Last week, I attended the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Inc. conference in Oklahoma City. While there I received several very interesting tidbits which William Bernhardt referred to as "grammar myths". Come to find out, starting a sentence with "But " or "And" is not forbidden. That totally rocked my world, since I've been avoiding it all my life. I also learned I can split infinitives if I want too as long as it doesn't confuse the reader.
BUT the most valuable thing I learned came from C. Hope Clark. She helped me identify WHY I blog. I've been doing it for several years -- inconsistently -- but I didn't know why it was important for me to do so, or how it relates to book sales. I wasn't even sure what I should be blogging about.
Ms. Clark explained that it's about connecting with people in a positive way, letting them into your world so that they become interested in what you have to say. But she also said its a two way street, and that when someone comments on a blog, the blogger should respond back. It creates a conversation. It lets readers know that their opinion is important to the blogger and that they aren't wasting their time talking to a robot.
I told Ms. Clark that I have been a floral designer for forty three years and that most of my friends identify me with that more than they do writing. She advised me to incorporate those years of unique experiences into my blog and my writing.
The blog address should be in my name. That is easier for readers to remember.
So with all that clarified in my mind, I'm working to blend my blog, Paula A. Bruno, which I started as a scrapbook for Come Hell or High Water, with my most frequently read blog, "Looking' Out My Back Door". This and all future blogs will be on the www.paulaabruno.blogspot.com address.
"…By what stretch of arrogance do you think a life form that looks like you is more important than a life form that doesn’t?”Joel Salatin
Nothing is more beneficial to your wellbeing than to look for and acknowledge those parts of everyday life that you enjoy.
"If you are happy where you are now, why does it matter how painful it was to get there?" -- Abraham
"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -- Bilbo Baggins a.k.a. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play in your hair." -- Kahill Gibran
“And forget not