We resolved to start a blog.
Let’s start a blog, I said. It’ll be fun, I said. And my friends followed me down this rabbit hole. These are the same friends who went along with my demented idea that we should hold ourselves accountable to a writing goal, by taking a public, bikini-clad ice dunking if we fail to achieve our goal. (Yes, I understand you might be questioning the intelligence of my friends, but I promise these are very smart, talented women.)
We have discovered that writing a blog post, even once a month, is no picnic. And, although we’ve been doing this for about a year now, we are still finding our footing. We are not setting the blog world on fire, but we do seem to be holding our own.
Time for a report card.
If we are going to put time and energy into a blog, it would follow there needs to be a payoff – a reason to make it all worthwhile. That reason is YOU! Yes YOU. No, stop looking over your shoulder. I’m talking specifically to you. And I need you to give us a grade. Please be kind. No, be honest. Be kind and honest. Well, okay if you want to tell a white lie to make us all feel better, that’s fine, too.
Grade us on a typical scale of A, B, C, D, F. (Does anyone else wonder why there is no E?)
I hope each of you will pause long enough to give us a letter grade. However, it would be very much appreciated if you would also leave a comment or suggestion for improvement. How can we tailor this blog to better fit your needs? What would it take to make this the one blog you look forward to every Monday morning? Have you learned anything from any of us? Have we made you laugh? Think? Cry? Did one of our posts have an earth shattering, life changing impact on you? (Okay, maybe that’s setting the bar a little high – but, just in case, I’m leaving it here!)
Lorinda declared 2016 the year When Pigs Fly – The Year of Achievement. Sandra and Lorinda both talked about making large goals more achievable and less overwhelming by breaking them into smaller, incremental steps. If you missed either of those posts, I urge you to do yourself a favor and check them out — you’ll find some damn good advice (remember, I told you these are smart, talented women.)
A few weeks ago, Dawn examined the making of a good love story. Are you writing or considering writing a book – there is a lot to be learned from Dawn’s examination of the Hallmark Channel’s popularity.
This is my twelfth blog post and naturally, every one of them have been brilliant! (Keep that in mind while you are issuing that grade, please.) Have you read my posts? All of them? Any of them? If you had to pick a favorite, which one would it be? (I promise you won’t hurt the other posts feelings by naming one your favorite, but you will help me when I write future blog posts.)
Thank you for your support, your time and for grading my efforts!
Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!