As some of you know, I’ve only been blogging for a short while. Blogging was a decision that I tumbled around with for a while. Do I start one? Or do I not? Such simple questions, but something I tormented myself over for months. I should find a hobby or something since I had so much time to self torture over something so trivial.
Then earlier this year my friend Amanda, who leads the local writer’s group that I am a member of, told us that we needed to have a platform. My first thought was a string of words not suitable for ears. As I have mentioned, extremely bashful. Then add to that, I am a very private person. I shy away from all social media. I do not have a Facebook (had one, deleted it years ago, who has time for that?) I do not have a twitter. (Tweeting sounds like it would be chicken mating references.)
So making a platform for myself to become a successful writer? Maybe I would need to find a new passion. I heard fly fishing was enjoyed in solitude.
Then I did something completely out of the ordinary… I was invited to join two of the girls from my writer’s group to a nearby restaurant. This does not seem like that big of a deal really, except that this is not something that I do. Ever. I normally flush red, give an excuse that sounds like; I can’t sorry I have other plans. (Actually this is exactly what I did, but then changed my mind on my way home because I am trying to get out of my comfort zone.
These two women already had blogs, CJ over at DYSBWriting and Jessica over at The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet, so I started following them immediately. And after a while I came to the conclusion that maybe this blog thing wasn’t as scary as I thought. (Yes it is! But I am pushing through it!)
Soon enough I had set up my own blog. Then a month later I even made a post. Flash forward to now and here we are. To me this blog was not only to help me build a platform but also to help me get out of my normal niche. I fall prey to never trying to new things because I just don’t think I am good enough. Or I am just too scared.
I have tried a few new challenges pushing myself further with my writing. And I have also met a great new cast of fellow writers. In doing so, I was to my surprise to be nominated not only for the Versatile Blogger Award and then for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (but I want to save that one for a post in a few days and give thanks to it properly.)
I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Charli Mills over at Carrot Ranch Communications. And then to add to the excitement of the VBA she also declared the Congress of Carrot Ranch Rough Writers. (More to come on the Carrot Ranch Rough Writers) And I get to be included!!!
Sorry, I get very excited over things like this, it might stem from the fact that I was always picked last when being separated and picked for groups. There is just something unappealing about the gangly, awkward four-eyed shy girl that just doesn’t scream; Pick me! Pick me!
Ok, back to the VBA….
There are a few rules that go along with receiving this reward, some easy breezy. Some make me want to run and hide again.
- Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that if you’ve recently discovered or followed regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Bloggers Award – you might include a link to this site.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Thank you again Charli!
And because I am terrible at following rules, I am moving on to #5, telling Charli 7 things that she does not know about me.
- I am always hungry. Always. I can eat and think about food immediately afterwards. I can be nauseous and still want to eat.
- I hate seafood. Of all kinds.
- When my husband and I first decided to move in together, I told him I was allergic to cats so that he had to re-home his with his parents. (Cats freaked me out). Thirteen years later I own three, two of which sleep next to me every night.
- I love going to the gym, but I am extremely lazy.
- I cannot cross my eyes.
- When I was 8 years old and in the third grade, I won an art contest and my picture was hung in the Fort Worth Kimbell Art Museum for a period of time.
- I am bossy.
Okay now#3 is the part that has me wanting to run screaming. (What? I am strange ok…) But here is my big dilemma, the majority of the blogs that I follow have recently been nominated for the VBA… within the past two weeks…. Below is the list (I only did a list of ten, I will post more in a few days) of bloggers that I truly enjoy so check them out, even if you already follow them, just shoot them a shout out and say hi! Everyone loves a good hello. 🙂
- DYSB Writing
- The Lunatic, the Lover & the Poet
- Nocturnal Lives
- Are You Kidding Me?!
- Jodie Llewellyn
- Grow the Roses
- Norah Colvin
- Rachel Carrera, Novelist
- Books Are My Thing
Needless to say that this blogging thing has been an adventure for the introverted recluse! (me) And I want to thank all of you for following me and for making this blog a fun experience!