In January 2011, after failing at keeping up my individual blog and yet hearing from “Everyone” how important it was to build my platform while searching for a publisher, I was commiserating with my writing friend, Sarah Raplee over tea and coffee at a Border’s coffee shop. That conversation sparked the idea that led to this blog – Romancing The Genres.
Thank goodness Sarah not only has more technical skills than I do, but she is a consummate learner. Figuring out how to make something work in the wonderful world of Blogger and other techie things does not intimidate her – she forges on until she figures it out. I, on the other hand, would rather clean the bathroom than click around the internet searching for anything.
With Sarah as my guide and my commitment to being published firmly under my feet, I leapt! I won’t bore you with the details of what I’ve learned/accomplished. Check out my personal blog for that. Yes, I still do that too.
Our original idea had an experimental writing idea and while we were readying RTG for launching, four of us tried out a continuous story. We learned that it would take a lot more time and effort than we had at that moment to make it work.Over the summer of 2011 as our number of blog visitors grew, we polled the other Genre-istas to see what we could do to improve. Be more reader-centric.
Another leap. We invited more published authors to guest on our Saturdays and revamped our monthly Genre-ista topics to be more reader focused than writer focused.
I digress.In the fall of 2011, Sarah and I looked at the list of Genre-istas who’d indicated an interest in the experimental writing idea, contacted them, set up another Yahoo Group, and began to plan.
Since we see this other blog as a sister site, we decided (with Genre-ista agreement) to go with Romance From The Genre-istas. Our tag line is “Free Fiction Reads For Your Enjoyment”. We also decided to start out with Flash Fiction (less than 1500 word stories) with a Valentine’s Day theme.
Another LEAP! I went into Blogger and set up the initial page.I copied the RTG header into the RFTG site and created pages, with Sarah’s tutoring.
While this may not seem like much, for someone who still has residual techno-phobia issues, this is HUGE! And it has BIG rewards. Because I’m an integral part in setting up Romance From The Genre-istas, I’m more of a partner than I was before. The fear that if Sarah wasn’t available and something Bad happened to the blog, we’d go down or up in flames and smoke has dissipated.
And when you stop by Romance From The Genre-istas on 02/11/2012, read our Flash Fiction Free Reads, and are entertained I’ll have to get a larger hat size!
Leaping into the Void of technology has been terrifying at times (what if I click and the whole site goes down); amazing (I’m gaining name recognition); frustrating (there are days Blogger doesn’t like me and I’m better off going for a walk, having a hot cup of tea, and doing something else); exhilarating (our RTG launch went off without a hitch); humbling (we’ve over 15,000 visits and over 2500 comments) but most of all, it’s been rewarding. I’ve conquered my fear of blogging; conquered my fear (mostly) of the internet; and am looking forward to creating a website for another of my endeavors.
What leap have you taken that has transformed your life?
© Judith Ashley February 03, 2012