In February of 2012, I started a blog about my family’s adventures with diabetes. That blog, The 9 Inch Plate, was the first time I “put myself out there” as a writer. I, of course, anticipated fame and fortune. To no one’s surprise, that didn’t happen.
I was working in a bit of a vacuum. (that is a giant understatement) Once I started the process, I started to find out how little I knew about writing. Somehow, I thought that you just wrote and it would all work out. Okay, I was not that naive but I didn’t have great expectations so I thought it would all work out.
But I did start reading and learning. Last April, I was led to a blog with the unlikely name My Name Is Not Bob. Really, that is the name. Not really the catchiest name but then again who was I to judge? I had no idea who the author, Robert Lee Brewer, was or why I should read his blog. But I did.
(Cue Blessings fall like rain)
The blog in April of last year was about platform building. It was a month long challenge to take steps to build your writer’s platform. Right. So, I decided to find out what a writer’s platform was, how to build it, and why I should do this. And I found out during the month.
I Facebooked, I Goodread, I set up a Twitter account, I Google+ed. It was all interesting and new to me. It was a great first step. Toward the end of the month, Robert mentioned that there was a Facebook group forming of people who were also doing the challenge.
I went to Facebook and joined the group.
Such an innocent step.
Little did I know what I was signing up for with that group.
The group started as MNINB or the Not Bobbers. After a period of time, it was decided that a new name was in order. After taking suggestions and voting the Wordsmith Studio was born.
I would like to tell you a little secret. I tend to come at situations from a business perspective. I learned years ago that my mind works differently than the mind of some of those “artsy” people. I was involved with a group and had to leave because I was so baffled by the thought process of the group. I was the square peg in that round hole.
So, I was a bit trepidatious about this group.
I was wrong. I am so fortunate to be a part of this group. They are the most wonderful people. They are supportive and helpful and just all around good people. They want to help. They want to give you the information that you need to succeed. They are there to hand out cheers for successes and kleenex for rejections.
They are the ultimate kindergarteners. They know how to share. And they are so creative and fun. So, I now can twitterchat with the best of them and post to Google+, and even create a Storify. There are still so many social media worlds to cover but I know that I will not be alone. I will have someone at WSS that will know how to do it or will work with me on figuring it out.
I even found a group that sits in the back of the class with me.
So on the first anniversary of the group, I want to thank all of them for their help and support. What a fantastic year it has been! I have so much respect for all of them and I appreciate their willingness to share with such a neophyte.
On to year two!