James’s Journey to Blogging….WHY I Blog

Ask any blogger why he or she blogs and you will get a million different reasons.

Ask any blogger why he or she blogs and you will get a million different reasons.

My journey down the road to becoming a blogger began in October of 2013 over lunch with a good friend. That friend suggested I try blogging on the WordPress platform. He said to write about things that I’m passionate about. That advice is something  that will stay with me for a lifetime.

So I started a free blog called Sports Buzz with Jame-,MY TAKE ON SPORTS on the WordPress Platform. It was my first experience with blogging outside of academia and a nice transition for this former Sports journalist’s turned blogger.

A blog allows me to keep developing my writing skills while continuing to be a published writer. It provides me with an opportunity to share my content with others who enjoy reading blogs.

The transition to blogger from sports journalist’s has been both educational and challenging. Looking forward to developing my newest blog The Thunderword Post and blogging for many years to come.

Blogging provides an opportunity for me to look deeply into my life, relationships and society; engage with others intellectually, appreciate the strengths in arguments and point out the flaws in them; appreciate the tiny distinctions between what, why and how; the nexus and disparity between excuses and justifications, and so on.

It’s a platform to voice my opinions, a safe place to be wrong and stop being so scared to make mistakes. With blogging, I’ve learned to recognize and build on my strength, and admit and improve on my weaknesses. With conversations happening on my blog, I learn to hear flattery without being carried away and take criticisms without losing my temper.

My ultimate goal as a blogger is to make a difference in the world through my writing. If one person gets the courage to write and publishes something or the courage to start a blog by reading my blog then I’ve achieved  one of my many writing objectives. And made a difference in someone’s life in this huge world.

A number of things have helped my writing skills over time: scholarship essays, learning from mentors, reading books, etc. But none of them has challenged me so consistently as blogging.

In order to gain a mastery of writing one must practice to get better or be good at it. Just like anything else in life practice makes one better at any task..

Blogging makes me feel like I have accomplished something during the day now that I’m on disability and no longer work or attend college. This is not just my reason; a lot of writers out there who feel this way, too. Even if we don’t share what we write, we still feel like we have accomplished something. For example, when I just jot down a list of things hovering in my mind on to my memo pad, I feel very light on one side my brain as if having accomplished those tasks on the other side of my brain.

Another reason I do this blog and write blog posts is my passion for writing and the love of sharing my content with others. During  a short time as a blogger I’ve made many friends though the common interest of blogs and networking within my social media networks.

My personal blog has frustrated me at times but it’s fun, enjoyable and educational at times too. But at the end of the day, I love having a personal blog and would not trade it in for any thing in the world. It’s a lot of work but the result is well worth the effort. It’s major fun to me.

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James Carter

James Carter has a real passion for online "stuff", is an avid WordPress fan and user, and gets great satisfaction out of helping others. -- so in his spare time, he's busy doing community service with his church, spending time with family and friends while creating post for this blog.

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  2. never knew much about blogs until I read this blog, I knew what they were but not in detail. Mainly because if I’m not interested in learning about something I won’t go out of my way learn it. When I started reading this blog I thought a blog sounded like a public diary and then I got to the middle of the blog and realized it could be a journal or like a diary just a public one. It makes sense to blog if you want your stuff published right away on the internet versus publishing it in a magazine or a news paper takes more time.

    • Yes, a blog can take many forms of communication including journal or diary like posts. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog post. Your comments are very much appreciated. Thanks for stopping by. Have a Blessed Day!

  3. Great post. I particularly agree with becoming a better writer. I’ve always LOVED writing but found the ability was slowly stamped out of me with my corporate finance job. Once I started blogging (as a means to cope with how horrible my life had become), I slowly started rediscovering a passion I’d once loved. Then, eventually I left the corporate world and my passion of writing has gone from strength to strength since. Blogging has literally changed my life!

    • Amber, what you have just shared is so inspiring to me. I want nothing more than to discover what my audience is. Blogging is such a great escape for me. I find myself discovering my true desires more and more as I write on my blog.

  4. Unfortunately, your point of view is completely submerged within your own sphere. Like so many people I work with in news, you’ve lost touch with the average reader/viewer. They don’t click hyperlinks, they don’t know who these people (Kos, Kaus, etc.) are. You are avid, they are just browsing. And that’s where blogging fails.
    The average person does not check back to see the correction. They don’t stick around to read your apology. They saw the incorrect information you rushed to print and they take it as fact, because they read it on the internet. Five hours later you retract and correct, but its a waste of your time. The bad info is out there and spreading.
    Now the “legit” media is on the bandwagon. They want to be “new,now,next” and instead end up being “under-informed, rushed, guessing”. Take the Sherrod scandal. A blogger posts something that is patently false, its explodes over the internet, the media runs with it because its the biggest thing on the web, not because it has any basis in reality, and someone gets hurt. Yes, this one ended up getting cleared up because it was so huge and some real fact-checkers decided to take the time. But it started with a bad blog. And it happens every single day.
    Until there is a distinction between a blogger and a journalist, and until the real journalists start doing their jobs again (and quit spoon-feeding the public what it wants to hear like giving a fat kid cookies to make him happy) journalism will continue to sink into the dark ages. Golden age? Think again. This path is paved with good intentions.

    • Tim, this is my personal blog so I write about things I am passionate about and share my personal opinions. Although I have worked as a journalist’s I am not trying to compete with professional media outlets or mislead the public who read my blog posts. I would never ever mislead anyone who reads my blog posts. The whole point of my post was to explain how I got involved in blogging and what I take away from the blogging itself. Thanks for expressing your opinion and taking the time to read my blog. I do appreciate it.

  5. I loved this. I started my blog a while back thinking as a professional writer it would be a piece of cake. But blogging is more more than just writing down your thoughts, it’s articulating them in a way that not only makes them ready for consumption by readers, but also by you at a later date. And if you want your blog to be popular there’s a whole additional set of challenges.

    Anyway, prior to starting my blog I wasn’t really a consumer of blogs. I had no idea how popular blogging was or how vast the blogosphere is. The Atlantic does blogging right, and Sullivan’s blog is one of my favorites.

    • Thanks for stooping by to read my blog and linking your thoughts on your favorite blogs. Thanks for taking the time to share this information with me and my blog readers.

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