Monday, April 30, 2012

The Joy of Blogging

Blogging is something I actually resisted for quite a long time, although my husband and others encouraged me in that direction. I cannot remember anymore what my objections were. I guess I thought it would be too hard since I was a dunce when it came to computers. However, I saw the need to defend the stances I took in my novels by sharing my research and discussing my sources. When I finally decided to take the plunge, I was surprised at how many people actually came to read the blog. My book sales picked up, and I began to meet dozens of interesting individuals. Life would never be the same again.

This blog has been a means of reaching out to others, since it starts a lot of conversations. It has led to some wonderful speaking engagements, the most exciting of which was the trip to New Zealand in 2009. It has been educational, for myself and others. I have had to read many books not only for book reviews but to check on my own historical conclusions. The blog has been a source not only of pleasure and entertainment but it has encouraged me to reach a little farther, work a little harder, overcome shyness, and discipline myself into a routine of writing and researching a little everyday. In the six years since the blog started, I feel more and more blessed in many ways, especially as a writer. And isn't that what happiness is?

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7 comments:

julygirl said...

Your Blog is a blessing to your readers as well. There has been many a time when reading it has given me a lift. Glad you made the plunge and took chances.

Allison said...

ditto to what Julygirl wrote!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you so much, ladies!!!

Matterhorn said...

I am very glad you took the plunge:)

Some of my family were very concerned when I started Cross of Laeken, while I was in college, three years ago. They were very worried about the security issues involved in blogging, and as a result I was almost on the point of deleting everything! But that was resolved. Now, they encourage me to blog, with normal precautions, of course.

GetteNM said...

Thank goodness for all the rest of us that you did decide to take the plunge! Your blog is a beautiful blessing to your many readers. Thank you for all the hard workon it in these six years so far :)

Gio said...

I agree with the others. I'm glad you decided to start the blog. It is a delightful read and I have learned a lot from it.

Jordy Liz said...

i agree with what you said! writing is such a blessing. and your books look great!

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