Happy anniversary, Sling Words

Hard to believe but today is the 1st Anniversary of entering the blogging world. In early 2004, I wrote a feature article on blogging for a Romance Writers of America chapter newsletter. The article was reprinted in several writing groups' newsletters in the U. S. and abroad.

One of the points I made in the article was that blogging required a commitment to produce content regularly. The idea of writing daily for an audience and getting instant feedback held great appeal, but I wasn't ready to make that commitment.

However, I was hooked. I found myself collecting long lists of blogs that I enjoyed visiting on a daily basis. As time passed, I put about a dozen of these on my tabbed browser (Mozilla Firefox - if you haven't changed from IE, you're missing out.). Rarely does a day pass, if I'm home, that I don't stop in and visit these blogs. They're like saying hello to the neighbors each day.

Finally, I decided to take the plunge in December 2004. I thought I was ready. I thought I had the time to compose thoughtful articles about the art and craft of writing, the business of writing, or just a discourse on the writer's life.

Wrong. Of course, Christmas season is never a good time to embark on a new pursuit. So I gave myself permission to wait. Remember the old song: "ain't it funny how time slips away?" Suddenly, it was April. Finally, Sling Words had its premiere.

My goal is to post daily, but I don't. I admire those like my friend Bill Crider who has been ever faithful with his Pop Culture Magazine and others like him who rarely miss a day. When I grow up, I want to be just like them. Until then, I'll keep the goal of posting daily, but I won't beat myself up if I don't.

Tonight, I think I'll crack open my "book sale" champagne that lives in its special bin in the refrigerator and toast myself.

Sling Words out to go dust off the champagne glasses.


  1. Thanks for the compliment, but my pop culture posts are never as insightful about writing as yours. And happy anniversary!