Friday, October 29, 2010

Two Birds--A bizness post

You may not know this about me, but I spend a LOT of time online.

Because this blog is in its infancy, I'm constantly searching for ways to meet other writers and build community. This is another way of saying that I spend way, way too much time playing Facebook games reading lots and lots of blogs.

Today I stumbled upon something that grabbed my attention. In her blog Rach Writes Rachael Harrie has begun a Writer's Platform-Building Crusade. This is a group of not-yet-published (I'm assuming--haven't checked everyone else out yet) wannabe authors who are trying to hone their craft, get word out, and each make the internet his or her own personal bi-atch.

(Is bi-atch a swear? If so, does anyone have a non-swear equivalent for this highly puritanical, Pharisaic, but otherwise generally awesome blogger? Skeleton in the closet: I used to be a cuss-box. Then I took Mrs. Lofgren's English class in 10th grade and instead decided to try to communicate the same ideas with advanced vocabulary.  It works.  Sometimes.  Except when it seems clear that you need to say bi-atch.

How about "...and each make the internet his or her own personal kartoffelpuffer." How's that?)

Anyway, so, I'ma hop aboard this train, y'all. And I think you should too. If you have a blog. And love to write. And care about reaching readers. And have a lot of time on your hands. And you are insane, like all writers seem to have to be. If this is you, then go here and join me under the grand umbrella of the Writer's Platform-Building Crusade!

Young boy sitting in red toy carrier, close-up, low section

This is a picture of me having jumped into this awesome bandwagon into which I also hope you jump, and which wagon looks strangely like a children's red wagon, but it's not, because as I said, it is a bandwagon. Stop judging me for not being able to afford real stock photos!

All joking aside, I think this is a brilliant idea, and I thank Ms. Rachael for paying it forward.

Also, I'm not only joining, but I'm participating in the second crusader challenge, which is my very first blogging contest thingie, and which involves following certain requirements in order to win (like including specific words seamlessly into this post--can you guess which ones??), and which I probably won't win because the due-date is today. But at least I'm trying!

Wanna see my one and only other post about writing even though this is ostensibly a blog about writing?

Have a good weekend.


  1. Tee hee, you cracked me up with this post :) Great use of "kartofflepuffer," I got a lot of groans when I came up with that one for the Challenge ;)

    Anyway, welcome on board the Crusade, really glad you could join in! And count yourself a Crusader AND entered for my Second Crusader Challenge (assuming you'll go round and follow the other Crusaders as soon as you can, I'm happy to call it the full 200 points) :)

    If you wouldn't mind, can you just drop by and comment in the Second Crusader Challenge post on Rach Writes... (and include this link) so I can easily find it when I'm putting up the shortlist and so the other Crusaders can check your entry out :)

    I look forward to getting to know you better, am off now to add you to the List of Crusaders.


  2. @Rachael--Oh wow, you're really quick! I just put that link on the Second Crusader Challenge post.

    Thanks again for spearheading something so awesome!

  3. Hey :-)
    I really liked the humour in your post, and the way in which you SEAMLESSLY wove the challenge words into it! Yeah, who knew kartoffelpuffer was even a real word?? (I didn't...!)
    Welcome to the crusade :-)

  4. @Rachel--I know, I had no idea that word existed! Thanks for the welcome, and thanks so much for stopping by and dropping a line.

  5. Hi, thanks for following over at mine. I enjoyed your challenge. It was a good one although I didn't manage to get the challenge done this time: next time!

    Anyway, hello from a fellow Crusader.

  6. Loved how you used the words. And welcome to the Crusade!

  7. thanks for coming over to my blog. Since this crusade started i realised Kartoffelpuffer might be very common is some places. I still cant get over L'aussie's story abt the kartoffelpuffer.

  8. Great post! I think the bandwagon pic is hilarious. LOL

  9. Love you quirky, fun blog. Thanks for joining me. Carole.

  10. That is quite a post! Sounds like it is DEFINITELY worth investigating.

    Also, an acceptable replacement for "bi-atch" is ummm........uhhh........yeah, I got nothing. lol

  11. Ha, I didn't get this was a challenge post until I saw the words! Clever!

    Oh, and about the posts about writing. There's something like 1,654,478 writing blogs (yeah, that's my estimate). Yours is the first about writing, horrid trainings, raising 3 girls, medication, and deformities that I've seen. So you've got that going for you!!

  12. @Jenny--Hello back. Glad you enjoyed the post!


    @Joanna--your last name is one of the last names of a character in my novel, so that means you're extra cool!

    @Jessica--Thanks! Wasn't a ton to choose from, but it did the job, ha.

    @Carole--My pleasure, and thanks for visiting!

    @Catherine--I appreciate your effort very much. Still no adequate replacement located, but the search continues.

    @Erica & Christy--Haha, your comment made me laugh. Thanks for the encouragement!

  13. I'm not a part of the crusade but I follow several that are! I still believe in supporting other writers though! I think the crusade really is an excellent way to meet people. Glad you found it as I'm sure it'll help you reach more and more people.

    I spend way too much time on blogs everyday and always try to comment on as many blogs as I can (because I know how much I love followers and commenters too!)

    Anyways, nice to meet you! I'm a new follower

  14. Welcome to the Crusade and nice post for the Challenge!

  15. Should we call you "The Weed" :) ?

    Just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the The Divine Secrets of the Writing Sisterhood blog (you are our first male writer!!!)


  16. @Melissa--Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm definitely gonna drop by and read your blog ;-)

    @Mary Mary--Thanks!

    @Lorena--You can call me The Weed for sure! (My name is actually Josh.) Glad to be the first male writer following you! (BTW, I saw that you like to write fiction based in South America. I lived in Venezuela for a couple of years and loved it. Not surprisingly, South America has cropped up in my writing at times, and always in ways that I enjoy. It's a beautiful continent.)

  17. Hey The Weed, welcome to the crusade. You will certainly meet a lot of awesome writing buddies. Great funny cracker of a post. Good use of the evil words.

    Thanks for stopping by and buddying up with me. Not sure if you commented though..:)

  18. @L'Aussie--Thanks so much for the welcome! Just left a comment for you. Great story!

  19. Hilarious! Welcome to the crusade too. From one recovering cusser to another (sometimes I still slip. okay, a lot of times I still slip...)

  20. Hi Weedo...I am from The Farm, just back from it, I mean. In the jungle there's no internet, hence I can be a Farmer come lately at times. I don't have a lot of time, but I have a blog, and am insane - that qualify me to be half a writer, I guess.

    Welcome to the Crusade. You'll love it here!

  21. Hi there, welcome to the Crusade. Great challenge post, I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't use 'kartofflepuffer' in its proper potato-based context.

  22. @Julie--Do I see a 12-step program in our future? Perhaps we should begin one?


    @Grandpa--Haha, sounds to me like you're qualified to be a full-fledged writer to me! Thanks for the welcome.

    @Kar--Hi! Gotta say, all this talk of kartoffelpuffer has me really wanting to try one. They look delicious.

  23. Do you mind me calling you Josh instead? I just feel weird calling a person The Weed :)

    Que chevere que hayas vivido en Venezuela! Yo soy de Ecuador.

    Suerte con todos tus proyectos!

  24. @Lorena--It doesn't bother me in the least. If you want, you could just all me Mala Hierba;-)

    Me enctanto Venezuela, pero me gustaria visitar el resto del continente tambien. Me dicen que Ecuador es un pais muy lindo.

    (Y disculplame la falta de tildes.)

    Suerte con los tuyos tambien!

  25. Haha. Very clever insertion of the kartofelhoweveryouspell it thing. LOL.

    Another Crusader here saying hello, I just realized I haven't yet clicked that little 'follow' button so I'll do that now.

    Happy Crusading!