07-21-18 Patricia Sargeant

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Birth of Romancing The Genres

By the time you read this, Romancing the Genres group blog will be five months and one week old and just short of nine months since the idea was born.

A family tradition is to tell the 'the day you were born' story. Here is RTG's.

I began my blog, Intentions and Synchronicity in May 2010 when I took 1st Turning Point's Platform Building class and met Tam Linsey. Sarah Raplee McDermed and I were writing friends who met every couple of weeks to share ideas and support each other’s writing goals. Some of the time, SamMarie Ashe joined us. But on this one particular wintry January day, we were at the now closed Beaverton Borders coffee shop talking about our blogs and how hard it was to get something up every day or even once a week.

Delilah Marvelle’s name came up because Delilah posts once a month and both of us thought that was doable. So, how could they post once a month?

With a group of other writers!
Paper and pen in hand, ideas were noted and the foundation for Romancing The Genres was laid. Week days in the months were counted and that’s how we came up with 21 – all months have at least 21 week days in them. Next was - who to invite.

We put our heads together and expanded our original list to include various parts of the country and various genres because we wanted this blog to inform, educate and entertain both other writers and readers. Since both Sarah and Judith are ‘yet-to-be-published’ we included other writers like us as well as published authors.

And genres? Well, as you know if you’ve followed RTG, there are genres and then there are Genres. We decided that romance was the key and we wanted as many sub-genres of romance to be included as we could. However, there are not enough days in the month to cover all the sub-genres of Romance. Take Historicals for example – that would cover a whole week and still leave some out!

We focused on finding Genre-istas (Sarah coined that term) who live in various parts of the U.S. Currently Genre-istas live in Alaska, Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, New York, North/South Carolina, Oregon and Washington.  We have Laurie SchneblyCampbell to thank for most of our Arizona Genre-istas.

In November we are adding Bronwen Evans from New Zealand.

It’s my party and I’ll blog if I want to! Since it's easy and effortless when done once a month – I do.

© Judith Ashley, 2011. All rights reserved.


Terri Molina said...

happy 5 month anniversary. ;-) I'm honored to be a part of the blog. Like you, I have a personal blog but find it difficult to think of anything to blog about (that won't have the reader's eyes glazing over. hah)
Looking forward to the next 5 (thousand) months. ;)

Judith Ashley said...

Hi Terri,

We love having you with us! And, I've recommitted (yet again) to my personal blog Intentions and Synchronicities after reading the blog posted by Kristen Lamb that Tam shared with us. She made a very good point about our personal blogs not be about our writing life but about something we're passionate about.

Sarah and I are also looking forward to many more months - 5K - my heart stutters at the thought.

Sarah Raplee said...

[I posted this comment hours ago, but Blogger must have hiccuped because it's not here.]

You did a wonderful job of recounting RTG's early days, Judith. We pretty much decided to make 'Just do It!' and 'If We Build It, They Will Come' our mantras.

And look where we are now!

Vonnie Alto said...

What a savvy idea! Collaboration in anything is the key to success. "Romancing the Genres" found theirs with a most interesting and informative group blog. Keep up the good work.

Judith Ashley said...

That's right, Sarah. Those phrases were our mantras and to some extent still our.

I love where we are now and am looking forward to where we'll be when we celebrate our Blog-O-Versary!

Yes, Blogger did hiccup today...

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks, Vonnie. We appreciate your support from the beginning.

Tam Linsey said...

Isn't it amazing what we can do when we band together? I thank the day Ann Charles and Jacquie Rogers assigned us as Platform Partners. Here's to hitting that one year blogoversary!

Judith Ashley said...

Thank, Tam - you've been a blessing in my life also. The Universe was watching out for us when it whispered in Ann and Jacquie's ear to partner us up!