Why I Started Blogging

Hey guys! I’m back. It’s Tuesday, so it’s the beginning of the week. I’m still new to this all, so I’m trying different things out. But first, I wanted to give you a little bit of background as to why I started blogging…

I have always loved writing and sharing ideas. Ever since I was old enough to hold a pen, but young enough that I didn’t know how to put the right letters in words, I’ve been writing. When I wasn’t writing, I was drawing or sketching. I even combined the two and made comics, sometimes. (I haven’t drawn in a while, but i used to be pretty good- for a 12 year old).

I have always battled with what to do with my writing. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be an author- i think that’s the only dream I didn’t outgrow, but it was in the background, behind my other dreams, most of the time. However, I did publish my first book at 10 years old; I was so proud that I could go around and brag that I was a published author. And I still am hoping to publish another book some day.

The thing that most discouraged me about being an author, was knowing that it probably wouldn’t be a great income source. And in that case, it couldn’t be my main career- and then would probably not have time for it. So, I moved away from it for a short while (still writing short stories or what-not for my own enjoyment) and got other jobs, but I was never content. Writing still made me happy, and I began writing more novel-type books. I have maybe 8 started, but keeping inspiration for an idea is a little harder than getting inspiration (I’ll explain why in my next blog post, where I’ll share with you my writing process).

But of course, if your audience that you write to doesn’t like what you’ve created, it won’t get you anywhere. And I don’t necessarily doubt my books would sell, but I’d have to get a bunch out there to start making money, so the stories I put out there would really have to get some attention. I’m great at creative writing- and that’s also my favorite modality of writing- but, typing out a book takes much longer than a short researched article.

Which brings me to this blog. I began this blog as a reviews/informational aritcles/portfolio website to get my name out there, but I discovered (not much to my surprise) that, although I am great at research, extensively searching for the ins-and-outs of a different topic every day, becomes quite exhausting.

And then I realized: I can put updates of my recent book here! I’ve been writing ‘Daisy, May’ For about a month now- only two weeks before i put it online here (and chapter Two is coming, I promise). I was hesitant, because this book is in it’s baby, baby stages. I’m still working the ins-and-outs of the story line, the extra-characters’ names, and editing and revising a whole bunch (later this week or next week, I’ll share my writing process with you).

And that lands me here, where I am now. I decided to cut down posting on this blog to two days a week, and just post about things I love doing or things that interest me. Some of the types of articles I’ve posted here I might write again, every now and then. But mostly, I’m here now to write about my thoughts, my journey in writing, and book updates.

So, yes, it’s been a curious and experimental journey. But sometimes, to find what you really want, you have to just do something first. I didn’t know how PoppinTalk was going to take off, or what was going to get it there. But I also know, most everyone just wants something to relate to. So here is my bumpy, crazy journey through life and, hopefully, to success. Thanks for coming along with me on this ride of life 🙂

Published by Alyssa McClure

Popp!nTalk is a place I share all of my love and positive thoughts (and sometimes, updates on my books) to stand out from all the negative and give you a place to put up your feet and rest- Whether that be during the workweek or on the weekends. Easy, quick reads to give you a smile and something pleasant to think about. Unique, entertaining, positive. Live on :) #loveisaverb

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