Blog Roll: what blogs to read, write, and why

May 24, 2011

About a year ago my family took an incredible journey. We traveled to Tunisia and lived with the same AFS family I lived with 30 years ago. We cooked together, laughed together, and screamed at scorpions together. It wasn’t always easy, but it was memorable. We began our travels in London, and for the last week, treated ourselves to the Italian Riviera.

To share the experience, I launched a family blog. The kids wrote in journals as part of their “school” experience, and once a week I’d post their entries. Hearing the comments and news home helped keep us connected to friends and family. Last Christmas, I compiled the blogs and put them in a book for each of the kids.

Besides keeping in touch, blogs are great for your writing process. They keep you accountable to the craft as well as to the editing process. Blogs are free and easy to set up. If you are a writer, or a family member who wants to multi-task your news, start one!

Check out a few of my favorite writing blogs:

-coffee. tea. and literary

-pimp my novel


-bookshop talk





-Nathan Bransford


You can find a blog on almost anything, so don’t feel intimidated to start your own. At the very least, read a few. Just join the party already!


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