The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. I am so pleased with the 12,000 views, because I was extremely busy doing the Strangely, Incredibly Good book launch, readings, and book signings, and was not such a busy blogger this year! I’m thrilled you stopped by Where the Butterflies Go. Thanks to all who followed me and made comments. You made me remember how much I love blogging, and that I should focus more energy on it in 2015.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
This is Heather Grace Stewart! I found this Canadian author on WordPress, and read her poetry book a couple years ago. I even left her my first review that I ever wrote. I had no idea I’d be posting a short interview about her further accomplishments. She is bubbly and vivacious and gets her work out there for others to see and enjoy.
Though she’s trained as a journalist, Heather Grace Stewart has been writing creatively since she was five years old, and says “I don’t see myself stopping any time soon.” She’s had a screenplay, two nonfiction books, a children’s book of poems, and four collections of poetry published. How incredible!
I thought it was time for a more modern, updated blog. Please bear with me as I put in new links (I haven’t finished my books page yet) and make sure everything’s where it should be. I’d like to put an archives page, so you can access over 5 years of blog posts, but I don’t know how. If you google my name and the title of the blog post, if you can remember the one you want to read, that works. But that’s not exactly the best way to do this is it?
Anyone know where my archives are? ;) Please comment – yay or nay about the new theme, and if it’s nay, what do I need to fix?
I can’t wait to hear from you.
UPDATE: YES! I found the Category Cloud widget! Now you can look at my archives by clicking on any subject that interests you in the Category Cloud in the right-hand side Widget Bar. Have fun! There’s lots there.
Writing Tip:Move into creativity with 30 minutes of cardio every day. Your writing sessions will last longer as the ideas come faster!
I sometimes (okay, often!) put off exercise for days and days, because I think I can’t afford the time to do that AND reach my daily word count goal. But guess what? On the days that I work out, I notice I always end up getting more words down on the page.
Not only do I work faster, but I feel my writing is better after a work out. My ideas come faster, and I rarely feel stuck. I feel energized.
It’s been proven that cardio boosts blood flow to the brain, which delivers much-needed oxygen (the brain soaks up 20 percent of all the oxygen in your body).
So go for a run, and your ideas will find their rhythm. Cardio-box, and your words will pack a punch! Long walks, bike rides, raking leaves or playing a game of hide-and-seek with your kids are all great ways to open up your creative mind.
If you can’t find 30 minutes to work out before writing every day, here’s a suggestion: simply stand on your head or do a bunch of jumping jacks before you sit down to write. Get the oxygen and blood flowing to the brain, and you’ll note an improvement in your writing.
Not convinced? Give it a try for a week, then come back here and comment. Your gluteous maximus may be sore and you may hate me, but I bet you’ll have a few more wonderful chapters written.
Heather’s 3rd poetry & prose collection “Three Spaces” and 1st collection “Where the Butterflies Go” are just $1.99 until Monday. Visit your nearest Kindle or Kobo today to take advantage of these super deals before Monday!