My blog isn’t about one thing in particular. And to be honest, I’m not sure what it’s about, exactly. What I can say—and this is rather selfish—is that my blog is to help me improve as a writer. My goal, whether it takes months or years, is to create a novel that lasts. I will not attempt to publish something that I feel is not my best work, at the time. I want to publish work I am proud of; work I feel is important; and work that brings enjoyment to anyone who reads. I do, at times, write on education, as I am a teacher. And some of my stories are geared towards children.
Clients and readers of my work, have called my style, humorous, controversial, unique, clever, imaginative, fresh, classic in ways yet contemporary in others.
So, my blog is about connecting with writers, learning from them, receiving feedback, and using that feedback to grow every day.
It was the end of June, 2017, and I stumbled into my small apartment, exhausted yet relieved that school had ended and summer break would begin. Ah, summer break. One of the reasons I became an elementary educator—not the only reason, but a main one (I was in my early 20s, after all). But this summer was different: it was the first summer I would spend as a married individual. Normally, I would spend my summers reading, playing video games, going out—you know, being lazy. This particular summer, though, I had a much more important priority: to provide for my wife. I had no summer job, and no way of bringing in money to pay the necessary bills. Yes, exactly—not good!
Just a month before that summer began, my wife noticed a passion in me, that I did not see in myself. She saw in me, a love for reading, writing, and storytelling. What she did next, would change my life. She gave me a journal (one very special to her), and told me to pursue my dream. So, I did. And that same summer, I ended up ghostwriting for ten different clients, who all gave me incredible feedback, appreciated my writing style, and paid me very well. Thank—goodness!
I continued this trend, until my current pursuit of a Master’s degree took top priority. It was then, that both of my professors questioned why I don’t have a blog; and why I was not sharing my writing. They, along with my wife, encouraged me to begin this blog. It’s now been close to three weeks, and already, I am hooked (too hooked at times. Whoops!).
Submitted by: Ronald German
The key to my site, is to give people a chance to take a break in their day. I try to keep my posts at a reasonable length, and the content can vary between a poem that I wrote, to NASA articles.
My blog is about things that interest me, focusing on writing, geek culture, astronomy and once in a while, something on parenting. I’ve made a lot of changes since I began in April 2016, deciding on what I wanted to cover, how often I wanted to post, and whether to have a logo or not. I scrapped my logo a little while ago, and only post on Wednesdays and Fridays now.
I’m what you would call an introverted extrovert. While I love to meet new people, I’m generally shy. I began my site to help build my confidence, and to also get back to writing, something that I had stopped doing a long time ago. In this “journey of self-discovery”, I’ve made new friends, have become more confident in myself, and returned to writing. While the writing began with NaNoWriMo, and the goal was to write a novel, I’ve found that poetry is more my thing. Blogging has given me the chance to share my work, as well as getting the “job” of writing dark poetry for a horror site (http://www.theboldmom.com/). I’m a “mature” Library Tech student and now work at a rural library, so, between that, this site, and a fantastic family, I guess that I can say that I’m living my dream life!
Submitted by: Tina McFarlane
My Life, Written by Me
I have always found comfort in releasing my thoughts and experiences into the world. I started this blogging journey to share my struggles as a young mom, coping with anxiety, and finding healing in exercise and spirituality. I wanted to use my voice to share with the world that motherhood, life even, is imperfect and difficult, but there are healthy ways to find peace. It brings me joy and healing to share my story and it can also bring others to healing as well, the type that is found when you find someone who is in the thick of a struggle that sounds a lot like mine.
I hope that in facing my fears, in raising my precious babies, and finding my ever-changing path to health that I will inspire others to do the same.
How many of us just sat there and thought what it would like to do something different?
Well, I am one of those people who just felt that at 59, life had not much to offer, OK, I have a great family and friends, but deep inside something was missing.
I could not see my path for the next year, never mind next 10 years. It then it dawned on me that why couldn’t I do something different, why did I have to like every one else. Deep inside I knew that there was a spark, I just had to find it.
So my spark is Menat50ish , I write how I feel and my goal is to try and help men to find their purpose, passion, confidence, motivation just try something different in life beyond each day is a blank canvas and that they can paint any picture they want if they believe.
Submitted by: Carl
I originally started my blog as a means to cope with having a chronic illness. After coming down with what seemed to be the flu in September of 2014, I ended up sustaining long-term effects (memory problems, verbal fluency issues, physical aches and pains) which turned my whole world upside down. Two years later I was diagnosed with tickborne disease, SIBO, and immune dysfunction. It’s been such a challenging, lonely journey and I turned to blogging in an attempt to face my health struggles head on.
When I started, I never realized how rewarding blogging would be. It’s been wonderful to connect with so many people and to receive so much support. Now that my health is improving, the focus on my blog has transformed to not just being a form of self-expression but to also help others. So many people are living with a chronic illness and I want them to know that they’re not alone. Through the lens of health, I write about what goes on in my inner world and various aspects of daily living. In that process I want to both allow others to get to know me and to raise awareness about the health struggles that many people don’t talk about. The value of your health cannot be overstated and I want more people to internalize that! My blog is one small piece in trying to spread that message.
Submitted by: Alanna
I am inspired to write about various events in everyday life as influenced by the perspective I have as a dog-person. These might be observations of people who may remind me of a funny encounter between Dexter and Comet, a life lesson, or a personality issue that I am helping them ( my “pack” work through – which helps me empathize with people I may see during my day. Often I write about things that dogs do that seem very human.
From the time I was a toddler through present day, I have always had dogs in my life. They were constant companions when I was moving a lot due to my parents’ jobs or marital problems. For many years I had problems where I could not voice my thoughts clearly nor could, if put on the spot, speak without stuttering and confusing people. When my wife’s creativity was noted by her friends who urged her to start blogging, I decided to encourage her blogging by trying it myself. Yet I found that as I continued blogging, my ability to think clearly grew, and my ability to speak also became more clear. Now when I am in front of people presenting – for work, for my church, or among my friends, I do not stutter and stumble over thoughts.
Submitted by: Eric Saretsky
As a family doctor, I spend a lot of time thinking and studying about health, and helping people with their health.
I know people have many questions and concerns about their health, and don’t always know where to turn for reliable answers. So I started a blog to meet that need.
I don’t claim to have the definitive answers to these questions but I offer my thoughts, insights, observations, and sometimes opinions , and those of other health care professionals.
On my blog we explore common and less common medical conditions and treatments, medical history and news, books about health and medicine, stories about real doctors and patients, and try to answer the question “What is health and how do we maintain good health?”
My goal is to inform and inspire you as we all explore
Submitted by: Dr. Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.
I started the website with the intention to share career advice with those who felt that they are stuck in their jobs, not knowing how, where and when to get out. Many of us have so much passion in our lives but we are not living it.
MiddleMe empowers you to make a change (no matter how small or what is the risk) to pursue your passion in your career. Because life is too short to be stuck in a deadbeat job for 8 hours a day, watching the clock ticked by. Besides career empowerment, I share my relocation experiences in Shanghai, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. More recently, I share my success stories as a freelancer building a solid reputation with a constant stream of clients.
Submitted by: Kally Tay
My blog is about sharing my journey with others of having several chronic illnesses. I share tips, advice, while spreading awareness and positivity. My main objective is to help others, while showing them they are not in this alone. I strive to push them to keep moving forward and never give up!
About 2 years ago, I became extremely sick. After countless amounts of tests, hospital stays, doctors appointments, and driving monthly to an out of state clinic, I was finally diagnosed. I have lupus, fibromyalgia, celiacs disease, CFS, EDS, POTS, and I also struggle with anxiety and depression. For a while, I was in a dark place, a very dark place. I got to a point where I could allow my illnesses to take over me, or I could take charge, and use them as a tool to help others. I started my blog to encourage others with my story, and show them they aren’t alone. Unfortunately, the illnesses I have, there is no cure. I strive to spread awareness in hope that there will be a cure in the future. I decided to take control of my life, and try to make a difference in this World. ♡