There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ~ Ernest Hemingway
This month marks the one year anniversary for my blog. Looking back on my life I never thought I would be a blogger. I never thought I would enjoy it. On a whim, my good friend Kelly Neil, set up a blog for me and suggested I explore it. She had this gut feeling that I would enjoy it, run with it, and make it a wonderful place to share my ideas and experiences. At first I started writing my blog to pass time, to soothe Kelly into thinking her gut feeling was right. I viewed my blog as an experiment. I never fully expected I would keep it going. However as the year progressed I found myself tossing and turning in the middle of the night thinking about things I wanted to write. More than once I even got out of bed and wrote an entry just so I could quiet my mind to go back to sleep. Writing started to become more than just a time filler for me. It became a passion, a desire, a dream, and I longed to improve my skills and connections. I discovered I love to write and connect with others in the blogging and writing community. I discovered I am passionate about Manitoba and Nova Scotia experiences and want to encourage others to explore these great provinces. I discovered that deep down I always knew I wanted to be a writer, but that I was just afraid to acknowledge it.
Thank you to everyone that reads my blog. Thank you to Kelly Neil for encouraging me, you knew I wanted to be a writer long before I did. Thank you to all the bloggers and writers that have reached out to me with encouraging words and advice. Thank you to my parents who always help me bounce my ideas around and set my ideas straight. Thank you to my husband who continually gives me encouragement to pursue writing. I can't believe that in one short year I have discovered a passion, had almost 9000 hits on my blog, connected with my readers and other writers in various parts of the country, received praise from travel and tourism venues, and most of all decided to admit to the world that I am a writer. I am truly grateful to have these experiences.
So here I sit, one year later, and I am contemplating where do I go from here. I most definitely will continue to blog, however I now realize I would like to write occasional pieces for tourism, newspapers, and magazines. I have made the jump from calling myself a blogger to now calling myself a writer. The transition from blogger to writer is a slow progression but I keep my positive outlook strong. I know that admitting I am a writer is the hardest part, but it is the most rewarding.
If you are reading my blog and would like to have me contribute to your website, newspaper, or magazine, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am open to all opportunities that will help me grow as a writer and as a person.