I’ve been drifting around the blogosphere since roughly 2006, when I joined LiveJournal. Before that, I was involved in fandom-related message boards and before that there were AOL chat rooms. Yes, I know I’m dating myself.
I started on LJ at the encouragement of my best friend. She was into Supernatural, and encouraged me to watch it. I tried, but the show never held me. I’m glad she convinced me to join LJ, though. Some of my closest friends are people I met in the Stargate fandom. I was heavily involved in that fandom in the mid-to late 2000s, and while most of the acquaintences I knew there have moved on, I still have friends like Natacha, Hannah, and Jess who are daily parts of my life.
I blogged for a few years on Blogger but never made many connections there. It was a niche blog and I struggled to find enough regular content in between bouts with migraines. When I started on WordPress, I expected a similar experience. I didn’t plan to use this blog much. I just wanted a place where I could post the occasional opinion piece that didn’t fit in with my fan culture musings.
I didn’t have a plan or care very much about whether or not the blog gained a following. Sure, it would’ve been nice, but that wasn’t what I was after. Well, my occasional opinion piece turned into a daily blog about stories, finding inspiration, and connecting with people around us. I post about my experiences in fiction writing, and if you are a writer, you’ll find a lot of tips and goodies here. For me, the main thing that makes this blog special is how much of it is written in response to (or in support of) other bloggers. I never set out to do that, but I’ve been lucky because I’ve met lots of folks with interesting and diverse points of view. My favorite part of blogging here is joining in their conversations. Somewhere along the way, I’ve gained over 200 followers.
Given that some of my friends’ blogs have followers in the thousands, I guess that might not look impressive, but 200 people is enough to fill a plane and it’s more than I envisioned when I began on WordPress in November 2013.
I think I’ve met more people this year than I have in the previous four years combined, and most of them are people I’ve met from WordPress or social media accounts associated with bloggers here.
So, I’m at a loss about today’s Writing 101 assignment. How do I pick the people I find most interesting, and how do I describe them when I don’t give a crap about their appearances and mannerisms? I decided that instead, I would put together a little thank you.
First and foremost: thank you to every person has followed this blog. I appreciate you, and if there’s ever anything I can do for you or to help make your blogging experience better, just ask.
Thank you to those of you who regularly read, like, and comment on my posts. Alex I haven’t forgotten about when we were talking about Sailor Moon. Still going to get back to that (one of these days.) Trent, Natacha, Natalie, I always look forward to posting Star Wars because I know you guys will have interesting comments. Karen, I always enjoy your reviews and seeing your trains of thought on various things. I’m happy to see your avatar show up in the like box.
ROW80 bloggers like Denise, Eden, Shan Jeniah, and everyone else who’s visited (I can’t possibly link to everyone, sorry!) thank you as well.
And of course, thank you to the folks who oil my brain and keep the wheels and gears turning with all of their thought-provoking and fun content. Natacha, Hannah, Gene’O, Diana, Suzie, David and Holly Shannon, Yolanda, and anybody else I’m forgetting.
This week I started reading some new blogs, and I haven’t gotten to know those folks yet, but they definitely get some interesting points as well! Check out fantasy author Kat Clemens, former Olympic Athlete Amy Gamble and fellow geek Christine.
And as I’m closing, if you’re a storyteller interested in diversity and representation for people with disabilities, check out my post from last night. I have a new project in mind to help authors create strong positive characters with disabilities and feedback will help.