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Why You Should Be Thankful For Those Who Came Before You

by Jennifer on November 11, 2009

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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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 S. Megan Payne November 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Thank you for this thoughtful, wonderful post, and I offer a heartfelt salute to all those that have come before us.

And now, I’m going to get off your blog and stop bothering you. 🙂

2 jennifer blanchard November 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm

@S. Megan Payne You are not bothering me AT ALL! I love having conversations with my readers. That’s the whole reason I started this blog–to have open dialog with other people like me.

3 Kofi December 7, 2009 at 8:44 am


I have been procrastinating writing for over 40 years now. First I spoke of writing my professional experiences, and then a novel but nothing happened. My friends kept urging me to do so but wasn’t I was too busy? And indeed I was. I have varieties of innovative ideas but somehow, they were repelled at the thought of starting the long and uncertain trip toward publishing them. The whole thing was so complex.

Underneath it all ,I have come to realise, was a sense of unworthiness or said another way, a feeling that I did not feel I would be able to write in a way that would enthuse my potential readers.

Where did this come from? I hate to accept this, but from the fact that I am a perfectionist “par excellence’. Discovering your blog has taken the this age long burden of procrastination off me. I am motivated to stand in awe at my ability. It has given an me an attitute that will enable me to exploit fully my motivation.

I have been coming progressively closer to this point in time and finally with the encounter with your blog I am convinced i have reached the point of no return in as far as the goals are concerned. It has finally giving me full confidence, that in addition to my website that ook me a year to write and gets published in January, my blogs and membership sites will also become realities.

Thanks Jennifer for the inspiration you have been.

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