Friendships Built Through Blogging

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

The question being asked this month for February is: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?

Friendships Built Through Blogging

I know a lot of writers who do blogs tours, but I’m not one of them with the exception of this particular blog. I joined this one because of a friend’s recommendation. While I’ve been a guest on a few blogs here and there, mostly I was a guest helping a friend who had a sudden cancellation in their schedule and needed someone to fill the hole quickly.

One blogger, with whom I’ve developed an online friendship, publishes blogs written by the authors per her questions and then, she writes her own review in a separate blog. I’m totally amazed at her devotion to read the books and review them all with a short summary and a thorough explanation of what she likes about the book, along with her rating.

I’ve belonged to another group of writers for several years, but this group is about sharing our promotions, and over that time, I’ve gotten to know several of the members.

My claim is that it takes about three years to build a solid friendship. That theory appears to hold true both for online and in-person friendships alike. We may not be best friends but we’re no longer just acquaintances either. We’re more like friend-acquaintances. Willing to share tips, advice, and our experiences, whereas we might not be willing to do the same with acquaintances. At least, that’s been my experience.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!


About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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5 Responses to Friendships Built Through Blogging

  1. nancygideon says:

    So true, Diana! Was I the one who brought you to IWSG? I love it for the encouragement and the no-pressure reminder to get out there and socially mingle, especially now that I’m retired (not that I didn’t need the push before that!). Always glad to visit on this 1st Weds!

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  2. Mary Aalgaard says:

    Blogging has been a great way to connect with other writers.
    Mary at Play off the Page


  3. I remember back before the internet (yes, I’m super old) when I yearned to meet another writer. I lived in a small town where the only writers were either journalists or wrote children’s books. Today I’m so fortunate. I’ve met some wonderful people. True, we know nothing about each other apart from writing, but that’s okay. We have something important in common. Nice blog, Diana. I’m happy to meet you.


  4. Diana Stout says:

    Happy to meet you, too, Yes, I remember those days back before the Internet, when my first books were written on typewriters and carbon paper! Back before I knew there were writers’ groups. A wonderful thing, this Internet. Thanks for stopping by.


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