Charlotte Rains Dixon  

Blogging Gratitude

Well, it has been Thanksgiving weekend here in the states and the third week of November in the rest of the world.

While I’d like to report that my life has consisted of nothing but feasting and revelry, such is not the case.  I will admit to my fair share of festive partying, but I also have been hard at it, working on a book assignment.  I’ve got 20,000 words due next Friday and I am not going to admit how painfully few words I have thus far amassed.  Suffice it to say I’ve got a few late nights ahead this week, because I also have appointments and lunch dates with out-of-towners who I can’t see any other time, and the best thing about being a free-lancer is the flexibility which allows me to go out for lunch or some other fun event and make up the time later.

Speaking of the flexibility of being a free-lancer, I’ve not forgotten my book on Making Money Writing Online.  I’m just taking the wee-est bit of a hiatus while I crank the first part of this book out.  Then it will be back to blogging as usual.

But I did think it would be very un-spiritual (I’ve been studying and making baby steps towards practicing Zen, thank you Derek) of me not to spend some time this weekend being grateful.  And one thing I am very, very grateful for is the blogging community.

A year ago I had a vague idea that there were a lot of blogs in the world, and I even read a few regularly.  But I had absolutely no idea of the huge and wonderful blogging community that exists.  It truly is incredible, in how we bloggers support and help each other, how easy it is to make friends, how polite and enthusiastic bloggers are. I am deeply grateful for everyone I’ve met in the blogosphere and so thrilled to be a part of it.

The other thing that I love about the blogging community is that everyone is writing.  I mean, come on, there are literally billions of blogs out there and every single one of them is written by one or more people.  The media and other wags like to go on and on about the declining standards of literacy, but wake up, folks, there is more writing going on right now that at any other time in history.  And somebody must be reading all these words we are producing.   And I am deeply grateful for that, too.

I’m also thankful for Typepad and Blogcatalog, my mainstays.  Of course there are many other sites and networking places but Blogcatalog seems to be the place from which most of my friends and contacts spring.

So thank you to all my blogging buddies.  And to the wonderful crazy, wordiness that is the blogosphere.  And now I must got write a few thousand more words.

Update:  The wonderful Linda reminded me that I didn’t include any links to my Make Money Writing Online series.  Brain deadness.  Here they are:


Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three, Part One

Chapter Three, Part Two

Chapter Four

0 thoughts on “Blogging Gratitude

  1. Charlotte

    Oh Linda, I’m so brain dead I didn’t post the links. Thank you for reminding me, I’m going to go update the post right now. There’s also supposed to be a Typelist along the side, featuring the links to the book and I notice it has disappeared, sigh.

  2. Linda R. Moore

    Lovely post. 🙂 It is amazing how this community has grown. I was sort of wetting my toes with Thursday Thirteen earlier this year, but really got sucked in when I did the Blogathon, which I consider to be my “bloggiversary”. It’s been an amazing year and now I have three blogs of my own plus a shared one and a regular guest space. Really neat. 🙂

    Will you tell me about your book (or, better still, post a quick link to the info?)

  3. Don Williams

    I’ve been really busy lately, but its really nice to have the time to come back home to the reading pleasure of ‘Wordstrumpet.’ This blog has such a ‘homey’ type feel and warmth to it and I love it. What can I say but thanks for making this blog so ‘homey.’

    I agree, blogcatalog is the best, even though I am no longer listed in the ten most popular blogs as I had been the past two weeks or so.

    As far as writing and blogs go, its incredible how many there are, how diverse they are. I recently did a post on a terrific blogger from India.

    Not only is she smart, articulate and runs a great blog, but she is only 12 years of age! Since then, I have met several other children bloggers….. I didn’t know they existed! Some are very talented too and absolutely amaze me with their grasp and handling of the English language! When I was their age, I could barely read Archie comics let alone hope to write like they do.

    I’m looking forward to some more ‘down-home’ Wordstrumpets goodness from you when you finished that book.


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  5. Mark Dykeman

    Hi Charlotte! When you surface for air, I sure hope that you can participate in the Brainwave experiment!

  6. Zhu

    Isn’t stressful to KNOW that you have to write 20 000 words?

    I think it’s one thing that’s holding me back. To me, creating (whatever it is drawing, writing etc.) must be whenever I feel like it. I post about twice a week on my blog because I know I can.

    But having XY words due… must be tough.

  7. Kim

    I haven’t been over for awhile so I thought I would drop by and see what you’ve been up to lately. Quite a bit I see.

    See ya around!

  8. Linda

    * grin * You’re welcome. And now I’m off to read your series. 🙂

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