#AtoZChallenge J is for Journal by @WriterCat

 

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When I first started my blog, it was more of a journal; a place to be creative, express feelings, reflect, and preserve memories. Though I still think of my blog as a journal, it has become much more than that. I have learned how to write articles and connect with an audience. I have learned that it’s not
just about me. My blog post needs to have something that connects with the reader. It needs to reveal an inner truth, entertain or inform.

Hopefully my writing has improved because of my blogging. I have developed my blogging style; an eclectic mixture of poetry, photos, stories, memories and articles. While my blog will always be mainly a journal for me to express myself, I think my writing has gotten tighter, clearer and cleaner. I am able to write for a fixed word count.

These days, I think about the reader and try to write for them as well. My blog will always be mostly a journal for me to express myself, but it’s much closer to journalism than it was in the early days when it was all about me.

Here is a funny poem I wrote a while back that pokes gentle fun at the narcissistic side of Facebook. For this post, I am rewriting it to fit the blogging as it’s fairly similar.

 

After all, it’s all about me, me, me!

It’s All About Me!

It’s all about ME, ME, ME!

Come to my blog and you’ll see,

Narcissism rules supreme

Look at me, I’m livin’ the dream!

My cats are the cutest, don’t you agree?

Especially my famous cat, KoBEE,

He is the most adorable cat ever

Everything he does is cute and clever,

I post about everything I think

About what I eat and what I drink,

Every thought or every feeling

Even if it’s not appealing,

I love to post both day and night

Giving my readers such a fright,

I post any time and in any place

Eating up Blogger’s data space,

I like to blog until I drop

Everyone pleads for me to stop,

I’ll never stop blogging, can’t you see?

My blog is all about ME, ME, ME!

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Blogger Bio: Cathy Graham

Cat Graham

Cat Graham

I love being creative through writing, photography, art, and music.

I especially enjoy writing poetry, short stories, novels and blogging at www.cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.com

I live in a small village outside Canada’s capitol city, Ottawa with my husband and two young adult sons, Rory and Eric, 21 and 19. We have an Alaskan Malamute named Loup, an orange tabby named Kobie and a calico cat named Daisy. Anyone who knows me on Facebook has seen endless pet photos whether they wanted to or not!

I sing Alto 2 in a women’s choir, play flute in a concert band and in a duo, Tartan and Tea with my harpist friend. I enjoy being part of the Blog-A-Rhythm blogging group. Writing can be lonely so it is wonderful to have the friendship and support of fellow writers. I also enjoy challenges like the A-Z challenge in April to keep me writing regularly.

 

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37 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge J is for Journal by @WriterCat

  1. There’s gotta be a Queenism in there somewhere.
    I blog about me too. I think we all do. We are selfish creatures. It’s about time we embraced that fact and quit apologizing for what is our nature.

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Serins. Yes, some people do go overboard with the narcissism stuff. I try to keep it fairly modest but don’t always succeed. It’s all about ME, ME, ME! Mwhwahahahaha!

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  2. Well said. I think my blog is more of journal of eclectic thoughts, ideas, and yes, some me, but I hope it is also something that resonates with others as well. I loved your poem!

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  3. I love your poems, Cat! They are simply fun! And yes, our blogs are all about us but I like it the way we have evolved our voice and expression over a period of time 🙂

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    • Thanks, Shilpa! Appreciate it! Yes, I do think our blogs grow and change over time. Hopefully I’ve gotten better at writing and connecting with the reader than those early days when it was all about ME, ME, ME!

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  4. Hee hee – cute poem there Cat. I agree blogs should be about oneself, it’s OUR space after all. And if we write from the heart people will certainly connect with us.

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    • Thanks for visiting, Arlee. I do tend to still think of my blog and Facebook as journals that I can look back on and remember how I was feeling at the time and what I was doing. I think people can connect with journal type writing if it isn’t too egocentric. I know I connect with writers not afraid to admit weaknesses or problems in their lives instead of pretending they’re perfect and everything is just wonderful all the time.

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  5. Love visiting new blogs during the #Challenge and especially the blogs of fellow writers. This is my 3rd year to participate and my writing has benefited from the experience. Deciding what the focus of a blog takes some doing. I hope you have an extra minute and come see how you think I’m doing. Cheers!

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    • Hi Stepheny! Thanks for coming by. This is my 3rd year doing the challenge, too. I’m sure my writing has improved as a result. All the best with the challenge. I will come visit your blog now.

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  6. Love the poem, Cat! I am happy to read about your writing journey through your blogging experience. We all learn as we go along, that’s the best part about writing – the ‘ing’ 🙂

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  7. Loved reading this poem, too, Cat! And, as far as a blog being all about us goes, I think it is the same story all over. We all love to share our life with the world, be it on FB, or through our blogs. It’s the same with me, too. So, the poem you have written, is essentially everyone’s poem, it’s all about us, us, us! 🙂

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  8. Ha ha! What a wonderful way to express the beautiful and pure heart in you. It should always be about you, for if you self love, you will be able to spread love!

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