Hello Blogging Blahs

I’ll admit this past while I’ve been feeling a bit blah when it comes to blogging. Maybe I’ve simply been busy with other things and finding ideas to blog about has been taking a back seat. But today, I read a post over at Author Jody Hedlund’s that seemed to resonate with me. 6 Ways to Beat the Blogging Blahs. How the devil did she know what was on my mind?  I felt a wee bit happy to know that others go through this as well. Truth is I didn’t even have a name for it before.  Blogging Blahs….Who would have thunk it? Thanks, Jody.  🙂

Now, I’ve also found myself a tad bit bored with facebook lately as well. Oh dear, am I seeing a pattern here? And Twitter? Well, Twitter just doesn’t seem to speak my language. I’m just not a Twitter kind of gal.

Could be that I’ve just been spending more time reading and writing and the urge for social media just hasn’t been striking me all that often. It’s difficult to do everything, be everywhere. Yet I know some of you seem to be able to juggle it all and then some. By the amount of new posts I see each time I log into google reader I’d say most of you are doing a pretty good job of it. You amaze me. Not only that, you remind me of how far behind I am at visiting your blogs.

I’m not going to say that winter has had any effect on my mood because I really don’t think that’s the case. I’ve got plenty of energy for other things. I’m just feeling a little content to spend time away from the internet. But I’m going to try and get back into the swing of things. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some of Jody’s suggestions and come back even stronger. Hmmm. Time will tell.

If, like me, you’re finding yourself in the midst of the blogging blahs, I suggest you check out Jody’s post. Hopefully, you’ll find some helpful advice.

Have any of you experienced the blogging blahs and if so how did you get yourself back into the groove?

Self Promotion

So I’ve been told a time or two that I suck when it comes to self promotion. (Okay I was told I’m doing a bit better but I’ve got lots to learn.) The truth is it’s difficult for me to get that “Who does she think she is?” attitude out of my head. Each time I write a blog post I wonder if anyone will even bother to read it. Will they even care?   Are they, as one blogger writes, “rolling their eyes?”

But let’s face it. The book is out and authors are expected to do their share of self promotion if we expect books to be sold. That’s just the way it is.

I grew up in a household where it was thought to be boastful if we spoke about our accomplishments.  No one likes someone who brags all the time. It’s hard to get those thoughts of my head.

There’s a great post today over at Jody Hedlund’s blog , Can Writers Market Themselves Without Making Eyes Roll? If you have time check it out. Jody’s debut novel  “The Preacher’s Bride” is set for release in early October.

For the writer out thereDo you struggle with self promotion?

For the non-writersHave you ever thought an author’s self-promoting ways have made your eyes roll a time or two?

Beautiful Blog Award

I have never thought of myself as someone who wins awards. I’ve always been the person who does well but seldom receives recognition in that way. (I could argue the fact that recognition does come in many other forms other than awards but I’m not going to.) Not meaning to sound pitiful here. I’m just stating facts.

But joy of joys I happen to have received a second blogging award last week. Am I on a roll or what?

This latest award I received came from Carol A. Garvin which she called the beautiful blog or blogger award. As Carol suggests there is more than one definition for beautiful and so she choose to give the award to bloggers whose “words either educate, encourage, or inspire me”.

To have Carol choose me as one of the recipients means a great deal. Carol has quickly become someone I look up to in the blogging world and her comments are always encouraging and insightful. And so I thank you Carol for choosing me as one of those worthy of this award.

Here are the rules for this award: copy the logo, choose those blogs that you find most beautiful (whatever your definition of beautiful might be)and then link back to the person who chose you.

It took me some time to decide who to give this award to. I don’t follow a lot of blogs because time doesn’t often permit it and I wanted to narrow it down to two because two seems like a good number. I know Carol has already sent this award to my first choise but I have to agree with her whole heartedly. So excuse me Jody/Carol for being repetitious. I just can’t help myself.

1. Jody Hedlund-–Not only do I absolutely love the look of Jody’s blog but the content is equally great.

2. Susan R. Mills—-“A Walk In My Shoes”—-Love all those shoes and I’m not even a shoe person…go figure. Susan’s posts are always a delight to read.

It you have time check out these two great blogs and see if you don’t agree with me!!

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