Writing a Blog for GRIT

| 2/19/2010 8:38:42 AM

Tags: Becoming a writer, How to become a writer, On becoming a writer, Become a blogger, Writing a blog,

I have been roaming the shadows of GRIT blogs for a year. My first entry was on February 1, 2009, over on the GRIT Community Forum. Once I got my toe in the water, so to speak, the commenting expanded throughout the GRIT blogs. Some have wondered why I never explored the possibility of a blog here at GRIT. I never thought myself to be all that great at writing, but somehow it just happened along life’s journey. I believe it is a talent inherited from my Mama who from age 16 communicated regularly to pen pals all over the world. By the time she died, she wrote to more than 100 people, all with hand-written letters of several pages each.

I dabbled in writing during my High School years only because English class forced me into it. I always liked the logic of it with diagraming, but never really did well at the actual writing, so I built an avoidance to anything pertaining to English. Life bloomed into marriage, kids, dogs, cat, gerbils, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, and work. Writing was far far away from any thoughts that crossed my mind. Somewhere in midlife, about 1995, the decision was made to improve my education by becoming a computer genius. That quest never came to completion, but it forced me to take a couple creative writing classes. Teacher Bob brought the dormant skills to life through his artful encouragement and creative teaching skills. Soon after my midlife college days e-mail was invented. I began writing about my real life stories, and, much to my amazement, folks seem to like them. It totally shocked me. I found that I liked writing about the things of life and continued until blogs became the popular thing. Naturally, I expanded into blogging with a couple blogs but still nothing spectacular.

One day while sitting in my favorite book store sipping a cup of brew reading magazines that I was too cheap to buy, a magazine called GRIT jumped out before my wandering eyes. After consuming the contents, I wrote down the website and scurried home find out what this website was all about. I soon discovered that my heart was in union with those that blogged on the site and continued to read the blogs for some months. As time passed I decided to venture forth and post an entry on the GRIT Community Forum about removing wallpaper. And along came Cindy. The same one we all know and love. She and I struck up comments and actually started an entry called Extreme Farm Sports that still resides there today. After that, I started commenting on Cindy’s blog, which expanded into commenting on almost every blog entry.

So, here I stand at the threshold of a new exciting adventure in the life of Old Nebraska Dave. I’m still trying to figure out how this published blogging stuff works. It’s just a little more complicated than replying with a comment. I’ll dust off my Kodak Easyshare camera and give this new challenge a run. I can’t guarantee the grammar will be correct or the sentence structure will be good, but if I have made you smile or even laugh out loud at the antics of a wana be homesteader, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.

So if you’ve a mind to, y’all come back now, and we’ll do this again.

S.M.R. Saia
3/5/2010 6:53:44 AM

Hi Nebraska Dave!!!! I'm so excited that you started blogging here! I'm looking forward to following along!

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 12:06:59 PM

Tammy – I’ll do my best to keep things interesting and entertaining. I really was quite surprised to find so many comments on my first blog entry. I have another in the wing ready to send out. It’s a little different than just sending out an email, but I think I can handle this adventure. After all if I can eat mystery soup from Nicaragua that I couldn’t recognize a single thing in it, a thing like preparing a Grit blog entry should be a snap. Right? I’m looking forward wonderful communication will all of Grit blog writers. See ya, I gotta go have an adventure like washing two weeks of dirty clothes or cleaning up the cluttered kitchen counter that my daughter left me for a home coming present or fixing the flat tire on my daughter’s car that she informed me about last night. Life is just one big adventure after another with much prayer in between. So until we meet again, be adventurous. You just might like it.

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 11:45:05 AM

Victoria – To inquire about how to become a Grit blog writer go to the Grit Reader Blogs page and send an email to the editor or click here editor@grit.com . Hank – Thanks for the great welcome comments. This has been, for me, a great community experience to get inspiration and encouragement. Boy do I have a story about chickens for a blog entry. While in Nicaragua I visited one of the four largest egg production chicken farms in Nicaragua. It’s interesting and at the same time sad to think about how the chickens are treated to produce 58,000 eggs a day from 78,000 chickens. Robyn – Thank you for your wonderful comments. Ha, you can rest assured that I am definitely not a spy. Lacy – Thank you so much for your encouragement and special comment about writing style. Be assured that I have a life time of adventures to write about and most likely many more to come. Susan – Thanks for the great welcome to Grit. I try my best to keep things light and entertaining and at the same time many questions run through my mind. I am comforted by the fact that many other writers are plagued with the same insecurity issues as I am. I’m looking forward to regular blog entries. I too hope to improve my writing skills. Rodeo – I am honored to receive a comment especially since you don’t comment much. Thank you for your suggestions of improvement. I always enjoy your blog entries. Your style has such a humorous twist that keeps me rolling with laughter.

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 11:10:37 AM

Vickie – I know I probably should have asked for a blog sooner. It’s a whole new endeavor for me to have a website published blog. MW – Yeah, I’m kind of excited about being a blog writer on Grit too. It just might improve my writing skills and picture taking skills. Well, maybe picture editing as well as grammar and spell checker usage. Pam – All the blogs here at Grit are so interesting and helpful. For me to be accepted in this community of writers really touches me. Susan – I believe that insecurity must be a common plague for writers. My personal blogs hardly get responses but when I see the people personally they always comment about the latest entry so I know they read them but still there are times of wondering if it’s just going out into the cyber space void. Cindy – What can I say. You’re the one that has encouraged me to start down this path. It will be another great life adventure. And you know how I like to have a great adventure. Thanks for really encouraging and inspiring me even when you didn’t know it. Elizabeth – Thank you for your kind words. I hope that I can live up to your expectations. Lori – Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I too write as if I was just talking with someone before me. Grammar and spell check are my greatest writing friends. It is kind of bad, though, when the word is so misspelled that spell check can’t find a suggestion.

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 10:38:16 AM

Sorry I haven’t responded to the comments on my blog. I was out on a once in a life time road trip. A friend of mine has a connection with a pastor in Nicaragua and has been there many times over the last 12 years. I have gone on a couple trips with him to the town of Masaya, Masetepe, Nicaragua to paint every thing from city jail cells to health clinics and churches. This trip was specifically to take a 12 passenger van with about 150 gallons of paint for him to use when he goes back in June. He and I drove to Mexico where we hooked up with the pastor from Mexico and a friend of his. The Great Central American Road trip began. Over the course of the next 6 days we drove across the countries of Mexico from top to bottom, through Guatemala, across El Salvador, a short hop through Honduras, and arrived at the final destination in Nicaragua. Along the way we wave jumped in the ocean of southern Mexico, gave short talks about our trip in two different Mexican churches, ate food with all kinds of mystery things in it, climbed a Mayan pyramid, and visited my friend’s Nicaraguan coffee plantation again. It was a totally awesome trip and after a few days of recovery, I’ll start working on my personal blogs about it.

2/22/2010 2:24:40 PM

I look forward to more of your posts! I am quite certain they will be interesting, as well as entertaining.

Rodeo Princess
2/21/2010 9:45:13 AM

Dave, it's just a conversation. Did you know that Charles Dickens was essentially a 'blog' writer? Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)? Shakespeare? Okay, so he blogged in iambic. The idea is to witness and report - after all, that is the only way we know we really exist. Do you know how when we were young, we played with kaleidoscopes? You twirled it, and twisted the lens, found a design so pretty and then handed it to our friend who saw something totally different? THAT is writing! I don't comment a lot, my blogs say it all for me, but welcome and enjoy the experience.

Oz Girl
2/20/2010 2:59:25 PM

When you first commented on my Grit blog, I searched in vain for YOUR Grit blog, so I could reciprocate. I couldn't believe it today when I saw Nebraska Dave's blog here on Grit! Welcome!! :-) And I'm very happy to see that I am not alone with my doubts and fears; it would appear that others have the same doubts regarding their writing skills. Well, there must be a reason we are all here, right?! And as we continue on this journey, we can only improve our writing skills and become better at conveying our innermost thoughts. I hope. :-p I am looking forward to reading more from you, as your writing style is wonderful and very entertaining. Carry on! Oz Girl aka Susan

Razor Family Farms
2/20/2010 12:19:25 PM

I love your writing style! Can't wait to read more! Blessings! Lacy Blogs: News @ Razor Family Farms (here on Grit.com) www.razorfamilyfarms.com www.stliving.com Lacy Razor (http://stliving.com/?author=11)

Robyn Dolan
2/20/2010 8:37:21 AM

Yay, Dave! I am always so happy to receive comments on my blog, and you have made me feel very special with all your comments. I cruise the other blogs and see your comments there, then I think, maybe he's a Grit spy, infiltrating to see how we respond to comments, LOL! Now it will be exciting to follow YOUR blog;)

2/19/2010 9:42:08 PM

How do you become a blogger or start a blog?

2/19/2010 7:48:48 PM

And so finally.....Nebraska Dave has joined the GRIT blogging community!! YEA! I know you will have so many great stories to tell. You are a very good writer! I always feel privileged to receive a Nebraska Dave comment! I am not a good writer, and don't pretend to be. When I write I just try to put words down as if I was actually talking to someone standing next to me. I figure people can relate to that regardless of how bad my sentence structure, punctuation, or any other English boo boo I manage is! Oh, and thank God for spell check! I'm anxious to hear about your current excursion! I hope all is going well, and finally, welcome to GRIT!

Hank Will_2
2/19/2010 4:10:24 PM

Dave, I am really glad that you decided to blog here. I have read and reread so many of your comments (and checked out your personal blogs elsewhere). Welcome and thanks. Hank

2/19/2010 1:04:33 PM

Welcome aboard Dave, can't wait to read more! I've always loved seeing your comments.

Cindy Murphy
2/19/2010 11:22:06 AM

And finally we have it! The long-overdue arrival of Dave! After reading this here blog, I had to revisit the Extreme Farm Sports thread - it made me smile all over again. And your "the same Cindy we all know and love" comment made me blush - not sure about the accuracy of the comment, but I blushed none-the-less. In response to your long-overdue arrival, here's a long-overdue "Welcome to Grit!" I can't wait to read more of your adventures.

2/19/2010 11:18:21 AM

Dave! You inspire me. I, too, just started writing a blog for GRIT (Close to the Earth in Alaska), and even with several years of writing and editing behind me (and hopefully in front of me as well), those writerly doubts constantly rear their ugly heads. Will anyone read it? Will they like it? What if I don't have anything else to say, ever again? HA! I duke it out each time with those mean little gremlins, and keep on going... So, glad to see you here and to put a face with the name. Keep on writing! And thanks to everyone who's reading GRIT--wonderful magazine/website/community. Susan

2/19/2010 10:49:46 AM

Hi Nebraska Dave, I can't wait to read and see more of your blog. When you were nice enough to comment on my first blog entry here I looked for your blog. I am so happy to see you are jumping into the blog world. Have a great day. GaFarmWoman Pam

Mountain Woman
2/19/2010 9:40:12 AM

Oh, Nebraska Dave, I'm SOOOO excited you've decided to blog. You're a fabulous writer and I can't wait to read more and see the photos too!!

2/19/2010 9:18:23 AM

Nebraska Dave, Finally! I kept thinking over and over why doesn't Nebraska Dave blog -your comments are always so interesting and helpful. I can't wait to hear more. (somehow you look just like I imagined) vickie

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