When the days blurrrrrrr
And everything fades
the world makes the
in the dark.
Well, well, well, Happy 4th Birthday to my WordPress account! *pops party popper*. When I started these blogs a few years ago, I never imagined they would lead to such amazing opportunities.
Let’s throwback to some of our best bits in the wonderful world of WordPress…
Four years is a huge commitment to one blog for me, admittedly I do have several WordPress blogs, but all on the same platform. I love that I have been able to link them and easily switch between the four of them, so thanks for that!
Earlier this year we hit another amazing milestone, which was 500 WordPress followers, and you guys are from all over the world! Thank you, everyone, for your support, and putting up with my erratic posting schedule.
WordPress was and always will be a huge part of my creative process, particularly when it comes to writing books. I published my first novella, The Snow Killer, originally as a series of blog posts, which transformed into a twisted serial killer fiction novel. I loved every minute of it, as it launched my dreams as an author as set me on a path to novel writing.
I originally started my life as a blogger on BlogSpot, (which I rediscovered and was hit with a wave of nostalgia whilst researching this post) [my BlogSpot page] but after I was introduced to WordPress, I have never turned back.
Since then, I have self-published several e-books, with the help of WordPress as a blogging and promotional tool, and met many of my close author friends through the website – as well as some amazing book reviewers and bloggers.
In 2016 I wrote an article about my transition from loathing to loving John Green, and its current view total is 6,153! (Correct of 29.11.17) Read the article here… It ended up being read by Hank Green (also famous and very creative brother of the author, and was shared all over WordPress and Tumblr.)
That article made me realize the true power of books, and that the time taken to be passionate and involved in your work, is far more important than dishing out half-finished books in order to hit a deadline.
I’d just like to say thank you again for all of your wonderful support, and here’s to an amazing 2018 with WordPress!
Excuse the typo on the second to last line! – Mel x
Here is an interview with Billie Zahir: writer, blogger and Twitter-friend of mine.
As a blogger, are you finding it hard to post every week?
Honestly, I don’t consider myself a blogger despite starting a blog on WordPress last year. I hoped, by creating it, I would be able to have discussions with others about the subject matter of the poems I wrote and posted. It did not take me long to discover, through observing other blogs and discussions with bloggers, discussions are not something which comes easy.
There is a whole technical skill set which has to be learned to create a blog so readers can find and follow your blog. For a while I tried to learn how. I got hung up on the whole concept if Branding myself as writer.
Eventually, I lost my drive and walked away to regain my focus. When I took the time to step back, I realized I lost interest because I was feeling forced to write to cater to the wants and needs of readers to be noticed as a writer. Which would be acceptable if I was wanting to be a professional writer.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I would turn down opportunity to be paid for writing my life stories and personal views. I’m saying I won’t allow what I write about be determined by others. I will not allow myself be denied ability to write about any and all aspects of myself. I’m a complicated person who does not have all the answers in life. I love that about me.
Saying all that, I do blog-like posts on Facebook and Instagram and get the discussion I wanted from starting my blog. Additionally, I’m excited about using Medium.com which seems to have addressed a lot of the issues I had with my WordPress blog.
Do you find it difficult to think of things to blog about?
I never find it hard to find things to write about. How can anyone who reads blogs find it hard? I believe if a person finds it hard they either are trying too hard to write to please others or not reading other people’s writing enough.
How important do you think Search Optimization is for bloggers?
I believe very important, being able to write with Search Optimization is why I don’t consider myself a blogger.
As a Twitter user, have you noticed any significant changes in your connections to other writers?
I have made very few connections with other writers. I don’t think it’s because they are bad people, but the online personas of writers are not very pleasant. It seems to me they are always talking at people and never talking to people. On the bright side, the few connections I’ve made are wonderful. I find talking to them to be a genuine joy because the motivation for them conversing with me is not only for sake of promotion of his/her book. Which ironically makes me want to read his/her book even more. Hmmm…maybe that was his/her plan all along meaning they are delightful and uber smart.
Are you planning any novels/short stories/ poetry collections that you can tell us a bit about?
I’m currently working on a project to change the current norms being followed by many using Social Media. I believe right now it’s like the Wild West and there is a need for change.
I also have a desire to collaborate on a book with other Poets who have and write about his/her mental illness. My vision is all Poets going to Mental Health institutions and sharing our own poetry and stories with individuals then helping them write his/her own poetry as a way of coping. I am also working on a memoir.
Can you explain “The Eye”?
As a child, my Dad used to find my writing and get mad. The same eyes which saw the truth I tried to tell over and over and documented in writing again and again watched those words be destroyed time after time. The destruction of truth hurt. Took me years to accept I had a right to tell the truth I see with my eyes. That is why I like thinking of myself as Billie Zahir aka The Eye.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Billie.
To check out Billie’s social media and blogs, click the links below
So I’ve just reached 100 followers on WordPress, and I’d just like to say thank you! 🙂 So I wrote you a poem! Enjoy –
journeying with me
on the sea of words
that is my unpredictable life –
watching my every move.
laughing with me,
crying with me,
excited with me.
and growing strong!
I’ve decided it’s time to say bye bye to Blogger.com