photo “Write” by Sara Reid
Who would have thought that I would be a writer? Certainly not me. My essays and term papers were usually well written, but I never did any other type of writing. (Note: I credit Ms. Ester Benz, High School English, for instilling good writing habits in me and many others.)
Anyway, a few years ago, I was sitting in Bogart’s Books in Millville, NJ, knitting with a group called Ripping Yarns, when one of the women mentioned that she was going to be writing for Examiner.com. She was talking about what she was doing to get started and a tiny seed sprouted in my brain. She was already a writer, a ghost writer with a blog, but I was a total newbie, never having written a journal or anything. But this idea stuck in my head and wouldn’t leave. So I asked if I could do it too and was given all of the assistance that I needed to get started and accepted, and was made the Child Development writer for the Atlantic City area. I was so excited!
Each article that was written had to be researched, written and re-written before I would publish it, and pictures had to be found. It took me hours but I loved it. It didn’t pay much but that was OK. People were actually reading my articles! This was going on during my marriage separation and it was also one of the things that I did for the “new me”. It gave me a lot of satisfaction and I made sure that my ex knew that I was moving on and doing new things (petty, right? Ha Ha) I shared my articles on Twitter and Facebook and promoted every article. I also shared them on Pinterest and often see my articles repinned, some at least a year after they were written.
So now it’s two years later and I’m also the Frugal Living and Sewing Examiner writer. I had one article featured on the lead page and have gone from about 1000 views the first year to about 1000 in the first four months of this year.
So, with this under my belt, I let my son convince me to write the blog. (He’s my greatest supporter!) He helped me get started, proofreading and encouraging, and urging me on. Thank you BJ! I’ve also been encouraged by my blog readers and prize your comments on the blog and Facebook. You are my peers, many of you people who “knew me when”, and I’m thrilled that my blog has touched you in any way.
So what’s next? Twice I’ve started a book about my experiences but so far, haven’t found the right way to share this. Again, I’ve received a lot of encouragement and I believe that one day, all will click into place and I’ll write that book. I will definitely keep you posted.
OMG! I’M A WRITER!!(Happy dance!)