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O – Orange you glad you blog? I am!!!!

orange tree

Remember that Knock-Knock joke?


Who is there?


Orange who?

Orange you glad it’s not banana?

I haven’t been blogging for long, only several months.  I started blogging in response to all the recommendations I had received regarding developing my ‘author platform’.  Every time I hear that term, I imagine building a raised deck out in my backyard, somewhere to worship to the literary success gods.  I know that isn’t what they are really talking about, but I like the idea of a raised platform, a kind of a look-out tower for potential book buyers.  Maybe when I see a book-buyer, while up in my platform, I could pop them with a tranquilizer gun, hack their Amazon account on their phone (which invariably will be on their person somewhere), and order a book for them – that’s one way of doing a platform.

When I began blogging, it was really, really nerve-wracking.  Instantly publishing my blatherings to the internet, for anyone to look at and read, made me so nervous.  At first, writing a post once a week, seemed like such a major undertaking, coming up with something pithy.  The comments I received were encouraging, thoughtful and supportive and I pressed on.

I went on Twitter and started an account as well, but honestly I don’t really get Twitter.  A majority of the things twitted or tweeted seem like half-thoughts, I don’t understand them.  It’s almost like coming into a disjointed conversation half-way through.  ‘What does it all mean?’ I say to myself.  I still don’t have an answer.

The blogging thing though, makes total sense to me.  I post stuff, if people like it, they ‘Like’ it.  If they have something even cleverer to say, which they usually do, they leave a comment.  How cool is that? Then a really interesting started to happen.  I was happy to see comments from people. Their comments made me chuckle, they added something to my little post and I became enchanted with the Blogging Universe.  It’s a huge universe with unbelievably interesting people from all over the world.

I have become involved in commenting marathons, which have veered off onto tangents which have absolutely nothing to do with the original post.  I have looked at photos of gardens from around the world, listened and commiserated with people telling of their bad days.  I have read tips on writing, on self-publishing and all aspects of being an author.  I have enjoyed posts on opinions, lists, memories and brilliant poetry.  I have admired adorable pet photos and read the incredible things bloggers’ children are doing and saying. I know there is so much more out there to learn, to read, to enjoy and admire.

Now, I am doing the A to Z Challenge, and I haven’t missed a letter yet.  I am on the downhill slope, tomorrow is ‘P’.  The posts are getting a little harder to come up with, but doing this seems to have been an exercise in expanding the creative process.  My husband says ‘Orange you glad’ is stretching a bit, but I think it is funny and silly and kind of stupid, and it cracks me up!!!!  You are probably thinking – it’s funny if you’re a five-year old.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the photo.

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