writer's blockFor the past three weeks, I’ve participated in an online class offered by WordPress (Blogging University). The class was Blogging 101. Wow! That’s all I can say.  I’ve been blogging for a while but it’s been a lot of trial and error and hoping. This class boosted my confidence.  I realized I knew more than what I thought but that I had plenty of things on which to improve. My fellow bloggers were awesome.  They took the time to read my posts as well as leave helpful comments. They truly were great neighbors.

Because of the assignments (challenges) issued, I was forced to step out of my comfort zone.  I visited other blogs and left comments (that was something I didn’t often do).  I am now following a variety of different blogs – writers, travelers, photographers, etc. – I have found they each offer something from which I have benefited.

I must admit there was a downside to the class.  Working a forty hour week doesn’t leave me with much time to devote to my current work in progress and completing the assignments pretty much sucked up most of my evenings.  Having said that, I think the pros outweighed the cons.  In fact, I’ve already signed up for Blogging 201.

New Weekly Feature

After racking my brain for the past couple of days, I’ve decided on my feature. Picture This.  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  That being the case, they definitely have stories to tell.

Being a visual person, I often find my muse hanging out in unexpected places: a garden, an abandoned barn, or an alleyway. Capturing those images has become a hobby of mine.  Each Thursday, I’ll share a picture and include a quote, a caption, or background information.  And with any luck, your creative self will be inspired, too.

Day Fourteen: Extend Your Brand

I feel like I accomplished this assignment back in Week 1.  When I changed my blog theme, I also changed my Twitter, Facebook and G+ page headers. They aren’t exactly alike but they’re pretty dang close.






G+ Page Header

D.S. McKnightInstead of creating a Blavatar, I decided to stick with the image I’ve been using on all my social media sites. While I don’t love my picture, it’ll do until I schedule some time with a photographer.

Six Word Story Challenge

Having never participated in a blogging event, I hesitantly scanned the events page and looked at some of the early blog posts for the assignment. Blabberwockying shared a six word story challenge by Benedict Nicholson. This event seemed like a good place to start.  Six words.  How hard could it be? Hmm.  It’s actually a bit more challenging than I had originally anticipated – but, I enjoyed it.

This week’s prompt:  LOSS

My attempt:

She lay down, clutching his pillow.

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