DAY #17: A Modified “NaNoWriMo” Challenge (Write 15 Minutes of Garbage Every Day)

So, at the beginning of October, I started what I call my “true” author’s blog.  I had been toying with the idea for a while, but wasn’t sure if using a pen name or some other alias was better for me.  But then, I read another post on Kristen Lamb’s blog about the importance of using your real name as your author’s brand.  Hence, the “Taara Datta Donley” blog.

Starting a second blog is interesting.  I’m approaching it with so much more awareness of how things work this time around.  “A Writing Mama’s Journal” is my first attempt at a blog.  I was stumbling around in the dark, just trying to figure out how to approach content creation and getting views.  It wasn’t a very enjoyable experience.

My approach on this second blog is different.  I’ve stopped worrying about views, likes, etc.  I’m just putting up content as I feel like it.  And the most amazing thing has happened.

I’m starting to meet some really cool people online.  Not that I didn’t when I first started “A Writing Mama’s Journal,” but it just wasn’t my focus.  I regret not paying more attention.  I hope to rectify the situation.

So, I actually wanted to give a shout out to some fellow bloggers who have made writing an enjoyable experience for me over the past week:

Steph Mignon:  She’s a fellow stay at home mom who loves writing.  The two of us have enjoyed a good dialogue about the challenges of juggling parenting and writing.  I admire the truth and honesty with which she tells her story.  Her article, called “Weaning Woes” will appear on Scary Mommy on October 20, 2015.  Please stop by and check it out.

Damyanti Ghosh:  I haven’t actually had the pleasure of a conversation with this lady, but she has liked just about every one of my “NaNoWriMo” posts.  I was incredibly humbled when I discovered what an amazing writer she is!  Damyanti is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has been published by major firms in the U.S., India, Malaysia and Singapore.  Her website is filled with advice for aspiring writer and bloggers.  Please stop by Daily(w)rite and check it out!

Paul Davis:  This gentleman was the first person to comment on my new blog.  Once again, when I visited his site, I was incredibly humbled by his visit.  We share an interest in writing stories that are based on mythology, but I had no idea how amazing his work was until I visited his site, “Lands of Volden.”  His world-building is UNREAL.  It’s really worth your time to stop by and check out his work.

Nicole Mazavello:  This young lady stopped by and we’ve enjoyed a good dialogue about the upcoming NaNoWriMo challenge in November.  I’ve only had a few conversations with her, but her drive and determination hit me like a brick wall.  Nicole has signed up for the NaNoWriMo challenge AND she’s working on a book!  AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!  Unbelievable!  Please check out her work on her author’s site (Nicole Mazavello).

There are many other people that I could add to this list, and I think that is what I would like to start doing.  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.  I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you.

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