For anyone about to read this, I suggest sitting down and gripping the sides of your chair. And maybe even strapping on a helmet. That’s because this post marks an exciting milestone of COLOSSAL proportions!
No, I’m not writing about the Biggest Loser.
As if it wasn’t enough that this blog began six months ago TODAY, this also happens to be its 100th post!
Mere coincidence? I DON’T THINK SO!
… OK, yeah — it probably is. In fact, I’d guarantee it because, to be honest, I’m just not that organized.
But it’s still worth celebrating, right?!?
As I sat staring bleary-eyed at the monitor sipping my Mexican mocha, contemplating the appropriate way to mark this occasion, inspiration struck! So, some time in the next 10 minutes, each of you will be receiving your very own Mexican mocha! I can’t guarantee it will still be hot, or that the whipped cream won’t have turned to cottage cheese, but I can guarantee, when it arrives, the only person who will be more surprised than you is me.
However, just in case the Mexican mocha thing falls through, and the kid I hired to deliver them is actually an out-of-work drug mule with a caffeine addiction, I have something else for you that’s almost as exciting. At least in terms of unsubstantiated hype. Starting today, I’m introducing a weekly post from another website, Gliterary Girl, where I’m a weekly contributor on the topic of writing.
I’ve been a regular contributor there for about two months now after GG editor and writer Sara O’Connor found me on WordPress. Her website, which was launched a month ago, has already breached the top 100 book review/writing websites on the Internet. The truth is, I could throw a lot of impressive stats at you about this literary website, but the most important statistic is that I am the only male contributor.
Sorry, that just seemed important.
When Sara and I first began talking about my joining Gliterary Girl, and what my focus could be, I suggested an inside look at being a newspaper columnist and how it can be a springboard for aspiring authors to not only sharpen their craft, but build a ready-made readership for future publications which, eventually, can lead total financial independence.
Then we laughed and laughed!
The truth is, anyone who pursues writing as a way to become wealthy needs to take whatever they are reading this on — Kindle, iPad, 40-inch monitor — and whack themselves with it. While there are certainly writers who become rich, it is a relative handful compared to the number of actual writers out there.
However, as I said to Sara, for those who pursue the craft of writing for the sheer enjoyment of being a wordsmith, the satisfaction is worth more than any amount of money.
And then we laughed and laughed!
Ok, not really.
But we did agree that my focus would be the ins and outs of being a columnist, including how to get started, what to expect, ways to expand your readership, and how to utilize your readership to the fullest when you are ready to publish your first book.
While I’ve been a columnist for 15 years (Uh… I started when I was nine?), I’m in the beginning stages of publishing my first book due out in October. So anyone who follows my postings can stumble with me along what I expect to be a steep learning curve. Because I’m 46 and have been at this for a while, I’d like to think I will be savvy when making decisions through the publication process — which is exactly the kind of thinking that will probably get me in trouble.
Regardless, I encourage any of you who are interested in any of the subject matter I’ll be covering to follow along here or at Gliterary Girl. You can find me on the side bar (definitely not at the salad bar) along with other regular contributors.
I will copy my post from Gliterary Girl here each Friday.
While I can’t always guarantee it will be educational — I’m a humor columnist, rememeber? — I can promise you it will be in English.
I’d like this as much as possible to be an open exchange, so please feel free to contact me with questions or comments either here, by email (below) or at my spot at GG.
That said, thanks so much for sharing these last six months and 100 posts. I’m deeply appreciative of all your comments, support and feedback.
Your Mexican mocha should be arriving any minute.
(Ned can also be reached by regular mail at Siuslaw News, P.O. box 10, Florence Ore. 97439, or by email at email@example.com)