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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Oh, Good Grief
By Martha Black


Oh, Good Grief

As a new member of Faith Writers, I have waited anxiously to enter the Challenge. Today, at last, they have announced their new subject. It is: Blog. Oh my gosh! Blog! I don’t even have a dictionary in my house that contains that word!

How is an old broad like me to write about a foreign subject like this, as foreign to me as anything foreign that you can imagine? I can say that I have actually read a blog. That is because I met a friend’s friend who is blogging (is that a word?) about having cancer. The only reason that I was able to find such a thing is because she e-mailed me, and her e-mail had a link to her blog, so all I had to do was click. Even I can do that!

I have to admit her blog was interesting. There was a gorgeous nature picture of mountains reflected in water and her statement of her love for her Lord. There were pictures of her and her animals. I guess the neatest thing, though, was that she could say anything she wanted regarding her cancer: her fears, her hopes and her trust in the Lord. Her blog seemed to give her a freedom of expression that was comfortable for her, for good news and for bad.

Maybe that is what blogs are all about, putting yourself “out there.” That could be freeing or terrifying, depending upon your nature or your attitude at the time of writing. One problem though: what is put “out there” can never be retrieved. It can be deleted off the blog, but not out of the minds of those who have read it. Bloger beware!

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Fiona Stevenson11/03/11
Short and to the point - well written. God bless you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
This was a great first entry. You made me smile. I could definitely relate to you as I don't quite understand blogs. I think you did a fantastic job covering what I think is a very difficult topic.

My only suggestion is don't mention FW or the challenge. The top 10 overall winners are published in an anthology and those readers may not be aware of FW or the challenge. Oh yeah and I think it's bloggers not blogers. There are critique groups on the forums that you can join that can help you perfect your piece.

Again this was a delightful read. I can't wait to see what an "old broad like you" will do with the topic spam. Keep writing, this is a great start!
Randy Foncree11/04/11
Nice piece...I enjoyed the last line "blogger beware." Indeed that is true...
Grace Merkey11/04/11
I felt much the same way about writing about a blog. I still don't know very much about it. You did a good job expressing your thoughts.
Hiram Claudio11/04/11
Welcoem to Faithwriters! I like your thoughts about the your friend's blog and it is so true ... putting information out is putting yourself out there. Kind of like what we do with writing too.

I look forward to your future challenge entries!
Kristine Baker11/05/11
I am new to Faithwriters too and felt just as anxious to join the challenge. The way you were introduced to blogging is typically the way people enter into the world of blogging.

I liked this piece, but careful with spelling. Bloger should be blogger.
Glynis Becker11/06/11
Nicely done. I agree with some of the critiques from the previous commenters, but I also agree that this piece is short, sweet, shares your heart and is informative. Nice job!

And welcome to Faithwriters!
C D Swanson 11/08/11
I thought this was a superb first attempt! It was honest and to the point, and you spoke from your heart.

Nice job -I enjoyed it.
I look forward to reading more of your entries.
God Bless you~
djvenzke Venzke11/08/11
Welcome to FaithWriters! I enjoyed your first person approach with the humor. The transition to the 'lesson' was smoothly accomplished. I look forward to more of your work.
Verna Mull 11/11/11
Hey, welcome, and a great job too. I didn't even have nerve enough, or time, to enter that one. I am as green as you on that subject. Sounds like you were referring to Marijo? She is a real sweetheart. Her blogs are neat to read. Great job.
Noel Mitaxa 11/14/11
I like your honesty, for it echoes my own geriatric inexperience with what technology can do. And welcome to our FaithWriters family.
Llewelyn Stevenson 11/17/11
Welcome to FW. I kinda liked the mention of FW in the 1st paragraph.

Someone asks, "What's Faith Witers? What's the Challenge?"

Types Faith Writers in the search bar and, voila, here they are.

Then I can read their new challenges too. Hooray!