I am thinking they were trying to suss me out, to see if I have got enough experience to be dishing any kind of advice – much less blogging advice.
My answer? A couple of months of actual writing – and 3 decades of building up to it.
This is my story.
Totally unimpressive highlights of my life, that have been totally significant to me – in terms of work, life and successes.
My father was once in charge of a local library, he was actually a Naval officer at that time, and he had the coolest job on the earth. His job description meant that he would visit local stores and select books to be purchased for the library. He would also take his eldest daughter along, to pick all the books she liked for the children’s section. She was about 5 at that time. She also happened to be me!
This gave rise to a major obsession with books, reading and life long learning. I remember sitting with books piled high and reading well into the night.
As I got a little older, I started doing what every little girl did. Writing stories, pages and pages of them, which eventually turned into boxes. Not everybody does that? See, I didn’t know that. I wrote, and I wrote … and I never thought of making a big deal out of it.
I ‘published’ children’s magazines from home and got everybody to read them and give cool testimonials on the back. I still have them.
I started a library (of everything I owned) from home and kids from places far away – well not that far – came and borrowed books. A budding entrepreneur I was even then. Too bad, once when we were away, my library got broken into and more than half of my precious babies were taken away. I don’t know how long I cried for – then I closed my library. I was barely 13 then, I think.
And I wrote for every school and college magazine who would print my work.
Two things were very, very important to me.
To learn about things, and to share them with other people, be it through creating own magazines, opening up a library, or writing for the local magazines.
And then the magical world of web 2.0 was born – and I was hooked – for life.
Nobody could drag me away from the online communities, forums and any place with the word ‘interactive’ in it. I was a participator in it all.
I was lapping it up like my life depended on it.
I was studying, writing, teaching – both online and in my real world. I did post-graduate studies in Law, Marketing, and Education. All the jobs I held had a teaching and a writing component. I couldn’t do it any other way.
And all this while I did not think that I had to say something important to people like you and me.
And now I do.
I have found a place. I love it when kindred spirits come my way and decide to stay.
I am building a community of people who are passionate about life, have a desire and will to succeed at whatever has caught their eye. They are full of integrity, and best of all they want to blog about it all.
Welcome to my tribe.
Here you would not find money hungry people, but people who want to work hard, and ethically to earn their living – and get rich. Whatever being rich means to them.
You would not see people who are all about the gimmicks, and about following the ‘in crowd’ hoping to cash on their successes.
Here are people who want to have a life with a purpose, and live mind fully.
We all need such a place to hang out. Learn, share, blog.
Welcome to WRITING happiness!
I am writing for your success.