Thanks to the encouragement of ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, I am putting aside my top level of insecurity (that would be the one that has prevented me from joining this amazing support group before today) and stepping in the circle.
Are you wondering what brought me here? Plain and simple, confusion and a basic wonder if I have a clue what I am doing. I sure spend enough time at it.
After we returned from our 2012 around the world adventure, I was pumped up and ready to write my first book. My daily journal of 71k words seemed like a good place to start. My AtoZ challenge posts focusing only on travel tips added another 10k words after I edited out all that was blog only. And that’s it. No more. Nothing.
My Things to Do List stares at me, mocking me, offering me 100 alternatives to writing my book. Some are useful like writing this post, others just fill my time.
When I am not “doing,” I am thinking. Lately my thoughts have been dominated with wondering where I am going with all of this; why my blog is still called Laugh Quotes when the focus has shifted twice, first from its origin of funny t-shirts (this lasted only a few months) to humor/lifestyle, and now to the fun side of travel, adventure and expat life in New Zealand; and if my blog is called Laugh Quotes, why is its Facebook support page not called that, but rather “Things Which Make Me Laugh.”
I guess I should add to my list of things to do: “review rules on run-on sentences.”
How I got here is a long story to be saved for another day, or never.
What I hope to get from IWSG is simply:
- That comforting feeling that I am not alone. (not in the misery loves company sort of way, but rather in knowing that we all feel insecure at times, even those bloggers and novelists I read that always seem to have it all together.)
- Direction – Where do I start?
- Recommendations: Should I change the blog name? If not, should I start a new Facebook fan page called “Laugh Quotes” or keep going with the current one that has 10K followers? (FB won’t let me change the name, I tried.)
On the bright side, my blog name isn’t as stupid as the pen name I picked when I did my very first on-line writing on Squidoo, which is Pukeko (a purple swamp hen from New Zealand):
If you haven’t come across IWSG before and are wondering what it is, I would recommend taking a visit to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. It’s a group created by fearless leader Alex to give writers an opportunity to “release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.” Participants post on the first Wednesday of every month, which just happens to still be today in America.
Big congratulations to Alex and his team (Joy Campbell, Michelle Wallace, Joylene Nowell Butler Susan Gourley/Kelley, L. Diane Wolfe, and Lynda Young) for the launch of the new Insecure Writer’s Support Group website and Facebook page.
Thanks Alex, that little note of encouragement was all I needed. Now I can spend the rest of the day stressing about the fact that I wrote a post that is neither funny, travel, expat or loaded with photos!