OMG… I’m Blogging!!

“Breathe.  Know that the Internet has no eraser.”   Liz Strauss

“Only on the Internet can a person be lonely and popular at the same time.”  Allison Burnett, Undiscovered Gyrl

“WHY do I do this to myself?”  Gwynn Rogers

Recently, a family member asked me to write about my feelings about blogging.  So first I need to let you know that, my writing friends convinced me to give blogging a try as I was terrified of making myself known to the public.  I don’t have a great deal of confidence in me or my writing, so if I told you I feel like I’m standing out in Times Square naked with millions of people staring and laughing at me, does that give you a clue of how I feel about blogging?  But my writing friends have been very supportive and encouraged me to continue writing as they have left me lovely comments on my blog.  So gradually I’m gaining confidence.  I no longer feel that I’m replicating my worst nightmare of being exposed to thousands of strangers.

However, now as people are busy; or maybe it is because I’m a techno-idiot and don’t know how to set my blog up so people can follow me, I’m not hearing from as many people.  Suddenly I feel like I have fallen into a black chasm of isolation… a huge void known as the “black hole of the internet.”  I miss receiving comments… any comments.  Also, I’m social. I love chatting with people, but more importantly you, my readers, give me valuable feedback, insight, and comments.  You open my brain to ideas, angles, and food for thought.  I crave your opinion and constructive remarks. Additionally, I enjoy meeting new people and learning what they write or do in life.  Because of my blog, I have developed new friendships with other bloggers, and I love the camaraderie.

So suddenly I am craving people and life instead of fearing it.  Now, the question remains… how do I convince you to read AND comment… not just sneak in and then creep back out of my blog?

You also need to understand my reasoning for writing the “grit” part of my stories… besides the assumption that I’m whining about life.  I volunteer to help organizations that serve a variety of kids… homeless, incarcerated, as well as your happy and well-adjusted kids.  As most of you know, life can throw a pretty good right-hook at us sometimes.  I too have had my share of set-backs… I want to show that we CAN pick ourselves up after being knocked out, to be successful and happy in our lives.  We can step beyond the pain. All we have to do is take that gigantic step into an unfamiliar direction, with support, to make our lives happy.  Not all of us have had dramatically violent or unhappy lives, but subtle abuse can be just as devastating to a child.  Because subtle abuse is more difficult to identify, then it takes more time to figure out what the real problem is that affects the child.

Writing has helped me identify my own issues and cleared the fog from my window so that I can get past the bumps and move on smoothly in my own life.  I truly wish I had started writing years ago though.  I honestly hope that maybe someone else will see the value in my writing, to encourage them to change or to help others.  If nothing else… please leave a comment so we can discuss our points-of-view.

Oh, before I forget.  WordPress has upgraded my software for my blog.  Now you can go into the comment section and check a box that should notify you for further comments and posts.  I hope.  If nothing else, this will give you an excuse to reply to me as I would love to know that my blog is working correctly now.

I have gone from being shy to looking for more attention.  I look forward to your valuable comments.  How do you like blogging?  Has it been effective for you personally or professionally?



About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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23 Responses to OMG… I’m Blogging!!

  1. Patty says:


    Since you asked, I won’t just ‘sneak in and then creep back out’ of your blog. First of all I did check the box below, but the way I read it is that you only get notified of comments made on the same post that you have commented on. I do hope it will notify me of future posts. 🙂 I do enjoy your posts, usually fun reads and very vivid writing. I enjoy the upbeat ones, of course, much better than the ones where you vent. But then we all need to purge out the bad stuff and writing is certainly a good way to do so.

    So, keep writing and sharing!

  2. T. J. Banks says:

    Despite what you say, Gwynn, you write with an admirable lightness and ease, Gwynn. Your pen waltzes!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Now, this is funny. For some reason, my blog didn’t tell me that you were here. It may have been because I was just hit with a barrage of spam.

      Tammy, I definitely LOVE your comments. I’m convinced you are being too kind, but I’ll gladly accept your praise. Thank you! Now, being my “otter personality” where I love to waltz, I’m hoping that my pen learns to Rock out! 😉

  3. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Hey Patty, Thanks for commenting. You are the first… and only at this point. Let me know what responses if any your receive. Ideally if this tells you that I responded to you that’s a good beginning. Now, if I can get it to tell you that I posted a new story.

    Hey, sometimes purging the ‘bad stuff’ helps someone else as then they can identify with what may be happening in their life. At least this is my HOPE!

  4. Patty says:

    Woowho, got a notification that there was another comment, which happened to be yours! 🙂 I’m sure the venting/purging does help people who are going through or have gone through similar things!

    Now let’s see if I get notified automatically when you post your next story??

  5. Hey, Gwynn. I am commenting and you’ve inspired me to write that post I’ve been meaning to for such a long time. I like blogging, but, as you’ve said, similarly, beyond my three readers (give or take) I don’t get many comments. I, like you, relish the feedback.

    Moriarty read your post here, too, but — you know — he’s not one to comment, phantom that he is.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Samantha, Thanks for stopping by, as always. I do appreciate your support too. However, we are going to have to have a stern talk with Moriarty… no sneaking in and out!

      I will look forward to reading your post to see what mischief you have been up to lately. Thanks for being a friend!

  6. Gwynn, I so hear you on that fear of standing naked in Times Square. That’s how it feels in the beginning, but as you so well described, it gets better, then we become addicted and want more and more.

    I love chatting too, and thanks to blogging, this is a great way to do it — to talk about our fears, to share information, to support one another. I love it. How did I ever survive without blogging? 🙂 Of course, it has to be done with good time management, as I have so many other responsibilities, but coming in here is fun. And I love that you are posting again. Your posts emanate fun and honesty. Now, about the ‘follow’ button. You have one to notify readers about commentary left on these comments we make, but I still don’t see one to follow the blog. I see the search button, which I’m guessing you found under settings, and that is probably where your ‘follow’ button should be. But you know I’ll follow you no matter what.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Silvia, what I want to know is how you connected with so many followers. Not only do they follow you, BUT they also comment. Have you been blogging for a long time? Also, you are more consistent at blogging then I am, so that definitely is a plus.

      Oh yes, I want to Thank you too for not only following me, but for being an inspiration for me. I enjoy your thoughts on your blog too. Thanks for your support and being out there!

  7. patgarcia says:

    First, congratulations on your upgrade. Hope it works.
    Nice article. You exposed some of your own fears and how you overcame them. That makes people feel you know where they are.
    Good job.


    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Patricia, it is great hearing from you! I hope the upgrade on my blog works too as I keep trying to add plug-ins without much success. Hopefully, my blog notifies you that I responded to you. Let me know.

      Goodness, I just received another note from you. You are busy catching up. Ok… off to your next note. See you there! Thanks for your comments too!!

  8. If you add the “like” box people who have nothing to say can still let you know they paid your blog a visit.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sadly, I have been trying to add the “Like” box with no success. I’ll keep looking. I do appreciate your stopping by.

      • I hope you find it. For some reason my gravatar does not show up on your blog either, though I see other people’s do. Can’t use the like box without the gravatar if you did have one.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          What is a gravatar and where do I find it, do you know? I appreciate your advice!

          • The gravatar is your little logo picture that shows next to your comments or when you leave likes on blogs. You can put links on that to your blog so when you put likes or comments on other people’s blogs someone else can click on that photo and find your blog. You already have a gravatar, but it does not include any site links so you might want to add a link to your blog on it.

  9. Susan Scott says:

    Hi Gwynn I have no idea how this post passed me by. Glad I found it if only by notification of your Today one. Your writing feels so natural and, tinged as it is with your humour and a real sense of self, is always a joy to read. Please keep it up so that I continue to feel little stabs of envy!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Susan, I chuckle as I enjoy your intellectual articles. Once I would have been interested in writing like you, but as I age I just think I’m becoming more delusional! Thank you for your kind comments. I do appreciate your support.

  10. patgarcia says:


    This is a very revealing post about yourself, and it is very touching. Yes, you are a writer and I believe that listing some of your fears here has made you even more a writer. For me, writers are vulnerable. We dare to say what others keep hidden.

    Good work. Go for it Girl. Keep writing. You’re going in the right direction.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Boy, besides my fears I have to deal with my perfectionism. What to write… that would interest me and my readers. Plus, my thoughts and subjects bounce all over the planet. I like to entertain, but I can’t always think of something funny. Then I have other very somber subjects that are important to me, that I think people could learn from the information. I guess I’m an expert at bouncing all over the place. But I do like hearing other people’s opinions.

      Thanks for stopping in again. I love your comments. You are a fabulous friend… Thanks!

  11. Hi Gwynn, it’s hard for me to post comments on your blog as I seem to need to fill out all sorts of forms and questions….don’t know if it’s the way you have set this up? Or perhaps it’s because I’m posting from an iPad and you’re not set up for that?
    Anyway I just wanted to let you know how much I love getting your wonderful comments, and how much I enjoy your honest and lovely writing style. I love your writing, so do please keep going 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Hi Seonaid,

      What fun to find you here. I’ll be honest. I’m a techno-idiot, so I have no idea of what my blog is set up for or how to change the settings. However, THANK YOU for making the effort to comment, as I sure appreciate you. If you happen to have any instructions for me… I’d love to hear them! I so truly love your pictures and writing. You are so creative!

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