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Finding My Voice

In the past year, I have put myself in the position of having to “present” to a group of people on various topics relating to blogging.  I am no stranger to talking to groups, but it is usually in a sewing classroom where my comfort level is extremely high. Obviously, I am not as versed in the blogging world. The fact that anyone is even reading this is, well amazing to me.

Apparently, I can be funny. Imagine that! In front of a group of strangers, I come across as humorous.  Is it fear? Am I really a comedian masquerading as a woman approaching senior citizen discounts? Ok, I actually qualify for some of those and am able to sneak in on others I don’t. Like the movie theater. Tell a teenager you want a senior ticket and show them your license as id for your credit card. Do they check how old you are? NOT EVEN ONCE!

The challenge now becomes writing the way I speak. This is not easy. More than once, it has been suggested to me that I record what I want to say and then transcribe it to my blog. I have the technology to do this, but like almost everyone, I’m not so fond of hearing my own voice. Podcasting might be a solution; but there’s that voice thing again.

Step One: Write more. I keep telling myself to do that, but then things come up. Fun things. Like new sewing toys, or dinner with family. (Ok, not all my family is fun.) There are just so many hours in the day, and when you get to my stage in life, you tend to be super picky about how you spend them. And then there’s the borderline ADD thing. I don’t really have ADD, I refer to it as Pinball Brain. You know, where you do one thing and it takes you somewhere and you lose track of what you started doing and pretty soon you’re bouncing all over the place. Like now.

Focus! Go back to Step One.

Eventually, I will find my voice as long as I approach this with a Pink Attitude.


W is for WordPress

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to WordPress during a blogging challenge.

Last year, I made a decision to start a sewing blog. I did the research, asked a few writing friends, and for unknown reasons chose WordPress. It is by far the best decision I have made regarding blogging. You really can start a bog in 10 minutes.  I joined the local WordPress Meetup group, where I meet the most supportive people. If there is one in your area, I strongly encourage you to join. Afterall, WordPress is a community.

WordPress provides excellent customer service. Their tech gurus are called Happiness Engineers and to date have yet to disappoint. Occasionally, they pop up in a chat window, just to see if you need help. I love that.

I recently attended PressPublish in Phoenix, AZ. It was a conference aimed at bloggers. Yes, there are super coder people who use WordPress and yes I have learned a lot from them. This event wasn’t for them, it was just for bloggers. Those of us who share our stories, ideas, tips, recipes, etc. A day devoted to our questions and challenges. And help. And food!  Lots and lots of food. And chocolate. I love chocolate.

This was a new venue for WordPress, but it is one that I hope was successful enough that it is repeated. I know I’d sign up.