Happy 1st Birthday!

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It’s been a year since I started blogging …..and since I joined the internet community.

To say I started with excitement would be a whopping great fib but now, one year on….it’s how I feel now!

I’m a nature girl,  a girl of the country, the mountains and the sea….how could I fit into a community that was based on pixels and posts and, more importantly to me, making friends?

I’ve always been odd, never really fitted into the ‘norm’ so my resistance to the internet was based on fear….no one would accept me.

And that’s been the hardest thing…being me. I made a pact with myself that while interacting, I would always be me so, if you met me in the high street and stopped for a chat after only having ‘met’ me online….I would be the same person. I’m an honest injun.

I’ve met fabulous people with oodles of talent and the experience has enriched me. Time spent online I originally saw as detracting from my day but now, the support and friendship I have gained inspires me as I write and work. I’m no longer a struggling writer on my own, isolated by my chosen career but instead, I’m part of a much bigger picture.

Once I felt accepted, I wanted to take part and ***The Amazing Karmic Sharefest*** was born. There are fabulous reviewers, technical advisors, interviewers and marketeers, willing to interact and offer their skills online but I had no experience to bring to the party so, I brought myself and offered to share in a spirit of love and kindness.

Once a month, I opened my page and myself to support and spread the word about others, mainly authors but also artists from other fields….and the word spread. Since beginning the Sharefest with a ‘fans of fans’  range of less than 2,000 people….the spirit of sharing has spread to over a quarter of a million people! I’m now asked if ****The Amazing Karmic Sharefest*** can be borrowed for other events….I’m well chuffed!

Then came ***The BOB Bonanza***, a promotion event for writers to promote the most important parts of their book….the cover and the blurb on the back. By inviting writers and readers to the page….everyone benefits.

Blogging is much easier as you start to get to know your audience. At first, it felt indulgent, slightly self-obsessed to write my musings and feelings…thousands of people were doing it far more eloquently than me but now it’s about sharing, just like writing stories….. you have a story to tell that is important to you and you want to share it with as many people as possible.

Destiny of Angels was published on kindle to be shared and was made availabe as an eco-printed paperback to share further. Two short story anthologies are on their way….stories I wrote after being moved or inspired and I want to share these too. Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles – 101 ideas for a happy year and a happy you is well underway…… ideas I’ve used, and still use, to bring sunshine and smiles to my life….and soon to share with you.

One year on, I’m doing what I do best….writing and sharing. Thank you for joining me on my journey and I look forward to standing with you and looking back on another year of sharing.

 

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6 responses »

  1. It makes me smile when I think how far you’ve come since we first sat down and I showed you around WordPress. But one of the things I love about you is how you find a Wendy-Way of doing everything – of achieving an end goal whilst maintaining all the wonderful-Wendy things that make you you. You’re a real inspiration Woo.

    (Wait! Is that 100 words!? Does this qualify as a competition entry?? Darn it! Forty words short)

    • Ha ha ha! it only needed to be under 100 words! thanks hun, means a lot and of course, I wouldn’t have even started if it hadn’t been for you x

  2. Happy 1st birthday, Wendy! You’re amazing and so is your blog and what you bring to the writing community. I’ve not yet had a chance to participate in your share-fests, but see that they seem like a lot of fun. Friday is my busiest Mom day. But I’m sure one of these days, I will catch one. They are great tools and a great way to connect with other writers. Keep up the great work and it’s a pleasure to know you. You’re a great inspiration. Looking forward to A Pocketful of Smiles.

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