What Do You Know About Blogging?

Hey y’all!

This week has been all over the place in my head.  I’m pushing forward in writing, submitting two different short stories to two different online sites this past Monday, I’ve been working on a short story about ‘running’ since Tuesday, I covered more of the same stuff Wednesday and Thursday helping my daughter complete her school work, and more writing, and now here I am today.  Thank goodness it’s Friday.  Sigh*

I have a question for those who follow me.  I see things all over the internet that say writers can make money from their blogging.  I blog, but I’m obviously new at it, so can anyone explain this to me?

I love to write and post new things to my blog, but I honestly have no idea how to further my blog.  Are there sites to read and research?  Are there sites to avoid?

I admit I’m not the technologically savvy type.  I can use my ‘smartphone’, I use my laptop computer, I’m linked to both ‘facebook’ and ‘twitter’, but I’m only familiar with the basics.  I think it might be time for me to step further out of my shell and introduce myself more to how to work the web.

Can you help me?

By the way, when I say basics, I mean I know the basics to technology.  I think I’m so far in the ‘technical’ past, from being sheltered for two years with no internet access, I don’t have a clue as to how to link anything.  I’m almost a lost cause, but determination is in my blood.

I didn’t get my first personal laptop computer until the tax year after my husband and I moved into our first apartment–in 2012.  We moved in the tax year before.

I’m serious! LOL

Anyway, thank you for listening, or ‘reading’ with me again.  Every time you like my post, I know I’m reaching out to someone.  Otherwise you wouldn’t like my stuff (thank you for your likes!), but I need your help now.

What all exactly can you do with your blog?  How can I move forward with my blog?  How can I better my blog?

Write to me in the comments!  Thanks y’all! 🙂

Feeling Optimistic

A lot of things have been weighing heavily on my mind.  I won’t go into detailed specifics, because it is personal business, but I have been struggling to figure them out.

I have come the conclusion and now it feels like time is of the essence with the holidays approaching, among other things.  I needed to change things months ago, but it’s not like I wasn’t thinking, struggling to figure out how.  I’m hoping to have found the solution to my problem.  I’ll still keep the blog going, but while achieving other things as well.

When I took on homeschooling my daughter with GCA, I never thought I would find a love for educating in it; but completing four additional years of school to obtain a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and English, by my choice alone let me add; it reignited my love of writing words to make literary art, and education is the foundation.  I enjoy homeschooling my daughter because I’m in control of the education she is getting.  Unfortunately I can’t educate, help, or tutor anyone in anything outside writing and English.  I do math well enough to help my daughter, same for her other classes.  I once helped someone with a paper, revision suggestions, and I really enjoyed doing it.  As the saying goes, I barely dipped my toe!

I’m afraid to say too much because I’ve only applied, but I would love to land the position none the less.  It would be an answer to my prayers, or as I stated in my cover letter, “consider it a dream of mine”.

Thank you so much for reading with me.  Y’all are awesome!

“A Raging Storm to Bring the Spring”

All it took was a strong, loud clap of thunder to wake me from a dream, and bring me to the reality of a thunderstorm.  What a light show!

The noise woke my husband and I out of a sound sleep and scared our daughter slightly senseless.  I don’t know.  Maybe my instincts kicked in, but I didn’t freak out or become nervous like I used to when I was a child.  Instead, I was wandering back and forth between her room and our room watching the skies out the window and listening for hints of possible tornado activity.  One can never be too safe in a storm.

I would say the storm came through our area at it’s strongest (right overhead) around midnight, but our clock read 12:10am when the thunder physically woke me, like a sounding alarm.  As I said, I spent some time walking the hallway between our rooms, but I also watched out my office window, taking a seat on the couch as the lightening was bright enough more often than it wasn’t to light up our entire front yard.  For only a second, it looked like the middle of the day.  I found the view outside our side window that overlooks our largely sloped side yard to be better to watch the sky.  The trees surrounding our property stand so tall, and that wind last night was wicked strong.  In some parts of Georgia, the wind and rain took the siding right off a street of houses.  The houses themselves look to be structurally standing, but they still need help recovering from last night’s raging storm.

I kept watching the sky over our side yard because the view was better.  I admit, it was like a creepy scene in a horror movie.  The whole world being dark right outside your window, until a storm comes rips through on a temper tantrum, lighting the sky with bolts so sharp they make the thunder almost ring instead of rumble–like a tuning fork.  I kept watching for the lightening to light up the sky so I could catch a quick glimpse of the cloud covering, and roughly analyze any activity.  Still a creepy scene.

Luckily, we didn’t have any activity in our immediate area.  It was still one heck of a storm though, and here it is, the first day of Spring!