DM at Pointless Overthinking (who asks the BEST questions daily!) nominated me for this challenge? Award? Game? I’m never sure how to view these things, but I do appreciate the effort to share and expand our points of view and sites. So, tighten your seat belt, make sure your seat and tray table are in the upright position, and here we go.
- Thank to the blogger that nominated you.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
I think – offhand, this is the third time I’ve actually tried blogging. Some of my first blog had been inspired by the amazing Allison at Hyperbole and a Half. She got me! I got her! There was this amazing feeling that maybe I could work through my issues and maybe help someone else on the way – and who knows, maybe I’d be selling books. Uh. No. For one thing, my voice isn’t Allison’s, and for another I don’t draw. To be blunt, that blog I tried to create was mostly depressing and snarky, and it’s no small wonder I had very few followers. After a while, I deleted the whole thing. It just wasn’t going in a direction I was proud of.
I know there was another short lived bout, that for the life of me, I barely remember, but I think basically, it was a matter of reliving my first attempt, and it dragged me down.
Which brought me here – inspired by Post Secret and other blogs I was reading, I dipped my toes in. Mostly this became an online journal of sorts – one that I wasn’t going to hide behind or try to make into something that wasn’t me. Sink or swim; my voice, my opinions, and if people read it, terrific. If someone “got” something from my words, even better. It’s become a place to write, work things through, find friends, and learn. I’m (mostly) proud of what I write, I’m learning more about my “voice” which may one day trickle over into writing fiction. Odds are good that no matter what I write, it will be in the “first person” voice!
Now I try to write daily – to keep myself accountable and flexible enough to be in practice for that time when I do write. Yeah… I want to tell tales, and maybe they’ll never be more than handmade books for my grandsons – they’ll still be books I’ve written. Good Heavens – it’s terrifying to say that. I also find it a lot easier to keep up with the blogs I follow, my blog family, and differing viewpoints when I’m interacting daily.
- Write. Write often. Even if you feel like it’s junk, or you’re not happy with the outcome – write. Your voice will come, your point of view will come, this doesn’t happen overnight. Be honest, and be curious. There’s a lot of shared love and care in this very safe space.
- Respond to comments. I’ve missed a few, and hurt people’s feelings. If someone has taken the time to read what you’ve written have the courtesy to acknowledge their response.
I’m not going to nominate people – I’m a rule breaker. Sometimes I feel as if these games are pressure on people like a Ponzi scheme. If you’re motivated, hit it. If you’re not – that is 100% cool. That’s not to throw shade on people who DO “follow the rules”. I’m not comfortable doing that.