Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Seriously . . . Another Blog?

Hey everyone! If you read my guest post over at A Writer's Faith, please don't feel like you have to read this. (Or if you got the chance to read this when I published it for like 12 hours to check some formatting things.) I like how it turned out so much, that it became my welcome post on my own page, too.

If you didn't hear of me from the wonderful Katie, read on! But let me warn you. I have never done this blog thing before that has taken over the world. To be completely honest, I have never thought of myself as the blogging personality. I would have laughed if you had told me last year that I would be starting a blog. But here I am, so I promise there will be a post every Saturday. :)

So. That brings me to what I just decided will be the main point of my post. Why am I here? And why should you join me?



1. Passion
(I was supposed to put a heart here, but it was breaking my html . . .)

I am mainly here because I love to write. And even more than that, I love to edit. When I have a huge pile of responsibilities and schoolwork, this is how I get away. Now most people will find that crazy. My sister, for example, thinks reading and writing are the worst possible cures for a headache. I disagree. And we all know people who love to write and hate to edit. Maybe you're one of those people. That's why we can be friends :D (Not the only reason, but it's a start.)

2. College Experience ~

After lots of prayer, I made the decision that I will not be going on to college this summer. Instead, I will be working through the paths of experience and self-education to become better at what I do. Because no amount of classes for four years (no matter how much I may love them) will teach me what experience can. You're probably thinking "so what?" But what no college means for me is I will have to branch out . . . through blogging and connecting with other people.


3. Support!

What boosted me from being a scribbling recluse in my bedroom to an actual budding author just this fall was people. I connected with some friends and (*gasp*) sent them my work. It was scary, let me tell you. Having their support, confidence, and interest is what motivates me to keep going. I realized that was completely invaluable. So here I am, trying my best to reach out to more people.

4. You :D

This is where you come in! I have learned over the last year, that I not only want the support of fellow writers and book enthusiasts, I need it! And to be joined with lots of people I have never met who have similar passions is truly amazing. (I mean, seriously, you have no idea how much I freaked out over my first comment.) So if you have any interest whatsoever, come check out my blog. But I warn you, joining my site is not for the fainthearted. I will expect you to be an active, supportive member, not just a passive onlooker who likes my sense of humor. What's in it for you? The same, of course! No relationship, even over the internet, can exist without interaction. So in exchange for your interest and time, I will pour back into you.

As my first means of reaching out to you all, I just signed up for this awesome challenge from Go Teen Writers. I am a notoriously slow writer, so this should help me out a little. But I need you all for accountability! You can sign up here: March's Monthly Challenge ~ 300 for 30 But only before March 1st!

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Hey, that wasn't too bad! Before I go, I want to promise you I will read and respond to all of your comments, so please leave me one! It's part of my giving back to you :) I can't wait to hear from you and see where this journey will take us!

21 comments:

  1. Hello Abigayle! So honestly, I can't remember subscribing to your blog...but when I got the first post in my email account, I enjoyed reading your post! I am looking forward to getting to know you better! And about your novel "Martin Hospitality", I come from a large homeschooling family, so I know all about that. ;)
    ~Hosanna Emily from HavingaHeartLikeHis.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey, Hosanna! I know exactly how you feel. I have blogs I "follow" and I have no idea where they came from . . . But thanks so much for checking it out anyway! Obviously, I am just getting going, but that just means every visit and comment means so much more right now.

      Ah, yes. Large, homeschooling families. I hope that the book will be a good crossover so all the people I'm around go "oh, yeah." And then all the kids who think we're crazy and different can still have someone to relate to and get into it, too. I don't know; we'll see :p

      Now I have to go check out your blog!!

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  2. *screaming* I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BLOG! So excited for you and for some more wonderful of Abi's wonderful words. ;)

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    1. I'm excited, too, Katie!!! Yeah, about the words . . . let's pray they come before Saturday ;-)

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  3. I love your blog so far! Especially the background, it's really inviting. :D I blog as well, in fact, I have to finish up todays post...*scurries over* *scurries back* Oh, forgot to say that I will definitely be following and encouraging! Ok, that's it I guess. *scurries back*

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and interest, Rachael. I can't wait to get to know you better :D And I'm totally going to check out your blog

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  4. Hi! So enjoyed this blog post. I just started my blog back after over a year away, and this post explains some of the exact reasons! So excited for your blog, I will definitely be a loyal reader! =)
    P.S. I signed up for the 300 for 30 too!

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    1. Wow, Olivia! You have quite the track record. May I ask why you stopped blogging in the first place?
      Oh my goodness, yay!! I will totally use you as an accountability partner :)

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    2. I got really focused on writing to be published and the joy just went out of writing for me. So I stopped writing fiction for almost a year, and because of that I didn't have anything to blog about. Thankfully I've found the joy in writing again and now I'm back on track writing and blogging! Yay! I'm loving all these GTW contests!

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  5. HELLO, NEW BLOGGER! I think you're going to absolutely looove blogging. I just started my blog in December of last year, and it's been the absolute best experience. Blogging it really fun, and I've met so many wonderful people through doing it. I can't wait to see your future posts!

    Anna, theeverstormcomes.blogspot.com

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    1. It's so good to hear about your experience, Anna! I hope to be able to claim the same thing before too long :D And your blog name is AWESOME

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  6. I just recently started blogging as well! You're going to love it, And Katie is so wonderful, is she not? Ahhhhh you have totally got the 30/4/30! I am excited for that as well. You will rock it!
    I can't wait to hear more from you!

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    1. Thanks for your confidence; I'll have to start following you back :D And yeah, Katie is totally awesome.

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  7. Welcome to the blogging world! I look forward to reading more posts from you. :)

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    1. Thanks, Serena! With any luck, I will not disappoint :D

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  8. Hey Abi! Fist bump for big homeschooled families (I'm the oldest of seven, one in heaven!) as well as being seniors in high school. And loving Jesus. And being altos. And Oxford commas. I am so excited for you and your writing/blogging journey...I can be super bad at commenting sometimes, but please be assured of my prayers and support! I cannot wait to learn more about you, your words are such a blessing. xxx

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    1. Wow. We do have a lot in common. That's so cool! I cannot be more grateful for you on my "team." And I may have a character named Anne-Marie in a story in my head right now :D

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  9. This is so neat Abigayle! I'm excited to read more of your posts in the future! I come from a (fairly) big homeschool family with 5 brothers. I'm the only girl. :)
    So I can definitely understand where you're coming from! =) Welcome to the blogging world!! >3

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Yes, I am fortunate to have one sister. Close in age, too :D

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  10. Blogging is a wonderful way to share work, day-to-day life, and randomness. Welcome and I'm so glad you found my blog too!

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    1. It really is and I am enjoying it. Thanks, Bethany!

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