Friends, fellow writers, countrymen, women and critters...
I would like to begin by reminding you of a series written about me a year ago, when my friend Amanda Socci, the Creative Idea Gal and I had only known each other a few months.
As I wrote at the time: "While parts 1 and 2 of her series on me were in the form of an interview of me, the 3rd and 4th parts comprised her personal opinions on my writing voices and suggestions for the future.
The finished work is something I've never seen done by other online writers, in relation to my decade as a blogger, and is a humbling, thought provoking experience for me to digest (I've had a few friends share their thoughts, and encouragements, in comments and e-mails over the years and those people have played important roles in my growth as a blogger)."
My Creative Voices and What One Writer Thinks of Them - In 4 Parts
A lot has happened since then, in both our creative lives, and her support and encouragement has meant a lot to me.
We even met at the Blog Paws Pet Blogger and Social Media Conference, last May.
In addition to her own blog and her blog called A Slice of Faith, a journey to book publication, she is a freelance writer and the creator of a series called the"I Know I Can" WNFIN 10-Month Training Program, for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com.
It is this last that is applicable to this story.
Each month has had a theme, and for August the theme "is “All about You.” In this case, the “you” is the unknown blogger who blogs faithfully, but is not as well-known as the big-name bloggers."
I have read some of the series, over the past months and enjoyed them very much; I never expected to be profiled in it at any stage. The thought just never occurred to me. Neither of my active blogs (The Opinionated Pussycat is the other), as proud of them as I am...well I awoke yesterday morning to discover that, for several days, those blogs, and my 3 inactive blogs, had such spikes in traffic as to boggle my mind and I had no clue why.
A visit to my Facebook gave me the answer; Amanda had included me in her newest weekly sub-theme:
We are dedicating the entire week to featuring three standouts who blog, and blog really well. The similarities among this week’s three standout bloggers is that they all have a lot of things going on, blog at many different places, and are very giving of their time.
Today, your job is to write an essay, or an expanded profile, on standout blogger Kiril Kundurazieff.
I was stunned; emotionally so.
Thank you Amanda.
Once I recovered I set about reading her piece and digesting the detailed, 45, questions she has asked me and encouraged me to answer.
I am still digesting it all.
She has asked me a lot of serious questions, questions that deal with helping me better understand my creativity (Why I write what I write and wrote in the past) and explain it to readers, give me incentive to think about how I blog and how I can maybe organize what I write into well-defined categories, and more.
She also poses questions that encourage me to continue learning new things, and think, in a more serious and detailed way, about sharing my decade of content in new venues that will reach a wider audience and earn me an income.
All of these are things I have begun to think about, in the past year and a half, write about, a little, on this blog and discuss with her and other friends, just as encouraging as she has been. I AM going to answer these questions and we shall see where it all leads as I continue to try and make a new life for myself, here in my new home, Houston, TX.
Read her profile of me here: