Thought it might be helpful to let other bloggers on wordpress know who I am and what I am about perhaps. Besides, that is also the first assignment in the Zero to Hero Challege!
For my friends and famly, and readers who have yet to become friends, I am engaging in this 30- day challenge issued by wordpress to encourage their bloggers to become better at what we do–mainly, writing our blog! I am excited about actually learning about blogging and its techniques, because i just jumped in and started writing a little over a year ago! I wanted a forum, and I wanted to write, but most of all I wanted a place to write and interact with friends and family!
Along the way, I’ve noticed a few things: Posts about community life , like the barbecue fund- raiser at our local fire department get the most fun community interaction from local people who somehow hear about your blog. However, as I am disabled and a wheel chair user, I don’t go to a lot of these anymore, so it can only be a small part of what I would write about. Of course there are always my red hatters! They have been my “group” for ten years! We go out and play together once a month, and the relationships I have formed with those women are some of the highlights of my life. We play and laugh together and remind each other to enjoy life! Ah, then there is my neighborhood…a diverse group of people of all races, ages, and family make-up—a wonderful microcosim to observe. I was a psychologist aterrall, observing and loving people’s stories is what I love! But its also a way to estrange your neighbors! LOL
Then there are the issues I love to discuss! Domestic Violence and Abuse are two of my most hated things, and I like to campaign against them , to keep reminding people of the damage it causes and how we need to stamp it out like polio! I am a fervant supporter of public education and its importance!
I’m really into politics, but as a liberal democrat, some of my family and friends even dump me at election time, I can be overbearingly opinionated apparently–or is that them?! LOL Part of me thinks I might have to stop writing in this vain, but I’d like to be of substance as well, What good does it do, if we have the blessing to grow older , not to be able to express what we believe we have learned is important along the way?! I’m getting old enough to realize some people just aren’t going to like me no matter what I do or who I am, so I’m stronger at being myself! I try to respect those who disagree with me, and I expect their respect in return. We can do that,
Then there is genealogy…and gardening…two hobbies that I love and enjoy sharing snippets of whenever appropriate. But genealogy is becoming more than a hobby to me…I’d say a calling, a way to give a gift to my descendants. Others would say an obsession! LOL If you have read anything I’ve written in that category, you know that I love the stories…stories of my ancestors, and stories of all the new cousins I’ve met since doing my DNA on ancestry.com!
Then there is my family of course. I know that is not as interesting to you as it is to me, so I will try to keep it at a minimum. But the title of my blog is “The Heart of a Southern Woman”…my heart is in my family…but also in my friends, my life!
Spirituality and angels are another area I like to explore! I’ve had some experiences and I like to share them and to hear about others!
I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS i’D TRULY LOVE TO HAVE SOME FEEDBACK ON… I was wondering whether to change the title. I have been playing with “Stories from the Heart of a Southern Woman’ as well as just “Heart of a Southern Woman”.. I am proud of my Southern heritage–well, most of it. I also have terrible heart disease that should have ended my life quite many years ago. So “my heart”–the fact that it is still ticking–is important to me! I also think from the heart connotes genuineness—a trait I admire. (Of course, I’ve considered many other titles, more substantive, but keep coming back!)
Another question I’ve been playing around with…is… should I try to specialize in my blog…one for genealogy…one for gardening…one for red hatters..so that perhaps I would build up an audience with one subject matter? I think I prefer the different subject areas, but I do want to attract readers—so I’d love some feedback in that arena—should I lmit the scope of each blog?
But ah, I forgot! This is part of my challenge, incorporating seveeral days’ assignments as I try to catch up! LOL Day six’s assignment was to insert a new element–new to you. So one thing I want to do is try to create and insert a collage of pictures, depicting the various subject matters I like to write about…I’ve never done a collage before, so lets”” just see how this goes!
Thank you for any feedback you can give, and here’s looking forward to a productive challenge! Helen