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Today, I wanted to discuss why WordPress has become one of the most important communities in my life. (And that is not an exaggeration.)
As many of you know, my blog’s anniversary was this past Wednesday, but I didn’t want to take away from the celebration or the raffle with this post, so I decided to separate this post for today, and I wanted to go back to explain why this past year has become an introduction to all of the wonderful people (fellow writers, readers, and bloggers) that I love today.
I started this blog, because Robin Hoffman, The Get Published Coach. She suggested it would be a great way to build a publishing platform, and I took her advice, unsure of what to do next. I reviewed novels, movies, music, and whatever else I thought would help me meet other writers. Within a few days, I met some great people, and I knew I had to dive back into the publishing world. I’d previously taken my first published novel, November Snow, off of the market in 2009, but I put it back up for purchase.
That was when my life changed.
On October 7, 2012, my roommate, Kristine Andersen, passed away. I hadn’t been able to blog, even though I’d promised to post every other day, so I made an announcement. This was my first experience of seeing how unbelievably kind and supportive all of you are. I received so many comments, and they truly helped me through a very difficult time. And you all have continued to help me through even more events I went through this past year, including the poetry collection I was featured in that December, which was dedicated to Kristine’s life. It was then that I knew I had to work even harder on the next novel I would release, because I wanted it to be dedicated to Kristine and Megan (also my roommate at the time.)
So I worked hard, and you all pushed me forward, reminding me how much you believe in the passion of all writers. I connected with more and more people, and I kept in contact with many of you on a regular basis, generally through email and comments. I’ve read your stories and your posts, genuinely inspired by how many loving people have come together to help chase everyone’s dreams, whatever they might have been.
That inspiration caused me to announce I’d be self-publishing Minutes Before Sunset in March of 2013. I held a cover contest, and, yes, the cover chosen from the competition is still the cover today. I was completely oblivious that AEC Stellar Publishing would contact me in April, and I would be signed with them shortly afterwards. I never thought I’d have Minutes Before Sunset in my hands as a paperback, and WordPress is truly what brought me to that opportunity.
In one year, I lost two loved ones (my roommate and my grandmother) but I also gained a family—a WordPress family—and you have been here with me through my poetry publication, my novel publication, and other events, like reading at The Spencer Museum of Art and my Undergraduate Reading Series. You voted for Minutes Before Sunset, and, because of that, my novel was rewarded Goodreads Book of the Month. After that, you continued to cheer me on when I announced I took a job as a Social Media Marketing Manager (or Wizard) for my publisher. You’ve stood by me, congratulating and supporting me during every step, and I know you are the reason I was able to take so many steps.
Since joining WordPress in September of 2012, it’s been a very eventful year for me, and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful community.
From the depths of my writer’s heart, thank you.