Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Rolling the Credits – Part 2

Filed under: Blogging — by at 1:49 am on Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Hanging out tonight at Liz’s Open Mic Night, talking about blogging, while listening to my cd library now finally on my iPod, a thought struck: blogging is akin to performing live, while writing a book (in the traditional sense) is similar to recording an album in the studio.

Performing live, musicians draw upon the energy from their fans, and there is interaction between onstage and offstage. Performing live, more risk is involved: notes are missed, lyrics messed up, lead singer trips, or worse, wardrobe malfunctions. Other moments are purely magical and cannot be recreated.

Depending upon your approach to blogging, the same holds true: the blogger draws energy and inspiration from the interaction between her and her readers. Blogging is also risky: posts contain typos or are missing words, thoughts can be poorly communicated or incomplete, opinions can be too controversial, leaving the blogger open to a barrage of negative comments from throughout the blogosphere. Other posts result in overwhelming or unbelievable responses that can be life-altering.

Unlike live performances, most studio recordings are rehearsed, redone and remixed. Response from the fans is delayed until the entire album is released. The same goes for a printed book, which is rewritten, revised and reviewed until it reachesperfection as closely as is humanly possible. Readers’ reviews are months, if not years, away from when the writer puts the first words to paper.

Both forms have their place in music and in writing. I enjoy receiving emails and notes from those who have read my book. Some of their messages are so heartwarming and inspiring. I have each note safely tucked away in a folder. Equally, I’m enjoying the interaction and immediacy blogging. I value each reader who takes the time to read my words and to leave a comment. Your comments give me the energy to continue blogging and, for that, I thank you.

Continuing the list I began on New Year’s Eve, I would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions in making this live performance a success:

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by C.B. Whittemore

January 2, 2008 @ 5:29 am

Glenda, you are amazing in so many ways! Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, on being such a source of inspiration, and for all of the energy you bring to life. Happiest of New Years! Best for 2008.

Comment by Cristina Favreau

January 2, 2008 @ 6:41 am

Glenda, what a beautiful entry. I love your analogy of how blogging is like giving a music performance. How true!!

Thanks for the link love!

Oh yeah!! Felicitations on maintaining your #3 spot in the Blog For A Year contest. (Too bad the organizers didn’t keep their end of the deal by raising the “promised” funds.)

Congrats on all your successes. As a fan, I look forward to following your accomplishments through the years.

Comment by Rhea

January 2, 2008 @ 7:28 am

I must say I am always amazed at how much talent there is in the blogosphere. Ordinary, everyday people writing. It works!

Comment by Robyn

January 2, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

Wow, Glenda, it was a real joy to have you lead the way. I have learned to love the flow of improvization found in jazz. Each musician takes the lead at time and fans recognize the talent. In a sense open Mic flows like mellow jazz. Love it and thanks for the recognition.

Comment by Mad goat lady

January 2, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

What an absolute inspiration you are.


Comment by Lillie Ammann

January 3, 2008 @ 4:26 am

What a great analogy, Glenda.

Thank you for the thanks to commenters. I know that is a big job to compile as I’ve been working on my own for days.

Comment by Mighty Morgan

January 23, 2008 @ 8:55 am

Wow…thanks for spreading some gratitude…took me a bit to get here and say thank you…but better late then never! Hope your having a great new year!

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