Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's So Exciting about the Truth?

I found this story circulating around Facebook and thought it was so interesting that people are just now trying to get to the real truth of this story. You might remember, without much of a reminder, because it was an unusual story. A woman bought hot coffee from McDonald's, spilled it in her lap, received 3rd degree burns, then sued McDonald's and was awarded $2.7M. Sounds absurd, doesn't it?

Much in our lives would sound absurd if reduced to a few summarizing sentences. I hope you'll take the time to watch and listen to this full report.

It's amazing what we learn when we listen.
It's amazing how a person can be perceived based on the writings of others, whether true or false.

Write truth.

Monday, November 18, 2013

How Many Blogs?

How many blogs do you have? I recently met a writer who has none....she was afraid to start blogging. I've read about many bloggers who have multiple blogs and they maintain them all.

I, personally, have five blogs. I just started my latest one today. Organized and Ongoing is my blog about daily life and getting a new home settled and organized while raising teenagers, home schooling and managing my free-lance writing endeavors. Organizing is one of my favorite activities, so this blog was a given, sooner or later.

There's this blog, of course, as well as my theology blog, Tuesday Theology. I started Tuesday Theology because, as a pastor's wife of 30 years, I have met a lot of people who seem to have a hard time taking their theology with them throughout the week. Tuesday is a random day in the middle of the week and it's been a passion of mine to help people live out their theology, even on Tuesday.

Create with Tricia is a creative place where I share my creativity, mainly with paper crafting.

Tricia, Cooking is my cooking blog where I post recipes I use to feed my large family. I don't post there often, but one of my goals for that blog is to have a recipe file for all my grown kids to refer to online when they want a family favorite for their own family.

So, there are my five blogs. No doubt the content of my blogs will overlap at times, but that's perfectly fine with me because it's all part of my wonderful life.

How many blogs do you have? Is one enough? It might be. It might not be. It depends on YOU and what you want to do, what you have to say and how you want to say it.

So, blog to your heart's content!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Have a Book to Sell? Blog About It!

It is no secret that blogging helps sell books. Even the most prolific authors of our day have blogs, including Amanda HockingDanielle Steele, Stephenie Meyer and many others.

I recently met a young woman who said she was a writer. Immediately, I asked her for her blog address and she said she did not have a blog. It turned out she was afraid to blog because she was afraid of criticism. She was afraid that someone might read the blog, disagree with her about something, then criticize. I tried to tell her that she can control all comments on her blog and that if someone posts a negative comment, she can simply remove it. But, the idea of being criticized was too much for her and she shrugged it off. I felt bad for her and encouraged her to think about blogging, even if it's just about a hobby she has.

Blogging is becoming necessary to writing success. It's a fearful thing even for some established authors, but, most take the plunge and are always so very glad they did. When I blog about my books, I sell more books. That's pretty simple, really.

Are you blogging? If not, why not?