I’ve had a couple of blogs over at Blogger for a long time. This little guy is the crow from Crowsnest where I posted my eBay auctions and Illustration Friday entries and how excited I was when I got the Sign Artist job at Trader Joe’s. Then of course it was all about my blackboard endcap signs.
Duncan wrote posts to the Daily Drool, an on-line Basset Hound Social network. He had a blog at my Daughter’s Mercantile, then a sweet peaceful one at Blogger, The Tao of Duncan.
I posted often getting an occasional comment and I think I had six followers. Duncan always had more than me. Most times it felt like I was talking to myself or sending letters off to my dad when I was nineteen and had moved us to San Diego, rambling on about probably nothing. I don’t think I ever told him how lonely I was. He never wrote back but I kept sending them.
I stumbled across Daily Painters and boy that seemed like such a fun idea. That’s what I’ll do! I researched it, looked at all of the artists and found my favorite. Oh if I could paint like Ali Cavanaugh. . . Do go check her work out. She is awesome. I studied the layout of her elegant website and it was powered by WordPress. I’d heard of WordPress before. So I came over here and started a blog and added a few paintings. I wanted it to be professional looking for my Daily paintings.
Yeah. . . long day at work and come home to what seems like a hundred twenty-nine needy animals (not really just a cat, two hounds and two horses) (seems like a hundred though) add a painting to that mix and even if there were twenty more hours in the night it’s not getting done. I went back to Blogger.
Two years later I’m back, not sure what I want the blog to be, maybe I’ll post paintings for sale like Ali, maybe I’ll write about my thoughts, probably end up making it just like the others. What I didn’t expect, there were actually people reading and paying attention. There were comments, nice comments and likes and they started following me. It was a little intimidating.
Here’s the focus of this Daily Prompt Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.
That would be Maddie Cochere at Breezy Books. She’s a writer, author of the Susan Hunter Mystery Series.
She is working on her sixth novel in the series. They are fun and exciting, Easy Breezy, she calls them. You can check it out for yourself Sunshine Hunter is a Free Kindle book.
I discovered her when she was Freshly Pressed in October with her hilarious poem about the stairs next door, sung to the tune of Stairway to Heaven. Here you’ve got to read it the stairway to nowhere
Her comments have always been thoughtful, encouraging and funny. I look forward to her posts but mostly I look forward to her comments, to hearing from her, kind of like getting a letter from a friend in your mailbox. Yep that dates me, mailbox?
I have posted poems no one has ever seen, delved into sorta healed and still raw emotional subjects, stories I find amusing and make some folk’s eyes glaze over with boredom and lots of photos of my exciting life here in Las Vegas, (horses, Basset Hounds, the sky, sunrises, flowers and signs I just made at Trader Joe’s) again glazed eyes. Maddie is the one, if you were a stand up comedian, she would be the one you’d watch to see if you’re on target, that what you think is funny is working. Then you get a little more confident, share a little more.
Thank you Maddie.
Once out of the blue years later I got a card from my dad with a hundred dollar bill inside. He wrote carefully with his shaky hand, Bet on a horse named Pammie Sue. She won.
Thanks for stopping by.