Today, June 12, 2013, marks the 1st anniversary of writing on Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom, my new site. I had just retired and decided to get back to my writing. I initially had the same site from 2007 with over 115 posts through Blogger and wanted to give it a fresh look with a modern, internet feel.
So, I moved everything over to a new site with a new post I’d written a year ago today called “New Beginnings ― Changes ~~ to live or die”. The story is more serious in nature catching my readers up with what I had done and what was going on in my life at the time.
I had just come through some challenging life issues, like we all experience, if you live long enough. I was looking to get the feel for writing again. Can you believe it ― I’m still here!
In one year’s time, I’ve written 50 new posts to add to the 117 from the old site (167 total) and 25 lovely people have enjoyed what they’ve read so far, enough to follow and sign up for more. From the bottom of my heart, I say, “Thank You!” It means a lot and is not taken lightly.
I have to say it feels a bit uncomfortable “tootin’ my horn”, so to speak, by listing my accomplishments for the past year. More importantly, I wanted to tell my readers and new visitors what I’ve done. I hope my followers will enjoy some earlier stories, if they missed them when they first came onboard, and trust those stopping by for the first time will find value in staying for a while.
This past year, I was honored to be nominated for 4 Awards. They inspired me to stretch, grow and continue sharing from my heart. They are:
It may be a bit of a slow beginning, for sure, at Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom, compared to other bloggers I’ve seen, but not short in appreciation and gratitude for what I’ve learned and the internet friends I’ve met. Every day, I enjoy the exchange of stories and mutual sharing reflections of life, family, work and all the challenges in between.
Along those lines with the exchange of stories sharing reflections of life came with my first Guest Interview in February with Brandon Pearce at Pearce on Earth. It was my first attempt at hosting an interview on my site and I was humbled by his gracious acceptance having just discovered him by way of a Tim Ferriss 4-hour Workweek case study.
Continuing along in February and April, I was getting in the flow with more creative project ideas and found one story to share that turned out to be one of my most popular posts called “Have you Heard This Story” from Brigitte on Facebook at Lessons Learned in Life Facebook Page. It’s a cute little story about “Carrots, Eggs or Coffee; Which are You?”
And, probably the second most popular post was another Facebook story called “Life is Not a Sharp Knife to Cut All Those Bad Memories” by Rishika Jain Inspirations (RJI) shared on Be Legendary. Both stories leaving you with a message to consider with how they speak to you and your own life.
My next Guest Post also came in April by way of a reblog of a story of a Holocaust survivor written by Barbara Topolosky at My Life in My 60’s. It was called, “Yom Hashoa: Holocaust remembrance: Never Forget! Isacc Klein’s Story”. It’s a touching story of courage and endurance of a Holocaust survivor reminding us how quickly we’re losing those of that generation. It won’t be long, when they will be gone forever, and we’ll no longer be able to get first-hand accounts of a time in history, when humans took on an evil, dark side.
I am proud to say I also accomplished a few writing projects this past year, in addition to posting on my site. In Dec 2012, I self-published my first free e-book (Sweet Days of Summer ― All is Okay). It is a short (15 pages tops), six-story e-book (also in PDF), a mixture of personal stories of home and family, when I was a child, and others of goofy observations.
A second writing project, in February, tested my writing abilities with an opportunity to submit a story called “Love Lane”. It’s slated for publication, around the holidays, in a new book, Letting Go: True Stories of Hope, Encouragement and Peace, by Alex Blackwell at The Bridgemaker. I hope to share it on my site later this year.
And, finally in April, I was really challenged and stretched with the writing and submission of a manifesto at a Seth Godin-inspired site called Change This. I have to say, I felt intimidated and out of my element in this writing. Yet, it was rewarding to nail down and convincingly put words to those things that are important to me and give them life. I’m currently waiting for editing results.
As I look back, on this past year, I remember the struggle over words and the technical challenges, converting from an old site to an unfamiliar new one (still working on these). Then, there was the fear of hitting PUBLISH on my e-book sending it into cyberspace, beyond the point of electronic return.
Not to mention, the difficulty I had in getting my head wrapped around the writing of a manifesto, a new style of writing about which I knew very little. The style is different in that it’s a “call to action” type of writing. It carries conviction and passion giving voice to those things that are important and how they could benefit or possibly change the world ― worlds apart from storytelling.
Now, I’m moving forward with more growth in writing and exploring opportunities for another e-book and storytelling on videos. One thing I know is that without your support this would probably die by the wayside, inside me, as unplayed music.
Thank you for a wonderful year!
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table