I love this wonderful blogging world. I love the freedom it gives me to dash off little stories and vent my various rages and ramblings. I love the funny, helpful, smart community of fellow bloggers who share themselves with me out here in WordPress World.
And I’m enough of an egomaniac to admit that I love the euphoric feeling of knowing that other people, people who don’t even know me, are reading my words! Almost makes me feel like a writer!!!! And every now and then something extra special happens out here, and another blogger nominates me for a blogging award! Crazy, right? When it happens, my face turns red, my heart picks up its pace, and my fingertips get tingly. I hardly know how to respond!
See, when you get these little blogger awards, you are supposed to get out there and write a post to announce it to your readers! Then you nominate other great blogs, and everyone gets to try out a whole group of new and fabulous blogs. Its a total “win-win”!
So, first of all, many thanks to my friend at The View From a Slightly Twisted Angle (formerly known as Wedelmom). Scoot over and read her funny, warm, creative look at family life!
Second, I’m supposed to tell you some things about myself. This feels funny, too! I’m not particularly interesting, really! But the timing of this award is kind of interesting for me, and I’ll use this spot to tell you why.
Another advantage to blogging is the encouragement that other bloggers provide. In my case, I’m getting some encouragement to try to get my work published. Yikes! Submitting my writing would involve trying to convince people that I’m talented enough to make people pay actual money to read what I have to say! Holy conceited big head, Batman!! Do I really have to toot my own horn like that? Couldn’t I just keep blogging and miraculously be discovered by Simon and Schuster?
Apparently not. From what I have heard and read, I actually have to send my writing to literary agents. And then write about how great I am. Gulp.
I took some time this summer to pull together a sample of my blog posts, all about entering the world of the Empty Nest, and I sent them to a few agents. I got a bunch of “no thanks” emails, and sort of forgot about it all.
But a week ago I got an email from one agent saying that she thought a book of my essays might be a good idea, and she was mildly interested. (Cue the cymbals and horns!!! Wahooooo!) There is only one problem: publishers would need to see proof that I have a ready made audience. My 300 followers aren’t enough to convince them. I need “thousands” of followers on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And I need to show that I get “numbers” at my “speaking events.”
Apparently, I need to learn to toot my own horn. I need to “increase my platform”. I need to beat my chest and declare to the world that I am a writer, dammit!
Oh, stop laughing. You’ve probably all been down this path, too! It’s kind of hilarious, and kind of demoralizing and kind of sweetly humbling. I guess I won’t be seeing my book at Barnes and Noble any time soon.
But at least I have a “Beautiful Blogger Award” for my efforts! And its pretty sweet.
Please read these other fabulous bloggers, who I’m nominating for the Beautiful Blogger! You’ll be “increasing their platforms” and you’ll thoroughly enjoy yourself!
1. “She’s a Mainiac” This “plaid wearin’, java sippin'” woman will make you laugh out loud, but she’ll touch your heart, too. Her recent post on Halloween just keep replaying in my head!
2. “Fifty Four and a Half” I love Elyse for her lefty politics as well as her wit and wisdom about life and all of its ups and downs. She’s another thought provoking, humorous writer who makes me feel like I’m not crazy and I’m not alone!
3. “How the Hell Did I End Up Here?” Eleanor can find the absurd as well as the beautiful in life. Her writing is funny, warm, thought provoking and deeply human. She feels like a best friend, or a sister who moved away. Read her blog; you’ll want to have her over for coffee!
4. “Mature Student Hanging in There” You will love the gentle poetry of this Scottish writer. She finds hope and laughter everywhere. Someday I’m going to cross the pond and visit her!
Thank you, everyone who follows, read, comments and makes the world seem like a small and happy place!