Get to Know Me

Get to know me…

Let me introduce myself so that you can get to know me and I want to get to know you, too! I’ve blogged for a while now. I

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took a course under the tutelage of Dan Blank and setup my first blog, Miss Beehaven with Hobbit Queen. It was my beginning beekeeper’s step into the world of blogging. This blog is still active, I’m just not very active at writing on it.

Then, I branched out and began blogging here and on another site, J. K. Brooks Publishing. The problem is, I still wasn’t all that good at being active.

So, I decided to try my hand at Blogging University Blogging 101 course. I first signed up last fall. But, you guessed it. Life got in the way. So, I’m trying again. This time, I’ll do as best I can in hopes I’m able to complete as many of the assignments as possible.

But, what I want most is to connect with others. To find people and make friends. I want to know from these friends if my writing efforts are worthy. If my blog is helpful. I want to know if my words are being read–what any blogger wants.

Michelle and team have “…encourage [me] to do a version of this assignment: use it to revisit what [I’ve] said when [I] first started blogging, to take stock of what [I’ve] accomplished and what more [I’d] like to do, or to lay out some goals for [my] next six months.”

I think I’ll do the last one — lay out some goals for the next six months — it is easier. Though, I must confess, I did complete an update on my “About Me” that I retitled as “Connect with Me!” So, please check it out and leave a comment or two–good or bad.

Goals for the Next Six Months

To kick this section off, I’m going to use the questions that were provided by this first assignment:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

Pam’s Answer: That’s a good question. I’ve journaled (is that a word?) for most of my life. Now, I’m suddenly wanting to put my thoughts out for the world to read. Hmm. What am I thinking? Oh, yeah. It is what everyone says you should do if you want to be successful in this new digital age of information. You need to connect. So, I’m working at connecting with people. We’ll see.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

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Pam’s Answer: Gees, Michelle. These are tough. Was I supposed to think about this? I’ve got characters buzzing around in my head that want to get put on paper. Let’s see. I got it. I don’t have a clue. I thought I’d wing it. I think I see Michelle looking at me over her glasses. Okay. I’ll think about it. Oh, I know. That’s what I hope this class will teach me how to learn to come up with a list. How’s that? Not so good. Yeah. You’re right. Well, okay. Here’s a short list:

  1. My life
  2. My life writing
  3. My life as a beekeeper
  4. My life as a novice stained glass maker
  5. My life as a cook
  6. My life as a gardener

How’s that for a start?

  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

Pam’s Answer: Oh, now I have thought about this question. A lot. Readers. People who like to read other people’s words and provide support. People who are looking for new authors. People who like to connect with other people. People.

Writing is a very lonely world. Oh, sure, an author has the characters in his or her head. But, have you talked with yourself a lot. It ain’t too much fun, bub. So, to avoid loosing a total grip, I thought it would be good to connect with people who have something to say. That are willing to engage in a conversation. To learn together.

  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Pam’s Answer: Another tough question. And, here I thought answering these questions would be fun and a piece of cake. Hahahaha. Well, let me think. (Picture Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life). Clarence taps his finger to his chin, and he says, “Yes. Yes, I believe that will do it.” And poof, magic happens.

I’d like to know that

  • I’ve connected with at least one hundred new souls
  • I’ve established an active interaction with at least 50 of them
  • I will be encouraged to build my connections, friendships, and to continue with my writing.

Whew! Am I glad those questions are over. Thanks, Michelle and team for pushing me forward. I have one blog post down (actually two, if you count my updated Connect with me…)!!! Whoopee!

Write on dear friends to be…
Pam

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7 Replies to “Get to Know Me”

  1. Wow! I seem to have missed a lot of the questions you answered. I have been busy, busy, busy. Hopefully, I will get to spend more time checking out the assignments tomorrow. I have made a few great blogging friends, but it is always nice to meet new ones.

     
    1. Life does flow in and out on the blogging front. I’m going to try my hand at setting aside every other day for blogging. It seems there is no time for writing on my novel if I don’t. 😉

       
  2. Hi Pam! Connecting with people on the blog is one of the things I found most fun and helpful. Just a thought, why not just use one blog? I don’t know that you have to limit yourself and your posts to one category or genre. If you always post in one place, you may find it easier to more active and make more connections? Just an idea. Look forward to following you! : )

     
    1. Hello Michaela! Glad to meet you! Love your name and your blog is awesome! You’re suggestion is a valid one. I plan on moving my honey bee blog to this one. I just hadn’t done that yet. As for my second blog, it is actually for the writing group I belong; I host it for them. I’m learning how to juggle my hours so I can leave time for what is important, which is writing my books. 🙂 I look forward following your blog and to more of your wonderful ideas, too!

       
  3. Welcome, I think most of us are at the same stage. I love gardening and cooking too, my blog mainly features those two and also travel. A great way to connect is to join linky parties. I’ve been blogging for about 8 months now, and have forged so many close friendships from around the world. Good luck with the course.

     
    1. Woohoo! Good to meet you Loretta! I’ll check out your blog. Sounds like we may have a couple of common connections already! Yay! It will be a joy following you and participating in this course! Happy 2015!

       

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