I’m not sure how long I’ve been thinking about blogging–months for sure– but maybe even years. I knew it was something I wanted to do, and as an aspiring novelist, something I needed to do. But every time I thought about it, there were so many questions without good answers:
Blog title- Something snappy, but professional; original but not obscure.
Blog Platforms-I’ve researched the best blogging platforms with the zeal of a Southern girl belaboring which sorority to pledge. I finally settled on WordPress for no other reason than the blogs I like the most often seem to be WP.
Blog Content– Yes, sometimes I have even pondered about what I would actually blog about. But, alas, that only brought more questions: Should I focus on my writing life as a first time novelist? Or that, and everything else that interests me–religion, history, literature, cooking, running, art, politics? Still haven’t figured that one out yet. . .
So many questions. So many reasons to –just like another good Southern girl, Scarlett O’Hara–wait until tomorrow. (Now, if I could figure WordPress out I’d have a picture HERE from Gone With the Wind . . . please just visualize for now).
It finally struck me that this whole blog thing is a little like writing a novel. It’s easy to find reasons why tomorrow would be a better day to start: you need to do more research, more workshops, your children are too young, blah, blah, blah. But at some point you realize that tomorrows add up, and if you don’t start TODAY you just might never do it.
That’s what has happened to me. After several years, I recently completed my first novel, a work of historical fiction about Sir Thomas More and his brilliant daughter, Margaret. I am in the agenting process and hope to encourage others on (or thinking about) that journey.
So here is my go at blogging. I’m tying on my shoes like I do for a run that I am not sure I’m up for. I don’t quite know where all this path will lead, but by golly, I’m going to start.