Singing my own trumpet is not something I find easy to do coming from a Victorian era upbringing. To tell of your achievements was akin to a sin. One shouldn’t bignote themselves. As a writer, an introverted activity, I am happy to be alone, lost in my world of words and syntaxes, communicating with friends in small groups rather than large but it had to change with the completion of a manuscript that needed to be marketed. I had to sell myself. My first attempt at pitching to the publisher was disastrous. I had made it through the first hurdle and been selected to pitch based on my written pitch but I fell at the post. I couldn’t sell myself. I couldn’t say how great I was, what a fantastic book I had written. In fact my incoherent burble was enough to make those listening wonder whether or not I could string a sentence together.
I had to get my act together so I did two things. Firstly I went to Toastmasters. I had to learn to speak. What an improvement there is in just a year. I can’t say I’m great at it but I no longer freeze, unable to articulate any sound when it comes to impromptu speaking and when it comes to giving my pitch I’ve practiced on so many clubs that I feel confident that I can deliver it ably when I get around to rewriting the bit the lawyer thought might cause me problems.
The second thing I did in an effort to develop what I now know is called an author platform is start a blog. My first post was made on the 7th August 2013 so I have been blogging a little under a year. I am not trying to sell my book to all of you although I must admit that before I started I had thought that it was a possibility and also that I may be found by a publisher but I was unprepared for how blogging became a daily part of my life and I couldn’t give two hoots about the effect if has on my book sales.
I thought it might be a difficult thing to do so I set myself a goal – I would post something everyday for a year. That I have done and the other day I received notification that I had reached a milestone – I had posted my 500th post.
Yes you guessed it – soon the one turned to two, sometimes more a day. I rediscovered my photographs (I’ve always been snap happy but after awhile they lie forgotten in shoe boxes and albums rarely seeing the light of day) and the stories they bring back. Before long I discovered challenges and a whole community of people. I apologise to everyone that I am not a more constant visitor at your sites – no excuse except lack of time due to my studies and other commitments but you all write such interesting, emotive, thoughtful pieces or show such wonderful photography that I couldn’t possibly get to everyone every day and do justice to the work that I know you have pondered over. I do appreciate your visits to mine.
I have also received some awards that I have been very tardy in acknowledging and am very honoured to accept.
The first is the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Nida from On the road to inkrichment She is a writer and she does it beautifully and with humour. She writes of herself “I write because I owe a ten year old girl an explanation. A girl who years ago wrote personal diaries, essays and stories…but never found her way beyond those crumpled papers. Until now. I write because I think I have something to say; mostly uninteresting, random things that make my blood bubble or freeze; depending on the intensity of the situation.” Thank you Nida for nominating me.
Rules for accepting the award nomination:
Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
List the rules and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (I’m sorry I’m only nominating ten whose blog sites I know.)
Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Seven Facts About Me:
I believe in social justice for all
I believe we need to act on climate change
I love ice cream and believe it should be added to all desserts.
I should avoid eating desserts as my level of exercise has decreased
Dancing (latin and ballroom) is my favourite form of exercise
I love looking at other peoples houses so I troll around open houses when I have nothing else to do. (sad isn’t it)
I just bought a robotic vacuum cleaner so I can do less housework than I already do.
Ten Inspirational Bloggers:
This is where it gets difficult as I think so many of you are inspirational bloggers. I know some of you don’t like awards so take it that you are valued anyway. Some of you I know have had oodles of awards lately and will probably freeze over at the thought of more – so be aware that I have thought of you. I wish I could choose all of you but I can’t so I have chosen as my recipients people who inspire people to challenge themselves i.e. people who run the challenges that I enter as I know they inspire many more than just myself. I hope that you will accept them but I totally understand if you don’t but either way please be aware of the appreciation that we have for you in the running of these challenges.
I am also nominating the following but I don’t know whose post to attribute these to so if you see this and they belong to you please accept would like to.