Blogger Recognition Award

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I was nominated by the beautiful, bodacious, brilliant, buxom, beauty  Aurora Jean Alexander. https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/

Blogger Recognition Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post about the Blogger Recognition Award
  • Briefly tell how your blog started
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
  • Select 15 bloggers to give this award to

 

How I started

I started keeping a blog because my husband and I decided – mutually – that I should pursue writing. And I did. My first book was published and suddenly I was inundated with rules about being a successful writer. And one of those rules was to ‘keep an active social media space’ which included blogging. However, as one publication turned to two, two to three, and so on ….as my writing and my outlook on the world started to mature as I embraced the idea of being an artist – I started doing what other artists do and became socially conscious. LOL.

Because I have to draw from the world for ideas, I figured that I must give something back to it (the world) in return. So, I cut off my author persona to this blog and opted instead to publish poetry on here exclusively as well as ‘think pieces’ about the world as a whole. But I didn’t want to exist in an echo chamber either. I didn’t want to be a part of group think. So, what I write – be it right or wrong – is from an open and honest internal dialogue while I try and muddle through this thing we call life.

 

Two pieces of advice

  1. No matter what’s trendy. No matter what’s popular. No matter who speaks out against you – always think for yourself. Always write what’s in your heart- even if, later on, you discover you’re dead wrong – you can’t grow otherwise. So much is wrapped up in public persona’s nowadays, so much is ‘reality t.v.’ oriented that people have become superficial. They may exist in public – but that person isn’t real. They’re hiding in plain sight. Be true to you and the rest will fall into place.
  2. Writing is about connecting to people. Whether it’s a blog or a book or a song – it’s always about touching someone’s life and in turn being touched by them. The reader/ writer relationship is, by its very nature, symbiotic. One CANNOT exist without the other. Technology today has flipped that dynamic in such a way that while the aforementioned remains true – the environment has become somewhat anemic. Outside of blogging – NEVER EVER EVER give your work away for free. Ever. You and your craft are worth the effort you put into it. Never sell yourself short.

 

I nominate

 

 

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