Wednesday, August 4, 2021

An Eat-Your-Vegetables Kind of Moment...With a Dose of Pure Honey

An Eat-Your-Vegetables Kind of Moment...With a Dose of Pure Honey

I started this blog because “I had to.” It was an eat-your-vegetables-because-they’re-good-for-you kind of moment. It was a word of wisdom I gleaned from writers, editors, and publishers at my first writing conference. 


“You need to start a blog.”

“Learn how to blog.”

“No matter what else you do…blog.”


And finally, from my first publisher, “How many followers do you have on your blog?”


I was honest. I told him I didn’t have a blog. Yet. He encouraged me to start one. “As soon as possible.” There was this one tiny problem: I had no clue what a blog was and was pretty sure I had never read one. Write one? 


That was the first week of June, 2012. 


I came home from the conference and looked up blogging. I read a few and honestly couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about. I found a free course offered by Jeff Goins online and joined it. It was likely the best move I could have made.


I handed in my final manuscript to my publisher on December 1, 2012 and turned my attention to my blog. My research was complete. I was ready to blog except for one small glitch: I wasn’t a grand cook blogging my way through a cookbook as in the movie Julie & Julia. I wasn’t an expert on gardening, sewing, crafts, or anything as far as I could see. 


I was a teacher. I was a professor. Sure, I was a wife and mother and served in my church, but everything I studied on blogging let me know I needed a unique or expert vantage point. I’m just me. I had nothing to offer. I was sure of it.


So…I called my blog “A Novel Creation.” I shared with other novice authors what I was learning about writing and publishing and the entire experience as I moved through the process of my first novel, Breathing on Her Own


I set up the blog and ran a trial post on December 26, 2012. I called it, “Who is Rebecca Waters?” I wanted to see what it looked like. I put something on Facebook about it and wound up with over 200 readers for my first post. I was excited, though now I think a few of those readers were family and friends who read the post more than once in an effort to encourage me. 


In fact, I KNOW a few readers visited that blog more than once. Here it is, 2021 and I only just revisited it myself in preparation for this post. I hadn’t looked at that first entry at all for quite some time. 


I glanced at the list of published posts. There were three comments listed for that first trial run. Three? I try to answer all comments so there should be an even number. Someone wrote a comment I didn’t see. 


I opened the post and saw the word “anonymous.” Hmmm. I read the comment. It was dated February 24, 2013.  Here is a screen shot of the comment:



"Rifka." Tom's name for me. The blog may have started as good-for-me-vegetables, but today? As I approach the seven-year anniversary of my husband’s death, his words are like honey for my soul.


Never underestimate the power of the printed word.


  1. What an unexpected gift from one of your greatest fans.

  2. Although my husband has not passed away, I can imagine your glee at finding this message.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! I think appreciation and love are a common...unifying experience. I hope you enjoy many more years with your husband.


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