The first rule of blogging is you do not talk about blogging. No, wait. That’s fight club.
The first rule of blogging is consistency. Or, maybe it’s the second rule, but it’s up there, I’m sure of it. Anyway, back to the rule. Consistency. I recently attended a meeting of our local writers’ group where I facilitated our session on blogging. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not exactly a pro at this. I usually just write about what I’m thinking about at the time, and I write as and when I think about it. I’m far from consistent. But, I like rules, so I’m trying to follow this one by posting now. I want to engage you, the reader, consistently and often, so that you’ll be interested in me, the writer, and maybe one day buy my stuff. If I ever have anything finished and for sale.
Speaking of buying my stuff…
(Cue cheesy music and game-show announcer voice) Mother’s Day is coming up – Sunday, May 14th, here in the US – and have I got a book for you! (and the crowd goes wild!)
Last year, I was honored to be part of the second volume of Lisa Ferland’s Knocked Up Abroad series, titled Knocked Up Abroad Again: Baby bumps, twists and turns around the globe. It’s a series of anthologies with stories of parenting joys and challenges while living in a culture foreign to one’s own. The locations may not be familiar and they may have their own specific cultural nuances, but the feelings evoked by these experiences are shared by parents the world over.
My contribution consists of my first-born’s birth story intertwined with my experience of being pregnant in Abu Dhabi. As with most of my writing, it’s told through the lens of humor. There are several heartwarming and engaging stories of love, loss, and parenting in unexpected ways told within by talented authors whom I’ve come to know and enjoy over the last twelve months.
If you’re looking for a heartfelt gift to give to your mother, or someone else’s mother, or anyone who enjoys stories about parenting, for Mother’s Day, Knocked Up Abroad Again is a great choice. You can find links to the book and ebook by visiting my Amazon author page.
So, that’s today’s thought: consistency and self-improvement through self-promotion. I’m going to do what I love and attempt to be more consistent about it. I’m also going to try not to get so bogged down with following the rules. So, who knows, maybe I won’t be very consistent. You’ll just have to follow me and see.