Writing a Blog for GRIT

| 2/19/2010 8:38:42 AM

I have been roaming the shadows of GRIT blogs for a year. My first entry was on February 1, 2009, over on the GRIT Community Forum. Once I got my toe in the water, so to speak, the commenting expanded throughout the GRIT blogs. Some have wondered why I never explored the possibility of a blog here at GRIT. I never thought myself to be all that great at writing, but somehow it just happened along life’s journey. I believe it is a talent inherited from my Mama who from age 16 communicated regularly to pen pals all over the world. By the time she died, she wrote to more than 100 people, all with hand-written letters of several pages each.

I dabbled in writing during my High School years only because English class forced me into it. I always liked the logic of it with diagraming, but never really did well at the actual writing, so I built an avoidance to anything pertaining to English. Life bloomed into marriage, kids, dogs, cat, gerbils, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits, and work. Writing was far far away from any thoughts that crossed my mind. Somewhere in midlife, about 1995, the decision was made to improve my education by becoming a computer genius. That quest never came to completion, but it forced me to take a couple creative writing classes. Teacher Bob brought the dormant skills to life through his artful encouragement and creative teaching skills. Soon after my midlife college days e-mail was invented. I began writing about my real life stories, and, much to my amazement, folks seem to like them. It totally shocked me. I found that I liked writing about the things of life and continued until blogs became the popular thing. Naturally, I expanded into blogging with a couple blogs but still nothing spectacular.

One day while sitting in my favorite book store sipping a cup of brew reading magazines that I was too cheap to buy, a magazine called GRIT jumped out before my wandering eyes. After consuming the contents, I wrote down the website and scurried home find out what this website was all about. I soon discovered that my heart was in union with those that blogged on the site and continued to read the blogs for some months. As time passed I decided to venture forth and post an entry on the GRIT Community Forum about removing wallpaper. And along came Cindy. The same one we all know and love. She and I struck up comments and actually started an entry called Extreme Farm Sports that still resides there today. After that, I started commenting on Cindy’s blog, which expanded into commenting on almost every blog entry.

So, here I stand at the threshold of a new exciting adventure in the life of Old Nebraska Dave. I’m still trying to figure out how this published blogging stuff works. It’s just a little more complicated than replying with a comment. I’ll dust off my Kodak Easyshare camera and give this new challenge a run. I can’t guarantee the grammar will be correct or the sentence structure will be good, but if I have made you smile or even laugh out loud at the antics of a wana be homesteader, then I will have accomplished what I set out to do.

So if you’ve a mind to, y’all come back now, and we’ll do this again.

S.M.R. Saia
3/5/2010 6:53:44 AM

Hi Nebraska Dave!!!! I'm so excited that you started blogging here! I'm looking forward to following along!

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 12:06:59 PM

Tammy – I’ll do my best to keep things interesting and entertaining. I really was quite surprised to find so many comments on my first blog entry. I have another in the wing ready to send out. It’s a little different than just sending out an email, but I think I can handle this adventure. After all if I can eat mystery soup from Nicaragua that I couldn’t recognize a single thing in it, a thing like preparing a Grit blog entry should be a snap. Right? I’m looking forward wonderful communication will all of Grit blog writers. See ya, I gotta go have an adventure like washing two weeks of dirty clothes or cleaning up the cluttered kitchen counter that my daughter left me for a home coming present or fixing the flat tire on my daughter’s car that she informed me about last night. Life is just one big adventure after another with much prayer in between. So until we meet again, be adventurous. You just might like it.

Nebraska Dave
2/28/2010 11:45:05 AM

Victoria – To inquire about how to become a Grit blog writer go to the Grit Reader Blogs page and send an email to the editor or click here editor@grit.com . Hank – Thanks for the great welcome comments. This has been, for me, a great community experience to get inspiration and encouragement. Boy do I have a story about chickens for a blog entry. While in Nicaragua I visited one of the four largest egg production chicken farms in Nicaragua. It’s interesting and at the same time sad to think about how the chickens are treated to produce 58,000 eggs a day from 78,000 chickens. Robyn – Thank you for your wonderful comments. Ha, you can rest assured that I am definitely not a spy. Lacy – Thank you so much for your encouragement and special comment about writing style. Be assured that I have a life time of adventures to write about and most likely many more to come. Susan – Thanks for the great welcome to Grit. I try my best to keep things light and entertaining and at the same time many questions run through my mind. I am comforted by the fact that many other writers are plagued with the same insecurity issues as I am. I’m looking forward to regular blog entries. I too hope to improve my writing skills. Rodeo – I am honored to receive a comment especially since you don’t comment much. Thank you for your suggestions of improvement. I always enjoy your blog entries. Your style has such a humorous twist that keeps me rolling with laughter.

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