This Holiday break, while recovering from stomach flu, I read JK Rowling’s new book, Silkworm (published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith). Has anyone else read it? In it, the author is less than kind in her portrayal of bloggers. Heck, she is less than kind about publishers and agents as well. One of her characters observes that we need more readers and less writers.
I rethought blogging, now that I’m nearing my two year mark. Am I a writer who would be better off stopping and being a reader? Then my blog received an award and I was asked a series of questions about how and why I blog. Do I think it’s going to do me or my career any good? Those are good questions. I’m not a traditional blogger, in that I don’t usually write vignettes about my life and family, but I do put myself in my writing, always. We all have our reasons for blogging. Some of us have health issues, and we are isolated inside our houses. Some of us are poets, and we all know how rich poets are…. Not. Some of us are just starting out, and hoping to learn as we go.
My reasons for blogging are simple. I love it. I hope kids read my work. I love to hear that kids of any ages like to read fairy tales, classic, retold or completely new. Even more personally, I love when people enjoy my writings. If I didn’t blog, I would be isolated, writing in my own house, struggling to find time to send out manuscripts and hoping to meet other writers somewhere. I want to write as often as I can, to hone my craft and grow, and I love being part of a community of supportive writers. I’ve seen other writers and photographers grow, improving their writing, trying new ventures and being brave. Being brave is key. I thank all of you for your support of friendlyfairytales, and thanks for all the awards!!
Thanks to Robin at Witless Dating for affirming our sisterhood. You’re a sister of my heart, my friend! ((Hugs)) Another friend nominated me as a sister, Inside a Dog’s Heart. I’m a sucker for a misunderstood dog. 🙂 And her questions sparked the idea for this post’s theme. Not being a rule follower, I will answer in my own way. 😉
Thanks to Belsbror for the Award for Love and Kindness, which is new to me. *Blushes* This is what Belsbror said about me: “She is the child in all of us. I could never think of a word that best describes her. How about unique?” Wow. That is an honor, and I am happy to speak to the inner child we all protect inside ourselves.
This award was created by Barbara at IdealisticRebel, and this is what the award is meant to convey: The Award for Love and Kindness, was created to encourage love and kindness. Barbara explains: “love and kindness promote peace in the world, and I give my respect and appreciation for all who promote these important values. It is important for us to remember that we are One Family living in One World; we are Sisters and Brothers, no matter how we look, what culture we live in, what religion we practice or who we love. In many ways, blogging removes some of the obvious barriers between us, and helps bring those of us from all walks of life, ethnicities, creeds, colors and ideals together as One Family.”
We are meant to share an act of kindness another blogger has done for us as part of our acceptance of this award, and since it’s my first acceptance of it, I will tell you a story. As most of you know, I write stories for kids of all ages, and my fairy tales are published here. I also write other stories, too, and I’m looking for a traditional publisher, heaven help me. I wrote haibun and followed PaulScribbles, who also writes haibun, some about being Scottish and playing African drums. I wrote a story with a character who played a djembe, and Paul very kindly read it for me, to catch any egregious drumming-related errors. I was honored that he was willing to read my story, and his response was very kind.
Thanks to Amy Pinkrose for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Amy is spreading love and wisdom over at Petals Unfolding. I hope you have time to visit her!
Thanks to Jeanne Marie and MichelleMarie at ThinkingPink, who gave me an award all my own!! I love how pro-Pink they are. I love their PINK site, it’s a new movement to celebrate and promote female well-being and joy in sisterhood!
Thanks to Melissa Barker-Simpson for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Melissa is a terrific poet and an enthusiastic and supportive friend. GlamCurvy T then nominated me for it again. Glam is into fashion for the curvy, and has a lot to offer. Thanks, Glam! Dear Kitty, a caring blogger with a connection to the animals, then nominated me again!! Woo-hoo!
Thanks to Barbara at IdealisticRebel for the Reader Appreciation Award. She is a friend with a big heart and a big range of issues she follows. Even me!
Thanks to Julianne Victoria, my good friend, who gave me first ever blogger award, the Sunshine Award, way back when!! She has given me the Angel Award, and she called me an angel. What a lovely thing to say! Julianne Victoria writes about spirit guides, yoga and published Haiku by Ku.
Thanks to Susanne Leist for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Susanne write the Dead Game, a paranormal and vampire fantasy series with chills and thrills. Thanks also to Lydia and Anastasia at Cupcakes and Popcorn for nominating me again for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks also to Laine Jensen at A Poet’s Journey, who nominated me again. She is terrific and insightful poet. If you have not checked out her blog, you should.
A new one for me, thanks to Vik at Following the Ink for the Recognition Tag, which startled and gratified me. How lovely to have someone just drop by and appreciate you and your blog.
Thanks to Blood, Lace and Faeries for the Sunshine Award. A fun place to shudder at the darker side of magic.
This is a party, so how about the refreshments?! How about molten chocolate lava cake, whipped strawberry smoothies, honey and almond baklava, peanut blossoms and New Year strudel. The fairies are dancing a jig, but the ale is spilling on the carpet. I hope you will quaff a sustaining brew, be it green tea, protein smoothie, fairy nectar, merlot or pale ale, and celebrate with me and all of the fabulous bloggers on WordPress and elsewhere. Why blog? Why not? We have voices and we matter!
Why do you blog? Here’s your chance to share and care. If you answer the question in the comments, please help yourself to any of the above awards. You earned it!