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Example of a Perfect Personal Blog

Duke DesrochersI’m working on a series of articles about personal blogging, but I wanted to share with you a perfect example of a personal blog. It’s by my cousin, Duke DesRochers.

You may remember Duke from the story I did on him called, “Future Social Media Renaissance Man,” on or the one on the called “Exploring Social Media: Social Means Personal” as part of my Exploring Social Media article series.

When Duke first emailed me to vote for his audition tape to be the next The Next Food Network Star, I was dumbfounded by his well done audition video showing how to carve vegetables with a lathe and drill in his garage, then cooking them up to make the most incredible side dish presentation. While he didn’t make it into the finals, an oversight on their part I’m sure, he did follow through on my encouragement to create a blog.

Duke DesRochers creates Potato dishes in side dishDuke DesRochers lathes a potato on his video using shop tools in the kitchenDuke DesRochers creates a vegetable plate unlike any other with shop toolsDuke DesRochers drilling potato cups with shop tools

Truthfully, I signed him up and set up his blog in about 20 minutes and told him, “Go blog.”

He had no idea what I was talking about.

Where Do You Begin With a Blog?

Isn’t that where everyone starts? Totally clueless. Everyone is talking blog this, blog that, social media, Twitter, Flickr, tweet, but really, until you dig in, you have little understand about what this bloggy thing is all about. Other than occasionally surfing the web, his only interaction with the web world was through email. Now, he’s a proud blog owner and getting a taste of the power of the blog.

At first, Duke did his best with his blog. He put the audition video in and wrote some posts about the process, spreading the word to his friends and family, who showed up faithfully to leave a comment or two and cheer him on.

As everyone does, he poked and prodded his way along the bloggy path, learning as he went. For a few weeks, I coached him on how to uncategorize posts from the uncategorized category and give them a category of their own. I showed him how to make a link, add a picture, and some very simple basics. He even had to learn where and how to leave a comment, copying his whole blog posts into my blog comments to show them off, not realizing he could have just left a link. We all make mistakes along the way.

As I hit the road to speak at conferences and workshops, luckily he had my book, Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, a Christmas present, by his side to help him fend for himself through the murky, bloggy waters.

Duke DesRochers showing gallery visitors his artistic work, Vancouver, WashingtonHe jumped in, writing whatever story he wanted to share as he tried to explain himself to the world. He dug into his past and found some stories worth telling. After the first few terrific posts, the excitement faded. His interest turned elsewhere. Then he had what he called “My Recent Art Attack” which brought him running back to his blog to share his excitement with the world.

Besides being an incredible chef and cook, Duke is an amazing artist. Last year was his first gallery showing in Vancouver, Washington, and he has more lined up for this year. He collects odds and ends he finds everywhere and puts them together into small and large and fascinating art…sculptures, wall hangings, pictures, headboards, mirrors, furniture…things.

In “LORD of the THINGS” he describes himself, his history, personality, and his artwork this way:

Artwork by Duke DesRochers“9 Blakely Way.” That was the address of our home back in 1957; the year I was born. No NW, SW or Southeast just, “9 Blakely Way.” We lived in a small housing project built from the 30’s to the 40’s which was on the outskirts of The Dalles, Oregon. It was a time of paper boys and the milkman, yes and Service Stations with .25 cent a gallon gas. Common was Mom charging groceries on a tab at the market and Dad working a couple of nights a week cleaning up the butcher shop to pay the bill.

Our home phone number was 6-9414; that’s right, just 5 digits, no area codes or mandatory prefixes. Looking back I can honestly say it was a simpler time. I was born the last of six children and I admit I was a bit of a momma’s boy. All of the others had a time when they were the baby, but it only lasted until the next uninvited child came along, but me, I didn’t have that problem. No one came after me…

This meant I spent a lot of time hanging with my Mother and her other stay at home mom friends. I was a curious sort in my pre-school years and would ask questions like,” Do trees have blood?”

I learned at a young age that there were treasures to be had if a boy would keep his eyes peeled and on the ground. It happened when I was walking the neighborhood. Something shiny caught my eye. It was a glorious silver dollar. It filled my hand out to the very edges of its span. It was embossed with stunning detail. Man, it was beautiful. I wanted to keep it for ever!

…Remembering this; from then on, when traveling by foot I always kept one eye on the ground. You never know what you might find. In my travels however the treasures seamed to be few and far between. Oh sure there were plenty of sticks, rocks and lizards to be had and I did revel in shinier, more magic ones. Sometimes my attention would be drawn to a particular stick or rock. I would pick them up and after surmising that they were of no particular worth and not possessing any magical powers. I would drop them back to the ground.

As I walked away I imagined the object pleading with me not to just leave them there. The stick would reason with me that by picking it up I had gotten it’s hopes up. Perhaps it had dreamed of coming home with me, maybe even finding a nice cozy place in my room on the headboard of my bed or in a dresser drawer.

…Instead of being enslaved by the objects of my life, I like to think of myself as their Master. Maybe even the Lord of what I possess, heh… maybe even, like… the lord of my things. That’s it! I am “The Lord of My Things. No wait, try this. “Lord of the Things”. I like it! I am “Lord of the Things”. More like a “Junk Whisperer,” really.

We are swept away back to a time when a found coin, stick or rock could be a wondrous experience. To a time before huge grocery stores and department stores filled with plastic distractions. To a time when we were still close to the ground in age, size, and interest, pondering over the found wonders around us, evaluating the “magic” and usefulness in each one.

We are led through his story back to the present, as this now grandfather looks back over his life and realizes that he is the master of all he collects. Don’t we all wish we were the master of the junk we collect in our lives. Yet, we learn and find value through his self-discovery process.

Which is a prime example of why I call Duke an example of a perfect personal blogger.

The Art of the Story

There are all kinds of blogs, and many definitions for the different types of blogs. The definition for me of a personal blog is one that tells a story, a personal story. It doesn’t matter how the story is told, by words, pictures, video, cartoons, artwork, audio, or combination of all of them. Storytelling defines a personal blog as personal.

A personal blog helps the blogger tell their story, be it the story of their life or of a moment in time. It can be a rant about how X company pissed them off, or how they figured out how to successfully plant a rose bush this year. It can be a collection of random gossip about fellow students or co-workers, or an insightful collection of essays on food and cooking. It can be about a hobby, about school, work, raising children, being a parent, parenting parents, raising grandchildren, or sharing expertise on any subject – as long as it is about the personal experience.

A personal blog is about sharing personal stories with readers – readers that might be family, friends, or strangers.

It’s also about focusing on the story, not the commercialism and monetization. The site may or may not have ads, but the blogger isn’t obsessed about his or her stats, clickthroughs, and such.

It’s about being personal, not distant, with the reader. It’s about sharing. It’s about the story.

Duke continues to post stories about his life and artwork, which are hard to separate from each other. Explaining how he thinks differently from most people, Duke explains with a great sense of humor in “Astronauts And Moon Pies:”

I am a humble Renaissance Man. Inventive and creative ideas are thrust at me like stones from outer space. Fortunately I am able to shield my brain quite effectively with a large screen plasma TV.

It’s poetic. He also writes poetry on his site. In “DESERT TROUT,” he describes his poetry like his artwork:

I write my poems like I sculpt… with bits and pieces…

In “My Recent Art Attack,” Duke shows off his colorful and animated storytelling abilities, changing a typical “Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while” into something entertaining and unique.

OK, I’m sorry! To the great multitude of my blog followers, I am truly sorry. It has been a very long time since I’ve posted anything and I know many of you were worried about me.

Artwork by Duke DesRochers - AquariumThe rumors are true; I did have an Art Attack. It all started very suddenly and I wasn’t able to call for help for months. My body is showing the signs of the wear and tear that such a major event can have on someone. For example. My belly is sticking out as far as it ever has and all my t-shirts are stained with paint and globs of glue.

One day I even found a screw behind my ear. I spent many long hours, hunkered down in my garage under hot lights with the fumes of thinners and spray paint.

I lived only on Diet Coke and sunflower seeds.

A well-told story is one that is visual, emotional, and features a great climax, a powerful point in the story. It’s a rare talent to combine the visual arts and written arts with passion and style.

Artwork by Duke DesRochers - The Goonie Cupboard DoorIn the few short months since Duke started his blog, his stories, and artwork, has evolved. He shares the stories behind his artwork through his blog. RETRO-ACTIVE is about a new mirror wall hanging that features a tire hub cap he spent a couple hours pulling out of a river swim hole a couple years ago, combined with a microphone he bought at a rummage sale in 1970. Each of these two treasures in his “stash” of odds and ends have their own unique and fascinating stories, adding to the wealth of imagery and history behind the final piece.

The description of finally succeeding with family and sheer determination to wrangle the hub cap out of the river mud is a great description of self.

…So I went back at and after another hour was able to free it from it’s watery grave. “Aah haaaa!” I yelled as I thrust it into the air along with an arch of river water trailing the motion as I waved it like a flag.

The people at the swim site did glance over at me for a second, then realizing it was just a crazy old pasty white guy with an enlarged, overly exposed belly, they quickly turned away.

I proudly sloshed my way up the bank and presented my trophy to my wife like a proud Golden Retriever with a freshly bagged duck in its mouth. She, in all her beauty and wisdom, said, “Nice, the trash can is over there.”

“Are you kidding” I quipped. “This thing is awesome, I’m keeping it”.

To which she replied, “What are you going to do with that thing?”

“I’m not sure, but I’m keeping it, thank you very much.” And I did as you can see.

Duke DesRochers - Zig Zag Wall ArtI can see the two of them having that conversation, she with a straight face and dry humor, a slight smile itching to be free, Duke determined and grinning proudly from ear to ear with amazing self-confidence.

A personal blog works when the walls are dropped. You can blog anonymously, but your words and stories are personal. They come from the heart – your heart – as you share yourself with others. The more transparent you are about who you are as a person, about your personality, your spirit, energy, thought process, beliefs, and the lessons learned, the more the reader can connect and relate.

It’s not important they know who you really are. It’s important that they know who you really are beyond a name and address and job. Duke is a great example as he is so willing to totally expose himself through his blog’s words and images.

Duke’s blog has also helped our family recall moments that would have been lost to time and age, part of the magic of a personal blog for other family members. Remembering my father, his “Uncle Bud,” Duke wrote “The One Time I Kicked My Uncle Bud’s Ass” telling a story I don’t remember from my childhood.

It seems that he’d learned about using food coloring a short time before, turning a simple baked good into a something special with a few drops of food dye. He colored some peanut butter blue and fed it to my five year old brother. Duke was unaware my brother had a reputation for swallowing things and tucking things in body crevices, as some children do, that often required trips to the emergency room. My father took one look at the blue greasy smear on Duke’s cousin’s face and roared after the two boys.

Duke combines the memory with a great flash forward of understanding and compassion about how he would react if it were his child.

We all screeched to a stop and slowly turned to face him.

With his eyes bugged out about as far as any adult could possibly bug out their own eyes the scream turned into, “Oh My #@!%$&! What have you fed my kids?”

Our faces were frozen with fear and our hearts were trembling. I slowly looked over at my cousin Loren and saw his face smeared with this greasy blue paste.

I can only now as a parent myself begin to understand the horror that was going through his mind. When I think about how our faces must have looked. Any sane person could only surmise that we all had just eaten some sort of gasket sealer or toxic epoxy.

As you can imagine I tried to explain to him that it was only harmless blue peanut butter but it took several minutes before I was able to speak. Our leftover portions were quickly snatched from our mitts and I was soundly informed that I was never to feed another thing to my cousins… I sometimes like to think… this was the one time I had kicked my Uncle Bud’s ass.

I love you Uncle Bud and I miss you…

My father died a couple years ago and the loss is with me every day, but his wonderful story made my father come alive again for a few moments. Stirring memories with good storytelling is the sign of a great storyteller.

While most of his current posts are about his artwork, filled with stories of how he creates them and the stories of the individual parts and pieces, the “things” in his artwork, he still loves telling just a good story.

In “Welcome To Christmas, Welcome To America,” he shared a story about embracing immigrants in his community through his relationship with an immigrant co-worker. Knowing they didn’t have much money, Duke brought them a Christmas tree that they could decorate and enjoy for the holidays only to find that they literally had nothing in their home. No furniture, television, nothing save a small kitchen table and single chair. Working with his church and community, he decided a tree wasn’t enough.

…That night at home I told my wife about what I had seen and she and I agreed we had to do more than just a tree with no lights…After a couple days I made another appointment to visit with Dohn at his home again.

This time I was not alone. We had three cars and two trucks behind us. I knocked at the door and when it opened a precession of strangers began to enter with armfuls of items he and his family desperately needed.

…Few words were spoken while hands were grasped and arms draped around one another.

Many years have passed since the night we shared in that wonderful Christmas. I often wonder about Dohn and his family. I am sure he has been in a position to reach out and help someone in kind.

I do know this for sure. Anytime we reach out to help, and by so doing, lift a fellow human being, we ourselves are elevated.

Finding Your Own Voice in Your Own Blog

Duke didn’t realize that he was on a journey when he started his blog. Neither did I, all those many years ago.

A blog, especially a personal blog, is a journey to find your voice, as well as to find yourself.

I may tease people when I ask them if they’ve taken a look at their blog categories lately. They’ll look at me and ask, “I don’t know what to blog about.” I tell them to look at their categories and see what they’ve been blogging about the most, and blog that.

Blog your passion. You probably already are. It’s that simple.

It’s also that hard.

Blogging is a commitment. When you aren’t blogging for bucks, it’s also a discipline. You have to feed your blog. If you keep feeding it, it’s amazing what you learn about yourself, isn’t it?

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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.


  1. lvsblog
    Posted April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Truly a great post,I love the vivid imagery of the stories he tells. But your statement “It’s not important they know who you really are. It’s important that they know who you really are beyond a name and address and job.” is what really captures the essence of a great personal blog

  2. babajidesalu
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I honestly think you know what you are talking about. Out of your passion, you have become an authority on blogging. Congratulations.

    I have been on your site a few times and I always leave with a gem. I only thought it fair to deposit my comment as a way of showing gratitude.

    Thanks Lorelle and you are welcome to visit me, of course you know what I mean. It would be interesting to know what you make of my ‘blogvilla’.

    I will know when you do come by.

    Have a good Easter celebration.

    God bless

  3. shanshanigans
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Love it! You are right, blogging teaches you a lot about yourself.

  4. lizchukwu
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Incredible that I found you Lorelle, through my sheer frustration of looking for ‘Api directory path'(being a creative, all the too technical stuff, drives me bats) and this incredible story of your cousin’s adventure into blogging.:-) The dude rocks and must be RTwittered on:-)x

    Thank you for this wonderful contribution.

    Kind regards and many blessings



  5. Duke DesRochers
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Yo Lorelle; My lovely wife Patsy was really impressed how you described her to a “T”

  6. Posted April 10, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

    “If you keep feeding it, it’s amazing what you learn about yourself, isn’t it?”

    Even more amazing is to “go there” FIRST and tell the truth. Visit mine and search for “Helen Chronicles,” (for example), and then stand back.

  7. Bill
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    OK, Lorelle – I’ve known Duke for 20 years – he’s done my album covers – I’m ready to blog!

    You definitely are it!

    Bill Stites

    • Posted April 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

      LOL! And how did I not know YOU? 😀 I’m really proud of my cousin, whose known me since before I was born. I’m so thrilled with the great work he is doing in his life, and how he uses his blog to bring all the magic together. Don’t you feel lucky to have someone like him in your life.

  8. Posted April 15, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    That was a great post about personal blogs. I’ve had mine since 2004, the current one. I began doodling in it last year but had a few months of the blahs over the winter. I went to a storytelling workshop this month and had a great time. Don’t know if I really learned a lot but listening to everyone was worth the trip. 🙂

  9. Posted April 18, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of looking at your categories and blogging the most about that – it’s good inspiration. I have been torn between the direction of what my newest site should be focused on and after reading this and a little steve palina yesterday, i think personal is how i want to go next.

  10. Posted April 23, 2009 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Very informative, thank you. I’ve been blogging on and off for almost 3 years, but have never had much of a focus – I tend to just write about whatever is on my mind when I feel like writing.

  11. Posted April 29, 2009 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    yes it’s good

  12. Posted May 8, 2009 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Loved your post, makes you ‘feel’ and that’s what I pursue everyday: feel! Plus the know yourself by your blog is really an expanding vision to those realms we never look at and we need to be reminded that we are much more than what we see. Congratulations to your cousin, he really flavouring life! Learned a lot from you for a while now, thanks and may it come back to you thrice.

  13. Posted May 12, 2009 at 3:58 am | Permalink

    very true indeed – its all about the story. and i think this goes beyond blogging 🙂

  14. Posted May 12, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    you are a treasure to the blogging community.

  15. Posted May 20, 2009 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I’ve had my main blog for about 18 months… an recently recatagorized all my posts, ever… and it was great, seeing how much I’ve grown and experienced and found in such a short time.
    Really great! Thanks for this article… it really hit home. I love blogging!

  16. Posted May 27, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    yes you are a wordpress and a blogging plus

  17. Posted June 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I have recently been thrust into this blog world by a great couple, Roy and Gail Randolph of, as they setup my own blog. I like the point you made regarding not discussing ways of monetizing your blog but rather let the reader know who you are.

    If people connect with the story of who you are, they will be more inclined to do business with what ever it is that you do.

    Your blog has been very helpful!
    God bless!

  18. Posted June 20, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Great site, thanks

  19. alice
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting – Im going to start blogging and joining all this great fun ! My hubby and I have a passion , creating music CDs and stories-and- – music CDs for kids and families – all loving , kinship with nature and one another themes. They are in the local Barnes and Noble stores but arent moving into homes. Wish they would connect with those who would enjoy them. Maybe reaching out to others and connecting may help. Thanks

  20. Posted September 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I wish I could be the writer of this wonderful blog but I could not as I’m just a newbie and hopefully oneday I could write something.

    Thanks for your good and wonderful article.

  21. SDG
    Posted January 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this post. Funny how the universe gives you what you need. I was looking for new direction and came to your site. You continue to be a source of inspiration.

  22. Andrew
    Posted February 26, 2010 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    This was truly a good example of a perfect blog for personal use.Thanks for inspiring me to get one and be active on this.I really had great information from your relevant post.
    This will surely help many bloggers like me.

    Great thanks!

  23. Posted March 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    It is really amazing following someone having A GREAT BLOG!

  24. Josh
    Posted March 20, 2010 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    This post has been somewhat of a revelation to me. I’m a little disillusioned about blogging (managing to deal with SEO while thinking of things people to read about seemed hard) and wasn’t too sure of where to go next. Then I realised something I should have known all along. My core readerbase come to me because they enjoy my light-hearted take on learning and want to be entertained. My brand of entertainment caters to their tastes because it’s the rawest form of my personality (I could walk past every reader tomorrow and they wouldn’t know who I was). A blog is a chance to express your feelings without having to worry about watering down your opinion or being someone you’re not.

    I now realise that I need to focus more on being myself without putting the pressures of SEO (which is totally lost on me) and writing for different audiences on my shoulders. Maybe this will lead to the following I’m looking for.

  25. LOIDA
    Posted March 31, 2010 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    wow guy galing nyo!!!
    have a nice day………keep on blogging


  26. Posted August 5, 2010 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    Really nice…Great..

  27. Mike Johnson
    Posted August 12, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    The art of the story, I think, really is critical to the art of blogging. It’s all about getting someone engaged! Anyway, I get excited about this kind of thing because I am an amateur blogger myself.

  28. Costas Tryfonos
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    What is important, is reading how the bloggers themselves feel about the issues they are writing about.

    “It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.” -Thoreau.

  29. Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Great job! Wonderful thoughts and examples on blogging. Can’t wait to check out Duke’s blog!

  30. Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Just now getting a blog started and discovered your article. Fantastic piece. And oh, so informative.
    Will be checking out more of your work and also those of Duke. Wonderful read(s). Wonderful to view the art. Thanks!

  31. William Tingle
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Great way of getting others involved in blogging. You seemed to boost Duke’s site a ton, a lot of SEO mileage. Please tell Duke the art looks good.

    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      My coverage of Duke’s site has only been in a few of the thousands of posts I’ve written here. SEO had nothing to do with it. He is a great example of how to blog and I celebrate these when I find them.

  32. lantz
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Great resource. I’m new to blogging and have to agree it’s a journey. I feel a little intimidated by all your great examples and insights…but I guess that’s part of the journey.
    Thanks again

  33. Jeremy Clarkson
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Pretty perfect indeed. Totally agree.

  34. Cornel
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Hey man, i can remember when I first started blogging. I do the same thing like Duke man…I keep on promoting it to all my friends. And I am using Facebook….good thing that my friends did not ‘unfriend’ me after what I did to their wall=) now I know better…should not do that.

  35. Jv de leon
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink


    You’re great in this kind of things… I hope I can do something like this even though I’m only 15. I love to make stories and stuffs and I am also interested in making my own blog but I don’t really know how; fortunately I found this. thanks for giving me a clue. 🙂

    I don’t know if I have the ability of making a blog but I still want to try it. thanks a lot for these informations. 🙂

  36. emmanuel
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    I believe blogs simplify our approach to life but………

  37. Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I wonder if it’s okay to be writing about really personal stuff..e.g. like what you argued with your wife and in detail and felt about that too personal and left to your private notebook? or is it perfectly okay to do that in a public blog?regards

    • Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Honestly? You have to ask? If it will hurt you or another human being, create legal action or be considered illegal, don’t do it in public. I’m there there are other dirty laundry rules, but I go for “do no harm” ruling as my first priority. That’s why we have pen and paper and a space between the mattress and boxspring. Or better yet, lock boxes. Use them.

  38. Firdi
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Hmm..thanks ,you give some ideas about how to write a personal blog ,but what we can get by share our personal blog to people?

    • Posted August 18, 2011 at 10:44 am | Permalink

      If I understand your question, you want to know what you can get by sharing your personal blog with others. Honestly, if you want to “get” something out of it, that’s why you do it. If you don’t, it should be in a notebook and shoved between your mattress and box spring. 😀
      I wish I was really kidding, but that’s how it works. Everyone blogs their personal life for their own unique reasons. You choose yours.

  39. Bonile
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Mann! incredible! This Duke describle himself just like my brother. A chef/ cook. An artist what can I say. I love it. It is reaaly incredible!!

  40. Posted October 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, This was a lovely post. I’d like to use a quote from this post in my post about Praise for Personal Blogs. I’m writing it to be published tomorrow 10/6/11 at I’ll include a link to your blog and another link to your book’s page.
    Thanks very much! Carol Zombo

    • Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

      As you should know, copyright allows for Fair Use, so I do not need to give permission for quotes from the article. Specifically, my copyright policy restricts usage to 400 words or 10%. Thanks for the inclusion and sorry I couldn’t get to you faster. I’ve been in meetings all week. Thanks!

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  42. Posted April 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    A good read here, first time visiting as I have just started my own blog and I wanted tips to get some readers. I do it mainly to vent, but I have a no-names policy where I try to keep names a secret due to the nature of the things written. Only started 4 days ago and have 4 entries :P, you’re right, it is a discipline, but I find it a very fun discipline so I guess it’s not all work. I hope that it will be a success. (Not in it for the money, in it for the fun :D)

    • Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Good luck with your blog. Venting is nice but usually wears someone out soon. Very few can keep it going, and most that do have a negative persona which has nothing to do with their real, tender, compassionate selves. They get that it’s a job and appear almost as actors playing a role. You have to take the personal out while keeping the personal in if you wish to make this a long term commitment.

  43. Posted May 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, As a brand-spankin’ new blogger, any information is helpful.

  44. Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Hello, Lorelle,
    Nice blog. Your post is really helpful especially to those people who just started blogging like me. Thanks for sharing this.

  45. techalam
    Posted August 11, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Blogging is about sharing useful and interesting things with readers. Blogging is not an easy task, it requires commitment, time, effort and patience. Thanks Lorelle for this wonderful post 🙂

  46. nishi jain
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I had been toying with this idea of blogging but simply did’nt know how.I confess I’m still
    not sure but this post has given me some idea. Thanks.

  47. dhennisse
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    This is so great lorelle:))

    • dhennisse
      Posted November 26, 2012 at 2:25 am | Permalink


  48. Posted November 15, 2014 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Great post 😀 I have started my personal blog in WordPress too so I needed information on how to write one. You helped me lots. Thanks.

  49. Posted June 13, 2015 at 5:53 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on centricjemmiey and commented:
    really good read

  50. Posted June 29, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow I couldn’t stop reading… I have just started my very first blog and went life he with my very first post a few hours ago. Always loved writing but never had the courage to actually start a blog. Reading your post has inspired me so much and judging from how much I’ve learned from reading only one of your posts, I just know I must follow all your blogging. To successful blogging… Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

    • Posted June 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      You are welcome. Continue to enjoy the process.

      • Posted June 30, 2017 at 3:13 am | Permalink

        Thank you I will and will continue to draw inspiration from your blog… Could I call on your wisdom if ever I need some advice?

      • Posted June 30, 2017 at 9:38 am | Permalink

        Yes but I highly recommend my WordPress Lessons to answer the most common questions, and the WordPress Support forums are excellent.

      • Posted June 30, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

        Great thank you

  51. Posted September 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Love it. Just joined today! Written about 6 blogs.

    • Posted September 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      Excellent, but I think you meant 6 posts. A blog is a website. If you’ve started 6 blogs, wow. That is impressive but I think you mean 6 posts, which is also impressive. Keep going.

  52. Yusuf Bola
    Posted November 15, 2019 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks lorelle ….you are inspirational I wish I can get to know you better ….I love to write but I’m always confused on what to write about…but you change my thinking ND my mindset towards my writing skills … indeed a genuis..wanna create my account write away…..thanks alot

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