by Barb, celebrating the lusty month of May
We’re celebrating the blog’s 10th anniversary all month, so I want to ask: Wickeds, how did you feel in the beginning, when you did that very first post? Did you have confidence you had something to say? Did you think the blog would last? What was going through your head? What did it feel like?
As on most days this month, we have a giveaway for a lucky commenter. This time from Liz Mugavero/Cate Conte. See below for details.
Liz: I don’t think I ever had confidence I had something to say, LOL! Even to this day I struggle with that. But I think in the beginning I was just so excited to be on this blog with all of you, to be celebrating my first book coming out, and to feel like I had a community to share it all with. It was so special – and 10 years later, it still feels that way. It’s my week to do a giveaway, so make sure you read to the bottom to enter!
Sherry: I was terrified! I tend to be someone who will throw out the idea and then get whiplash when everyone says, yes, and makes it happen. I asked Edith to read the first several posts that I wrote because I was sure they were stupid. It didn’t take long to gain a little confidence thanks to all of you and our lovely readers.
Edith: And they weren’t a bit stupid, Sherry! I’d had a solo blog for a year or two before this one started up, so I was used to coming up with ideas for posts and writing them. I was relieved to have a group with whom I could share the responsibility of blogging, because I’d read that to be a successful blog, one had to post regularly. And it felt great to be part of this gang of women authors. I hoped it would last, and it has – the blog and the group.
Julie: I was so grateful to be part of this endeavor, and I knew that the blog would work. We all knew each other to varying degrees, and we respected each other. We were also at the same place on the journey, though I didn’t have a contract yet. What I couldn’t know was that ten years on I’d be blogging with five dear friends who add so much to my life.
Jessie: I think I was intimidated by the technological aspects of the blog. It seemed at the time that there was so much to remember in order to write the posts, save them, tag them, and
Barb: In the beginning, I was confident I’d have things to write about. So much was going on in my career. And, I had been on the group blog Maine Crime Writers for three years by then. As time has moved on, I have occasionally run dry, in the spaces between new books and so on. I think I’ve told everyone everything about my life. When that happens, I have to reach out to my fellow Wickeds with the question: What do I write about this month? What I wasn’t confident about in the beginning was whether anyone would read this blog. We were six unknowns at the time debuting our first in series books. What would the audience’s motivation to read be and how would they find us? It’s all worked out, as things so often do, when we don’t worry too much about a future we can’t control.
Readers: Do you remember when/how you discovered this blog?