I know it appears I vanished from mid-air but I’m still here. I wish I could tell you what happened. Why the brakes slammed, but I don’t have an exact answer for you. I have some theories and some excuses and because I’m an honest kinda person, I’ll share them with you. Last year, my one and only goal was to conquer my fear and share my writing with others. I put things in place that needed to be done; built a website, a Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…you name it, I did it. I interacted with other authors and readers, continually learning and growing. I took a few writing classes. I dove in head first and swam out into the murky middle where I got good and stuck. Life happened. Family and friends came to visit and it was wonderful and busy. I had some medical issues that took up a lot of my time! So many hours of physical therapy. I wasn’t feeling like myself, my hormones were out of whack, big time! I got discouraged. I got scared. I got in my own way. I stopped. I disappointed myself and a few others. I wish I could give you something more than that for an explanation of my disappearance, but that is the raw truth of it. I failed myself and now, I’m picking up the pieces and trying again.
I can only hope that I haven’t lost everyone interested in following me, hearing about what I’m up to and possibly interested in reading my future publications. I’m back to work and this time I’ve some solid help from my a few of my author friends this year. I have a book that’s nearly finished, another that I’m apparently just sitting on, and many, MANY half written pieces of work. I am involved in THREE different writing projects this year! I’m very excited about each and every one of them and I can’t wait to tell you about them. I know that through these projects, through these learning experiences, I will grow and learn and hopefully become more confident. It is my sincerest hope that you’ll be here to witness that growth and change. I know I could use your support.
As I’ve been working again, I’ve thought about many things. Yes, mostly the stories I’m working on but also how to connect with my readers, those that follow me and join me on this journey. I’ve managed social media for a few companies and I’ve learned a lot about that. I’m continually learning about that. It both fascinates and irritates me. I’ve read a lot of don’t do this – do that, kind of stuff and while yes it does apply to many types of businesses I’ve come to a conclusion…it doesn’t apply to me. It doesn’t make me happy.
I don’t want to post ONLY at 3 p.m. on Wednesday’s because it’s apparently PRIME time. I don’t want a number attached to posts I make or a category. Example: Post 3-5 times per day, 1 personal thing, 1 inspirational and 1 funny. That’s not real! That’s not me! It makes me miserable!
I do try to follow a few guidelines where media is concerned when managing for others. I follow all that do’s and don’t’s, but you know what? On MY page, I’m gonna do what I want to do and that’s that. I hope that is acceptable to you because I don’t want limitations and I don’t want to feel like I have to post every three hours or that I can only post once a day! So if I post too much for you, sorry. If I don’t post enough for you, sorry. I’m gonna do it my way.
I want to share with you. I want to share what I find funny, interesting, inspirational, helpful, what I’m reading, what I’m writing, information about a character in my book, help in naming character’s, my cat, my dog, my kids, coffee – oh yes, coffee! And whatever the heck pops into my head that perhaps you might find enjoyable or valuable in, in some way.
It’s my Facebook page, my group, my website and I’m breaking FREE! I don’t want to feel caged in. I want to write. I want to share. I want to connect. If you belong to my tribe, you’ll show up. If you don’t, you won’t. I can’t force you to hang out with me any more than you can force me to hang out with you. I can only hope we’ll be friends and go from there, but I refuse to start any type of friendship out falsely. So, I’m going to be me. I’m going to post how I want and when I want and yeah, I may schedule a few things but only if they have an insight to me and who I truly am.
I hope that’s acceptable to you. I hope, like me, that you are tired of reading and seeing the same stuff over and over. Writing is freeing experience, sharing is enjoyable and connecting makes one less lonely. People start Facebook pages, websites and groups with goals – mostly to grow. Is that a goal of mine? Yes, I’d be lying if I said no, but in that same truth, I only want to grow true connections. If I’m not being ME – how am I supposed to do that?
I refuse to stuff myself, my social media accounts, website and writing in a cage – it’s suffocating and as I said, I don’t like it. I hope you understand this and will enjoy the uniqueness of me.
There are a lot of things on deck coming up that I will be sharing with you, much about coffee, pooh bear, Sir Cambridge the cat, writing…there’s a lot. I’m not able to mention some of these things yet, but it will so exciting once I can!
I have ONE major goal I’m working towards at the moment. I’d love to tell you, but I’m afraid I’d only self-sabotage. SO…as soon as it’s 98% there – I’ll let you know! Until then, you can find me here from time to time, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Tumblr -though I’m not really sure about that one yet…it’s different.
I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed 2018 and I look forward to connecting with you this year. God Bless and thanks for hanging with me!