Dec 17 2014
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Sarah Alan’s DIY blog success story

When I wrote the post about starting one’s own blog, I was definitely hoping that some of my students would consider blogging as a way to extend and enhance their daily writing practices.

I was not disappointed.

Check out this comment on the Center’s Facebook page by Sarah Alan, who is a Writer’s Eye student I’ve “known” through her skilled writing over the past two months:

Thank you so much for this post!

I was on Facebook on Saturday and there was a post about writing a blog on the Center for Creative Writing page written by Stacia M. Fleegal. I have been toying with the idea of writing a blog for a few weeks now since starting this new hobby of running. Combined with a piece I wrote on a class assignment about “My Amazing Body,” I felt that I may have something interesting to say. I know that there are many blogs out there about running, but I had yet to find one that seemed personable and aimed at a beginner, just like me. I am so inspired by runners who are competing in the latest Ironman, but what about the regular “Joes” just starting out and trying to run a simple mile without stopping? I couldn’t find that blog and with the push of the blog entry by Stacia about becoming your own blogger, the answer was right there.

I took what I wrote about “My Amazing Body,” cleaned it up, had it edited by my librarian husband (a fantastic technical writer) and published it as my first blog entry. I wanted it to be my mission statement, in a way. I was so nervous on Saturday letting my Facebook friends know since I have not really shared my writing with anyone (even my husband!) outside of class. I was so scared, worried, anxious, yet very excited at the leap I took with the help of the Creative Writing Center, not just with the blog, but the opportunity to grow in my writing and get the feedback that makes me feel like what I have to say may be worth saying. I feel like a success story, ever changing and ever learning of course. As the mission statement for the Writing Center says, I am becoming the writer I only dreamed I could be. Except it doesn’t feel like a dream anymore, but more of a way of life for me. Don’t get me wrong, I know that there is so much to learn, to see, to do, and of course, to write. But (and I am taking these words from the Center’s site), because of this school, I have “both a training ground and launching pad” to take me to all the places I want to go with my writing, as I am discovering every day.

And of course, here is the link to my blog: Running North With Cats.

Definitely check out Sarah’s blog. I suggest starting with her first post, “My Amazing Body,” which she references in her comment, and reading forward from there.

And if you’re still on the fence about starting your own blog, let Sarah’s enthusiasm give you that extra push. She’s found a way to combine her love of writing and her love of running into one thing that will help her be better at both. And hopefully she’ll meet other runners and writers along the way. Great success story! Thank you for sharing, Sarah.