I've been writing since - forever, it seems.
Welcome, fellow writers, to my blog, as I embark on the 15-Day Winter Author Blog Challenge.
Today's prompt is: Tell us about your blog.
How long have you been blogging? Do you write on a regular schedule? Do
you plan your topics in advance or write as the spirit moves you? What
was your favorite post? At which post do you look back and wonder what
you were thinking when you wrote it? What has been the best feedback
you’ve ever received? Have you ever written anything that was perceived
as controversial, though you didn’t intend it that way? What tips would
you offer other author bloggers?
Four years ago, I decided to start blogging, almost as an impulse, shortly after a mass shooting mere blocks from where I work. 14 lives, snuffed out in an instant, in an adult classroom. Their voices stilled forever.
My mission statement is to tell some stories of the human experience. I enjoy history and I blog about the U.S. Civil War on most Sundays. I blog about "sustainable living" on most Saturdays, post something related to the season (currently, winter) on Wednesdays, and blog about what is growing in my yard/house each 15th of the month as part of a "Garden Bloggers Bloom Day" monthly meme.
I write because I must. I write about things I am passionate about. I practice my photography, which is another childhood interest. Blogging allows me to combine both. I plan, when I approach retirement, to take a photography class. I don't think I've written a "controversial" post. My personal favorite is a post I wrote about a childhood coloring set: "Memories of Paradise". I will probably rerun it sometime in the next two weeks for your enjoyment. Best feedback? Reading the encouragement you sent a friend/guest poster this past week, when I posted (with his permission) his guest post about his struggle with Bells Palsy.
Social media is a tool for me now, as the manual typewriter was when I was 12. I am an introvert by nature, but my blog frees my voice. I've met writers online. I've met published authors. I've met journalists. I've met many wonderful people through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other blogs. I can relate to other people on my terms.
I am not using social media to its fullest, and I hope to learn more about its use in the coming two weeks from more experienced writers participating in this Challenge.
Tips I would offer to new bloggers: before you begin, decide on the (themes) of your blog. Themes may change, but start with a plan. Also, choose the title of your blog well, and choose your platform (Blogger, Tumblr, Wordpress, etc.) only after careful investigation. Both will be hard to change once you've been at it for a while.
And finally: commit to a challenge right away. It's the best way to "plunge in" and get instant readership. If they like what they read, your readers will stay with you and spread the word.
Hope to Read You At the Challenge!