Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Finding Your Voices

Well, on Monday I wrote about losing our voices and honestly I did not think of the tie in to today's post until I received an e-mail about a conference I am attending in February. I thought about playing if off as a planned weekly post, but those of you who know me know I'm very rarely that organized. So I figured I'd just confess straight out!
One of the places where I first found my writing voice was at a Women's StoryCircle workshop. I was surrounded by these amazing women, all with stories to tell. I was young, not sure of myself as a writer, and had no direction in my writing career. At this conference my voice was a squeaky whisper, but it was out.
Over the years I've attended the conference that is given every two years in Austin. I haven't been able to attend them all due to pregnancies, kids, travel limitations etc, but the ones I have attended have been fantastic. This year I am sitting on a panel titled "Finding Your Voices Online".
I'm so excited about this panel because when I started blogging I had no idea what I was going to write about. Okay, some days I still don't know what I'm going to write about. But through this blogging process I have not only started to find my inner voice, but I have gotten to know so many amazing people. It's truly been a growing experience. Now to think I might inspire some women out there to do the same thing, wow!
I'd like to introduce you to my fellow panelists over the next few weeks. They are a group of women I can't wait to meet after getting to know them on their blogs. First up is our panel moderator, Linda. Go check out her blog, My Own Velvet Room, where she talks about family, writing, and life's overall journey.
What prompted you to start your blog?


Pat's Place said...

YOU prompted ME to start my own blog! Thanks so much! It has been a marvelous adventure and I talked about it at the last Story Circle Network Conference when I participated in the panel on blogging. Can hardly wait...

Karen said...

I wish there was something like this in the Denver area. I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading Linda's for a long time! How exciting that you two will get to meet!

My first post explains why I started my blog, Over the Back Yard Fence. As a stay-at-home and work-from-home mom, I was wistful for the days when women had one another to chat with, have coffee with. I figured it would be a good way to "meet" other SAHMs.

Oh, that, and I love to write:)

Linda said...

I'm very excited about the conference and our Blogging Panel. How wonderful it will be to meet these incredible women who have all inspired me at some point since getting to know them online! Even more - to share our experiences with other women and hopefully encourage them to join us in sharing our voices online.

Jessica said...

This sounds like a great experience!

I started mine because I heard I should. LOL

Hope you have tons of fun!

Kara said...

Well, Pat you introduced to SCN:)
Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't wait to check yours out:)
Linda, I agree!
Jessica, I'm glad you started your blog:)

Nancy said...

I had been searching for a long time for a place where I could get my writing out. With folders full of stories and articles, I was desperate to share. When my daughter-in-law started her blog, I realized (after about a year,) that I had found a place to write my heart's themes and share them with others. It has been wonderful.

Jill Kemerer said...

The conference sounds fantastic! I'm so glad you're sharing your knowledge.

What prompted me to start my blog? When I'd been submitting to editors for about a year, I knew it was time to start building a platform. I'm so glad I did. I've "met" so many wonderful people. What a blessing!

Terri Tiffany said...

I love Linda!! So happy you all get to meet:)
I can't even remember why I started to write my blog!!

Kara said...

Nancy I'm so glad you are sharing your stories!
Jill, I think it will be fun. I'm glad you started your blog you are teaching me a lot!
Terri, I'm excited to meet Linda!

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