I have had this blog for a couple of months now. I started out completely clueless and with the best of intentions. I created my blog and vowed to write in it every day! That lasted less than a week. What happened? Distractions, life, excuses, the whole nine yards. I have written in my blog sporadically over the last month or two, but hadn’t really connected with the blogging experience. I logged in on New Years Day (Or was it the day after?) to write down a little snippet that had been skipping around in my brain, and I saw the Blogging 101 sign up! To me this just seemed like a perfect beginning to a new year! I would learn more about this medium, I would connect with other bloggers, I would have expectations to be met with the classwork, it all sounded like a win-win to me! So here I am writing my first blog assignment! The assignment was to introduce my blog and what I wanted to do with it. It also asked a few questions that I will answer along the way.
Who am I, and why am I here?
My name is Sidnie, I am a 25 year old from deep in the woods of South East Texas, and I am a writer. Not necessarily in my day jobs (I have three), but in my heart. I have loved reading and writing from the time I was a little girl! My great American dream and the top of my bucket list has always been to have a book I have written be published. I have always loved the saying, “To be a writer you do not have to have published a book, you simply have to write every day.” I don’t know who said it, but I love it! That is why I am here. To write everyday. Not necessarily to publish a new blog every day, but to sit down and put ideas on keyboard for a little while every day. This to me is public practicing of my art. I am here to hone my skills, to give the people who read this blog a sense of who I am and what my writing style is about, and to show myself what I can do with my writing. I hadn’t done much writing for a long while before I created this blog, and I wanted a place to start again.
Why am I blogging publicly instead of keeping a personal journal?
There are a couple of answers to this question.
To me a journal is a personal private form of writing that focuses on your life. What is happening with you mentally, spiritually, and what is going in your day to day life. For me that poses a challenge because I am a very private and very boring individual. I will let my emotions out in the stories I tell, but they wont be about my personal life. There isn’t much to tell anyway. Journaling and Blogging are two very different mediums in my mind.
Another reason I am blogging publicly is for the accountability and the community. I want people to hear me say, I am going to write and be able to say, “well, where is this blog I’ve been hearing so much about?” I also want to be able to connect with other writers and readers, I want others opinions of my work, I want to be critiqued. I don’t see how I can grow as an artist without being able to see what I am doing to hinder my abilities.
What topics do you think you will write about?
I am a story teller. I like to write short fiction pieces based on things that I see in real life, stories that pop into my head, or emotions I am feeling at the time. I love prompts and taking them and molding them into my own work. I do occasionally break from my preferred genre and write a blog about what’s going on in my life, but I try to keep them at a minimum. I would rather this be a place for me to hone my skills at story telling than a place to vent.
If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
If this class and this next year is a successful blogging adventure I am hoping for a blog full of short stories that are well thought out, insightful looks into my writing and what my future books might look and sound like. I am hoping for a well read and critiqued blog with an audience that will appreciate my work, and be happy to express their opinions.
That’s it in a nutshell. A very large nutshell. Perhaps a walnut. Forgive me, I try to be funny. I am looking forward to what we will learn and teach each other with this class! Until next time, have a great day!