I did this blogging thing wrong.
It happens with most things I attempt…I go out there full-tilt with little research and a crap-ton of passion (that’s like crap x 2,240 pounds worth of passion!)
I was told I should write…not just privately in my diaries but publicly…so others could see!
When the kids were babes, I’d send out these lengthy e-mails filling everyone in on their antics…I kept notes and calendars filled with stories. At Christmas, I wrote our family newsletter…from the dog’s perspective! Time and again, folks would tell me I should write a book…but I wrote for myself…with little thought about ever doing it professionally. I’d kind of thought that by giving up an opportunity to go to Carleton University for journalism after high school (I was scared)…that the writing ship had sailed.
So…I just wrote for personal pleasure and then one day…the writing stopped.
All of it.
The e-mails. The newsletters. The diary. All the words got jumbled in my head and I couldn’t find a way to get them out. I didn’t like the story being told. I was in a pretty dark place and the words…made it so much darker.
Eventually…as time begins to heal and life continues to mosey along, I reached a point where I HAD to start telling my story…HAD to as much as I needed air to breathe…HAD to in order to move myself forward…and Curtains are Open was born.
I found my voice. People started reading. I wrote with little thought about where it was going. Then, I was mentioned on a Mom Bloggers We Love list and I was shaken to my very core! I won a few contests…got someone kicked out of a contest (not really but she jokingly blames me anyway)…I won more stuff…I landed on Sea and be Scene’s COOL PEOPLE OF ATLANTIC CANADA list and I won Best Blogger in Halifax…TWO YEARS IN A ROW!
With each thing…I was equally shocked, thrilled and amazed and slowly…my confidence began to grow. Folks were picking up what I was putting down and then next thing you know, again, with little research but a crap-ton of passion…I wrote a book!
Still…as much as this blog is finding success and I’ve gained so much from it…I keep feeling like I’m doing it wrong!
So…in three weeks, I’m heading to Blissdom Canada for their amazing blogging conference where I’ll learn how to do all of the things I need to do to turn this blog into something even better. I’m not sure how it will look or what will happen…I just know there’s “more”…and I need to figure out how to make “more” happen.
I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. Spending the weekend with women I’ve only met on Twitter and at virtual parties. I’m going to meet bloggers who I’ve followed for the last four years and truly admired…who I’ve tried to emulate…who I’ve tried to learn from.
IT’S FINALLY MY TURN! I’M GOING TO LEARN HOW TO BLOG with some of the very best bloggers in Canada.
I honestly, couldn’t be more excited. I’m a little uptight and a little bit anxious…but mostly, just bursting inside!
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