Friday, June 29, 2012

I Need Your Help

Okay, so the other day, I was awarded another "Kreativ Blogger" award by Sarah who blogs at the Writer's Experiment.  I am flattered by these awards, but to be honest, I feel bad because I don't invest enough of my time reading other people's blogs and commenting.  I could give you several excuses as to why this is, but the truth is, I don't.  My excuse is just a story. We're all busy, we all have "to do" lists, jobs, dishes to wash, laundry to fold, teeth to brush, mountains to climb, toenails to paint, etc

I don't know if you are aware of this, but I've started another project called Finding my Religion and it's taking up a lot of my time.  Not only am I doing extra reading, Bible study and starting this Sunday, I'll be attending church, I'm writing about my experience, as well as blogging about it.  I am a writer.  Whether or not Barnes and Noble recognizes this fact is irrelevant.  I am choosing to live the writing life.  While the actual writing is a solitary activity, the research is not. I have to go out there and find my story, my characters, my narrative arc.  I wish I had a talent for fiction, but I don't.  It would be so much easier and I'd probably have a lot more time.

I don't want this blog to be neglected while I do the other one, so I need your help.  I'm looking for a few things and if you know anyone or you want to step forward, I would be forever grateful.  Okay, here's what I need.
1.  People to interview for my Monday Mournings posts.  The questions are the same for everyone.  I just need people who are willing to share their story on this blog.  These posts are quite popular and get the most traffic.  If you're a blogger, it's a wonderful place to show your writing chops and to drive traffic to your site with the added benefit of making others feel less alone.

2.  Professionals to interview.  This could be a hospice volunteer, a nurse, a veterinarian, an EMT, a bio hazard cleaner, a chaplain.  Heck, I've got an interview with a flight attendant coming up.  Who knew there was so much death at 30,000 feet!  They don't have to be a blogger.  If you know someone, send them my way.

3.  Guest Blogger  I know you've thought about it, so here's your chance.  Write a post for the death blog.  Pitch me an idea that you can tell in under 600 words. Or it could be a Tuesday Movie post.  I need content and you want to write.  Let's be friends:)

Okay, that's my story.  I need help.

12 comments:

  1. Are you going to do a religion blog? That could be pretty cool.

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    1. I already am, but it's just my story.

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  2. Feel free to shoot me a copy of the interview. I lost my husband of 19 years to cancer after a 3 year battle (2 yr remission).

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  3. I only wish your spiritual blog was on Blogger. I don't deal well with WordPress.

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    1. I wanted to see how Word Press worked and for the most part, I like it. For one, it helps me to keep track of what I've posted on other people's blogs. But, I actually like the way blogger looks better.

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  4. Will keep an eye out for all you have requested. Absolutely intrigued by your new blog, P.

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    1. Thanks. It's definitely a departure from this one.

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  5. I'd be interested in doing an interview for you. I lost my dad when I was 15 and he was 37.

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    1. Thank you so much for offering to share your experience. I appreciate it. I'll get the questions to you.
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  6. So, what I've picked up on is: "...drive traffic to your site" and "600 words." :)

    Normally my opinion pieces on VGI (and soon to be NR /squee), are around 2,000 words. So in principle 600 should be easy...but it won't, because whenever you say something will be easy (in writing) it never, ever, ever, ever, is. :-s

    The question now is how can a video games journo contribute anything of worth.

    What can I say, I like a challenge!

    My pitch is: "Death in Video games" How it's handled, does it ever mean anything, hell, do people even think "maybe the baddie I just gunned down and forgot about 10 seconds later, had a wife and a family."

    As for the interview, I'd be up for it, but my life's fairly dull --It is now anyway-- ^_^ If you're ever stuck, gimme a shout. Just keep in mind I'm crap with finding spare time lol Writing for 50k people per month is great, and I'm blessed, but I am so rubbish when it comes to free time. :)

    That's probably the worst pitch I've ever wrote. "Here's my idea, but I suck!"

    /Epic

    Also, quick side-note: If you don't see comments from me, I am still here, reading away happily and comtemplating deeply what I've seen before me. I just (guess what's coming?) never have enough time to comment. Unless it's at silly hours like now (10:30PM). ^_^

    Cheers, and hope all is great in your world!

    Wes

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    1. I TOTALLY love that pitch. It's honest and humorous--two of my favorite things! Please write a humorous piece about death in video games! I'll DM you my email address on Twitter.

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