Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, May 22, 2009


I've always harbored a fantasy to be a newspaper columnist. Reporters are usually assigned stories to cover, but columnists get to write whatever they want. My epiphany this morning is that blogs make that fantasy come true. This space is mine - I get to choose content, design, etc. And I get to blather about whatever pops into my head.

But I have a purpose for my blog. It is not just a brain-dumping ground. It is to help me generate an audience of readers interested in what I have to say--an interest which will hopefully lead them to purchase my book(s). I must, therefore, choose my subjects wisely and write well-thought out pieces that will intrigue others.

Hard to do in a daily blog challenge. I've managed to post a blog each day, but truthfully, not all that much thought has gone into them. My to-d0-list will now include a list of potential "columns" to write that will further my blog's purpose. Future topics might include: overcoming the effects of childhood sexual abuse; growing up and out of your dysfunctional family successfully; overcoming low self-esteem; adolescent promiscuity and its aftermath; pitfalls to avoid in choosing partners; developing inner peace and self-acceptance.

What would you like to see?



Anonymous said...

I like that you're really thinking about what content to use -- Too often, bloggers seem to just throw words up on their blog just to have something up there. I can already tell from your posts that you've put a lot of thought into yours.

The topics you've suggested sound good. What other blogs/resources have you come across that deal with these issues? Might be nice to share them here, too.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant minds think alike. :) I came to that exact epiphany last year, Karen. That's when I started taking blogging seriously. Bloggers are the new age essayists, the online columnists. And the potential for large readership is immense. You're off to a good start!

The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

Galen Kindley said...

Well, I'm guilty of tossing words on the screen. No question. So, apparently, I'm still trying to find my blog voice.

I tried serious and writer-centric. Nah...to...preachy and esoteric. I tried writer tips...to condescending to writers. For obvious reasons, I can't (nor do I want to) pump my book on every post, or even most of them. Newsworthy stuff is covered by professional news specialists, so, that's pointless.

I admit it. I dump stuff out there that pops into my head. Yes, part of that is the, “You gotta post daily thing.” I’m not particularly proud of my content, but, it is what it is. No branding there. No quality content. Just odds and ends stuff told with maybe a dash of humor--or what passes for humor. I'm still trying to figure it out.

Or worse, maybe what I’m doing IS what I figured out. Maybe dumps is the answer to my lament the other day about lack of visitors from outside the class. For now, though, dumping it shall be…but never illegal dumping.

Best Regards, Galen.

N A Sharpe said...

Karen, I enjoy reading your blog. Your posts are heartfelt and inspirational. It is a peaceful site that deals with the dynamics of horrific life experiences but focuses on hope for better things.


Jina Bacarr said...

I enjoy your blogs--inspirational, poignant--but you aren't afraid to tackle the tough subjects (childhood sexual abuse, etc.). That's important.



Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I like your writing style and have enjoyed your blogs. I think you should continue to concentrate on writing about what's important to you.

Jane Kennedy Sutton

Patricia Stoltey said...

You have very serious subjects to write about, Karen, but you might want to reserve one day for more light-hearted topics. For one thing, this will reinforce the feeling that life not only goes on, but it can go on in very positive and uplifting ways.

For me, I want to feature Colorado authors, help the beginning authors in my area with self-editing tips, pass on what I learn about social networking. And I'd like to do what I do in a way that makes people chuckle from time to time. Laughter is so good for us.


Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Patricia. That's very sound advice. I'll do it!

The Practical Preserver said...

It's good practice for crafting all those scintillating essays you'll need for the blog tour! Write on!