I haven’t accepted awards on my blog for years now, but it was a thrill to be thought of in this way. Thank you for your kindness, Sally Cronin!
I decided to participate in this award because I think it’s fun for new readers to learn maybe some old things about me. It also gives me an opportunity to recognize a few of the shining stars that orbit around my neighborhood of the writing universe.
It’s a busy time of year. I don’t expect any participation. Just know, that I appreciate all you do for our writing community. If you choose to participate here are…
- Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. (No response required).
- Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them and provide a link to the post you’ve created. (I didn’t do this).
My blog started as a gardening blog in April of 2014. From there, my love of poetry and writing sent me on a journey of exploration and learning.
In November of 2014, while on a morning walk near a swamp in Pensacola, Florida, I met my first nature elemental. At the time, I thought this tiny being was a fairy… eventually, I realized that what I saw that day was a rare gift into finding my own creativity and spiritual connection with the good neighbors. Through the years, I discovered the pagan path was where I had been headed my entire life.
In the midst of my own self-discovery, I rekindled my love for syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and writing creative non-fiction. Blogging has been very good to me. I’ve received much more than I feel I can ever give back.
My first piece of advice for new bloggers is to always read. Not just blog posts (although that’s nice) but continue to read and learn about your poetic or writing craft.
Next, remember to be kind. Selling books is much more about building connections with others. Don’t abuse your blogging neighbors’ generosity. If they extend an invitation for you to share your writing on their blog, attend to their reader’s comments… for they may become your readers too.
Here are a few bloggers/writers/authors/poets who’ve influenced my journey through the years:
Thanks for all of your love and support throughout the years. I couldn’t have done it without you!