miss your blogging…so don’t quit…write in between…


    • I won’t quit blogging. Did not mean to imply that. Thanks for your comment. Blogging opens many avenues for writers and in itself, blogging is fulfilling. So, I understand my predicament here. I spend a lot of time on the photos. I’m also a camera bug and don’t know when to put that aside, grab my pen and paper and work on the fiction that I love to write.


  6. annisik51 says:

    Blogging is writing. It has helped me to write better, write faster, discover my own ideas, meet people, get ideas and inspiration from other people through their work. 🙂


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  8. Dot Hatfield says:

    I love to blog, too. But if I did it too often, it would “scratch the itch” to write and nothing else would be accomplished. Your blog certainly keeps your name out there. You have many followers who enjoy your writing.


    • Blogging too often may be my hang-up.
      Especially when I take on the challenge of blogging daily for a whole month, such as with this NaBloPoMo. 🙂 But this is fun and I’m meeting new bloggers which is great!


  9. Personally, I believe blogging is writing.


  10. Catherine Johnson says:

    It’s a conundrum for sure, Freeda.


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