10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Blogging

Thankful I Write

1. To have a creative outlet, one that I have absolute, unchallenged authority over, AND I can easily share it with thousands of people? Where else does one get that at age 27 (and for FREE)?

2. Blogging allows me to entertain while being kinda smelly in a ratty t-shirt, no make-up, and bed-head. I can make you smile while exerting next to no physical effort. For an actor, this is jaw-droppingly awesome.

big_bang_theory_penny_needs_help3. Every time something awful happens, and I’ve had my fair share of such times, I take comfort in the fact I can blog about it. When I feel helpless I find power in entertaining you. If I can help someone feel that they’re not alone, it makes it all worth it.

4. It has improved my writing exponentially. It’s so evident and actually cool to see: Here’s how I wrote about my first NYC break-up in Fall ’08 “My Life As a Chick Lit Blurb“. This was the first post where I took pride in the writing. Here’s how I wrote about my most recent break-up in Fall ’13 “‘“. Speaks for itself.

Thankful I Read

5. Inspiration from other NYC bloggers, for instance:


Jen Glantz writes with humor, charm, and relatability. I love that despite obvious beautiful, wit, and intelligence, she’s struggling to find a worthy guy in this city too. Phew, it’s not just me! Perhaps most inspiring is her drive: she just published an e-book All My Friends Are Engaged and she’s doing all the PR herself!


Tracy’s dedication is remarkable. I’ve never seen her miss a day! This blogger recruits New Yorkers from all different walks of life to write all aspects of NYC: food, fashion, dating, events, you name it. Editor and frequent contributor herself, she’s successfully made blogging a full-time job- how inspiring is that?


Author Jody just celebrated her one year anniversary in the Big Apple. Here she shares her unique and universal struggles in calling this city home. Spoken with poise, point-of-view, wit, and honesty, every post is a pleasure. She brings me back to my first year in New York City, but she’s certainly a better blogger than I was back in the day!

6. Bloggin has inspired/forced me to use Twitter, which I’m just starting to enjoy and I know is a very useful tool. Big thank yous to @FrankMCardillo@catching_zee, @emmylanepotter, @sowensphoto@KristieLee06@TollyW for making tweeting fun rather than a chore. (Follow them and you’ll see what I’m talking about!)

Thankful You Read!

7. Shortly after every post I publish, I receive a text. My best buddy Tyson gives me immediate feedback on everything I write and I adore this. Occasionally an acquaintance tells me they my blog, a sense of pride and warm fuzzy feeling accompanies each confession.

8. Then of course there are those of you who comment right here!  Despite the fact that I’m not so great at commenting back!  Often your comments make my day:


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Screen shot 2013-11-26 at 6.23.25 PM9. I can’t forget those of you who I know are out there but never reveal yourselves. Thank you for the sense of mystery you provide. You know I love drama, suspense, and I’m just happy you’re out there. Hey, I’m vaguely anonymous too, so I can’t blame you for choosing to be so too!

10. I’m really close to reaching the 2,000 followers mark and that utterly blows my mind. I am thankful to have almost 2,000 people on my side. To have 2,000 people give a shit what I have to say. To have 2,000 people even know I exist! Thank you so much to each and every one of you!

Most importantly, I’m thankful you read this!

Let me know why you’re thankful for blogging! This Thanksgiving week I plan to share some more things I’m grateful for.

About New York Cliche

NYC lifestyle blog by Mary Lane. Events, adventures, epic mistakes, dating, life, humor. A 20-something trying to make it (and make out) in the city of dreams.

12 thoughts on “10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Blogging

  1. Aww thank you for the shout out! I love Twitter probably a little more than I should, but I’m glad you’re seeing the joy 😀

    I really enjoy reading your blog and am glad that you enjoy writing it. Happy Thanksgiving to you! 😀

  2. Hey Cliche, I really enjoy your blog, you shine a window into parts of NYC I would never even knew existed.

    But why do you continue to define yourself by the lack or having of a boyfriend?

    1. You raise an interesting question. Thanks for asking!

      I would say I define my blog by the lack or having of a boyfriend. That is true. I write a good deal about dating, which is something I think my readers enjoy. My perspective changes considerably depending on my relationship status. From it’s beginning my blog has been the struggle to find love in NYC.

      In real life, I wouldn’t say I define myself as you describe. In fact, I struggled immensely coming to terms with the label of “girlfriend”. Of course when I finally got used to it is when my heart got broken. I’m still getting over the wretched breakup, and as my blog is my outlet, I do mention it rather frequently.

      Thanks for reading. I hope you stick around despite my current men related issues. I’ll get over them in good time, I promise!

      1. Ive been single for last 9 years by choice so Im not your target market with the posts about dating thats for sure 🙂 Im glad you have an outlet and somewhere to share the joys as well as the lows in your life. I enjoy your quirky outlook on life and your enthusiasm to have new and interesting experiences and I admire your independence and bravery in moving to NY and making your way in life. It just makes me sad that being this unique interesting person in your own right isn’t enough, but like I said not your target market there.

        *me and my cat wave hi from MiddleEarth Downunder*

  3. YAY! This is such a great list of reasons to be thankful for blogging. Having an outlet like this, something that you have full say so over is awesome, and having people follow your blog is just icing on the cake! =)

  4. Couldn’t have said it better myself! Even when there are times when blogging seems like worth rather than joy I wouldn’t give it up for anything! It is such a great outlet! 🙂 I can’t wait to start following your posts! *Sarah* everydaysarahjane.com

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