Happy November! Here in Maine it has started off just as any self-respecting November should: with bone-chilling cold and torrents of rain. I don't mind one bit, as this gives me the excuse to drink cups and cups of chocolate yerba mate latte, and to sit down with the latest copy of Artful Blogging. For years I've looked to the pages of this gorgeous magazine for inspiration and community, so it's with giddy joy that I get to share the news with you that my writing and photos are featured in this issue. And I'm even more excited to tell you that to celebrate, I'm giving away one free copy of Artful Blogging to a reader of The Magpie's Fancy! Read below for more details about how you can enter the giveaway.
Somebody pinch me. What a thrill to see my work included with so many talented bloggers, writers, artists, and photographers. I was especially over the moon to learn that two of my blogging friends, Kim Klassen and Beth Mcwilliams, are in this same issue! That makes the whole experience all the sweeter.
I've been writing and publishing for more than two decades, but this particular publication means more to me than most, because when I started blogging six years ago, I had no idea that it would become such an important part of my life. I write a bit about that journey, and about how the more I played and experimented with photography (a real trial by fire), the more I couldn't tell where writing ended and photography began for me. Each inspires the other so much now that I can't imagine not doing both. I hope my article will give other writers and bloggers some inspiration for their own work--where to begin and how to enjoy the process along the way.
There is one other reason that this publication means so much: simply put, I had nearly given up blogging when the editors at Artful Blogging contacted me about doing a feature. It wasn't that I had stopped loving writing posts or that I no longer wanted to connect with readers and fellow bloggers. It was that feeling that I've heard so many writers and bloggers talk about of being pulled in too many directions by social media, by work, by family, and life's many other obligations.
The early years of blogging had been straightforward, but now I felt like once I had published a post, I needed to share it on Facebook, Tweet about it, Instagram it, Link to it on Flickr, and otherwise communicate in every way humanly possible short of sending smoke signals to subscribers. My old warm and friendly blogging community had become scattered over the years by the onslaught of social media. We were doing our best to keep up with each other, but sometimes it was just overwhelming.
And so, I had cut back dramatically on posting. I was working on writing and photography projects, and I didn't even realize that I was missing blogging. And then I began work on the Artful Blogging piece. It reminded me all over again of why I'd started to blog in the first place. This place, this blog--this is pure joy for me. Whether I have 10 or 10,000 readers, I get to write about and photograph the things that inspire me. I get to connect with likeminded people. And I get to read their stories, too. I can't imagine a better reason to be here.
And so, as a gift of friendship and community--and of my heartfelt thanks for visiting me here--I'm offering a giveaway of this new Winter 2015 issue of Artful Blogging. To register for the giveaway, simply leave a message on this post by Wednesday, November 5, at noon Eastern Standard Time.
All are welcome to enter, wherever you live and whether this is your first time visiting or your 500th. I know many of you prefer to send me emails or Facebook messages. If you would, for this contest, please leave your message here on the post. That way I can be sure to keep track of entries. You don't need to type in one of those awful codes to prove you're not a robot. Just leave your comment along with your name and an email address where I can reach you, and I'll see it and then approve it for publication. Please let your friends know about the contest, too.
If you've ever read Artful Blogging, you know what a truly gorgeous and inspiring publication it is. If you don't want to wait for the contest, you can purchase your copy at any local bookstore that carries Stampington & Company publications in its magazine section, Barnes & Noble, or Books a Million. You can also buy it directly from Stampington & Co.
Thanks, as always, chickadees, for being so wonderful. xo Gigi