I Survived a Shark Attack

>> Sunday, August 28, 2011

Recently I went to a conference for the on-line writing community I belong to. I’d been to the FaithWriters event before and had always come away with a wealth of knowledge. It has proven to be a time for me to refocus and figure out the next step in my writing journey.

This year I went without an agenda.

Feeling confident of the plan I have in place, I figured I could pick up a few tips and just generally enjoy a relaxing weekend with a bunch of my friends.

As usual, God had other ideas.

One of the first people I talked to was the adorable Sara Harracharan. She is best known for amazing hugs and being cute enough to take home in your pocket. Her passion (one of many) is blogging.

It didn’t take long for our conversation to turn in that direction. And I pulled out my standing line: “Where am I going to find time to blog when I can barely carve out any to write?” She gave me all the reasons blogging is important.

I remained unconvinced.

Comedian Timmy Boyle started the conference with howls of laughter. He shared about his 24-5 experiment at blogging. The ups and downs, good and bad, but mostly, how much it taught him about himself and his writing.

I'm A Writer

I started to imagine hungry sharks circling, nibbling on my toes.

The next day brought lively discussions, workshops, and featured speakers. We heard about creating a presence on the Internet, branding, and how it is our responsibility to market ourselves.

And the most dreaded word of all: platform.

Everywhere I went it seemed a common theme was emerging—and I knew I was in trouble. FaceBook, Twitter, blogging. Public speaking, radio spots, newspapers. Was there no end to the madness?

Sharp-toothed creatures were quickly closing in. I began to wonder if I was going down for the third time when actually…it was just time to surrender.

Time to put on my big-girl panties and start blogging.

Before I even left the conference, my creative brain cells began to swirl. I wanted a blog that was different and unique. Something that would show my personality as well as my writing.

I thought about how God has graciously gifted me with the ability to write, but I've been too frightened to step into it. I've let fear conquer my passion and insecurity intimidate me. The journey has sometimes been a lovely, winding road, but more often a rocky path.

And then I had an epiphany. (Don’t ya just love that word?)

By the very act of stepping out in faith and attempting to blog, I was declaring that I was no longer afraid. I had entered the “No Fear” zone.

So let the sharks try to stop me—bring it on. But they won’t succeed because I’m ready to shout...errr... roar...

"I'm a writer."


Sandi :),  August 29, 2011 at 6:16 AM  

WOW!!!!!! What a beautifully professional beginning!! You are an inspiration to me!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so very proud of you, Chica! xoxo

Joanne Sher August 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

Amen!! And I'm with the adorable Sawa (who I SO want to take home in my pocket!!!) - great start. I'm here.

Unknown August 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

Congratulations Kim on stepping out into the blogger world. You've got a beautiful page, gorgeous header, and awesome all around. :)

Yvonne Blake August 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Yay, Kim, for stepping out of the fear zone! Welcome to the blogging world. You've got a bunch of friends to hold stand beside you and keep you going.

(Isn't Sara's enthusiasm contagious?)

Kimberly Russell August 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

Yes, Vonnie, Sara totally rocks!

Thanks--you too, Karlene--for you kind words. I've been a wreck trying to get this thing going: HTML makes me feel soooo stupid.

But now it's up and I'm ready to return to regularly scheduled program: Time to get back to writing!

Thanks again.

Cathryn Hasek August 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

Welcome to the blogging world! Yes, you ARE a writer! It will become an obsession, I promise!!

Kimberly Russell August 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

Cathryn: Too late. Already has. Did I mention that I detest HTML? LOL
Thanks for following.

Rita Garcia August 29, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

Welcome to the world of Blogging! I look forward to following your posts! Your blog is absolutely beautiful and definitely unique! Love it!

Shelley Ledfors August 29, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

Good for you, Kim! I'm proud of you. Roar on! :-)

Laury August 29, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

I love your theme! Mari did a GREAT job working with you. She's the BEST! :) Still waiting for you to study up on Deborah. Every time I look at your header, she's the one it reminds me of.

Yes, you ARE a writer!

Hanne Moon August 30, 2011 at 8:04 PM  

This is just awesome, Kim! And yes, you ARE a writer! :) So proud of you, girlfriend! <3

Sara Harricharan August 31, 2011 at 12:12 AM  

I am grinning ear-to-ear here. What a great first post (and an awesome looking blog!) I feel honored to be mentioned in the opening of such a neat thing. Welcome to the bloggy world! ^_^ I can't wait to see where your blogging adventures will take you. ^_^

Kim Russell August 31, 2011 at 5:32 AM  

Thanks to all for your kind comments. I think blogging is an exciting next step in my writing journey. Off we go!

Di Smith September 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM  

ROARRRRRR! Super cool, Kim. Can't wait to keep up with your blog and keep cheering you on. Writers Unite (amid growling) :D

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