Monday, April 1, 2013


A is for AFRAID

I'm joining the A to Z April Blog Challenge in the hopes that it will abolish my fears of blogging! (Always the overachiever, going for two A's instead of one.)

Last year I was told by several well intentioned fellow writers that I should be blogging. I've tried it, in fits and starts, but I'm ashamed to admit (two more!) that blogging does not come naturally to me. I feel like I'm standing on an empty stage, facing an empty auditorium. I feel like I should say something meaningful, something witty, something funny, something interesting, something unique.....and I end up with nothing.

I'm at the point where I either need to give it up and admit that I'll never be a blogger...or I need to jump in with both feet and forget about being anything but little old me.

When I'm writing fiction, I have no problem being me. Maybe because I get to play all sorts of other parts through my characters and in doing that, I see myself pretty clearly. But writing about writing? Who the hell am I to tell anyone anything about writing? I thought it would be easier to write about books, but I have such eclectic taste. There is no over-arcing theme to what I read or write. I'm all over the place, as far as genre goes. So, I'm not here to tell anyone how to write, what to read and I'm certainly not here to tell you how to blog! But I do like to talk about writing and reading, and I think if I could get over this damnable stage fright, I would enjoy blogging about those things. So, here's my shot. Thank you, Arlee Bird from Tossing it Out, for the opportunity to rise above my fears and have some fun! Maybe by the end of April, I will be able to leave 'afraid' behind and blog with abandon!

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  1. You can do this! Anyone can be a blogger...if you can write this post you can blog and I am sure someone wants to hear what you have to say! Blessings and welcome to the Challenge, great 1st post.

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! I'm so looking forward to this month...silencing that inner critic is best done with lots and lots of words! :)
      Kristi

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  2. What a good beginning for you as a new blogger. Now that you have 'A for Afraid' out of the way you are ready for 'BLOG' on with confidence. I want to hear what you have to say whether it be Fiction or Fact. I write a bit of both...come on over.
    Sue~CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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    1. I'm heading on over, Sue! Thanks for the encouragement...day 1 was fun and liberating!

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  3. It is great that you are so honest. I remember when I first started blogging I would second guess myself and worry that people wouldn't like my post. I just write about stuff I know and what I think people will like. I look forward to your future posts.You will do great.

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    1. Thanks, April!
      My internal editor uses a bullhorn - daily - so I know what you mean about second guessing. I've gotten to the point with fiction that I can psyche out my internal editor, but blogging is a bit of a different animal, so I feel like I'm starting over there. Nice to meet such great people on the first day though! Very encouraging.

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  4. Good luck with the blogging. Your books sound amazing, I must look out for them.

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    1. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed your site today...you are a wonderfully talented photographer!

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  5. Kristi,

    Great first post. I am in the same boat as you and it is great that you abandonded all pretense and dove in honestly. I look forward to reading your next post.

    Kate
    http://katloveswriting.blogspot.com

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    1. It took me a while to get there, Kate, but this challenge is definitely helping! I'm looking forward to reading your posts too. :)

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  6. Blogging can be fun!! I'm having a great time with my blog. The challenge is a little intimidating though!
    Connie
    I'm visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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    1. I feel energized as well as intimidated...I'm wondering how I'll feel later on in the alphabet though. :)

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  8. You did it afraid, and you did it well! I love the description of being alone on a stage. That's exactly how it feels. I'm pretty new to blogging, myself, and I'd add chirping crickets to that alone on stage scenario. :) Or is that just MY blog? haha
    I look forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Nope, I've definitely heard crickets too! :)

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  9. I feel the same!! Well done on blogging tho and its always nice to meet fellow writers :)

    x

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