CF: Most new writers stumble into blogging because they hear it's the way to "create a platform" or "develop a web presence" or "plant seeds of future fandom." OK, I made that last one up, but the point is the same -- many new writers come to blogging looking to cultivate some sort of later benefit for their writing.
I did. And yet, I now realize I enjoy the process of blogging in its own right.
Plus, I've also discovered a much larger benefit to blogging that I never expected: The tremendous outpouring of support from other writers. Being able to connect with this interwoven community of fellow weavers of the written word is a fabulous aspect of blogging -- one that I never envisioned when I first stuck my toes into the blogging etherwebs. I've met a wonderful world of writers, from still-learning newbies like myself to multi-published writers with decades of experience, and they've all been extremely supportive. I'm blessed to have met them.
Today, I'm turning over this blog to one in particular.
The fellow writer I've known the longest -- even before I started blogging, actually -- is my good friend, Don "DL" Hammons. He is a talented writer and a dynamic blogger. His Cruising Altitude 2.0 is a wonderful blog visited faithfully by many hundreds of followers. Plus, DL is one of the most genuine, kind, and caring people I've ever met, and I'm honored to be able to call him my friend.
Please welcome DL to my small corner of the blogoverse:
Hey everybody! *waves*
Yeah…that’s me in the picture on the rim of the Grand Canyon contemplating what I was going to say here today. Forgive me if I stumble along, this is my very first guest post. I’ve done interviews before and read oodles of guest posts by other blogger/writers, but being on the other side is definitely different.
Chris and I have been pals since before either of us had a blog, trolling the writing forums together. He is a talented writer, a wealth of information, and a stalwart friend/supporter. That is why I really want to do what I can to make him proud that he tapped me for this honor.
How about a little background first? I’m married to my best friend (30 years next year) and have three awesome children (Son – 25, Daughter – 22, Son – 13), work as the Customer Services Manager for a popular lunchmeat manufacturer in central Arkansas, but what you’re probably most interested in is my writing chops. Although my passion for creative writing was born in my high school days, it lay dormant for many years while I used my skills to create procedure manuals and instruction guides for my various employers. That is until four years ago when out of the blue I felt compelled to write a short story about a spring break trip to Florida I took during my college days. The short story grew into a novella, and then eventually a full grown Mystery/Suspense novel. My passion was officially awakened!
It was during the writing of that first book when my blog, Cruising Altitude 2.0 was born. One of my characters in the book was supposed to be a popular blogger, and although I had played around with blogging on Myspace and Facebook, I didn’t have a blog of my own at the time. So I decided to create a writing blog to chronicle my experience and I gave it the same title of the blog from my book. I thought it would be cool if I ever did become published my readers could learn more about me via a connection from the book. Although the book sits on a shelf now collecting dust, the blog is still going strong. How’s that for irony?
I’ve since written a second novel (which I’m querying to agents right now), several short stories (one which will be published this summer),currently outlining my next project which will be a YA Horror/Suspense, and have worked hard to become a relevant contributor in our blogging community. Building a support group via the blogosphere takes time and effort, which I recently blogged about HERE, but it can also become a hindrance to writing development. I’ve struggled with that myself (thus the 2.0 at the end of Cruising Altitude) and finding that right balance is something every blogger has to face. It can be done though, and the rewards are well worth the effort.
I want to thank Chris for giving me the opportunity to drop by and visit with ya’ll (yes – I live in the South). If you’re one of his followers, you’ve chosen well. If not, become one now. You’ll be richer for it!