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Welcome to Day 3
of Armchair BEA!
Today's topics for Armchair BEA are Expanding Blogging Horizons and Novellas/Short Stories (click here for the full agenda). Sadly, I really have little experience with novellas and short stories, so I am going to opt out of that conversation today and simply stick with expanding horizons.
When I first began blogging, I had no idea that I would still be around seven years later and going strong! I also had no idea that blogging would have such a huge impact on my life as it has. At first, it was a constant in my life when we were moving so much. It was a place where people understood me, sometimes better than those in real life ever did. As time has passed, it has opened so many doors for me and I cannot be more thankful than I am today.
Here are just a few examples of the open doors that I refer to . . .
- FREELANCE WRITING: A few years ago, I was approached by a local publishing company to be a contributor to their website. I was astonished and honored, and the opportunity gave me the little oomph that I needed to start expanding on my writing and my editing. I am no longer writing for this company because I am no longer local to them, but my freelance has gone in different directions and I still continue to explore new options in this realm.
- WRITING A NOVEL: I have always said that I wanted to write a novel, but I have never actually sat down to do it. That is, until this year. It's a slow start, but I am feeling more excited about it now more than ever thanks to small group of blogging friends who are now helping me to stay accountable and providing me with much needed encouragement.
- SPREADING THE LITERARY LOVE: This is the opportunity that is one of my favorites because it has been my opportunity to give back to so many others. Whether it may be giveaways publicly advertised on my site (and sometimes working in conjunction with others) or private giveaways for specific organizations, I love being able to spread the love of reading and literacy in general. My favorite project was a book drive for Shriner's Hospital, and I hope to host another one in the near future after my next move is complete!
The beauty of blogging is that it is really so much more than just blogging! The book blogging community is a tight community, a friendly and welcoming community, and one that provides you with so many other possibilities, if you choose to accept them. I am so excited about where these last seven years have taken me, and I cannot wait to see what the years ahead may bring!
What are some ways that you have expanded on your blog? What are some ideas that you have pondered, but have not yet put into action?