Forgive any blunders as I find my way through all the changes. I can be the fastest person to learn something or the slowest, and never know what I will learn quickly or slowly!
Going on twelve years ago I began a blog. It was for fun and writing practice as I had basically never heard of blogs or blogging or the blogosphere. That was going to quickly change.
I didn’t wake up one morning and say to myself: “Self I think I’m going to begin a blog today. That blog will have a brand and that brand will be monetized so I can make mucho dinero from my new and beautiful blog.”
Did. Not. Work. That. Way. In. 2004. No, it didn’t. We wrote and tried to keep improving our writing. I always had a unique voice. Blogging refined it, and made it more user friendly.
Courting Destiny (name derived from my one of my two screen names——yes we used them then, and the other was Flirting With Life), has always been a work in progress. It probably always will be as I believe that a blog like a person should always be growing and expanding with some time to breath.
I will be taking the summer to put all the posts in the proper categories. Voila, there should be an instant memoir or three! I’m also working on the proposal plus a few other projects.
Before I learned that I have nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) I was working on a memoir about a woman who had a truly wonderful life but couldn’t understand why certain things happened or didn’t. Then the memoir took sharp curves.
There was very little (basically nothing) written about adult NLD so I began writing about it. To do that I had to research (something I love) and “meet” people with NLD. This was most easily accomplished through Facebook groups. I met many wonderful people.
I have found that we take what we need from groups, and they ebb and tide in importance as we grow. There will always be plateaus as how else do we absorb new information?
I’m adopted and met my birth mother in 1988. A few years ago I talked to my oldest birth sibling from my birth father’s side. He didn’t want me speaking to the rest of the family as I’m younger than he is, and you know what that means. Absolutely nothing but as his mother is still alive. I won’t intrude so I haven’t met anyone from my birth father’s family.
I adored and adore my adoptive family. I knew I was adopted from the moment my parents brought me home so it’s always been a fact of my life. I am very proud to be my parents daughter!
I’m a better than good blogger/writer who is honest about my limitations. NLD makes it virtually impossible for me to learn how to design or redesign my blog myself.
One thing I have in abundance, and will never take for granted, is friends. Several years ago when I joined a Facebook group for mid life women who blog, live as all the rules no longer apply, and generally kick ass, I met and immediately adored Rena McDaniel.
Several months ago Rena began a new blog design company with many more features than any blog design company (and over the years I have contacted and/or used many) I know.
I was looking for a complete blog redesign that would bring my blog to levels never seen, by me, before.
Courting Destiny is my baby, and there is only one person and one company I would trust with my baby; Rena’s The Blogging 911. Because Rena knows me so well there was very little I had to tell her. And she went above and beyond by doing some things that if left to me would get done——never.
I suspect that Rena gets to know all her clients quickly and well. She’s an intuitive person with much to offer. It’s been exciting to watch Rena grow, and I can’t wait to see where the next few years bring her! Personally, I feel much better knowing that somebody, not just me, will watch over my blog.
Wait is this about Rena or Courting Destiny? Both, because now one can’t exist without the other.
I haven’t filled out all the categories on the front page of Courting yet.
As I’m the least technical person in the world, ever, I lost many of my awards and even blurbs and articles that were in mainstream media. I know, idiocy, right? Just me being me. I refuse to spend my life apologizing for what I can’t do when there’s so much I can do better than most.
If you enjoy reading my blog half as much as I enjoy writing it, I will consider this blog to be a success.