I was recently nominated by Alisha Dane at BecomeLess.net for the Liebster Award for which she has my sincere thanks. Check out one of my favorite posts by her at http://www.becomeless.net/in-her-storm-be-there/. She is always honest and goes deep every time.
So here are some of my answers to the questions for the Liebster Award.
What inspired you to start blogging?
Really I started to blog because I was contacted almost weekly by former students who had questions about the Relationship with God class I taught while I was an English professor at William Jessup University. I wanted to create a place where they could reference my lectures. The other reason I began to blog was to document some of the things I have lived through. This way, I tell my whole story as a legacy for my daughters, who lived through some tough times with me. I see it as a legacy I am leaving for my children and grandchildren after I am gone.
In all honesty, I did not expect to find it so personally challenging. I can come up with a billion topics to write on. Inspiration is not the issue. The real challenge comes from exposing myself to the world in general. I know that many of my friends and family know way more about me than they did before. Becoming a blogger is like opening your closet of skeletons and inviting them to dance on the stage of your life.
If I could give someone $1,000,000, who would I give it to?
If I had a million bucks to give away, I would probably fund grad school for all of my kids and any of my cousins that wanted to go as well as pay off their student loans. If I had to give it charitably, I would probably fund paid professorships in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry at smaller colleges. I think the world needs more poetry.
What advice would you give other bloggers?
Never, ever, ever, ever give up. Blogging is only rewarding for those who persevere. Like everything else, you have to pay your dues. So take the classes, get over yourself and promote, and keep writing. It will pay off eventually. Just not quickly.
So who are my nominees?
Karsten Kaczmar of https://realhoperising.com/. A former student, he tells the truth as he sees it and takes some real risks in his blog. Check it out if you want to be really challenged.
Melissa Gendreau of https://humblefaithfamilywellness.com/ . There are not enough good counselors doing the blog slog and she is one of them. She writes truth in a gentle but persistent way that I really respect.
Ron Dillon of http://therealrondillon.com/ . I met him at one of my writer’s workshops. While it is laughable how little we have in common, I respect his commitment to the truth in his writing. He never spares himself and I find that inspiring.
Kimberly DeWees of https://kimberlydewees.wordpress.com . She is a former student as well and her blog is brand new. It is just like the student I remember, thoughtful, reflective, and wise.
Bailey Gillespie at https://baileygillespie.com . Yep, you guessed it. One of my favorite creative writing students, Bailey is committed to personal growth like no one else. And she combines faith and honesty I way that is both convicting and loving.
I really recommend taking the time to read these folks. At the very least, visit their pages on Facebook and give them a like and some love.