Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself

I know that I have been blogging for a while, but I feel like I’ve lost some focus on what my blog is and where I want to go with it. I wanted to join Blogging 101 a few months back, but, as usual, I missed the deadline.

Well not this time around! And January seems like the time for resolutions and following through, so I decided to enroll! Our first assignment is to introduce ourselves (yes, I’m a little late, but I signed up yesterday the 5th, and the first assignment was posted on the 4th – oops):

I do have an “about me” section, but it’s fairly generic. I’ve been writing since I was a youngster in grade school. I always kept them private, though. I never wanted anyone to see my writing – mostly in fear of rejection. I remember one time when I was in 6th grade, we had to write a Halloween story for class. I turned mine in and I got an A on it. I was so proud. The next day, my teacher asked the students who would like to volunteer to read their stories. The popular outgoing students all raised their hands and wanted to show off their stories. I did not. I didn’t like to be put in the spotlight. After about five students read their stories, no one else volunteered to read, so my teacher called on me to read mine. I was terrified! I stumbled on my words. My OWN words. A few students laughed at me. My own classmates thought laughing at me would be appropriate. So, I stopped reading, sat back down at my desk and I didn’t finish my story. That kept me from wanting to share my writing for a very long time. It seems silly now – to let other people’s reactions dictate MY actions. I shouldn’t have let it bother me so much, but I did. After all, I was only in 6th grade.

I didn’t have a lot of friends, so I turned to writing stories – mostly based on people that I knew. Writing about what you know is easier, especially to a grade schooler. It wasn’t until high-school that I shared a few poems that I read, but only with a few friends. And DEFINITELY not online. I did start an online journal once. Anyone remember Livejournal?? The majority of my entries were set to private, but I would post things like “I ate a grilled cheese sandwich and watched a movie today.” Nothing of substance at all.

I started this blog in 2011, but never really wrote anything in it for a while. I would post quotes or inspiration sayings very rarely for the first year. It wasn’t until I discovered heartache and wine that I published my first poem, “Back to September” and, admittedly, I was not sober. I received such positive feedback about my writing style and letting my emotions public, that I got the courage to write a few more poems. All of them about boys (go figure, right?) and all because of heartaches.

I could never quote commit to blogging, though. I started many posts, but I never published them. “Do people actually read this stuff?” was (and still is) a thought that crosses my mind. I think most of it is out of fear: fear of rejection, fear of sounding stupid, or fear of being too public about my life.

My hope with doing these Blogging 101 courses is to find some focus for my blog, but also to connect with other writers/bloggers. I am a Metra commuter (just over an hour each way to work) so I very much so enjoy reading blogs and building online support groups. Hopefully this will help me learn to let it go.

//cue Elsa//

Until next time.

Blogging 101: Introduce Yourself link.


2014 Yearly Review

I always post these to my blog at the end of the year. I am always BLOWN away at the amount of people who view my blog. Seriously mind blowing. Not to mention, people from 72 different countries?! Yes – SEVENTY-TWO! No typo. 72. My goal each year is to keep a more consistent blog. Well, as you can see as you scroll through these that I’m still not very consistent, but at least I am updating more! I have to look at the positive!

2013 Yearly review indicated that (results here) I posted 22 blog updates. 2014 Yearly review… 30 blog updates. Only eight more? That seems… a bit sad! But still an improvement! (I’m still in shock about getting to 72 different countries…) I’m definitely going to try to have my 2015 Yearly Review have higher numbers!

But for now, enjoy my 2014 stats!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog:

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Versatile Blogger Award!

I am so excited to announce that my blog was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! I am so honored!versatile-blogger

I was nominated by Chethan NT a while ago, but I never posted about it, nor did I nominate anyone else for it!!

The philosophy behind the award:

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them. Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then!”

Here’s the rules:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about me (And just so you know that I’m not cheating by writing the same seven things, here was a previous award where I had to list things about me: Dragon’s Loyalty Award:

1. My Favorite color is Orange.
2. I don’t know how to properly curl my own hair.
3. I type over 60 wpm. Last time I checked was YEARS ago and it was 68 – I feel like I’m faster now, BUT the fact I want to share isn’t the speed of what I type: I don’t use my pinky fingers! I definitely do not type correctly. But hey, I’m still efficient and fast!
4. I prefer Smart water over any other brand.
5. I HAVE to wear a cami under everything. I feel more secure.
6. Coffee choice as of late: grande no whip 3 pump mocha.
7. Music I’ve been listening to lately The Veronicas and Taylor Swift!

And if you want to know even more about me, I did an interview on my social media platforms.

Here are my nominations for all NEW bloggers that I’m following – there are some other amazing bloggers that I nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – check them out too!:

(Listed in NO particular order)

1. Bear Tales
2. Shawn L. Bird
3. Everywhere Once – Photos
4. The Sound of Summer
5. Something Like a Storybrook
6. littlegirlstory
7. The Political and Social Chaos Blog
8. The Call of the Pen
9. idealisticrebel
10. Never a Worry
11. Six Degrees of Photography
12. Sincerely, Kim
13. Raven Haired Girl
14. The Hilarious Pessimist
15. inspiration in progress