By Guest Author, Judy Berman who blogs at http://earth-rider.com
Imagine growing up listening to a spell-binding story-teller. What great fodder for a book.
My Dad shared some of his experiences on cassette tape so that I could write them up. He was an electronics engineer, made the first TV set we ever had and told stories filled with adventure, humor and danger.
But I just kept procrastinating.
One day, my Dad asked “what about the stories I gave you?”
Why hadn’t I written about them? They were an untapped treasure just sitting in a drawer.
My Dad, an excellent yarn-spinner, died in 2011. I wanted to share those stories. To work my way thru grief over losing him, I listened to his stories again. It was like he was still in the room with me. Such a comfort just to hear him speak.
Then I began a blog – http://earth-rider.com – and shared Dad’s stories.
In time, I knew that I would move on to my own.
Three months after I started, I became very discouraged. One particular week, I only had 33 views. four “likes,” and two comments – counting my own response.
That’s when I began to question whether I wanted to continue writing a blog. But the bottom line was I loved to write, and I decided that’s what I’d do even though the readership was beyond anemic.
I’m glad I stuck with it. Two weeks later in December 2011, readership began to slowly blossom.
Writing a blog revealed a few surprises. It’s not like Kevin Costner’s decision, in the movie “Field of Dreams,” to build a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield and expecting folks to flock to it to watch the game.
You may build it, but that doesn’t mean that folks will navigate the congested Internet terrain to discover you.
Patience is one skill I’m in short supply of. I certainly learned to develop that in the first two yeas of blogging.
In the meantime, I also found I enjoyed the creativity and I gained more confidence in my writing.
Now, I’ve also gotten to know many in the blogging community. Sometimes their comments are like a letter from a long lost friend. Like timethief, they’ve given me advice and support.
My third blogiversary will be in September. It’s been a pleasure to share my stories.
Every one has a story to tell. If you haven’t taken the plunge, go for it. Visit Judy’s blog at http://earth-rider.com and read her stories.