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The Gifts of Blogging Confidence

What has blogging given you the confidence to write or create and then *share*… that you wouldn’t otherwise have done?

That was the question I asked in introducing the group writing project The Gift of Blogging Confidence.

Here’s what you said :-)

Berry Cage by Amy Palko on Flickr

Brad Shorr, WordSell:

Looking back at these posts, I remember how worried I was about publishing them. Today, I wonder what the big deal was. Just words on a monitor. And while the posts themselves are nothing special and not nearly as adventurous as I thought at the time, what was special and continues to be special are the relationships behind them.

I’m not sure what this all means or if it’s helpful to you, but for me it boils down to this. When I think of blogging as a collaboration rather than a performance, my confidence grows. [my emphasis]

Blogging With Confidence From Time To Time

T. at The Liminal State

Writing, like all other skills, builds upon itself.  Confidence builds upon itself too – so, do what you do  -  sometimes it works…lots of times, it doesn’t.  So what. No harm, no foul.

To Be a Writer

Elana, at Fly In the Face

I am not even remotely famous. I haven’t been discovered. I’m not launching a product, or scrambling to lunch with the cool cats on the Internets. I’m a woman that looked inside, saw something I needed to pay attention to, and did so.  And that feels gigantic.

If there isn’t something you’re paying attention to, or if you’ve been neglecting your  inner loveliness…Say yes to something your soul has been craving. Doors will fly open, and having two five-dollar bills will, somehow, feel just fine.

Ten Dollars and the Gift

Margaret Roby at Wordgathering

Each response from someone reading what I have written, gives me more confidence in my words, my thoughts, and, ultimately, myself.  What has blogging given me the confidence to create? Bonds, letters, an online teaching persona, essays, exercises, poetry, interactions, myself.

Thursday Thoughts

Michael Yost, at Michael’s Lair

A reflection on writing and blogging, and two poems… I’ve borrowed some lines from one of the poems ‘Circumstances’ as they seemed, to me, to fit:

Step into your new image that you create
You’re not set in stone or some higher fate
Don’t twist and turn at each other’s debate
Rely on the new you and not hesitate
You lift with the winds going up and around
Fearless and searching the wide open ground


Seeking Elevation

But being able to write for an audience without feeling the need to cry every time I speak shows me that somewhere along the line, I did learn.  That is what blogging has given me.
And it’s not a small thing at all.

A Real Blog Post

Upsi, at You Don’t Have to Dance for Them

Blogging has given me the confidence to write what I see.  It is a place to stop hiding, stop doubting myself, start believing that what I feel matters.  I write what I remember, what I believe.  What I care about, what I want.  It has given me a forum to find my own voice, to share my story and find the stories of others.


Sarah Tanburn

And, yes, it’s building my strength to say here it is.  I think it’s good enough for you to enjoy.  For me, that’s the hardest part of all, and building this blog is a key part of developing that confidence.

Why Blog?

Joanna Paterson (that’s me ;-)

You’re not claiming they’re great literature, simply part of what it means to blog: to share a bit of yourself, to find ways to create and connect, to express some of what it means to be a human in the hope you will connect with the experience of at least one other person…

Dialogue With Doubt

Ruth at We Are One

Through blogging I have also interacted with other bloggers to cheer them on to their success and share their sorrow when their entry lets me into a sad part of their lives.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn I am not alone in some of the challenges I am facing.

What Blogging Has Done for Me

Robert Hruzek at Middle Zone Musings

As for yours truly, well, blogging has given me a remarkable measure of confidence I never knew I had. After all, when it comes to recording your own thoughts and sending them out to the world… well, it takes a certain level of chutzpah, don’cha think? Why, the very idea that someone else out there would conceivably care what I think – about anything – I mean, sheesh, who knew?

1,000 and Counting: A Gift From Blogging

Congratulations to Robert on reaching the 1,000 post milestone, and a big thanks for introducing me (and many others) to the group writing project format. (What I Learned From… affectionately known as WILF. Sorely missed)

Thanks to everyone who took part, in particular those of you who are new to Confident Writing, to group writing projects, or indeed to blogging.  It’s great to meet some new faces and hear some new voices… and see how the gift of blogging confidence is doing its work ;-)


Photo Credit: Berry Cage by Amy Palko on flickr

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  1. Robert Hruzek says:

    You know what they say, right? “When everything is said and done - more is usually said than done!” But in this case, that’s the whole point, wouldn’t ya say? :-D

    Thanks for the inspiration Joanna, and a big ol’ tip o’ the hat to everyone who joined in!

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  3. T
    Twitter: theliminalstate

    Loved being a part of this Group Writing Project experience….looking forward to reading the posts from all these great writers.

  4. John Soares
    Twitter: TheJohnSoares

    I missed the group exercise, but I can say that blogging gave me the courage to write more about my personal life than I had ever done before. All my previous writing had been for my business clients, or for books and magazines, and though I did put myself in a few of the magazine articles, it was never in a deep way.

    Blogging has also loosened up my writing style. I’m more relaxed, more informal.

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  6. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Robert Hruzek: well, thanks for the inspiration to run group writing projects :-)

    @T: that’s great :-) I was pleased so many new readers / writers contributed to this one. It’s good to get to know you.

    @John Soares: that loosening up effect is very powerful isn’t it John? I can’t believe I used to sit and write ministerial speeches and press reports! This is much more like it ;-)