Month One: Just Write, Dammit.


Blog Nosh Magazine has been live for exactly one month today.  One month!  Look at all that we’ve accomplished in one month.  All the blogs we’ve introduced to new readers, all the new genres we’ve explored.  It has been a spectacularly satisfying launch and I have no one to thank but you.

Thank you to our readers.
Thank you to our bloggers.
Thank you to our editors.

The way Blog Nosh Magazine works is that our channel editors scour the blogs in their genre and choose the most moving or entertaining or enlightening posts in the archives of those blogs.  The hardest part is learning to click beyond the front page of a blog.  That is, perhaps, the hardest part of reading blogs for all of us.  Taking the great leap into the archives.

Then again, as a blogger, one of the hardest things is to convince our readers that we are more than our front page.  That perhaps those posts we wrote in the first week of our blog’s existence are just as valuable as the posts we write today.  More interestingly, perhaps those old posts are also the most true.  You never know.

We change as writers with every post we publish.  It is, at the very least, interesting to shed light on our archives from time to time.  Whether we do it through the “favorite posts” sections of our sidebars, the self-backlinks within the context of our posts, or by allowing publications such as Blog Nosh Magazine to focus the spotlight for you.

Thank you to the 44 bloggers that have allowed us to shine the spotlight on their work in this, our first month of Blog Nosh Magazine.

Although we only published her yesterday, allow me to share with you the story behind the process of spotlighting just one of those 44 bloggers…

As I mentioned, when our editors find posts that they would like to
feature, they approach the blogger (or respond to their
self-submission), gain permission to republish the post in full, and
then format the post in Blog Nosh Magazine’s queue of drafts, marking
those that are ready to publish so that I’ll know what I have to choose
from for publishing on any given day.  Balancing the tone of the
combination of posts that are published each day has become
increasingly important, so a “ready to post” draft may sit in the queue
for weeks, being passed over repeatedly for other posts in the same
channel, before it finally feels the warmth of the spotlight on our
front page.

One such post was “Permanent Scars” by Maggie, dammit, from Okay, Fine, Dammit.
There was nothing wrong with the post, but it just never fit with the
other posts for any particular day.  I’d read it at least twice each
week and it never clicked in my head, so I’d move along.  I’m quite
sure that its editor, Amanda from The Wink, was beginning to wonder what the problem was.

Wednesday night, after a very long week following an even longer
weekend at the BlogHer conference in San Francisco, I sat down to
choose the posts for Thursday.  I couldn’t focus and was genuinely
considering giving Blog Nosh Magazine another day off, when I opened up
“Permanent Scars.”

The fog that had stowed away in my brain
from San Francisco felt as though it was literally lifting and I could
suddenly not only understand what Maggie was saying, but I felt it,
too.  How many times had I read her post and it would just never sink
in?  Why now?Upturned bar chairs on a counter

scheduled it to publish, let Amanda know and asked her to send a
late-night email to Maggie to let her know, along with her “featured
on” button, and then called it a night myself.

What I failed to
realize in my stupor was that Maggie had taken a hiatus from blogging.
We would be sending a slew of new readers to a dormant site.  Would
Maggie even want that kind of attention?  Of all people, I know what it
is like to take a hiatus and, no, you don’t really want traffic during
that time.

Maggie’s actual response was nothing like what I
would have expected had I known what I was doing when I set her post to
publish.  And I can’t help but wonder if it would have been the same
had we published her post any sooner than this week.

In response to Amanda’s email about her post coming up, Maggie wrote:

At first, it felt like just another loss, another sad consequence of my poor blog’s untimely demise.

Then my heart started to race. Literally, race.

I got Amanda’s email tonight, I thought my heart might leap right from
my body…  I literally could. not. wait. to log in to my blog. I was
shaking with the want, the need, the innate desire to feel my fingers
fly once again, to bellow my thoughts out into the cybersphere!

And bellow her thoughts she did.

Read Maggie’s post on Blog Nosh Magazine, Permanent Scars.  Then click through to her blog.  Read her “comeback” post.  But don’t call it a “comeback.”  Just welcome her back.  Don’t push.  Don’t shove.rowtablesworn

Just give her the wink.  Just give her the nudge.  And encourage her to just write.  Just write, dammit.

All of you. Just write.

it for you.  Maggie’s story is your story.  It is my story.  None of us
can quite put our finger on why we blog, but we do it.  We just keep on
doing it.

If you write with a true heart, if you write with a
true voice, we will find you.    And when we find you, we hope you
don’t mind that we’ll be bringing some friends.

And goodness, are they ever hungry.

{Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Megan Jordan from Velveteen Mind}


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19 Comments to “Month One: Just Write, Dammit.”

  1. c.a. Marks says:

    Coolio. Heading over to her blog now. Thanks.

  2. Miss Britt says:

    I’m so grateful to you ladies for bringing my friend back.

  3. amanda says:

    Can I just say that I have been singing a certain Rod Stewart song ever since this whole thing with Maggie started? And, if that is annoying, you can throw Boston back in my face.

  4. blogversary says:

    You are smart to follow your instincts. Congrats on your first month.

  5. Jen Hinton says:

    WOW! It’s amazing how little things just fall in place!

  6. Ry says:

    I don’t know Maggie but I was aware of all the chit-chat that came with her return and after reading some of her stuff, I am so glad she did. Congratulations on your first month and also providing some new inspiration/motivation for all of us!

  7. I just… I don’t know what to….

    wait, WHAT?

    They say the English language is horrifically limited. They say Eskimos have, like, a thousand words for ‘love’ and we have just one.

    I don’t know how to tell you what all this fuss means to me.

    I just give you, Megan, and ALL OF YOU FECKING AWESOME PEOPLE, all the Eskimo kisses I can muster.

    (Honestly, thank you.)

  8. Lara says:

    megan, i just love you SO DAMN MUCH.

    that is all.

  9. Neil says:

    Congrats on a fab first month!

  10. Grandy says:

    Congratulations on your first successful month!! May there be MANY more to come. :)

  11. List Mama says:

    Maybe it is because I finally feel like a blogger, but I got chills reading your home page! It is a beautiful thing to be able to browse around and see into so many people’s souls. Thank you for appreciating the hard work and efforts of bloggers everywhere. I can’t wait to visit all of the blogs featured here. Thanks!!

  12. Kristen says:

    Just found your blog and I love it! Great work.

  13. kateanon says:

    I wandered over here – and love it already – to many more months of success!

  14. Brian says:

    Congrats on your one month anniversary for a wonderful concept that has been very successful.

  15. Congratulations, Megan! It’s been a fun first month with you.

  16. puglyfeet says:

    1 month?!? Wow, that’s pretty damn amazing. Your blog name seems to be everywhere…

  17. Foolery says:

    You have done a superb job. Please stop introducing me to more blogs, I can’t handle it. :)

  18. This is why I love BlogNosh: I can tell you’re committed to spreading love and good cheer to bloggers. And I love the vision of considering the “whole” blogger, beyond the first page snippet in time.

    Also, I’ve discovered such wonderful blogs from BlogNosh. Thanks for sharing.

    All the best for many more months — and years — of BlogNoshery.

  19. Cherry Ellis says: