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Ten Years Of Blogging And Have I Learnt Anything From It

Today is the ten year anniversary of Writing and Works. That’s right, I’ve been mad enough to continue blogging for ten years. I started this site so that I would have somewhere to share my writing, and hopefully reach people who would want to read it. Since then, the site has changed and morphed slightly. During my first year blogging, I didn’t post any poems, but now poetry is the biggest feature of this site. I rarely write ‘my life’ posts these days, and most my fiction gets tucked away or submitted elsewhere. However, I went back to that very first post this morning, and though my style has evolved over the years, the core of what I was saying still resonates with me.

So as I sit with pen in hand I see almost everything. It’s not the world I visit though, the one supposedly occupied by you and I, but the great expanses of kingdoms and domains that unfurl within imagination. My home is wandering among ideas and capturing in words what I feel and see.

Carol J Forrester (Aged Sixteen)

Since then, this site has been viewed over 80,000 times, and I’ve written, quite literally, a thousand more posts. The thought that occurred to me today, is that I lost sight of why I write. I didn’t start writing because I wanted to build up my audience, or pull in as much traffic as possible, I started writing because I wanted to explore the ideas in my imagination.

I was going to do a ten year post looking back at my top posts, my most popular stories and poems, and my top tips for blogging as a writer. I decided not to do that because it’s time I accepted this blog for what it is. This is the place where I can take part in the DVersePoets prompts, connect with other writers, talk about books, and complain about getting rejected from yet another literary magazine. I can also look back and say, “I’m a better writer now, than I’ve ever been before,” and have the work to prove it. Writing the poems and short stories on this site might not have brought me fame, but it’s brought me so much joy, and it’s honed my craft. I could not have picked a better name for the site because this has always been my place for writing, and working towards be a better author.

So, with 2020 not set to improve any time soon, I’m launching myself into NaNoWriMo for November, and promising myself that I will focus on the joy of writing rather than misery of trying to market myself. All I really need, are the words.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.

11 Comments

  1. I like your attitude, the way you think and the words you write. I’m looking forward to the next ten years.
    Thanks

  2. Exactly what a blog should be. We can get caught up with traffic and stats, but when you write for the joy of it, you’re writing for the right reasons. That’s my humble opinion. Congrats on 10 years, and Let’s get ready for NaNo. 🙂

    • Thank you. Spent the day plotting (which makes me sound like a Disney villain) but I’ve got at least half my nano worked out (I think. I hope. Might as some prayer in as well for luck). Really glad it starts on a weekend as I’ve got month-end to content with on the Monday and I’m slightly concerned about trying to fit it in around work.

  3. Really enjoyed the post.As a new blogger I think ‘Ten years!!’ Keep on for another ten and well done!

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