Over a year ago I wrote a post called “Why I Blog.” The impetus for the piece was a rude comment left by a reader. The hateful words the man left behind on my site made me pause for a moment while I pondered why I would subject myself to this type of feedback. I concluded by stating I wrote in this medium because I love it. Over two years after starting Naked Girl in a Dress, I find blogging more rewarding than the first day I started this adventure.
In the last seven days I was reminded of another reason I love writing on a blog: the sense of community I feel as part of Studio30 Plus. It has brought about friendships, business partnerships, critique, laughter, inspiration, education, and more. I also feel a great deal of pride belonging to a group of quality writers.
There is often a great deal of laughter.
Eric opening his weekly email to all the members by describing working with an entire team of women like this:
<whispers> Pst! Hey! C’mere! <looks around conspiratorially> I need some help here. Have you seen the Studio30 Plus Staff Page lately? D’ya notice anything strange about it? Maybe play “One Of These Things Doesn’t Belong With The Others?” <lights a cigarette and takes a half step back into the shadows> I may have said too much already. Take a good look at the page, man. I’m surrounded by the Estrogen Brigade! <draws on cigarette, nervousness clearly increasing> Sure, they say I’m a good foil to it, but can I believe them? <grabs you by the collar, pulls you close and stares wildly into your eyes> You know how it is dealing with one! I’ve got eight! Eight! And that doesn’t count the one at home! <quickly looks to the right, cigarette dropping> My god, I knew this was a bad idea. They’re coming! <distant cries of “Cap’n?” can be heard> I’ve got to run!
There is often a great deal of support.
Days ago Eric, our incredibly talented co-leader, also wrote an honest, heartfelt goodbye to his readers. He stated he didn’t feel worthy and was choosing to quit. 63 supportive comments later, he will still have a presence writing on his site. The overwhelming love and support, much of it coming from our writing community, encouraged him to believe in himself again.
There is often a great deal of inspiration.
We are inspired to write by our weekly writing prompts (two offered each week), to share our writing in our Weekly Spotlight, and to be published to our Community Blog. Each person in our community motivates us to be better writers, but members also inspire us to be better parents, look for miracles, embrace the gift of life, love fearlessly, and more.
There are many benefits to being a part of Studio30 Plus.
It’s one more reason I blog.
*Today’s piece was inspired by the Studio30 Plus writing prompt this week: Why I Blog.