The Scary Words: “Lisa Pietsch is Responsible for Who I Am Today”
Rarely do I have the opportunity to take credit for doing something really great. I’ve never been politically correct and prefer to take action first and apologize later if necessary. As you might guess, I apologize often. Hiring Courtney Mroch several years ago as a staff blogger was one of the few things I did right the first time. I knew I’d love working with her and, looking back, I was right. She would have been a superstar with or without my help. I was just lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Modesty made me rethink posting this blog but I’m crazy about Court and couldn’t say no. Please welcome Courtney Mroch!
Lisa was kind enough to extend another guest blog invitation even though I blew it for my first “appearance.” (I completely spaced getting her my post –and that was after she sent two well-timed reminders!) So, my introduction is a smidge different than it would’ve been. (Meaning, this is my way of publicly apologizing to Lisa and also thanking her again for giving me a second shot to appear on her blog!)
It stings all the more that it was Lisa of all people I had a major brain fart with. Lisa is my hero. In ways she can’t even imagine, I am who I am today because of her.
Which is? A blogger.
If you’re into the paranormal social networking community, you may be familiar with Haunt Jaunts, my travel blog for restless spirits. If not, well…I’m aware the paranormal isn’t for everyone. And neither is blogging.
Like so many of us who write fiction, all I’ve ever envisioned myself being since the time I was small was a writer. You know, the kind who creates scintillating tales like the ones Lisa herself is known for?
So how on earth did I end up blogging about paranormal tourism?
It’s all Lisa’s fault.
Four years ago she hired me to be a contributing blogger at Families.com. I didn’t know much about blogging back then. I can honestly say Lisa and the manual she created for us new recruits taught me everything I know.
Which, as I watch new bloggers come on the scene now, is a lot.
The knowledge Lisa imparted to me taught me how to play nice with others (meaning respecting copyrights, not plagiarizing, linking to other blogs, leaving comments on other blogs and trying to get to know the bloggers, and engaging with readers when they leave comments on my blog), as well as the importance of being professional (e.g. researching my facts, linking to sources, and treating the blog with respect and not like a dumping ground for any random words that pop in my head).
It wasn’t until recently that I realized what Lisa’s lessons had taught me about blogging also ring true for fiction writing.
Blogging is a great way to teach yourself about discipline, structure, word limits, topics, themes, and promotion. Because writing is never just about putting the pen to paper. (Or fingers to the keyboard, as I guess is more appropriate these days.) You also want to have eyes reading what you’ve written. No one will know it’s there if you don’t tell them.
So I guess this is my public acknowledgment that if I ever become the popular author I’d always envisioned myself being, I’ll owe part of that to Lisa too.
Until then, I’ll just keep enjoying the blogosphere and my little nook in it.
(Thanks again, Lisa, for being so understanding, helpful, and all around one of the most beautiful, talented and funny women I know.)
Courtney Mroch is the Director of Paranormal Tourism for Haunt Jaunts. You can find HJ on both Facebook and Twitter. You can also find Courtney on her website and writing about her life in general on her personal blog, Court’s Corner.
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