|From Bloggers Who Brunch, hosted last month by See Jane Write Birmingham|
Blogging is hard.
I know some people might disagree. Some people might believe that blogging can't be too difficult since everyone and their cat (literally) seems to have one these days.
But I believe that being a good blogger is no easy task. It takes creativity, consistency, and commitment. And I believe it also takes community.
In her book Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg writes: “Writing is a communal act…Contrary to popular belief, a writer is not a Prometheus alone on a hill full of fire.”
Writers need community. This is why I started See Jane Write Birmingham and See Jane Write Magazine. And this is why I love groups like Alabama Bloggers.
Birmingham resident Rachel Callahan started Alabama Bloggers in May of 2009 because she wanted to connect with more bloggers in her hometown. Rachel had made connections with writers all over the world, thanks to her popular blog Grasping for Objectivity, but she wanted to get to know the bloggers in her own backyard. Rachel first launched the group as an online community then took these connections offline with monthly lunch meet-ups.
I'll be hosting this month's meet-up which is set for 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 12 at Mix Bakery, 1819 5th Avenue North. Please RSVP by July 10. If you're a member of the Alabama Bloggers Facebook group you can click here to RSVP. If not, you can just RSVP in the comments section of this post.
The hashtag for this and all Alabama Bloggers luncheons is #AlaBlogMeet.
I leave you with more wise words from Natalie Goldberg. In Writing Down the Bones she also says:
“It’s good to know some local people who are writing and whom you can get together with for mutual support…Kill the idea of the lone, suffering artist. We suffer anyway as human beings. Don’t make it any harder on yourself.”
Hope to see you July 12.