I wrote my first short story in the fifth grade.Â I'm amazed
at how much attention it brought me.Â Actually, it was a little freaky
for a fifth grader, but it was the beginning of my writing career.Â If
you could call it that.Â I did three more major works that year.Â Major
works to a fifth grader are 2-3 pages of text.Â Challenging!
In the late 80s
I had a national magazine publisher ask if I would co-author a book
with the magazine, and I did.Â My local paper starting publishing my
articles.Â A few others took on some of my work, and in the mid-90s
one of my college professors assigned a chapter of the University's
self-produced textbook on Biblical Geography to me as my class
assignment. Â It was not only educational and enlightening for me, but
it also got me out of all of the other class assignments throughout
that semester.Â That was great!
For the past seven years I've had half a dozen manuscripts sitting in my office waiting for final editing before heading off to the publisher.Â Fortunately, they are not time sensitive. Â I tell you all this to explain why I started blogging.Â
Blogging is like exercise.Â
If you don't do it regularly you can find a million reasons not to do
it at all.Â Not only that, but you may find yourself feeling less and
less capable of writing a solid piece when a great thought or idea
comes to mind.Â You want to share, but you're not sure you can
translate your thoughts to paper - or screen, as our case may be today.
The easiest way to get started is to get started.Â You can use the draft mode
on most blog sites to store blogs while you get your confidence back or while you find your zing!
Â Active Rain
has that feature for the world's new would-be Hemingways of real estate. Use it! Â The most important thing is to start.Â
Have someone you trust, who also loves you (very important trait), review your work before you publish.Â I
should do that more often.Â Oy!Â My wife has always been my first line
editor.Â She is a grammar maniac.Â She loves her red pen, and she knows
how to use it!Â She's "normally" very kind on those days when I've
rushed a blog to the net.Â She'll say, "Oh, by the way, you did . . .
in your blog."Â Ahhhh!Â I race to the blog and make repairs.Â It really
is great having someone nearby who actually wants to see my "body of
work" at its best.Â Find a friendly editor to work with.Â You may not
need one, but some of us do.
Do it daily, or at least often.Â That brings me back to why I started blogging.Â Writing is an art that should improve and become more fluid with repetition.Â Hence why I'm blogging.Â In order to get my other manuscripts out the door I needed to get back in the game.Â Blogging provides a great format to generate experience and practice.Â
It gives you a canvas to create your masterpieces
on, and what artist keeps all of his work to himself?Â Blogging gives you a forum of expression and place to exchange ideas with others. Â
So, get to work.Â Save your early work in draft mode
.Â I wish I had kept my early blogs in draft mode a little longer.Â When you're ready to share your talent with the world hit "Publish"
, and we'll thank you for it, I promise. And who knows, you might be the "the Greatest Blogger in the World
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(Disclaimer: All grammer, punctuation and spelling mistakes are purely for your pleasure and amusement.Â Feel free to chuckle.)