Thursday, July 13, 2017

When You Don't Know What You're Doing

So, I've been at the book writing business for almost 10 years now. You would think you'd learn a lot in 10 years. And in some respects, I have.

I have learned how to write using adverbs sparingly. (haha...did you catch that?)
I have learned how to use a comma, for the most part.
I have learned how to create realistic and compelling characters.

But I have not learned how to use social media. I have an author Facebook page which I post on occasionally and actually get a few likes. I had a website which I just shut down. (Mostly I shut it down because the only people who looked at it were trying to sell me something.) I've decided to go back--back to what I feel comfortable with.

I've always loved the name of this blog--it's a line from a song I love. And I like the things I wrote about on this site. I liked how I learned how to attach pictures. I liked how people commented on my posts. (not all of them, but sometimes.)

So, I'm going back to the beginning. Since it's not an author page, I don't feel like I have to always write about writing. I can talk about my kids, my grandkids, and even the neighbors kids! I can share thoughts about my trip to Alaska (the state is beautiful, but if I return I will see the sites by train instead of cruise ship) or about issues that bother me or excite me! I can talk about my beliefs, in God, in people, in the kindly nature of dogs. Somehow this blog feels more genuine. I can be myself.

So if you follow me, this is my new spot. I will show up here from time to time. Sometimes it will be about my writing, but more often it will be about something else.

And there you have it. When you don't know what you're doing, go back to the beginning and start over. Isn't it great that life allows fresh starts on occasion. This is mine and I'm taking it!