Five Reasons Why I Blog

Old-Fashioned Typewriter & Girl Photo

Thanks, Aimee, for tagging me. Here's my answer, which just shows what a trip to Florida will do to a Northeasterner's winter-weary brain...

I blog because...

1. it is significantly cheaper (and uses less fuel) than flying to a writer's conference to meet an editor for 15 minutes, so she can kindly reject my article entitled "Five Reasons Why I Blog."

2. I can do it from the comfort of my own home. Consequently, I don't have to get in an airplane to travel around the world in order to deliver my manifesto, "Five Reasons Why I Blog." This has particular advantages, such as... I do not have to subject myself to atmospheric radiation or be tempted to buy "food for purchase" on the flight (which consists of a single cinnamon-sugar cookie or a pack of M & M's or a blue cylinder half-filled with chips, for the price of $3.00, at dinner time).

3. blogging allows me to talk to people in my pajamas, with unbrushed teeth, while eating cinnamon-sugar cookies and successfully pretending that I have no idea where last Halloween's M & M's are hidden in the fridge.

4. I can publish fun and simple articles like "Five Reasons Why I Blog," which is a good break from writing things like a 50,000-word book (which I am still revising, thanks to my very committed editor who I adore, so that I now believe my book has—for all intents and purposes—been a 65,000 word book. But no one will be the wiser when they pick it up, hopefully sometime before the end of this year, and note that it is indeed a 50,000 word book.)

5. Blogging is safer and more socially acceptable than riding a tricycle down 5th Avenue, in my pajamas, with unbrushed teeth, holding a sign that says, "Writer for Hire! Cheap!" Though I must admit, the tricycle would provide more exercise than Blogger.

Photo by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Christianne said...

I must say, the one thing glaringly missing from this grouping is that you blog because you have a finicking for figuring out how stuff works, and how to make it work even better. I mean, how many conversations have we had now about how to improve the blog world?? Hello! THAT is one reason why you blog. :)

6:29 PM  
Blogger AIMEE said...

okay I am laughing my head off!!!!! Thanks for the bloggin' entertainment!!! :) :) :)

6:40 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Hmmm... I guess I'll have to include that one when someone gives me the "Ten Reasons Why I Blog" tag.

Why, dear Greek Salad Lover, do you blog? (you may say I tagged you, if that helps, and post something on Lilies. Or not.)

6:40 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Aimee... oops! I meant to follow Christianne's comment directly, but you pushed the "publish" button first. So, now it seems that perhaps I'm addressing you as the Greek Salad Lover. Well... how DO you feel about Greek Salad anyhow?

And you are welcome for the joyous decapitation.

6:42 PM  
Blogger AIMEE said...

Love it! :)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Erin said...


And that typewriter is lovely.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize you had a thing for M&Ms and sugar cookies? Doesn't the sugar fall into your keyboard when you're typing!

So happy you are back from Florida! And so happy that Florida was good to you!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous The Artist said...

Love this post. Writers have to write, it is their lifeblood.

Blogging is a great way to use that talent and you certainly have it.

10:06 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Erin... isn't that a great typewriter? My hub picked it up for $5 at a garage sale. The kids especially like it to write poetry on! (check out the girl in the pic too... that's my mom in her hand-me-down attire)

Charity... well, it's not that I have a thing for cookies and M & M's. Truly, I'm kind of a health nut. But the occasional (very) sweet is a nice diversion. And people who know me are always shocked that I'd ever engage my palate so!

Artist... thank you. Yes, I love to write. And I think you are quite good at it too!

12:05 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Oh, and I should add that what I mean by "sweet" is the cookies. Pretending not to know where the M & M's are is a good deed I perform for the other members of my household.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Christianne said...

Thanks for the invite to post why I blog. Maybe I will take you up on it, but maybe not for a little while. We'll see. :)

6:26 PM  
Blogger bluemountainmama said...

i think that's the best "5 reasons" that i've read!!! hehehe!
another blogger that i know, colleen at loose leaf notes, calls blogging her "writer's petrie dish". i loved that!

the mental image of you (though i don't know what you look like) riding a trike down the road with unbrushed hair and teeth is hilarious!

4:24 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Christianne... no pressure... only if it's fun.

Blue... well, since I have long hair, it'd be more than hilarious. It might even be a little scary.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Your reasons and attire all made perfect sense to me, but I wonder how it would feel to take that ride in pajamas sans hair or teeth brushed.

9:01 PM  

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