Blogging 101, Day 26: Extend Your Brand

(Today’s Assignment: Extend your brand with one of the following: a custom Blavatar, a custom image widget, or a Facebook fan page. )

Yippee!  I’ve already done this one.  I created a custom image widget early on. It’s my picture right at the top of the left sidebar.  I don’t want to maintain another fan page; I already have one for my other blog. So I got off easy today.  I think I’ll go see what the daily prompt is.


Blogging 101, Day 11: Be a Good Neighbor

Today’s Assignment: Get out your calling cards, and leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

This one couldn’t have come on a better day.  It was already my plan to go blog-hopping and investigate some blogs I’m considering following, so there will probably be more than four comments before my day is done.

And I just need to say here that comments and “likes” are such an encouragement. Image I love it when my reader stats  hit new highs, and the numbers are continually improving over on my Bible study blog, especially. What would make it even better is if more people would comment.  When no one comments, I don’t know if it’s because they all agree with every word I’ve written, or they were just bored, or if they’re speechless with dismay and can’t think of anything to say.

Comments, even if they’re courteously-worded criticisms, help the writer immensely.  I love them, welcome them. And if they’re offensive, I don’t publish them.

Blogging 101, Day 10

Today’s assignment: add and/or customize two widgets. If you want to write a post, try something shorter-form.

Ahhh, widgets.  Love them.  Haven’t taken a lot of time to put any new ones on this blog, so this will be a fun project.

In the process, learned how to make an image widget (took some fiddling to get it right!) and decided once again to change my theme.


Blogging 101, Day Nine: Inspire Yourself

Today’s assignment: write a post inspired by your About page or widget.


So of course, I had to go back and read my About page again. The one thing that stopped me cold was this: “My biggest fear? Rejection, of course!”

That’s a hard thing to admit.  You’d think, having lived this long, I would have gotten past all that worry about what others think of me, or of my work. In many ways, I have.  The thing is, writing is like any other creative effort; it’s kind of like having a baby.  You grow it and nurture it and keep it close to your heart during gestation, until it’s time to present the world with your creative masterpiece. Then,  the baby comes and you’re in love with your own creation, believing totally that no one else has ever produced such a fine  piece of work. Your pride is immense, and you want to announce to the world that YOUR very own baby is finished and ready to put on display.

The very last thing you need at that moment is for some random person to say, “He looks like Jabba the Hutt.” Rejection!

I’m scared to death that some editor will look at my work and think of Jabba. How awful would that be?  It seems safer to me to just write for fun, never risking rejection. If I do that, however, I ruin the whole point of writing.  Like any other creative effort, writing is meant to be read–by someone other than the writer.


I know!  I’ll just blog, and I can “publish” my work and people can read it or not, and I won’t ever feel rejected!  Yay!

Of course, I also won’t ever be able to pay for the groceries unless I keep working at my present job until I start to drool or I fall off my chair. Or both.

Did you notice how cleverly I segued from serious to silly?  It’s a lot easier to poke fun at myself than it is to take a long hard look at how I deal with (hasn’t even happened yet) rejection.  Never try, and I’ll never fail.

I’m just such a scaredy-cat.

Zero to Hero Challenge: Day Two

So  I opted to take the challenge and learn more about blogging and writing.  Every day there’s a challenge. Yesterday was Day One, and we were asked to introduce ourselves.  Today, Day 2, we were asked to decided whether or not the title and tagline of our blogs was really what we wanted.

The title definitely is what I wanted.  This blog is mostly about writing; my efforts to improve, to find my own style, to find the motivation to do something I’ve always wanted to do but felt I had no time or energy to do.

The tagline, I changed.  I’m not teaching anything in this one.  I’m not pushing an agenda or selling a product.  It’s about writing, and nothing else.  I feel good about making that change.  I also updated my “blavatar,” as WP calls it, since the other one is maybe ten years old.  The new one is already two years old.  I don’t have a lot of current pics of myself.

Blogging 101: Zero to Hero

Day One: introduce yourself.

My name is Linda.  I’m a wife, mom, grandmom, ex-teacher, and now counselor/therapist in a Christian counseling office.  I get to speak to women’s groups sometimes, and that’s a joy to me.

I’ve been blogging for about two years now, on  It’s been an amazing experience, However, I’ve developed so many categories that have nothing to do with Bible study that I decided two  days ago to open a new blog just for writing experience.

The daily prompts and other challenges here at WP have been wonderfully helpful to me. I’m a procastinator. I have at least two books running around in my head waiting to be written.  I’m hoping through this challenge to find my motivation and get busy on those books before I’m too old to sit up long enough to write.