My first post to this blog took place August 9, 2008. It was a birthday present from my son Anthony, who has his own blog. Since then, there have been 118 other posts and 398 comments. Thank you, dear readers!
I especially want to thank several other bloggers, GutsyWriter, Babsland, OKChelsea, for commenting frequently, both on the blog itself and on FaceBook. A few months ago a former student joined the blogging world and can now be found at workinginmypajamas.
MemoryWritersNetwork blogger Jerry Waxler found this blog early on and added it to the blog roll. I eventually became a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and discovered the founder Linda Joy Myers, whose books I have reviewed here. Through the search function of Twitter I am beginning to assemble a group of new writers to follow who are interested in themes that interest me: memoir, love, forgiveness, and compassion.
This year’s birthday present from Anthony was an hour of consultation with one of his favorite social media experts, Britt Bravo, whose website, podcasts, and blog can be found here. If you are looking for someone to help you get started or someone to suggest improvements to your fabulous professional blog, I highly recommend her.
I leave you with one line I got from Britt: “Half of blogging is listening.” As I look ahead to a year from now, I hope I can say that I not only was able to keep up the pace of blogging at least twice a week but that I also made many new blogger friends, commented on their posts, and offered them encouragement, support, ideas and great content they can use.
Isn’t it great that the internet rewards altruism?
All you bloggers out there, what have you learned about “listening” online? What do you do to help other bloggers? Are you on twitter? Facebook? What tips can you offer? Posts you want to share?