Day 1 – 2015 Introduction

It almost seems odd to start a writing challenge without a prompt but according to the National Day Calendar, it’s National Author’s Day which is perhaps why the NaNoWriMo starts on this day?

I signed up for this year’s NaBloPoMo to kick start my writing again, and for many, I do ponder the timing when it seems to be such a busy time. However, I’m game and I have also coerced convinced at least one friend to blog along with me. I also do really enjoy meeting and greeting new bloggers and share encouragement (if only we could all read and comment on blogs full-time).  I also did sign up for Word Press Blogging U to give me a more structured experience as well as to review some of the WP blog basics.

Our first assignment is Introduce Yourself to the World.

I just reread my “About” section and feel it still rings true about the person I am and the background of how I chose my blog name and social media handles as well as the topics that the blog will cover – Food, Drink, Life. I do think that as time has passed, I may end up writing more posts that will be filed under the Life category:  bigger topics, longer posts that require research, and (deep breath) social commentary. I am one of many who often feel that what we think, feel or see wouldn’t be of interest to others.  It was timely to discover The Daily Post and in particular, the post written by Robyn titled You Are Enough.  Something that stood out to me:

The writers that I admire the most are those who can write about any topic, and draw me in with their exuberance. A writer’s moxie makes any story magnetic.

I am drawn in by their passion, not by their perfection.

Perhaps I am not as interesting as Robyn’s friend.  Perhaps my writing is rusty. What do I write about?

But perhaps I am.  And more writing will make it better. And I do have stories to tell.

One of the nicest compliments that really gives me the warm fuzzies is when someone tells me that I “light up” when I am talking about a topic that is important to me. I feel blessed that I can feel passionate about something, or rather many things, as the Life category will likely prove over time.

Writing will revive one of the big dreams I had as a child, and I’ve had a lot of ideas swirling in my mind these past months. I am also eager to try different styles of writing so I can develop a new portfolio of writing suitable for today’s media and audience. I’m a reforming English Literature major who was in the school of, “Why use one word when you can use 10?” Twitter has been a challenging teacher!

In any case, since we are all authors of our own blogs, Cheers to You, whether it is your first post or the first of post of the month of many months or years of writing.

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