Friday, December 2, 2011
So I went from no shoes to baby shoes ...
Wednesday, I talked about the early days of my blog, the days before the shoes. Today, I want to talk about the next stage--the baby learning to walk stage.
Just like a young toddler when they first begin to walk, I explored the blogosphere with determination. I wanted to go anywhere and everywhere. It was all so new and exciting. The thing I found most fascinating was the kind reception I received. These people, these people I had never met before, welcomed me with open arms. And suddenly, I was a member of something I didn't even know existed--a community of aspiring authors just like myself. It was magical for me at the time, a dream come true.
This is why all of you out there (you know, all you people I've never actually met) hold such a special place in my heart. You made me feel normal for having these dreams of becoming published. You listened to me fail. You cheered my successes. You taught me so much. And for that, I will always be thankful.
Now, it's your turn. When you first learned what blogging was all about, what fascinated you most? Like childhood, do you kind of miss those innocent days? I do.
That's all for now, but please promise to have a wonderful weekend!
Posted by Susan R. Mills at 8:00 AM
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I hadn't a clue years ago that I too would become part of such an awesome community. It still amazes me that we all found each other, connected, support and cheer each other on. And like you said, make it okay to dream our dreams of being writers. So happy you are part of it!
My favorite thing about blogging (and the thing I'm most thankful for) is the people. My husband laughs at how close I feel to so many people I've never "met". The bonds are tight in our circle, and I love it! :)
It's still all new to me even after two plus years. I too love the connection. I miss all of you guys when I can't blog for some reason. My bloggers and readers are the best.
The blogging pals I have met. You are one of them. I feel like we've met, when if fact we never have. At least in person. But our tightly woven circle feels like people I regularly have coffee with. Because I do.
*promises to have a delightful weekend* Going to see Arthur Christmas.
Yep, that unbelievable and continued sense of connection with fellow writers. That blew me away and keeps me blogging.
The interactive aspect of blogs really fascinated (and intimidated) me at first--all those real life people behind each comment. And the varying levels of accomplishment--newbies like me, and seasoned authors with loads of advice! What a huge impact all that had on my writing...not to mention the beta-readers I met that helped me tailor fit the advice! :)
It is amazing the relationships you build in the blogging community. It feels like I've known some people all my life. Sometimes they are more there for me than the people around me.
You have a wonderful weekend too. :D
I love the blogging community, but I especially love the YA blogging community. It's just like a hug group hug. :D
I echo what you said, Susan! It was amazing to me that a) this community existed and b) it was a place that I fit into just right and immediately felt comfortable.
Because of the community, I think blogging is everything and more than I had ever hoped it would be. But then, reality sets in about the need to set priorities. At this time, there still isn't much time leftover in my day for me to connect with the community, however I do hope to retire from my paid work (writing being my unpaid work) before three years are out. Or if my book sells, I get to retire immediately. Then, there will be time! I do love the community and look forward to when I can get to know you all better. I also need a faster internet connection. We have satellite, but it feels like it's as slow as dial-up.
What fascinates me most about blogs and my fellow bloggers is the way we really do connect with "these people" we've never met. I talk about you and other blogger buddies in conversation with my hubby, and my "real live" friends often.
What I miss most about those first days is that never-ending flood of blog post ideas!
There was definitely something innocent about the early days when you knew you could throw up a post about something - anything - on the morning you needed it. It almost seems like the more I learn something like blogging, the more I like to overthing it now.
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