Three new things that I have been doing:
1) Participating in WP’s Discover Prompts
I’ve been blogging for ten years (but not all on WP), and I’ve never blogged every day nor have I ever participated in any WP challenges. I’ve tried to, but the timing was never right. Doing this has been more rewarding than I thought. I like that my brain can’t think of anything to do for the word-of-the-day, and then I wake up with an idea. Or I have to think really hard about what I want to write. It’s also great to meet new bloggers and read what they have to say.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day. – A.A. Milne
2) Uploading audio videos on YouTube.
My vids are probably one of least exciting things on YT, but there’s no denying it’s THE place to share content. I was also looking for an alternative to SoundCloud where my upload limit was reached (and then old content was deleted). Even after I paid to keep my recordings online, opened another account, it felt like I was in the wrong room.
The problem though is I’m horrible about sharing my videos or even blog posts! I’ve become small, so I upload and then do nothing. I swear I’ll get brave again or clever or ideally both about promo, but for now, it’s a big deal to share on the most popular platform in the world.
If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? – George Carlin
3) Getting that memoir going – again.
After doing all the things we’re told we (writers) should do and getting those knockdown rejections, I put the book away (see scaredy cat) for a year. I just let it go and went about my life. I told myself that no one is interested in a nobody like me. But don’t get me wrong, I like me, and I’m not beating myself up. It was simply straight talk. I don’t have droves of adoring fans and I haven’t led the kind of remarkable life that makes mainstream media chase me through town.
But then I thought what if I try to find someone to help me make it better? So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going through that grinding editing process and where it takes me I don’t know. It sure does help to see that my latest comment was from a longtime reader who said, “Always like your writing, Lani. Still waiting for your second book.” Thanks, Mabel.
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.