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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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Telling the truth Tuesday - tell me your truth

Dear blogging friends,
I've told many truths here at Following the Whispers over the past year and a half. Most of the bloggers I've met write about writing, or they review books and movies. They do blogfests about favoite things. They create awards. Those blogs are much more fun. I created this blog as part of a marketing strategy to sell my memoir. Then it became something important to me - a forum for me to share my thoughts, feelings, insights, lessons learned.

Today I'd like to hear from you. What is your truth about this blog, about your blog, about your life, about blogging in general, other social media experiences. Here's your chance to say your truth. I'm listening...



Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

For me, blogging is really my main contact with writers who talk about writing. I'm on email loops with other published writers, but they never talk about writing--only promo. So blogging is really essential for me as far as connecting goes...non-writers can be supportive, but they really don't *get* it. As far as life? It's a blur right now of family and writing and carpooling. I'm hoping to bring a little more quiet into it for 2011. But I don't think that will happen.

Joanne said...

The only social media I'm a part of is blogging. I started mine to develop a web presence and as an extension of a concept in my fiction manuscript, and it has since taken on a life of its own. I don't really go for the Blogfests and contests, and prefer blogging more as a connection with likeminded people, sharing our views on everything, from writing, to following our passions, to everyday life. Your blog seems very real to me, Karen. It's sincere, and that clarity makes it a pleasure to visit.

AlexOngNYC said...

Well you've seen my blog, it's a mix of writing stuff, but mostly my personal feelings.

Breakfast Every Hour

Karen Walker said...

Elizabeth, can I encourage you to make every day life less a blur. It goes by so fast, before you know it your children are married and gone.
Joanne, thank you. I love your blog for similar reasons.
Alex, yes, as I wrote on your blog the other day, I'm grateful there's someone else out there writing personal things.

Mason Canyon said...

Blogging is something I never thought I'd do or enjoy. Now if I'm busy and can't visit with my blogging friends, I miss it.It's been a wonderful way to contact with those who enjoy writing, reading and life in general. I think we each take a little something from the blogs we visit and carry it with us daily. It may not be something earth shattering, but a gentle reminder to enjoy life for that day. And to me, that's a wonderful thing. I always enjoy stopping by and visiting with you.

Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I began blogging because I was told I needed a forum to promote my book. The more I talked about things I enjoyed - movies, music, tech stuff - the more I enjoyed it. And now I've a whole army of blogging buddies who enjoy those things as well.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I started a blog at the insistence of my publisher. I didn’t realize it would result in developing such a wonderful group of online friends or that I would learn so much from their posts. It’s these fringe benefits that keep me in the blogging world.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've blogged for six years now. Gone through the promotions, the friendships, the exitement, the sharing, the fun. I'm settled on information and services right now, because lacking any writing inspiration at the moment, I find I've drawn away from the online lure.

Karen Walker said...

Mason, thanks. It's always interesting to read about what you're reading these days on your blog.
Alex, your success with your blog and your book launch blows me away. Whatever you're doing, you're doing it right, that's for sure.
Jane, yes, isn't it odd how we can have "friends" we've never met in person, but feel we know.
Diane, six years is a long time to put that kind of energy and attention into something. Yet, I'm feeling drawn away from the online lure as well.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Hi, Karen! Thanks for dropping by my blog today. :-) You want the truth huh??? I started blogging because that's what writer's are supposed to do to build a platform, but I blog now because I have so many blog friends. You really get to know people and they get to know you, does that influence my book purchases? Yep, it does...Does it influence the books I chat to my friends or to complete strangers about? For sure. For me the blogs that I frequent the most are the ones that I feel a personal connection with the blog author. My perspective may be different than someone with a book publication though, at this point I only have magazine publications....

Tabitha Bird said...

My truth? I started my blog to connect to other writers and see if maybe I could add some words to the blogosphere that might encourage and uplift.

I like your blog. I like tell the truth Tuesday. and I like you :))

Karen Walker said...

Sharon, I continue to blog for many of the same reasons and it has influenced my book purchases as well.
Tab, right back at ya!

Ann said...

Hi Karen, I like your blog because you voice many of the insecurities I too deal with. When I read it I often feel the camaraderie of kindred spirits.

I started my blog nervously wondering if anyone would be interested enough to read what I had to write. To help me get up the nerve to move to the next step. I felt such fear when I started out. Now I only feel the support and encouragement of my wonderful circle of blogging friends.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I treasure the friends I've made through blogging and other social media...and that includes you, Karen.

Jen Chandler said...

Blogging is how I connect with the world. It's how I connect with others of like mind that I normally wouldn't have an "in" with. I love blogs that are honest, no matter what the content. Your blog is always honest and I can take everything you post at face value. I've made some marvelous friends through blogging and I hope to make more this year.