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  • June 5th, 2009 | 1:25 PM
Why do you blog? Why do you Twitter?

I'm building some handouts for my class on Social Networking for authors tomorrow and thought it would be good to have some quotes with links to various people. Please answer any of the questions below with links to your various online homes and I'll share them with the class. Let me know if you're a writer, reviewer, libraian, agent, editor, whatever. :)


Why do you blog?
Susan Taylor Brown - writer
I love the community support I get from blogging, being able to share the ups and downs of this crazy business and realizing that I am not alone. I like being able to share what I know about the busines with others.

Why do you Twitter?
Susan Taylor Brown - writer
I love the way I can get instant answers to just about any question, stay on top of the industry news and connect with other writers.


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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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June 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Amanda Coppedge - young adult author
Why do you blog?
I blog not only to interact with other writers but to keep track of important events, epiphanies and thoughts. In some ways a blog is just like a paper-and-pen journal, without the hand-cramping.
June 5th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'm also a teen librarian.
June 8th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this, Amanda.

LOL on without the hand-cramping.
June 5th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Why do I blog?
I have a homeschool blog because I like to spread the news about something I have learned or a great product (curriculum, web site), or just to receive and provide encouragement and answers to questions.


I also have a mostly political blog that I keep separate from homeschooling because...well... politics is a dirty and highly charged subject to discuss with strangers. I have the blog because my family members were getting tired of listening to me talk about the latest news all the time, and if I didn't tell SOMEONE I would just...explode! When I write out my thoughts, it keeps the explosions down. ;) (Not sharing this link. I like coming here!)

I also have a couple of other blogs that I haven't really done much with.
June 6th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Why blog?
At first I blogged because publishers and YOU suggested I do it. Then because I interact with the community - - kids and teachers, it became a forum about writing. I find that even though people may not post comments, when I talk to people, they make comments to me personally about things on the blog. We have conversations about writing on and off the computer about writing - - which IS the point. Dialogue about writing motivates more and better quality writing!
June 6th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: Why blog?
Hey, you got your Open ID set up. Good for you!

Yes, it is all about the give and talk, the conversations. Sometimes they feel one-sided but over time more people get involved.
June 6th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
New to Twitter
A sharp young media guru in our state offered an evening workshop,
through cocanet.org & Amanda Thompson, educator with our arts council.
Subject: new media.
As the occasional blogger at www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com
& always a curious kid - tho a mid-aged one, I knew I needed to attend after work that day.

eureka, i found things i didn't know..

I now enjoy Twitter for intelligent posts & its links to the stupendous. The variety is from Kiva projects in Pakistan to the Smithsonian's new alliance with a women's history museum, to creative ideas of Twyla Tharpe.
Because I present to young readers I'm curious about everything in the world. Twitter zooms me to intriguing info & sources, fast.

Jan Godown Annino www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com
author, SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper,
with afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. Spring, 2010,
& with illustrations from Lisa Desimini www.desimini.com

thanks for the question Susan. great to meet this way.
~ jg in tallahassee
June 6th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
D. Dina Friedman, writer
I am an on-again, off-again blogger, but when I do it, I find it worth doing because of the community and networking aspects. I think of all of these social networking activities as going to a huge on-line party and making friends with people from all over the world.
June 6th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Little Willow
Actress, singer, dancer, writer
Bookwise: Bookseller, freelance book reviewer, webdesigner, etc.


When I read a great book (or hear a great new song, or see a fabulous show), I shout its praises from the rooftops in an effort to spread the word! Thus, blogging is an extension of what I do on a daily basis. I want to share my love of reading with others and recommend great books to readers.

At my blog, Bildungsroman, I post book reviews, interviews with authors, booklists for various ages, genres, and topics, and more! I'm proud to be involved with readergirlz, an online book group and community outreach project, as well as other book-related blogs and online events. I also design and maintain websites for many authors and books, including Christopher Golden, Tom Sniegoski, Jen Calonita, and Micol Ostow.

Let me know if you need any other info! :)
June 8th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
You are a power blogger and I am still and constantly amazed at how you manage to do all the things that you do. Do you ever sleep? :)
June 8th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Yes, just not enough!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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