Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Why Blog?

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sunset2Blogging is time consuming.

Blogging steals time from my family.

Blogging steals my writing time.

Blogging steals time from studying my craft.

Blogging steals my free time.

Is blogging worth it?

Anyone who’s been blogging for a period of time has more than likely declared these statements out loud, or at least thought them.

In the three-and-a-half years that I’ve been blogging these thoughts have swirled in my mind. Honestly, I’ve come close many times to bagging the blog. Yep, it’s true.

But when I get a comment, like the one I recently received, I know all of the time spent blogging has been worth it. In a post I’d written in January, I was moved by the words written by my friend, who many of you know, Gwen Stevens. With her permission, I’ll share it with you.

Jill, your journey in 2015 inspired me. I know it wasn’t easy, but “Do It Afraid” is a wonderful phrase to ascribe to, and I’m going to make it mine for 2016. Last month I decided to commit to finishing the novel I started back in 2009. I signed on with a writing coach through the University of Wisconsin’s Continuing Ed department, with a goal of finishing the manuscript by January 2017. Already the structure and discipline of this teacher have made a huge difference. Her feedback and encouragement have helped me wake up each morning, excited to write again, even with a full time job. I’m making time, not excuses. But I have you to thank for the inspiration. You showed me and all your readers that dreams can come true with the right frame of mind, so thank you.

Gwen’s comment made me think about everyone who’s followed my journey, and I theirs. We’ve shared personal struggles and experiences with each other and as a result, formed lasting friendships.

So, Gwen, thank you for making me realize why I blog.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on blogging.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

156 thoughts on “Why Blog?

  1. I can really understand where you are coming from Jill and couldn’t agree more. Without the encouragement and support from you and my other followers I probably would have given up on blogging for every one of the reasons you have given here. It’s a level of inspiration from you all that keeps me going. On the other side of the coin, its very motivating to see what you and everyone else is doing from many levels of creativity, to just living life – there is something in it for me to learn from and appreciate. So for the many times I have cursed blogging, there are many more times that I’m very happy for being part of this wonderful world. Thank you my friend.

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    • Well said, Mary! I agree, the multitude of creativity of bloggers is both motivating and inspiring. First we’re pulled in by their artistic ability, then the personal side is sprinkled in and that’s where we feel the connection. It’s been awesome watching your talent grow with each post. Keep it up! Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. You’ve captured it here. As you say, I’m trying to balance. Sometimes I think I’ll stop blogging, but the community is like a neighborhood, the tribe is like family. I wouldn’t know you without the blog, or so many others I now think of as friends. The posts may thin, my visits become less frequent, but I’m holding on to it (them–yikes I have two!) with both hands. Keep inspiring us, Jill.

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  3. I have to take a break now and again but I always know I’ll come back to it. Blogging is definitely a learning experience… both putting together a post of my own and reading about/looking at others’ experiences. It’s become an important part of my life.

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    • I agree, Roslyn, it’s good to take a break now and then. For me, it’s become important because of the community. I’m looking forward to enjoying more of your beautiful photos. Have a great week!

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  4. Love your new website Jill, just had a long look around (at last, sorry I didn’t get over there when I said I would….) and it’s really wonderful. So professional and I love how you’ve incorporated your own photos in the header. Love your profile pics, your life philosophy and of course can’t wait to read your book. Many, many congratulations…you’re going places! ❤

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  5. I think it’s all about community. Some people feel that social media is the venue for that, but it’s tough to really get the same information through social media. I personally just enjoy the creativity of blogging–it frees me up to write what *I* want to write, rather than having to think about what agents and editors are searching for.

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Jill, I’m so honored to have been featured in your blog. Thank you, once again, for inspiring me to keep on keeping on. I’m going to look back at this now and then when the going gets tough. I think it will help me keep my eye on the goal of finishing that manuscript by January 2017. If you could do it in a few months, I can do it in a year! I’m glad my comment helped you decide that blogging is worth it.

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  7. Oh Jill everything I am doing now has evolved due to the encouragement or inspiration I have received from bloggers I follow or people connecting with my blog. I do have days where I think I don’t have the time to write a blogpost and so I only write when I have something to say or share. Every time I post I am humbled and thankful for this community of creative, wonderful and talented people, including you.

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    • Aw…thank, Kath. It is an amazing and supportive community. I’m in awe by the talented people I’ve met, you being at the top of my list. I’m so looking forward to your first book…and to see what wild and crazy thing you do for your son’s birthday. 🙂

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  8. Jill, I love your blog. Thanks for keeping it going. That comment from Gwen is such validation of all the work of blogging. I blog because I want to remember things. If I write it down and share it, it’s there forever. I love going back to my travel blogs and laughing about my foibles and frustrations.

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    • Aw…thanks, Kourtney. You’ve been a loyal follower for a number of years and I appreciate that. I think it’s great you blog about your traveling to help you to remember. That’s what’s so great about the written word, it’s permanent. I always enjoy the photos of your food too. 🙂

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      • It’s funny, the memory can gloss over things. But my posts capture every imperfect moment of my travels. I love having the honest account of what it was like to return to when I think it was all roses. 😉 I do like to eat well.

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  9. I have met some wonderful people through blogging. Even though I don’t know them outside the cyber world, I know the way they think. And that is knowing a person. I consider them friends of mine.

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