We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
I know—Fridays are supposed to be about grammar. Can I skip one day? Here’s my excuse:
In April of 2011 I posted my first blog. Today’s blog is number 200. Seems like the sort of milestone that should be celebrated, so I thought maybe we could have a party. I brought some refreshments.
In case you’re like me and don’t care for the taste of champagne, I’ve got some coffee in the kitchen. I’ll be glad to go get you a cup. I drink mine black, but I could probably scrounge up some cream and sugar. Sorry, no mocha frappe stuff. Never got into that.
When I first began blogging, I had to bribe a few family members to read my posts. I also knew next to nothing about how WordPress worked. Today I’ve got a few readers I don’t even have to bribe, and I’ve learned a tiny bit about WordPress. That’s progress, isn’t it?
Fortunately, several of the people in my writers’ group know a lot more about WordPress—okay, about the internet in general—than I do. They’ve been wonderful in helping me do things like put my book ad on my website, record a trailer and put it on the site and generally clean up stuff to make the site look more attractive.
Maybe I pimp my friends too much here, but can I lead one more cheer for Jillian Dodd, Charity Kountz and Nigel Blackwell? They’ve all three gone way beyond the call of friendship to help me with this. And Charity is patiently teaching (trying to teach?) me how to tag my blogs more effectively.
My all-time biggest readership was produced by my blog on “Plagiarism” last October. Some of my personal favorites are “Surrounded by Help“ on May 30th, “DFW Writers Conference” on May 23rd, “What Makes Us Love Texas” on April 11th and “Understanding Texicans” on March 2nd. Feel free to stop and go look some of these up if you’d like.
As you all know, I published my first book, Heaven Sent, a month or so ago, available now on Kindle and soon to be available on Nook and other e-readers. As a relatively unknown author self-publishing, I expected sales to be slow at the start, and I have found that expectation to be very accurate. However, I’ll be doing a blog tour soon, and I’m hoping that will stir up a bit more interest. I’m also looking at doing a print version through CreateSpace. Hope to have that put together soon, too.
Meanwhile, I’ve finished writing Fancy, the first novella in a series set in the 1860s and 1870s. I anticipate epubbing it in September and then adding the others in the series about every two to three months.
This is all enough to keep an old man busy, but you guys make it all worthwhile. I really appreciate each and every blog reader, Twitter follower and Facebook friend. This party’s for you, so dig into the refreshments and have a good time.
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