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Why Write a Blog?

Discovering What Your Blog is About

This blog is relatively new at the time of writing. While I’ve owned the domain since 2015, it’s only over the past 12 months I’ve written here with any frequency. This is my 45th post.

I’m still exploring the site’s identity and discovering what it all means.

Naturally, I had to ask myself, “Why write a blog?”

And I mean why bother with a blog at all? What’s the point of writing one? Does it have an overall shape, sense, and purpose, or is each post a standalone? Is a blog a literary entity in the same way as a book, magazine or newspaper? Should it confine itself to a single subject or can it range across many interests?

I could write several thousand words just asking questions about what blogging means.

There isn’t anything unique about this. I suspect anyone who starts a blog has a similar existential need to find clarity about the motives and purpose behind what she’s doing.

When I write the first draft of a short story or novel, I have a clear idea of the characters in mind, especially the protagonist, and the ending to which the plot will lead. But what the story is about, its theme, is not clear until it’s written. The next draft involves rewriting to draw out and clarify that theme.

But a blog ain’t like that.

It’s more like a conversation. It’s closer to something spontaneous in real time.

How many blog posts do you have to write before you understand what your blog is for? With a short story or book-length fiction there’s a predetermined endpoint. With a blog, there’s no finishing line. There’s always something else to say.

Why Do Other People Write Blogs?

So I decided to find out why other people write blogs. And this being the age of the internet, I fired up the laptop, brought up the world’s favorite search engine and typed in the question, why write a blog?

I didn’t want to disappear down the internet rabbit hole, so I limited myself to reading the top three results returned.

They were disappointing.

In fact, the experience was rather weird. The top three results linked to mind-bogglingly dull, personality-free blogs. And the weird thing was the written content. All three blogs were carbon copies of each other. Hmm, showing my age with that metaphor. Okay, not quite. There were slight variations. But I didn’t need a degree in hermeneutics to see that they’d all been copied or derived from a common source.

Stupid as I undoubtedly am, I’m not wholly naïve. I appreciate many bloggers regard their endeavor as a business, and whose sole aim is to make money. What’s going on is clear. The people behind the blogs have no personal investment in their content. They draw up a list of keywords and plagiarize articles they perceive as likely to pull in search traffic, tweaking them enough to fool robots into classifying them as unique.

Then they sit back and hope a percentage of their visitors will click on advertisements. Or they try to up-sell a dull-as-ditch-water, also-plagiarized “information product” which they claim retails for $997 but is on a fake time-limited offer for just… *yawn.*

It’s the “there’s a sucker born every minute” model of business and it stinks.

Is Blogging Dead?

What a soul-destroying way to scrape your pocket-money together! If that’s what blogging is about, no wonder so many quit. No wonder we hear rumors that the blog is dead.

But the blog isn’t dead.

And making money is a reasonable aim for any blogger.

This post will not be about how to make money with your blog. I’m not qualified to write such a thing as I don’t blog with money in mind and couldn’t tell others how to do it. But I’d like to “clear the air” of the money issue before exploring deeper motives.

How to Make Money Blogging

There are very successful money-making blogs. I’ll give you four examples of different approaches that might work for you if your aim is to make money.

It’s worthwhile noting the following examples are broadly ethical. They’re more-or-less honest about what they do, at least. They’re also the product of hard work by their hosts and have taken years of failure-defying determination to achieve the success they now enjoy.

A Blog About Blogging

One of the most well-known, Copyblogger, teaches other people how to make money blogging by teaching other people how to make money blogging! But the blog is upfront about its purpose and declares its financial affiliations. The information it offers is reasonable, well-written, and entertainingly presented. Although by selling a dream few will realize, it’s positioned itself at the top of a pyramid. And if you’ve ever climbed a pyramid, you’ll know there’s not much room at the top.

Blogging About Personal Development

Another successful money-making venture is Steve Pavlina’s personal development blog. It offers thousands of articles on every aspect of self-development the host can devise. It makes its money on the “personal product recommendation” model. The idea is you come to trust him and so become a “warm lead” when he pitches you the sale. Not original, but effective, if a trifle disingenuous.

Curating a Blog

Then there’s Maria Popova’s blog, Brain Pickings. It’s rather eclectic. But the model is smart. It involves little original writing. The host “curates” thematic lists of quotations from other writers’ work. Popova makes money by asking for donations and equating donations with an act of love. That equation whiffs, but you’re under no obligation. It also relies on soft-selling the quoted authors’ books via Amazon affiliate links.

An Advice Blog

The last example I’ll give of a successful money-making blog is Joanna Penn’s Creative Penn. It’s one of the legions of advice-for-writers blogs, but with a clear business strategy/book marketing twist, directed at the independent author. Long-form, personal-testimony style articles offer practical advice and inspiration to the budding indie author, and the money comes from up-selling affiliate products, books, and member-only video courses.

So yes, one possible reason to write a blog is to make money.

Blogging for Money is Hard Work

But it’s damned hard, and the market is all but saturated. If that’s your aim, you must choose a niche, define your market, create 1000s of pages of original, laser-targeted content, and either create high-value products, sell advertising space, or push for affiliate sales.

When blogging for money, writing is often secondary, it’s a function of the money-making process and you can even out-source it. You can also get around content creation by curating other people’s work. Just be sure you understand copyright law before you start down that road.

It’s possible. And the examples given above are good models, although at this stage it’s too late to imitate them, as you’d be running to standstill.

You must come up with your own unique spin.

It’s very hard, rather boring, technical work; the odds are stacked against you, and you typically take between 5 and 10 years to succeed. You have to want the money badly to stick with it. There are easier ways to earn a crust from writing, believe me.

But I’m sure in the hands of the right person with the right idea it could be a worthwhile and fulfilling way to make a living.

Right, enough about that.

There Are Other (Better) Reasons to Blog

What if you already make your money elsewhere as I do? You have no products to sell. You don’t run third-party advertisements. You’re not blogging for money.

In that case why write a blog?

I love words, their origins, and changing usage.

So let’s take a look at the word, “blog.”

How Blogging Started

It started out life way back in the ’90s as two words: web log. Web log became condensed into weblog and then blog in the same way that video blog became “vlog.” It’s part and parcel of the syntax of the internet: if nouns can be compounded, they will be.

There’s often a semantic function to compounding nouns. So the word blog comes to mean something other than the original weblog.

What Was a Weblog?

The first weblogs were personal journals posted online, or business updates and agendas. Their audiences were family, friends, and colleagues. The web was a handy, but still relatively private place everyone with a connection could access.

In the early days then, weblogs were also rather elitist. Few could afford the hardware, dial-up connections rapidly inflated your telephone bill, and the number of computers connected made for a tiny web by today’s standards. It was pure geekery.

But we can take the concept of the weblog back even further to a time long before the computer, or even electricity, had yet sparked in anyone’s mind.

And for me, the concepts of a web and a log are excellent, natural symbols to explain why I write this blog…

The Etymology of Blogging

Come with me, if you will, on a short etymological diversion, and you’ll see why.

We’re all familiar with “logging information” and “keeping a log of progress,” “logging in,” and so on. Trekkies will no doubt recall the original Star Trek TV series. It always began with an image of the Starship Enterprise in deep space and a voice-over of Captain Kirk saying, “Captain’s log, stardate 34571. It is three months since we lost contact with Earth. Spock has been behaving strangely…” or something of the sort.

But why a log? Why not just a record, book, or journal?

The reason is the Captain’s Log originally pertained to… a log.

Yes, a lump of wood.

The Ship’s Log

Back in the days of the tall ships, from the early 16th century more-or-less, they used a physical log tied to a rope to measure a ship’s speed and progress. The log was hefty enough to sink 200 fathoms and not drag overmuch. Knots were tied at regular intervals. Once the log hit the seabed, the rope loosed and the mariners counted the number and rate of knots let out as the ship sailed away from the log. This enabled them to calculate the direction and speed of travel in open water with no landmarks, or overcast skies with neither sun nor stars to navigate by. They still use “Knots” as a measure of speed in shipping.

The captain of the ship noted all this information in a book known as the “log book” because it derived its information from the ship’s log. By the 19th century, the log and the book had become synonymous.

In time, the captain and navigator annotated the log with information that might prove helpful to anyone taking over the ship. Thus the ship’s log also became a repository of accumulated maritime wisdom and experience. It not only recorded the ship’s progress, but provided information useful for others, and laid down for posterity.

So a log is a means of recording the direction and speed of travel, and of sharing useful information and insights with others. Those are good reasons to write a blog, too. When asking myself, “Why write a blog?” I find this answer pertinent and true:

To keep a record of my progress as a writer in a way useful, interesting, informative, or entertaining, to others. 

That seems a noble and decent motivation for anyone to write a blog. And I’m happy to note that this blog fits the description.

And there’s more meaning we can extract from our log, too.

A log is part of a split tree trunk. If you’ve ever seen one, you’ll know it shows a series of rings. They’re known as “growth rings” because each one derives from the tree’s annual growth as the cells multiply and the tree gets taller and wider. You can tell how old a tree was when logged by counting the number of rings. So a log is also a way to look back over the history of a tree. It offers insights that otherwise we couldn’t know.

Each vast oak, whose spreading branches and rich foliage offer home and succor to thousands of other creatures, started out as a tiny acorn. Then it became a small green shoot; a tender sapling bending in the wind; a young tree reaching up to the sky; and at last, a mature tree capable of withstanding the most powerful tempest and offering shelter to others.

So the log gives me another reason to write a blog:

To offer value to others which can only come through long seasons of slow, steady growth.

In this sense, writing a blog – unlike say, a short story or a magazine article – can be about cultivating something of value over the long-term; each new post a growth ring in the developing tree of knowledge and experience. And there’s a hope that, in time, others may find shelter, nourishment and inspiration among its many branches.

Enough about logs. What of webs?

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave…

The word “web” comes to us from the Old English, by way of the Nordic and Teutonic languages, and has always signified something woven, such as a tapestry or fabric; several threads entwined together to form a whole. Its use regarding the gossamer handiwork of spiders is more recent, dating back to the early 13th century. In a poetic sense, it has long been a metaphor for connectivity, of several lines or threads which link in nodes and form a harmonious whole.

It’s in this metaphoric sense it was applied in the 90s to the communicative interlinking of many computers in the “World Wide Web.”

Thinking of the web idea, I can add the following to my reasons for writing a blog:

To connect my experiences, ideas, and ambitions as a writer in communication with others I might never meet.

And I’m happy with that, too.

Why Write a Blog? My Personal Answer

I am committed to keeping my writing here honest and open, but it need not be over-personal, and isn’t a diary of the everyday aspects of my life. I don’t wish to monetize it with advertisements and so on, as I don’t want to leave my integrity open to question, and I’m happy to make my money elsewhere. There’s more to life than gold, and I need not squeeze every possible penny out of everything I do!

I’m deeply gratified when a reader buys me a coffee and/or takes the trouble to leave a comment. The coffee helps, and when comments turn into conversations and exchanges of ideas, I know I’ve shared and communicated at a level that matters; that I’ve informed, inspired, encouraged, or just plain entertained someone else.

That’s a beautiful thing for me. It can turn a sour day into a joyful one.

Now there may be many answers others could give to the question of why write a blog. I can think of a few: to make money, to publish a personal newsletter, to keep in touch with family and friends, to advertise services, to share an interest or hobby, to build a platform, and so on.

But for me, the answer is this:

To keep a record of my progress as a writer in a way useful, interesting, informative, or entertaining, to others. To offer value to others which can only come through long seasons of slow, steady growth. To connect my experiences, ideas, and ambitions as a writer in communication with others I might never meet.

And there you have it.

How about you?

Are you a blogger? Thinking of blogging? Started and gave up? I would love to hear from you in the comments if you have anything at all to say and share about why you blog.

And thank you for reading this far!

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16 Comments

  1. Hi Austin,

    I found your blog today after stumbling over you on YouTube. I’m a budding writer out on submission to a bunch of agents with my first novel, but whether or not the traditional road to publication opens up for me, I will continue to write.

    I’ve been fiddling around trying to get together an ‘author’s platform’ (puts me in mind of a gallows). Twitter is up and a site-with-blog is sure to follow.

    I wanted to post here to let you know how amazingly useful I found the post above. You’ve demystified what a writer’s blog can (and indeed should) be. For the first time I feel like I might be able to answer the question: ‘what the hell am I going to blog about?’

    Chapeau! And thanks,

    Rich

    July 20, 2017
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    • Austin Hackney
      Austin Hackney

      Hi Rich,

      Thank you for taking the trouble to leave a comment. It’s very much appreciated. I’m delighted you found this post useful.

      Being “out on submission” never ends! I wish you every success. Perseverance is crucial for this gig, whatever you’re writing.

      The “author’s platform” is an interesting conundrum to solve. All the technical information is already out there in the public domain and I’m confident you’ll find it. And while you haven’t asked for my advice, you might forgive me if I presume to offer it anyway: keep it simple. The most important thing is to write. Everything else must take second or third place, especially social media. You don’t need any of it. But if you can find something you genuinely enjoy – perhaps a social media platform and a blog – go for it. But do it for the love of it, and leave it at that.

      I hope while you are waiting for your rejection notes, you’re cracking on with your next book, or short story, or whatever. Keep writing! Once you’ve built a solid, daily writing habit, then see if it allows you any free time for twiddling about on the internet!

      When you start your blog, don’t hope to get everything right first time. It’ll be a process. Don’t lust overmuch for the results. Just relax and enjoy it. If you find you don’t enjoy blogging, don’t bother. I love curating my blog. I really enjoy writing here because there are no submission guidelines! I’d recommend you visit the blogs of your ten favorite living authors (if they have blogs) and read them. You’ll be surprised by the diversity, and the number of successful authors who have no “platform” at all.

      I’ll leave it there.

      Would you tell me a little about your book? I’m curious!

      If there’s anything at all I might do to help, just ask me, either here or on Twitter. I certainly won’t have all the answers, but I’ll do what I can.

      🙂

      July 21, 2017
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      • It’s good advice, Austin!

        I am cracking on. Lots of outlines and a bit of a first chapter. I write in the cracks between toddler and baby, sometimes literally as they climb all over me.

        About my book, well, I’m happy to satisfy your curiosity. If you’ll allow me, I’ll give you the blurb:

        “A SHOT OF WINTER’S ECHO is a high-concept conspiracy thriller with a historical setting and a supernatural tone.

        It’s 1855 and the Crimean War is raging. While hunting for the rare plant ‘winter’s echo’, budding explorer WILLIAM CHANCER is accosted by a wild woman who accuses his employer of foul play. When his employer is revealed to be a front for his aunt’s government-sponsored psychic weapon programme, William must plumb the depths of his family’s deceit as he battles to rescue his daughter from becoming the weapon’s latest victim.”

        Once my site is up, I plan to put up the first three chapters. I’ll let you know when I do.

        On a different note, I have a technical query. How do I get my avatar to appear above my posts here on your blog? Should I sort out a Gravatar account? And if I do, will the avatar be retroactively applied to this and my previous post?

        Right, I’m off to do some actual writing while the kids are still siesta-ing.

        Thanks again. I’m glad I found you!

        p.s. So far many rejections, about half with feedback, but also a few calls for the full manuscript. I think my first blog post may well be about the anxiety of waiting for an agent to call!

        July 21, 2017
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        • Austin Hackney
          Austin Hackney

          Hi Rich.

          I like the blurb. It sounds like an interesting premise. It’s certainly in the boundaries of a hungry genre which attracts high sales. No bad thing! Requests for full reads should already be considered a huge success. Fantastic.

          Regarding the avatar question, yes, signing up with Gravatar will fix that, and yes, I’m pretty sure it will be applied to your previous comments.

          I look forward to reading those chapters!

          July 21, 2017
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          • Hi Austin, I hope you’re well and the words are flowing.

            I wanted to let you know that my website is up and the promised chapters are posted. And I really did write my first blog post about waiting for an agent to call.

            It’s all here if you’re interested: RICH JOSEPH ADAMS

            Happy reading!

            July 31, 2017
  2. Austin Hackney
    Austin Hackney

    Hi Rich,

    Well done. The blog looks good. All the best with it. But if you’re interested in drawing a readership before you are well-known, I’d angle everything you write so that it’s not only witty and interesting, which it is, but above all useful to your target audience. The rather strong swearing might alienate some folk, too. But that’s your call.

    I read the three chapters and enjoyed them. Interesting situations and plenty of atmosphere evoked without lots of unnecessary verbiage – always a good thing!

    Now sit down, pour yourself a stiff drink, and get ready for some tough love.

    I presume it’s Chancer’s story you’re telling. But to be straight-up with you, at the end of chapter three I still have no idea what Chancer’s story is.

    I could quickly lose interest in his quest. I have no idea who he is, what motivates him, what his inner struggle is, what the stakes are, why any of it matters.

    The plot is rumbling along nicely – an interesting and curiosity-arousing series of events – but what’s the story? By the end of chapter three, and ideally a heck of a lot sooner, we need to experience Chancer’s motivation, understand something of why that’s his motivation, what he stands to lose at a deep personal level if he doesn’t realize his ambition, and a hint of the flaw or false belief he carries which will undermine his every effort until he is forced to change.

    Because that’s what makes a story – any story – interesting. And I’m not getting any of that here. If chapter four continues in a similar vein, I probably wouldn’t read further.

    “Star Wars” isn’t interesting because of a battle between rebels and an Empire. That’s not the story. That’s the plot. It’s interesting because of Luke’s inner struggles, his self-doubt, and his desperate need for resolution of his grief and issues relating to his paternity. That’s the story. Joyce’s “Ulysses” hardly has a thrills-and-spills plot – the entire book’s events revolve around a middle aged bloke wandering about Dublin worrying about his wife’s faithfulness. But we’re hugely invested in Bloom’s story: his deep quest to find meaning in his life, redemption and forgiveness.

    Stories are not about events, they’re about people.

    Your writing is good, your prose style tidy and effective. The plot ideas are solid. The world is credible and interesting. There’s a lot of good stuff.

    But there doesn’t seem to be a story. You need to fix that.

    I say this only to help and save you time and heartache. And it’s only my opinion. But do think about it. The book is probably worth the effort.

    You say you’re getting personal rejections with comments. I wonder what they say? Calls for full reads are fabulous, you know, and the longer they take to get back to you, the better a sign it is. But I think it’s this lack of story which may be stopping agents leaping for the ‘phone.

    PS: On a minor point of ornithological accuracy, eagles can’t hover. They can flap, they can glide, and they often circle, but they are physiologically incapable of hovering! 😉

    August 1, 2017
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  3. Hi Austin,

    [We’re going way of topic here regarding your blog post. If you’d prefer to email me privately, do feel free.]

    Firstly, massive thanks for the feedback. It’s hugely appreciated. I live in a place where few people speak English, and I can count the number of writers on the fingers of my third hand. It’s all too easy for me to write in a bubble without any serious feedback – especially feedback from other writers. My book has been arms-length beta tested, but there’s nothing like advice from those who understand character, structure and genre fiction tropes. It’s illuminating to read all those books on correct commercial form, but there’s nothing like making the mistakes for yourself to really learn the craft!

    Don’t run away with the idea that I’ve had a flood of personal rejections with comments. I’ve had a few, and beyond the positives (which broadly chime with yours above), the negatives have not been consistent. In the main, I think these rejections were more one-step-up-from-the-standard, but still short of full critique.

    Regarding requests for full reads, you say that the longer they take to get back to you, the better a sign it is. What’s the rationale behind that?

    Once again, huge thanks, really. And if there’s anything I can do for you in return, don’t hesitate to ask.

    PS: You got me! No hovering eagles! It shall be fixed…

    August 1, 2017
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    • Austin Hackney
      Austin Hackney

      Hi Rich,

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you found the critique useful.

      The rationale behind saying the longer they take to get back to you after a full read request is a good thing is this: such a request means an agent is genuinely very interested. These people are hugely busy. They don’t waste their time. They are not polite.

      So if an agent requests a full read, she’s keen to read it. And she’ll drop it like a hot coal after a few pages if she doesn’t think it’s a good investment of her time.

      So if it’s taking a while, it probably means she’s reading it through. And if an agent finishes a read and thinks it has real potential, you are not the first person she contacts. She talks to others in her agency, and close colleagues (it’s a pretty tight-knit club) to get another view. If she’s part of an agency, she’ll have to advocate for it against competing manuscripts. It may come up in several meetings. Finally, if the agency agrees and she remains convinced, she’ll contact you with an offer of representation.

      That all takes time. Rejection is always fast. Of course, the book could be dropped at any point in that process, but the longer it takes, the further down the line it’s likely to be traveling.

      From that point, if you accept representation, there will be meetings and multiple rounds of editing and rewriting. That could go on for several months to a year. Once the agent is happy the book has been knocked into shape, she’ll start trying to sell it. Most books don’t get further than that.

      If she does manage to sell it, then, after agreeing contracts, rights, and terms, she hands you over to the publishing house and another round of editing gets underway. After further rewriting, the cover design and all that will be done and proofs arranged. Further editing and proofreading ensues.

      As a first time author you’ll probably be assigned a tiny marketing budget and they won’t do much more than stick your book in the catalogs and run a few press releases. They may pay for reviews in PW and Kirkus. Any further marketing will be down to you. A year or so later, your book may appear in some bookstores. Your agent will arrange a nice launch party somewhere and, high on champagne, you’ll feel like a king for the day.

      For most authors it’s all downhill from there. The highest statistical probably is that, however good the critical reviews, your book will fail to outsell its advance and will vanish without trace. 80% of first novels sell fewer than 500 copies. And if it doesn’t sell well, the publisher may be reluctant to sign up the next book. Very, very few succeed. Practically no-one on the first book. If you get the right deals, between five and seven books down the line, you might be lucky enough to earn the £11,000 per annum average income of most professional novelists in the UK. Traditional publishers have chauffeur-driven limos. Writers ride the bus.

      But if you’re determined, and a writer in your blood and bones, that won’t ever stop you. 🙂

      August 1, 2017
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  4. Morning Austin, thanks again for these in-depth replies. It’s harsh, isn’t it, how bleak any creative endeavour appears from the outside, once you factor in making some money? But nothing worthwhile is easy, and successful writers by definition have big imaginations and armoured skin (and the blessings of Lady Luck!).

    As for my blood and bones, they’re mostly iron and chalk. But my soul… well, that’s another matter 😉

    What keeps you going in the face of everything you’ve said above?

    August 4, 2017
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    • Austin Hackney
      Austin Hackney

      Hi Rich,

      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you taking the trouble.

      You know, you needn’t read my previous comment as especially negative or gloomy in aspect. It’s simply a list of facts, statistics. But I agree with you that to desire money from art engages one in an age-old struggle.

      I don’t believe in souls, except perhaps as a poetic metaphor, but I’m happy your bones are made of the usual stuff! From what I’ve read, you have the beginnings of a good book. And you’re clearly ready to enter the ring, take it on the chin, get knocked out, get up and fight again. That’s the spirit! Writing success (however you define it) really is one of those “I’ll achieve it or die trying” things. Perhaps, as you suggest, the most worthwhile things always are.

      What keeps me going? To save repeating at length something that already exists on the blog, may I gently point you here: Reasons to Keep Writing When it’s Tough. In that post, I give a reasonably full answer to your question.

      Onward and upward! I look forward to your publishing success. And I would be delighted to come to your launch party, should I be invited. 😉

      August 4, 2017
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      • When it happens, your invitation will be sent!

        [sorry for the delay in replying – other aspects of life have been stealing my attention]

        I don’t believe in souls either, other than those of the metaphoric kind you mention above. You mention ´spirit’ in the same paragraph, which nicely illustrated the point, I thought.

        I’m still nosing around your excellent blog, and will continue to comment when time allows. There’s a great deal here to think about and engage with!

        August 18, 2017
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        • Austin Hackney
          Austin Hackney

          Hi Rich,

          You are never under any obligation to comment here, or reply to comments, but I’m always delighted if you do.

          Yes, “soul” and “spirit” are useful words as metaphors or shorthand for certain kinds of experience. But always worth clarifying in the first instance, as there are so many people who attach a mystical or religious significance to them.

          Thanks again for taking the trouble to comment on the blog. Commentators are, literally, according to my stats, one in a thousand readers here!

          August 19, 2017
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          • Commenting is no trouble at all, time permitting, and I hate to leave a conversation hanging, so to speak.

            This one I’ve enjoyed. I hope there’ll be more.

            August 19, 2017
          • Austin Hackney
            Austin Hackney

            Hi Rich,

            Thanks. Yes, it’s been interesting for me, too. Do keep in touch about your progress. We might consider a guest post at some point in the future when your blog is populated if that would interest you (although you’d have to bite your tongue on the swearing over here!)

            I look forward to your eventual success, and in the meantime, if there’s anything you think I might be able to help you with, the worst I can say is a friendly “no”. So don’t be shy of asking.

            August 19, 2017
  5. I’d be delighted to guest post, once things get going for me, and whenever you might feel like asking. Thanks for even considering it (and of course my tongue would be bitten). And maybe one day I could ask you the same?

    August 19, 2017
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    • Austin Hackney
      Austin Hackney

      Hi Rich,

      Thanks for your comment. Let’s see how things develop!

      August 20, 2017
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