Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Opportunities Gained From Blogging

It's the A-Z Challenge and I'm talking about blogging tips. Today I wanted to share a couple of personal experiences about things I've gained from blogging.

3 tips -

1. Write what you know

2. Share what you love

3. Be Yourself

I know I've said the 3rd one 55,000,000,000 times, but it's important. By doing these three simple things here's a few things I've gotten to experience over the last couple years. Top 5 style -

5. A friend of mine who's an SEO specialist took note of my blogging and gave me a job. It didn't last becasue of how SEO has changed, but it was awesome while I had it.

4. I once shared a YouTube video I liked and got free tickets to meet the people who put those YouTube Videos together.



3. People ask me to review their books on my blog, then they give me a free copy. Yes please!

2.  The endless amounts of information I've learned from other bloggers. I would still be wandering around in the dark having no idea how to write or publish if it wasn't for this community.

1. All of the awesome friends/connections I gained. I'm totally planning on name dropping when these guys are beyond huge, and there's quite a few of them who will be. 

What have you gained from blogging?

29 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You have pretty much summed it up for me. I was given a cool software for writers in exchange for an honest review. I loved it and still use it when I edit my stuff.

The feebies are definitely a perk. :D

Suzi said...

Numbers 1 and 2 are my big thing. And I'm definitely gonna name drop when my author friends make it big.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Friendship and knowledge! Never expected to meet so many awesome people. And it gave me the opportunity to create the IWSG and be a part of the Challenge.

John Wiswell said...

I like being able to open my blog up to interview friends with great work. But mostly the blog has gotten me writing gigs, or helped me test things I'd sell later. And then there's friendship, but that's it's own feature.

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Emily R. King said...

Well, I got to meet you! :D

Mina Burrows said...

I would say I've networked with so many folks over the years, I feel blessed. :)

Julie Luek said...

I love the connections and relationships-- yes, even though they're online. I love the ability to learn from others. And I have learned so much! And I love the discipline and joy of writing a blog.

Rena said...

Oh, I love Lindsey Stirling! So awesome. And I love the community we get to be part of by blogging. It's awesome.

Mary Hill said...

I have gained a lot. I started blogging at the end of January and really got serious in March. I have met people, grown an audience. I hope I will also get some opportuniites too to showcase my writing and poetry.

In the meantime, I would love it if you stop by my blog today at:

http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/

I have issued a special challenge in honor of the memory of Martin, the little boy who died Monday in the bombing in Boston.

Please participate if you have time or leave a comment of support. Thanks.

Mary Hill

Carrie-Anne said...

I love the ability to network and find out about contest and querying opportunities.

ilima said...

Haha. I'm planning on #1 as well. :)

michelle said...

The awesome people. You are one of them Jennie!

Writer In Transit

Powdered Toast Man said...

So if I review a car I will get a free car?

Erin Shakespear said...

Very cool opportunities! Hmmm....what have I gained? Cool friends. Like you! :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I found a local writer who enjoys writing fiction in that isn't school book related or poetry in J.L. Campbell. We still haven't met face to face but without blogging I wouldn't have found her and we enjoy commenting off each other's blog. She also sent me two of her books to read and I reviewed one so far.

Samantha May said...

Most definitely meeting/learning about authors that I would have never come across otherwise. Of course, free stuff is always fun :)

Jenny S. Morris said...

Knowledge and relationships is what I feel I've gained. ;)

Al Diaz said...

It has been a great ride so far. I think blogging was one of the greatest ideas I've had recently.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Friends, community, a writing discipline, compliments (in person)from people I know who read the blog, tickets and invites to shows at some of the best theaters in Minneapolis/St. Paul, great inspiration. I heart blogging!

Play off the Page

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

I love blogging! And A to Z!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Friends, knowledge and friends. Seriously, it is amazing how many people I've met because I have a blog who feel like kindred spirits. Love the bloggers!

Connie Gruning said...

I've gained so many new friends!
Connie
A to Z-ing to the end
Peanut Butter and Whine

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I'll review pretty much anything if its for freeeeee

Adriana Dascalu said...

I love tour article today! i love connections too and it's amazing that you can be yourself on the internet - so many friends out there! As for reading and reviewing, what a great thing we can share due to internet!

Stephsco said...

I agree blogging is great for making connections. I'm going to follow yours now :)

New House Girl said...

Blogging encourages me to write and it reminds me of the writing community I have developed. Thanks for the post! Stopping in from A-Z!
Alicia

Jay Noel said...

I've gained very good friends. There are a handful of bloggers that I've known for going on 8 years. We support each other. It's just a great way to "meet" people from anywhere in the world.

My writing partner, for example, lives in Florida, and I'm in Missouri.

Taylor said...

Hi, Jen! I used to follow you (more than a year ago!) but fell out of blogging. Still been seeing your posts on fb though. ;) Loving your blog and following all over again!

David P. King said...

Absolutely true, J.A.! Exactly what you said, and then some. :)