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Two Writing Teachers
The other day I noticed someone made a comment on my very first post - my blog birthday - which just so happens to have been almost a year ago. Intrigued, I went back to inquire. Here is the story.
Back when I was a blog stalker, I would travel from one blog to another, losing my way in the process. Sometimes I felt like I needed to be more like Hansel and Gretel and leave a breadcrumb trail. Some blogs I would bookmark or remember, others were lost in my memory. It was during this time I stumbled onto Memoirs from the Belly.
I left a comment on this blog which just so happened to have been on the day after my first post. On this particular post, she wrote about how she originally started her blog to promote her writing business. She received very little traffic and became discouraged, so she stopped writing for almost a year. For some reason that day, she had come back to her blog and realized she was writing for the wrong reasons, hence the title, "What's the Point?" She realized she had stories to tell, and that was why she wrote. It didn't matter if no one read them, because they were written for her son.
I had just started my blog and was of course questioning myself. Who is going to read this? Why did I think I could write? I don't know a thing about blogging.
Here is my comment to her on April 30, 2013:
I just came across your blog, and your writing and story are beautiful! I have cautiously entered the world of blogging and am very unsure of what I am doing. Your words about how who sees my blog is not as important as to the reason why I write. Thank you for your "inadvertent nudge." Maybe I can do this after all.
It just so happens in that one year, she wrote one post, and had one comment - from me!
It just so happens that one year later - in April 2014 - she reads that comment which I wrote in 2013, and finds me.
Of course I returned to her blog to "catch up" on her life. She has a beautiful little boy and the stories of her journey are about heartache, joy, life, and relationships - true slices of life.
A year ago, she gave me a nudge, made me think about who I was writing for. She is back to writing, so now it is my turn. I encouraged/invited her to write a Slice of Life. She said she had heard of Two Writing Teachers but had never participated. I was thrilled when she said she was going to give it a try this week.
I hope that today I will run my eyes down the list of slices and see her name. If you have the time today, please find her blog, read her stories, and give her a nudge and encourage her to write with us.
Maybe she will then say, "It just so happened..."
Note - she did write her first slice! Please visit her here.