Monday, July 25, 2016

See Jane Write

Saturday, I attended my first See Jane Write event: How to Build Buzz for Your Blog, Book, or Brand. I have been blogging on and off since the beginning of the format. I remember arguing that Blog would win over Weblog as the common name. I'd like to say that I hail back to the Bulletin Board days, but my husband does. 

Click here for notes from the day!
Javacia wanted to find a writing community in the Birmingham area for non-fiction bloggers. There were fiction groups and journalists, but not what she was looking for. She reached out to other women writers to see if they wanted to meet. Writers need a group or tribe as we spend so much time alone in our craft. One thing lead to another and See Jane Write began about five years ago.

Part of me regrets that I didn't join in at the beginning because I could tell See Jane Write would grow into something awesome. At the time, I was recertifying to teach and was moving out of the writing world. Writers write. If they are not doing so a part of them is dying, shriveling, unsatisfied . . . lost. Lesson plans, a classroom blog, professional blog, and twitter kept some of that need to write alive. However, it's not the same as when I was giving novel writing a go and writing Killing Time (my blog in the late 1990 and early 2000).

I worked incredibly hard to recertify to teach. I loved teaching with middle school kids subject I'm passionate about, but I couldn't figure out how to be a good mom, wife, friend and individual while working full time. I'm a lifelong learner, teacher and social justice activist, so I'll always be involved in education in some way or another. It's also really nice to be back to writing.

Years of Happiness remains my mantra. This blog will continue to evolve as I do.

Peace, have a great week, and thanks to See Jane Write for adding fuel to my writing fire.

See Jane Write