Be Brave and Blog

Be Brave and Blog

Once upon a time, I belonged to a Google writing group consisting of  members from an on-line writing class. As with all writing groups, the purpose was to provide a safe place to share our writing. If we were brave enough to post our work we would be rewarded with constructive feedback, encouragement and support. But there came a time when I posted a story I wrote and no one commented. I was confused, and a little hurt. I understand that everyone has a life and may not be able to participate on a day-today basis. But there was activity going on within the group. This went on for about a week and I grew angrier by the day. Why isn’t anyone reading my story? I asked myself. Then one day, I came across a comment that slapped me in the face with my greatest fear. In defense of a comment not well received, this person wrote, “if your writing was crap, I wouldn’t comment at all”. Read more

On Being Happy

On Being Happy

This post is about ways to improve your attitude and be happy. It is not meant to suggest that people who are clinically depressed can overcome their depression simply by changing their thoughts. Depression is a serious illness and if you are clinically depressed, please seek help.

When I was younger, I was terribly unhappy. There were times when I might actually have been considered mildly depressed, but back in the 60’s and 70’s, a depressed child was told to just get over it. For a very long time, I was not happy with my life, my looks, my family, my job, or really any aspect of my life. Everyone else seemed to have it better than me and it didn’t seem fair that I was singled out for a life of misery. There were periods when I was happy but they were not enduring. Read more

Blogging 101 – Titles, Taglines and Treason

Blogging 101 – Titles, Taglines and Treason

Blogging 101 – Edit your title and tagline. Make your reader’s first impression a good one!

Naming your blog is almost as difficult as naming your first-born child. As today’s assignment so glaringly points out, your title is your reader’s first , and possibly last, impression of your blog. Like many people, I struggled naming my blog. I wanted something catchy, something creative, something that rolled-off-the-tongue when you said it out loud. Something that yelled “READ ME!.” Read more

Introducing….Descended from Royalty

Introducing….Descended from Royalty

Blogging 101- Prompt: Today’s assignment is to write and publish a “Who I am and Why I am here” post

My name is Susan and I never intended to be a blogger. It all started earlier this year with an age-old yearning to be a writer. The hopes and dreams of my youth nagged at me endlessly until I finally caved and enrolled in a beginning writing class, taught by fellow blogger, Ann Linquist ( http://annlinquist.com/). My sole intent when I first visited WordPress was to read what SHE wrote. But not knowing any better, I ended up creating a blog of my own called Redbuds and Rose Rocks (https://spauldis.wordpress.com/). Read more