I Am Not A Writer

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A writer is one who produces literary content, including but not limited to stories, poetry, books, plays. The word is almost always synonymous with author.

By that definition, I am by no means a writer. I don’t write stories, fiction or non-fiction. I don’t write poetry. I have no intentions to write a book or a play.

I write this blog, yes. But, I don’t always invoke tears or laughter. I don’t always give my readers something to think about.

I don’t always write about what my toddler did today that taught me a profound lesson in parenthood or life.

I don’t offer wisdom of any kind on a regular basis.

I don’t write about postpartum depression, suicide prevention, divorce, single parenthood. I don’t write about the hard stuff, the serious stuff, the things that may help someone by sharing my experience.

I don’t spend hours on my posts. I don’t read, reread, edit, reedit, endlessly. I write when something comes to me, and I just have to write it down.

I find it difficult to write more than 300 words per post.

I have no distinctive style of writing.

I share recipes. I share photos. I share my drawings. I share snippets of my life. I share bloggers I enjoy reading. I share my love of lists. I share my love of tips.

There are times when I read blogs, whose writing sways me, strikes me, grabs me by the throat, brings tears to my eyes, puts a smile on my lips, brings laughter to my belly – and I feel inadequate. I feel like an imposter.

Then I read the comments on my posts and see the support and friendship that my blog has given me.

The realization that the words I have written has given me that, the immeasurable. That is enough.

I am not a writer. And that is fine with me.

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Do you think of yourself as a writer?

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  • September 12, 2011 Klz

    We don’t all have to be everything. I’m trying to remember that.

    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      That is true. We have high expectations of ourselves, don’t we?

  • September 12, 2011 Elena

    This is a wonderfully written post because you are a writer! There are many different ways to be just one thing and you are great at writing Alison’s story. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elena, I like how you worded that, ‘Alison’s story’. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Mama Track

    You know what’s lovely about this post? It’s written by a Writer. Capital “w” intended.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Coming from you, a wonderful Writer (capital W), I’m beyond flattered, thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 Kimberly

    I agree with Natalie. This is wonderful because it’s written by a writer. You’re wonderful here. Don’t ever forget that.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim, I can always count on you for support. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Missy

    Some bloggers aren’t writers, you are right. I think you are one. But you are also right that you have a wonderful, loyal, supportive community. That’s something to be proud of.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Missy, I’m grateful for my readers and friends every day.

  • September 12, 2011 Kim

    I had to smile reading this post, because it reminded me of a conversation I had with my friend about 20 years ago. She said the same thing to me, and I remember telling her that although she may not see herself as a writer I saw her as an artist. I see you as an artist Alison, your blog and your voice are both so unique and a work of talent! I love coming here and learning something new each time!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kim, I’ve never been described as an artist, so that’s very flattering. You’re too sweet!

  • September 12, 2011 Emily Suess

    I think you of you (and every blogger!) as a writer. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Emily, that means a lot to me. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 angela

    I’m starting to think of myself as a writer. I think it’s a mindset more than what you produce or don’t produce.

    Also, I think it’s absolutely fine if you think of yourself as a blogger first and not a writer first. What you post is entertaining and lovely, and your readers like it, no matter how you define it!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Angela, you are definitely a writer. And I’m so proud of you and the strides you’ve made as one. I’m just a blogger and I’m okay with it!

  • September 12, 2011 Stasha

    I could say the same thing about myself. But I do view yo as a writer. You evoke emotions and make me think.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I think of you as a photographer-writer, as you do both beautifully. And thank you, for your kind words.

  • September 12, 2011 Kiddothings

    You are a writer. If anybody should think they’re not, it’s me. You have written so many wonderful posts and if you weren’t such a great writer, I wouldn’t be reading your blog.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      You’re so sweet to say that, thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 Kristin

    You construct well-thought, non-rambling, to-the-point, grammatically correct prose in a medium read by many. Therefore, you are a writer. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Kristin, only a writer could write that comment, thank you. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Hopes

    Well then my definition of a writer is off. Because you?…well you are all writer!!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, that’s very nice of you to say!

  • September 12, 2011 Ann

    Perfectly said! I have a friend who calls me a “writer” and I always say that I’m a COOK who blogs….

    However, you DO write – a lot….I suspect that the moniker would fit you beautifully!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      You’re writer cook! 🙂 And thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 tracy

    Oh you are very much a writer my friend. xo
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Tracy! xo

  • September 12, 2011 Julie

    It’s much more freeing to live without that label anyway, trust me!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes it is!

  • September 12, 2011 Elaine

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree… 😉 xo
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Elaine 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Sandra

    Well then my friend, you don’t give yourself enough credit, because you write beautifully. But yes, gotta love those comments that keep us going.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Sandra, that means a lot to me coming from you!

  • September 12, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Mama, Alison,
    That is not true.
    You. Are. A. Writer.
    You inspire. You encourage. Your words mean something.
    Yes. This is a writer. Your stories help others. Your recipies help the ass. One does not need to be talking about domestic violence or Bipolar. Everybody has her own story to tell.
    And you certainly do, Miss Alison! xxx
    Ps
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      “Your recipes help the ass.” is the best line in a comment ever. Thank you! xo

  • September 12, 2011 Galit Breen

    I love what you Wrote, and this version of JBE!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit!

  • September 12, 2011 Jessica

    This is really interesting. So many people have told me in the past year that maybe I should be a writer, and my response is invariable, “I’m not a writer.” For all the same reasons you mentioned. And yet…we are. I’m still thinking about it.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Since I was a kid. I wrote bad poetry in high school, funny real life stories in my early 20s, and a lot of corporate stuff like press releases, corporate bios, newsletters etc. Yet, I don’t see myself as a writer. And now that I blog and read others’ words, I feel even less of a writer.

  • September 12, 2011 Katie E.

    I love this post! And I get what you’re saying. I blog to share whatever I feel like sharing. I know I’m not consistent, and I’m not really a writer. And I sometimes read blogs written by people who can seriously write. But I don’t think that old definition of a writer necessarily applies anymore. It’s so much easier to write and share than it used to be. And if someone enjoys reading it and is impacted, then that’s what matters.
    And you’re a great writer 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Yes, the Internet has certainly changed things for writers and non-writers alike. Self-publishing has changed a lot. Writers who would never otherwise be known as one, ARE writers. And thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 Tatter Scoops

    Oh I can so relate to this. As someone whose native language is not English I’ve been struggling to feel just good enough. I actually posted something similar but I like yours better 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I read your post Maureen, and you are so a writer. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Barbara

    Great post…we are all writers in our own way, aren’t we? Putting our life and thoughts into words makes us all writers…and you inspire people everyday with your words and ideas.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara, that’s very sweet of you to say.

  • September 12, 2011 Inspiration to Dream

    See I beg to disagree – a writer is anyone who writes. Poems, short stories, novels, blogs, articles, guest posts.

    Perhaps the distinction is between being a paid and published writer as opposed to just a writer. One of the definitions of a writer is someone who commits his or her ideas to writing – hence every blogger is a writer.

    I also believe a writer is anyone who entertains or educates another through the written word – sorry, but you do that on a regular basis 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for that, that is putting it in perspective! And thank you, for saying I entertain and educate – that’s the least I hope to accomplish!

  • September 12, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I enjoy reading your posts! They are fun and always leave me so glad I stopped by.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much Deirdre!

  • September 12, 2011 FranceRants

    Oh, don’t kid yourself, you are a writer 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Coming from you, I’m flattered. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Lola

    I beg to differ. I think you ARE a writer. I love your style. You are intelligent, thoughtful, articulate and most importantly cute as a button! Which we all know is like the most important part of writing. Being cute and accessorizing well.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      No wonder you’re such an awesome writer – you’re so darn cute!! And thank you, for your kind words. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Mirjam

    Isn’t that great. That you can just be yourself, doing what you do and doing what you love and have that be enough.
    Not living up to expectations, not fitting in a box with a certain label, just being you.
    This is an inspiring post, there are so many gifted bloggers out there, but this reminds me to just be myself. And you just stay yourself too, that’s more than enough!

    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Mirjam! It is freeing, to live label-less. I think the irony might be that if I consider myself a writer, I’d be writing less, due to the pressure I’d exert on myself. So this works for me!

  • September 12, 2011 By Word of Mouth Musings

    oh tish tosh … you are even MORE than a mere writer 😉
    you are an encourager, a friend, a supporter, a fan, an all round cheerleader who can wave her pom poms in my bloghome any time you wish because those ‘words’ you ‘write’ … always make me happy!

    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      You made me laugh Nicole, with the tish tosh 🙂 And thank you, you just made my day with your comment.

  • September 12, 2011 Natalie

    You are a great writer…in your own way. We all don’t have to be writing novels or trying to get published to be a writer. Glad you are just being yourself 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Being myself is the only way I know how to be. Thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 Kelly

    You. ARE. A. WRITER.

    Period.

    And a fabulous one at that! 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kelly!

  • September 12, 2011 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    You ARE a writer! You simply can’t be boxed in, that is all. I always look forward to reading your posts.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Mama J!

  • September 12, 2011 Life As Wife

    This post proves you are a writer!!

    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Samantha. 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Leigh Ann

    Great post, Alison. We are all what we make of ourselves, I think. I call myself a write because if I don’t, I’m afraid I never really will be one. But I could never call myself an artist when I was producing art. How weird, huh? I think you get some great validation from your community of readers. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I think you’re a great artist, Leigh Ann! And a writer too. My readers are the best.

  • September 12, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    I like to call blogging and this style of writing citizen journalism – you’re expressing your views and your world in some type of way, whether it is photos or a recipe or just a rant. In that regard you are a writer – just of a different breed 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      That is a very PR answer 🙂 (I like it!)

  • September 12, 2011 Amanda

    Amen, sister! I feel the same way.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Unite, non-writers!

  • September 12, 2011 Mrs. Jen B

    I don’t know…judging from my own feelings on the subject, and the comments here, you may need to change your own definition or how you see yourself. Either way, though, you only have to be enough for you. And if you are, that’s all that matters. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I think I’m happy being a non-writer writer, if that makes sense 🙂

  • September 12, 2011 Coffee Lovin' Mom

    I totally get the feeling like an imposter – like people are going to find me out and call me out on being a bad writer. You are authentic here and that’s what brings me back to your place time and time again. It’s not about what you say or even how you say it, it’s that it comes from you – now that I say that, I need to take my own advice.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you should 🙂 And thank you.

  • September 12, 2011 Poppy

    Blogging is a community in which you are an integral part. Everybody has something different to offer. I think your success shows that you are more than enough!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Poppy!

  • September 12, 2011 leah aka FFPMaMMa

    I have to say Alison, that I totally disagree with you. I was in publishing and even the best-selling authors may not write as well as you. So, I will say, yes, you are a writer. My sister is an author and she is a writer, me…no…not so much! (so now am I being a hypocrite? Possibly. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Wow, that’s a big compliment, thank you!

  • September 13, 2011 Kir

    I think of you as a writer and I think that the label you give yourself if the one that fits. I know that your words and pictures always move me, that sounds like a writer to me.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kir, that means a lot to me.

  • September 13, 2011 Kelley

    I like that, Alison! We love your writing just for what it is. I think you ARE a writer, but one that can write on many different topics. You have a gift!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kelley!!

  • September 13, 2011 Jessica

    I am a story teller and an entertainer. I’m also a tweeter but most people don’t know that about me. 😉
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I think EVERYONE knows you’re a tweeter!

  • September 13, 2011 Shell

    I still think this counts as being a writer.

    But saying “blogger” is good enough for me. 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Yes, me too!

  • September 13, 2011 Shannon

    I do consider myself a writer but its also been my passion since I was little. Its what I love. You make a good point. You don’t have to write books to be a writer. There are so many other outlets for writing.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Especially in this era of self-publishing. 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Aleta

    I’m a blogger, not a writer and that’s good enough for me 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      THAT, is excellent.

  • September 13, 2011 Aubrey Anne

    I wish I had time to read all the comments right now! I love reading what the others had to say, and I hate repeating it, but I’m in a bit of a hurry this morning. Just wanted to say that I call myself a writer, more as a “fake it till you make it” sort of thing than anything else. And my blog is exactly that for me… a place to dump my feelings and thoughts when I just need to get it out.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      We’re very much alike then!

  • September 13, 2011 Carri

    I think you’re a writer, and a good one at that! 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Carri!

  • September 13, 2011 Tonya

    This? This is wonderful! I love your honesty and you, my friend are certainly enough.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Tonya. 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Robin

    I always think of you as a writer, but it doesn’t really matter, does it? I think if we’re going to label ourselves at all it should be to define ourselves according to our goals and values. And you’ve done that.

    I actually disagree with those who say all bloggers are writers. They’re not. And thank goodness, because then we wouldn’t have the variety and the voices we do have.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Some bloggers are cooks, photographers, scrapbookers. Which is what makes this wonderful world of self-publishing so interesting and fun!

  • September 13, 2011 Jamie

    You telling your story the way you want to makes you a writer in every sense of the definition! It’s your space and they are you words – you get to decide what to do with it!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly!!

  • September 13, 2011 Kate F.

    I am not a writer either. I am a graphic designer , turned mom, turned college educator, turned freelance designer, turned blogger… Turned who. Knows. What. Next. You are so fortunate to have your community of supportive friends and bloggers. Who really determines what you are? Which “thing” that you do determines who you are? I believe it’s what YOU determine you are. So if you say your not a writer… Fine! Regardless of what YOU think you are or are not, I love stopping by and checking out what you are each time you post 🙂
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      I am fortunate, and thank you, for stopping by often 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Leslie

    What a great post! If everyone who wanted to share something had to feel like a ‘writer’ first, then we would all be missing out on so many stories!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leslie, and that is true. 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 it's all good in the motherhood

    Yes you are a writer, and a great one too! But I see your point as I often tell myself that. Sometimes I feel like **just** another blogger, and really? That’s just fine with me!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! There’s nothing wrong with being just a blogger. 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Courtney

    You ARE a writer. Just because you don’t do it the way that everyone says you “should” doesn’t mean that you aren’t a writer. If you feel like a writer, then you ARE a writer (and a darn good one at that)!
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Courtney. The thing is, I don’t feel like a real writer, one who will be published, syndicated, awarded. But that’s okay, I still get to write this blog, which is what I love.

  • September 13, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I love this – you are enough honestly. We get to know you through your blog and that’s what writing is all about. And I think you should try to save up and come to blogher next year so we can see you in person. 😉 I can finally go because it’s in NY.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jennie! I would love to go to a blog conference soon, but I’m not sure a big one is the way to go for me as a start. We’ll see 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Alexandra

    I really believe this: we all, on this blogging journey, occupy a spot we are supposed to occupy.

    We can’t be all things to everybody: it leaves you and others feeling scattered.

    We have to own our voices, and decide what it is we want to be.

    That is the difficult part.

    I remember reading once that the way to reach your dreams, is to determine ONE GOAL. And everything will stem from there.

    If you decide you want to change the world by encouraging, by supporting, by making a difference to others: then you’ve already done that, Alison.

    You are my first commenter, ALWAYS. You RT me, ALWAYS.

    You are my biggest encourager: ALWAYS.

    You are the cheerleader to so many.

    That, of making others feel valued, you excel in.
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Alexandra, reading your comments always give me a boost. It reminds me why I blog, why I enjoy it so much. Thank you, your words mean so much to me.

  • September 13, 2011 Carrie

    Putting down the written word makes you a writer, don’t ever tell yourself different 🙂

    Visiting from lovelinks
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    • September 13, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Carrie, that is assuring 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Ado

    I consider myself a writer, but I think you are one too my friend. (-:

    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Thank you dear friend 🙂

  • September 13, 2011 Sweaty

    If you are not a writer, what am I then, my friend? LOL

    Of course you ARE a writer. And you write well! So that makes you a GREAT writer :))
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    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Oh I always think of you as a writer! And thank you.

  • September 14, 2011 Trish

    If there’s ONE THING that the social media world has given us (besides the chance to measure ourselves by the number of friends, likes, groups, clicks and points) is a chance to share our voices. It broadened the narrow world of writing.

    And YOU, Alison, are one of my favorite bloggy voices! You write a continuing story that lets us into your SAHM life and that is what writing is supposed to be: bringing a reader into someone else’s world for a little while.

    stoppy by from freefringes http://contemplatinghappiness.blogspot/2010/08/ears.html

    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Trish, that’s such a lovely thing to say, and from your perspective, I suppose, yes, that makes me (and all of us), writers.

  • September 14, 2011 -dweej

    I love reading ‘Alison’s Story’ and only YOU can write it. You DO have a distinct voice, a voice I love to read!
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    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Dweej, thank you. Coming from you, I really appreciate that.

  • September 14, 2011 ed pilolla

    if you’re not a good writer, then what’s good writing? good writing moves people. sure looks like you did that here.
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    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Ed 🙂

  • September 14, 2011 joann Mannix

    Yes, you ARE a writer! Because if you weren’t, why are all these people here? They’re here, responding to your words, the words you shaped into ideas and beliefs and snippets of your life.

    I understand what you’re trying to say and I think this campaign, Just Be Enough, is one of the most noble ideas out there. But I think you need to hold that mirror up again and take a second look. You have a voice, a great one. And in my humble opinion, your Just Be Enough should be I, Alison, am a writer with a unique voice and that’s enough for me. XO
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    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Joann, you’re right, I should have said I am a writer, just not the kind you expect 🙂 I’m still finding it hard to say I’m one. Reading writers like you, coming away thinking, I wish I could write like that, and trying to say I’m one too? I’m still struggling with that. But thank you, I know what you mean and I appreciate your words.

  • September 14, 2011 Carina

    I can completely sympathize with this. I started my first real writing blog in hopes of “becoming a writer.” I wrote poems and short stories, I joined the Red Dress Club (now Write on Edge) so that I could write the memes and get some feedback and join a group of writers to write! I also found that writing writerly writs in the ways that some of these people did wasn’t the best fit for me. I too doodle and design, and I also write. I realized that my creativity didn’t fit all the memes and so I stopped writing for a while. I’ve finally made it back to the world of blogging and I’m finding a new voice for myself. It’s an interesting process.

    Keep up the writing! You’ve got a lot of fans out there.

    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Carina, welcome back to blogging and nice to meet you! Writing is an interesting process, which is why I’m gonna plug at it anyway!

  • September 14, 2011 Mommy2¢

    I feel the same way. I read all these other blogs who are written by incredibly gifted and talented writers and I feel like the redheaded step child! I’m not a writer by any stretch of the imagination. I’m new to the blogging world; and to be honest, I’m not even sure if there is anyone out there who would really even enjoy what I blog; but you know what?…As long as I get a since of relief, or more importantly a chuckle from what I’m writing/posting that’s all that matters. You must be doing something right though with 335 followers…oh, wait – now 336 (just added myself) and 122…I mean 123 comments on this one post. I could only hope that I was entertaining enough to one day have a following like that! Kudos!
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    • September 14, 2011 Alison

      Welcome to blogging! It’s a wonderful world out here 🙂 And thank you for your kind comment, and for the follow. I hope you come back and I don’t disappoint 🙂

  • September 15, 2011 Elena

    You are sharing the gift of you. Your story, your perspective….and you my dear friend, are absolutely a writer.
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    • September 15, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Elena, that means a lot to me!

  • September 16, 2011 Mama And The City

    I am not a writer. But, I like writing, I enjoy it. It somehow relaxes me. I struggle finding time to do that though. 🙁
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    • September 16, 2011 Alison

      If it relaxes you and you enjoy it, it doesn’t matter how you define yourself 🙂

  • September 18, 2011 Lindsey

    You might not publish something mind-blowing every day, but that doesn’t make you any less of a writer or influencer. If you’re gaining something from your work, it’s every bit as important as a super-famous author who’s counselled thousands.
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    • September 18, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lindsey, that’s reassuring 🙂

  • October 15, 2011 June

    Hi Alison, have recently started following your blog. 🙂 I can truly relate to this. Every time I meet with Self-doubt, I get encouraged to write again by a fellow blogger or friend. In fact, I think blogging does help to increase my confidence in my writing, regardless of how many comments or feedback I get. We just keep writing, and it just keeps getting better. *Hope* You’re a great writer, Alison!
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