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Medium and Happy New Year

I know I haven’t written in ages. First of all, I write very little these days. Second of all, every draft I write I want to try to get published somewhere for pay.

Also, I think I’d like to start blogging on medium.com. If you have an account there, I would love it if you follow me (I will follow you back too!)

If you don’t have an account, you should sign up! Lots and lots of great content on every topic imaginable. My latest post has been published there. I will add the link here and I’d appreciate a read!

Hope you’re all doing well!

Link is: Jewish New Year

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What did you always want to read about

My writing has been stuck for a while. I have enough ideas, that’s not the problem. But I struggle to find an angle with every subject. I want to tell my stories but I think stories alone are not interesting. I have to learn to find something people can relate to.  Something that makes people say: “Me too!”. That’s the hardest part of writing. To find the lesson, the universal truth or at least something bigger than “I”.

I hear writing a lot improves writing. I really should be posting more on my blog. But I’m stuck here as well. I don’t know what to write about on here. Any suggestions as to what you’d like to read more of? I think I covered most of our holidays by now. I can’t be too personal as this blog is public and as much as I’d like to think that I’m anonymous, I’m sure it doesn’t take much to figure me out.

So I’d like to hear from you guys what you’d like to get out of this blog.

Thanks in advance!

Rebecca x

How I’ll try to get my creative juices flowing.

Since I don’t think anything will get written unless I force myself I decided to start by using prompts. The topics will be about anything. I’m doing it to get the creative juices flowing. I have had some ideas of topics fitting my blog (religious things) but it just won’t write right now. Here is to hoping that it will get me back to writing.

Anyone still reading my blog, I thank you! ❤

Chase your dream and get published!

Besides posting on this blog I also submit to various sites. Since this blog is a hobby, this is the way I make some “pocket money” from writing. I had a few sites on my bucket list and I’m proud to say I have been published on most them. Some of them are not paid but it’s great to have on your resumé. My bucket list goals met are Scarymommy.com and Huffingtonpost.ca! It’s the Canada edition but I love it as they already accepted 4 articles and published all of them on their FB pages which gives them more exposure! And a few more places like yourTango.com, Mamapedia.com (my favorite non paid place!), sammiches and psych meds, bigcitymoms.com (a very opiniated community!!) and one article was syndicated to Yahoo! Style! (That was amazing!)

Just wanted to encourage my fellow bloggers to just submit! A year and a few months ago I was just a woman who has never written a word before. I started this blog thinking why anyone would ever read what I write and I published my first ever piece which was very personal. I can see how much better I have gotten since then. I had joined a writers FB group and someone encouraged me to submit. I thought she was crazy! It was after I had written my engagement story and it was only my second post ever. But I posted it in a syndication group and lo and behold, the editor wanted to publish it! It felt like a dream…

Suddenly, things didn’t seem so impossible anymore. I started thinking that I might as well try to go big, to reach for the stars. I started submitting to paying sites and I was actually accepted! Things started taking off. I have had some articles republished a few times on different sites. My next major bucket list publication is to be in a chicken soup for the soul book!! I know I can do it and I can’t wait to let you know when it happens!

If I can do it, so can you! (I’m not a native English speaker!) So what are you waiting for?

SUBMIT!

 

Happy Blogversary!

WordPress just wished me a happy anniversary. Apparently it’s now exactly one year ago that I started this blog. So much happened in one year. I remember my first post I ever wrote. It was a personal one. I posted it in several Facebook groups asking for critique. It was the best thing I ever did. It put me in touch with a great editor who wanted to give me feedback in private because it was such a sensitive subject. The advice she gave me was so helpful and she has helped me so much since. I hope she knows how much I appreciate her. I did not feel confident at all in my writing (still not so much) and I was shocked when a piece I wrote was published on a site. It was unpaid but I got so much traffic from it, for a newbie like me it was amazing! I got the courage to submit to other sites, I mean, what was the worst that could happen? They would reject me. In the end, I even had some pieces published on paid sites. I started to believe a bit more in myself. Even on my blog, I was so surprised when people follow me and read my stuff. I appreciate everyone who does.

I have come far in this one year. I’d like to think my writing has improved somewhat. I don’t say it openly in my blog because I’m anonymous but I’m actually from a non English speaking country so English is not my mother tongue. It might not be obvious from the first minute but if my writing needs improvement it’s mostly because of the language barrier. I don’t have a depth in my vocabulary and write simply.

I am proud of what I have accomplished and am looking forward to see what this year will bring. I do have some things on my bucket list and hope to achieve them this year. I thank you again for following me and reading what I have to say.

Here is to many more blogging years!

What you can do to make a blogger happy.

If you’re like me, you probably have many fellow blogger friends. You connected on Facebook and Twitter. They’re all bloggers so you come across their posts all the time. It gets overwhelming keeping up with everyone’s posts so you pick and choose which ones to read. You try to read from the ones who always support you, then you squeeze in those posts whose titles sound interesting. You read and then continue scrolling.

I, like everyone else put effort into those posts. We write things from the heart, words that are sometimes private,  at other times we strive to be funny. We all want our blog posts read. We want to know if we made a difference or if we got a chuckle out of you or if we taught you something new.

When I write a new post, I try to promote as much as possible. I post it on my Facebook wall and in Facebook groups and on Twitter. I’m hoping at least some of my friends will click on the link and read it. I get a few likes but a like doesn’t tell me much. Did she like the post? Did she click on the link? Is she just liking it to show me she has seen it in her newsfeed? Has she read it? So many questions.


I appreciate it so much when someone takes the time to type “read it” or some kind of comment on the blog or Facebook post that shows me they have taken the time to click on the link and read what I have written.

If you take the time to click on a link, why not leave a comment? Just a simple “read it” can make such a difference to a bloggers morale. I don’t know about you but I get discouraged if I think no one reads what I write. I know some bloggers enjoy writing for themselves and it’s therapeutic and it’s like their diary and so on but not me. I WANT people to read what I write. I was never one for a diary.

Whenever I click on a link, I always try to write a small comment so the blogger knows I was there and read it. If I have nothing to say, I like the post on the blog so I make it known that I did read it. A “like” on Facebook doesn’t always mean “I read it”.

Make no mistake, this is not a post how I think all my FB friends HAVE to read all my posts. They don’t. What I do want is to know when you read it. Let me know! I’m one of those small bloggers (think 10-20 views per post) so anyone who reads it makes me so happy. To those who will say how time consuming it is to always comment I say “If you already clicked on the link, read it till the end, it just takes one more minute to type a little comment”

To me, every comment is worth gold, so much appreciated. Now, as I end this post, please leave me a comment so I know you read it!