Blogging And Affirmation

A few months ago I wrote something about Mark Twain. Robin Coyle’s blog came up as a suggested link. We’ve both written about Twain. I consider that an affirmation. Speaking of affirmation, you should read this post she wrote for my Guest Blog week.   Make it a point to stop by her blog. Her feature, Strong Vs. Weak Words is a must read for writers.

A wink. A nod. A “like.” A smiley-face. Even a half smiley-face. Or, hallelujah, a comment! That is what we bloggers live for. Or, at least this blogger does.  

We pour our hearts into a blog post, we edit, preview, edit, preview, ad nauseam. And then we publish the post and wait. Such a sad life we lead.  


In one word . . . affirmation. We are a needy lot. 

I’d like to think I write blog posts for myself. When I look back at my early posts, I realize how far I’ve come as a writer because of writing on my blog. That is great, but why spend the hours writing posts, reading others’ blogs, and daydreaming about the next topic for a post that will make the world stop revolving? 


I’ve been tempted to write about this before . . . but, why and how is it that one of my fellow bloggers writes a post about clipping her toenails and she gets 80 “likes” and 300 comments?  I write about solving world peace, and I get one “like” and a comment that says, “You should buy Viagra from 1-800-GET-ITUP.” 

However, I will continue to write about writing and all things books, and hope that the blogging world will take notice. And “like.” Or give me a smiley-face. Or say, “You rock Robin. That post really helped my editing process.”  

That is all the affirmation I need, so I will keep writing. Watch for my next post on underwater basket weaving. It will be riveting.

Thanks Omawarisan for letting me do this little rant. You rock! You should buy Viagra from . . . oh never mind.


10 Comments on “Blogging And Affirmation”

  1. Laura says:

    It’s simple arithmetic, really. I have ten toenails and less than one seven-billionth of the world. Of course the toenail post is going to be more meaningful to me.

  2. lbwoodgate says:

    Thanks Robin. You have pretty much summed my exact sentiments on writing a blog. I too thought I needed solely to clear my head when starting up my blog but affirmation by my pears is indeed a welcome thing.

    I took omawarisna’s advice and dropped by your blog and found it to be a perfect addition for my list of fellow bloggers

  3. You rock, Robin.

  4. We Found Him Captain! says:

    Does anyone really need affirmation by their pears? I think perhaps he/she meant affirmation by their piers……..or better yet by their peers. Keep up the good work! We awl make misteaks.

  5. Debbie says:

    Well, no wonder we writers long for publication — we’re needy! And perhaps that’s why blogging is so popular — instant publication. AND affirmation. Woo hoo!

  6. Linda Sand says:

    I write because I have things I want to say. I seldom look at my stats–generally too depressing. Although you did prompt me to go look again and they aren’t as bad as I feared. It did reaffirm the fact that you can’t judge numbers of readers by numbers of commenters–maybe I should go look more often?

  7. The Jagged Man says:

    I feel the same way about comments. I write a comment, heart-felt to the core, and wait for a response. Yes I too need affirmation. My blog posts usually stink but I do try to rock the comments! ( I really hope she likes it…..sigh)
    All seriousness aside great post and Write On!

  8. Betty says:

    I feel the same. I struggle with every post because I know I’m not a great writer and feel like a fraud being in the same arena with so many talented writers. I think and rethink every post because I also think I’m trying to please everyone.

  9. Blogdramedy says:

    * 8-0 8) 🙂 😉 😆 *

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