My writing journey began March 1,2018 when I joined the WordPress family. I had turned 70 and was reading an online article by Professor Jordan Peterson when I glanced at a WordPress icon at the bottom of the page. Being curious I clicked the icon and ended up following the instructions on becoming a member, it took all of 30 seconds. My biggest decision was the naming of the site and as I used to keep a diary from time to time, I decided on an online diary. So I named my site lensdiary. This process took me all of 30 seconds. My first blog introducing myself included the following:
My name is Len
Three score and ten
The biblical age
For leaving life’s stage
But I’m not done yet
My initial attempts at blogging were mainly autobiographical in nature, with a few daily musings thrown in. I then attempted a few WordPress prompts and found it stretched my imagination a little more. So I diversified to short fiction pieces in following the prompts. So two years later my site is a combination of some aspects of my life story, short fiction pieces, some social commentary and when I have had too much alcohol I attempt poetry. Poetry is not my calling.
The biggest bonus for me in joining WordPress is not the writing , but following other bloggers. It is a user friendly social media platform, and I have encountered only encouragement and friendly, non personal advice from other bloggers. It is a true family.
We are a writing family very diversified in our opinions and writing styles, so there is a wealth of opportunity to grow in the writing process by choosing to follow the many talented individuals here on WordPress. I have learned a lot from other writers on this platform, and am truly grateful to them for sharing their talents.
When I first started it was very easy to keep up with my very few followers. I always left a comment on their site after every blog. But as the number of followers increased I found it exceedingly difficult to comment as I was spending all my time following instead of writing. I still like interacting with other bloggers and when I come across a blogger that speaks to me through their writing it is one of my greatest joys on this site.
There are a number of blogging platforms to follow on WordPress whether your interest is poetry, cooking, politics, biographical, inspirational or religious, though the majority of blogs seem to be poetry inspired. My particular interest is short story writing, stories that are complete with a beginning, a middle and an end. I haven’t found many blog sites that cater exclusively to short stories and one particular short story blogger I enjoyed reading,’ Through Violets Lentz ‘ has been off WordPress for a few months. I miss you Violet, please come back soon.
This has just been a little rambling update on my blog and its purpose. I am not looking to be a professional writer or have millions of adoring followers. Just a tiny place where I can express myself in writing and communicate with other wonderful bloggers all over the world. For WordPress is truly an international forum of amazing people.