112009Nov

Why You Should Be Thankful For Those Who Came Before You

By Jennifer Blanchard

Since today is Veterans Day, I wanted to pay homage to all the amazing veterans and active-duty service men and women who risk their lives everyday so that we can be free to spend our time writing and blogging.

And as I started to reflect on this day, it really got me thinking about those who came before us–Other bloggers and writers, I mean.

Thanks to all the veterans who have served throughout the years and fought for our country, we can continue to enjoy the freedoms America was founded on.

And thanks to all the writers and bloggers who have spent their time creating content, building blogs, making mistakes and attempting trial-and-error experiments, we are able to know exactly what works and what doesn’t work, which saves us from having to start from scratch with our writing.

Thanks to bloggers like Brian Clark, Darren Rowse and Leo Babauta, we:

  • Can make money from our blogs without having to do much trial-and-error.
  • Know how to write content that is engaging and effective.
  • Are able to create magnetic headlines.
  • Have learned what works and what doesn’t work on a blog.
  • Understand what it takes to create a successful blog.
  • And so much more…

And thanks to fiction authors like Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and Larry Brooks, we:

  • Understand how to structure a story.
  • Know how to bring our story ideas to fruition.
  • Are more confident sharing our creativity with the world.
  • Have the information necessary to submit our writing to a publisher.
  • Can write fiction knowing that publication isn’t a long-shot.
  • And so much more…

So today, while you’re giving thanks to all the veterans and servicepeople, take a minute to also give thanks for all the writers, authors and bloggers who have come before us, made all the mistakes, learned from them and laid the foundation for us to be better writers, authors and bloggers.

What are you thankful for having learned from a writer, author or blogger who came before you?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.


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