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Susan B.

You're absolutely right. A year or two ago, when I first started reading blogs with any regularity, I couldn't possibly see myself writing one. But a few months ago I finally started my own blog, which has been growing along slowly ever since. I'm not a writer, but a student heading for a life in academia, and with the excellent examples of science and math blogs out there I've been able to hone my own skills.

So happy blogday, and may we all be blogging three years from now!


Cool post. Happy birthday to the blog. I just had my one year and to contrast the stats are flat! 200 posts though. I don't actively expand the readership - yet.

But I will back everything Greta says about blogging and its benefits to the serious writer. As a WGA screenwriter who stood the line, blogging provided a side outlet of creativity I otherwise might not have enjoyed. Jason Rosenhouse at evolutionblog recently posted a piece about how blogging has therapeutic health benefits and even assisted recovery in surgery patients.

And like Greta said, blogging can get you read. And it's great writing practice, as is commenting. If you are a serious writer and not blogging, well, I suppose we can't fault you, but we can make a strong case that you're limiting your writing. We can revert to pen and pencil anytime, and most of us often do. But if you haven't created a blog yet, you don't have the technological option!


Sorry if this comment appears twice. I hit a glitch last time, but I essentially said happy blogday and that I just had my one year blogday, so I'm stoked for you. I just hit my 200th post but I don't have much of a readership. I don't link or actively promote the blog as much as I could.

But I'll back everything Greta says about blogging and the benefits of daily discipline that come from writing. Blogging helps you get a handle on your thoughts and lines of unconscious organization will often emerge. You can also gain a readership, and taking it even further, you can occasionally reach out to someone or even save a life. Jason Rosenhouse just posted a piece at evolutionblog relaying therapeutic benefits of blogging including assisted recovery of surgery patients. As a WGA screenwriter who stood the line, blogging gave me an outlet of unchecked creativity I might otherwise not have been able to enjoy.

Bottom line, if you're a serious writer or even aspiring to be one, consider a blog. We can revert to pen and pad anytime, and often many of us do. But if you haven't created a blog yet, you limit yourself from a valuable technological option. We live in the new millenium; take advantage of it!

Ezekiel David

I know that you wrote a little about this, but I wanted to let you know: as a of-many-months (yes, Atheist's and Anger was my first taste) reader, when I had a "Special Study" to design (about sex work, and the legality of it), I went out and bought Paying For It. Later I asked the local comic book store if they had "Best Erotic Comics 2008" (they didn't, but maybe it made them think).

Seriously, reading your blog everyday has made me probably a better person, and definitely made me interested in buying your work.

Afterall, there aren't a lot of writers whose style I can almost instantly spot. And you're one of them


hippity hoppity spankyful candle-lit blog birthday to you!


"3 años" = "3 years"

"3 anos" = "3 anuses" (ani?)

Was this a typo or did you do it on purpose?


Happy blog anniversary, Greta! I can say with complete honesty that you're one of my top three favorite writers on the web, and I look forward to every new post of yours that appears in my feed. I love your style, your enthusiasm and your clarity. Long may you continue. :)

I had a lot of the same concerns when I started my blog - most notably that it would demand a degree of productivity from me that I wouldn't have the time or motivation to supply. (It annoys me greatly when good blogs go dead except for the occasional "sorry I'm not posting more" post, and I didn't want my site to become one of those.) But to my surprise, I found the complete opposite to be true. The more I write, the more I want to write! As you said, it's a great way to hone your craft and teach yourself to stick to a regular writing schedule, which makes it easier to be productive on demand. Reader feedback is also a major motivation to me. It's extremely encouraging to post something and be able to read responses in minutes. No other medium can capture that directness and openness of interaction.

If you want to get your name out there, keeping a blog is a great way to start. As my site's grown, I've even been approached by publicists several times who've offered to send me free books to review, which I never expected at all. And as I work on a book of my own, I know that it will come with a built-in audience whose existence can only help when it comes time to pitch the idea to an agent or a publisher.

Kris Shanks

Happy blog birthday! I have to back up what you said about regular blogging being good for artistic growth. I'm not a writer, but I started a painting blog, and although external circumstances have limited my contributions of late, it's been one of the best vehicles for improving my painting and keeping the creative pump primed. I'm looking forward to blogging more regularly soon!

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