Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Blogs Require No Hard Work

I have been studying "How To Blog" articles and, let me tell you that, there are many articles out there about starting a blog. Follow their step by step process, and, at least from the titles, one might think that just by reading them, they will write themselves, post themselves and make you rich.

I know, I know. That's what a good title is supposed to do - get your attention, so the content can hook you. Unfortunately, the content of the articles and blogs all seem to be regurgitated from other blogs and articles. What you don't learn from the titles is that, no matter how effective they are, blogging is a process.

I, personally, started learning about blogs while I was stuck in the middle of writing my first novel. I was feeling lost after writing 170 pages of the book. I started googling ways to get beyond my self doubts about writing. I was looking for direction to get me back on track. After months of researching, I realized that I was looking for something that I would not find - until I figured it out for myself, at which time I would share my lesson with other writers and wannabe writers.

What I did find is that each time I did a search, I would find a million articles about blogging, Blog to Book, etc. I was sidetracked into thinking that I should start my own blog. I spent most of my time seeking and finding more blogs than one could ever imagine all about writing. Don't get me wrong. I did come across a lot of good information. Unfortunately, spending hours searching online, I woke up one day and realized I hadn't written a word. All I had been doing was pinning, reading, saving and following link after link after link.

I became quite a hit on Pinterest. I have boards for writing, blogging, etc., with so many pins about the subject at hand, that I have gained a pretty good following. Of course, that was not my plan, but then again, my plan was to write and I hadn't written one blog or chapter or word in months.

You are probably wondering which way I will go next. Will I write, or will I pin for the rest of my life.

I will write. Starting now.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

New Light by Janet Elliott Brown

I am changed, just a little bit, each time I come across a thought or quote that sheds a new light on an old place in my mind. A place that I have visited more times than I can count, yet I wasn't able to see what I see so clearly now. The words can be simple and few, deeply dramatic or seemingly silly in their insights. There is no obvious reason that I receive a different message though each has been said in many different  ways by many different people.

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. — Ernest Hemingway

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. ― Oscar Wilde