I started twittering a few months ago. The more I twitter, the more I like it. Facebook is an opportunity for me to catch up with old friends and stay connected with new friends, but twitter opens me up to a whole new world. I like that I get to meet people and learn from them in a way that I never would have before. A lot of them write blogs. Some of them are witty (I so wish I was witty), some redundant, some are a little obnoxious, but all have something to say and I enjoy most of them. (OK….I don’t really care for the ones that tweet like 15 comments in a row….I call this a blog, and I would elect to follow their blog if I really wanted to, but I follow tweets on twitter. Tweets are supposed to be short!)
So a couple of weeks ago I started seeing some women I follow tweet about something called Blissdom. After a few days I saw it come across my phone enough that I decided to take a look. This is what I found:
http://blissdomconference.com/ ….very pretty site, huh.
Here is the second thing I found out. It’s a conference for women who blog….cool, I blog.
The third thing I found out is that it is SOLD OUT…..what a bummer!
But then, across my twitter this morning! A small glimmer of hope! A GIVEAWAY! Yes! I have a one-in-a-million chance of going, but, hey, I have played with odds before…lol. I really shouldn’t link the giveaway site since that actually decreases my odds, but….well….I’m nice, what can I say. I also love sharing excitement. Fun is way better with friends.
So here’s what I would say to the decision makers of the “Escape to Blissdom” conference if you’ve gotten to this part of my post. My story is simple. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer in February of 2008. I started a blog as a way to keep my friends and family informed and to write for my children because I was SURE they would be without a mom soon. Whatever I read about IBC suggested it was not a survivor-friendly diagnosis (although chances are SO much better now!) and they had also found a grapefruit size tumor in the other breast. I had no idea what a blog really was. I suppose I had seen a few, but a friend of mine suggested I start one. I had used clergygirl for my email address (I’m an ordained minister) since no one can spell my last name, so “clergygirl” fit for my cancer blog as well.
Much to my surprise I enjoyed writing. I have thought repeatedly of quitting my blog, yet I feel compelled to write. I look forward to writing. In many ways it has been my creative outlet. And going through cancer with people cheering me on and responding with love and compassion through comments always gave me a boost. It was one of the things that emotionally got me through cancer. When I couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night I would go to my computer to write and in the morning I usually had an encouraging comment and I knew someone had prayed for me.
Oh….and I suppose now would be a good time to say I am cancer free!. Now I write purely to give women hope in the journey and because it makes me happy.
I can’t say that I’m a great writer…..I’m surely not an editor…lol! But I enjoy it enough to continue to pursue this door that God has opened for me in writing, even if it had to be through stinky cancer! I am working on a book and plan to do more blog writing in the future. I’d love to attend the conference, but if not….I will certainly put it on my “to do” list for next year and I’ll certainly register early!