Wednesday, October 31, 2007

365 days later….

Wow! I just realized that today My Year of Getting Published turns ONE…



Seems like only yesterday that I decided to go out on a limb and announce to the world (ie cyberspace) that I was on a journey to become a freelance travel writer.

Here’s what I said (October 31, 2006)

“I’ve been saying for years that I am a writer. Problem is, I haven’t done much about it, expecting, I guess, someone to come along and say ‘want to write for us’. This year, I finally decided to do something about this desire to write - I started writing and reading and planning. A business plan was developed, I researched the business of freelance writing, created a website and started blogging. And now it is time to get published.

So this is ‘my year of getting published’ and it starts on Halloween night . Might as well feel the fear and do it anyway.”


Since then I have written 368 posts discussing my successes and failures, provided writing tips and resources, and generally rambling on…

Along the way I have learned a great deal, made lots of ‘blogging’ friends, and discovered the joys and trials of freelance writing. And I found other travel writers, many of whom were generous enough to offer tips and advice and even participate in my ‘Interview with a Travel Writer’ series..

I also discovered online writing.

Before My Year of Getting Published, my focus was tunnel visioned - trying to get published in print magazines and newspapers. Now I realize that there are just as many, if not more, writing opportunities online.

I can now call myself a ‘professional blogger’ with my paid writing gig over at Alzheimer’s Notes and Christchurch Tour Guide.

I feel that I have managed to dip my toes into the water but am still a long way away from being able to swim.

A BIG THANKS to everyone for spending time with me and my blog. Without you all, My Year of Getting Published would have quickly sunk. The support, comments, and help that been offered throughout the year has ensured the survival of the blog and my determination to continue pursuing my dream...

Stick around…there’s so much more to come.

So much more to learn…
So much more to discover…
So much more to share…

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9 comments:

hawaiibren said...

happy anniversary! i serendipitously found your blog and i'm subscribed. love your tips and good luck with writing! i've just embarked on a very similar mission myself.

aloha,
bren

Sheila at Family Travel said...

Yay! Happy Birthday to your hardworking blog, and thanks for the inspiration you give to all writers.

keith said...

Happy Birthday ... and Happy Hallow E'en!

Susan said...

Happy Blogaversary, Liz!

Julie said...

Happy anniversary!

And Happy Halloween...
Julie

Kara said...

Congrats, Liz!

Will you tell us about your meal with Wendy Perrin? :-)

Michele said...

Congratulations, Liz! This is my first time here, but I'm genuinely happy for you ;0)

I am so glad you set goals, was persistent, and have succeeded in making your writing dreams come true. Yes, you are right--there's so much more to come!

I'll drop by again, soon.

Smiles,
Michele
www.michele-tune.com
"Writing the Cyber Highway"
http://writingthecyberhighway.blogspot.com/

WhataTrip said...

Congratulations to you, Liz! Keep on writing and blogging. Nancy

KIWIWRITER said...

Thanks everyone. It's been fun. Roll on year two of 'My Year of Getting Published'...

Cheers,

Liz

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