A big thank you to our peeps!

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Have you ever been so busy that you felt like your head and body were separated? Kinda like your head is going in one direction, your body in another, and you’re not sure which one should lead or what activity should take precedence? Yeah, well, that was me for the last month or so of 2016.

For those of us that don’t write for a living, we have to fit it in when we can. I’ve written at all times of the day and night, pulled over on the side of the road to meet a deadline, or wrote a blog post in class, all while my professor thought I was taking notes. Yes, the life of a writer. But, I wouldn’t trade if for anything, and neither would you. That said, I remember the days when I hoped someone, anyone, would read a post. I remember looking at other blogs that I thought were successful, and I would opine about the day that I, too, would have an actual comment on my blog.

I started out writing about politics, maybe that was the problem, but I digress.

Then came the day that my dear friend Marilyn asked if I would mind if she posted on my personal blog, Two Drops of Ink. As I recall, I damn near asked her if she wanted it…the blog. I rarely posted on the blog, and when I did, it was personal musings and bad poetry. But, the little site (on Blogger at the time) had a following of about 30 people. Bless those 30 little hearts. They never left our side.

As Marilyn began to post on a weekly basis, it motivated me to do so as well. Slowly but surely, the site began to attract followers and readers. We would even get a comment or two from time to time. I would stare at it, wondering if I was clever enough to answer it. I would write and re-write the answer, back and forth I would go with my response, I would swing between the sophisticated nerd to the laid back artisan in my attempt to comment. My wife said, “Just be you. Write what you know.” Kinda like Jo in Little Women.

Those times, those experiences, were painful when they happened. But now, I look back at them with joy. It was our humble beginning. I have to give Marilyn the credit she deserves; at that time, I was lost as a writer. I had two, basically, failed books that had sold about 2000 copies respectively, and I wasn’t sure where to go next. I had three blogs going at once, trying to find my voice, my niche. I loved politics, but, man, what a deplorable environment that creates – pun intended. I had Jihadists threatening me, and both political parties calling me a host of names. I snuck away slowly.

Then, I tried a religious blog. That’s basically it for that story.

By 2013-14, Two Drops of Ink began to grow, and grow, and grow. We made a huge decision to move from Blogger to WordPress in November of 2015. We were immediately in love with some of the aesthetics and features of WordPress, but we lost some numbers with the move. In January of 2016, we were recognized as one of 100 best blogs for writers. This was a much-needed boost for our team. We had begun to wonder if the move was a good choice. 2016, in many ways, was one hell of a year.

Then, going back to my story in the opening paragraph, came the end of 2016. Like I said, that was a tough year for a lot of us. I won’t go into the anecdotal stories in my life, but it was everything from unexpected deaths to sleepless nights trying to keep up with the pace of life. So, the onset of 2017 somehow felt like a good, hot shower.

The blog, it was doing fine, but I was feeling some burnout. Then, I opened two emails from a couple people with some great business ideas about collaboration opportunities (keep your eyes peeled for some exciting promotions for readers and writers), and then, Monday, we got the award for being in the top 50 blogs for writers. I have to say, it was a good feeling. And that is the real purpose of this post, to thank all of you. I wanted to give some context in this post so that you could feel the appreciation we have for you.

Let me just say (with a big verbal hug) thank you! Thank YOU, our readers, our contributing authors, our team, and our loyal followers. I can only hope that we deliver to you a product that you enjoy, and I can say that without you, we can do nothing, and we are nothing. I hope you’ll stay with us on this journey. Our site numbers continue to go skyward. The pressure is always on to deliver, but we try our best to meet that challenge.

To the writers and authors who have contributed to this site, we hope you will join us in this celebration of success – you are family. You’re a huge part of our success. Congratulations to you as well.

So I welcome 2017, the new stories from new writers, and some new opportunities that we are working on that may help authors find agents and publishers, and writers to gain even more exposure for their writing and their brand. Stick around. And, if you’ve never submitted to our site, we challenge you to do so.

Wishing you all much literary success in 2017,

Scott

 

 

Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing

Another perspective on our collaborative philosophy at Two Drops of Ink:

2016: The Year of Welcoming Other Writers

 

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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

11 comments

  1. Hi, Scott. We’ve struggled, questioned whether to give up, wondered if we had anything of value to contribute, and invariably, when one of us was down, the other would find just the right words to keep both of us going – that plus the Perk’s coffee.

    We knew even sitting at the tiny table, that there were others who struggled as well, and perhaps, if we extended the invitation to join together, they would benefit in a collaborative site, too. Simple beginnings when we talked about the fact that how something was said was just as important as what was said. We knew that one person’s voice wouldn’t resonate with all readers and therefore, asking writers to share their style, voice and tone would increase reader’s awareness of how to write better, create interesting blogs, or give them exposure.

    It was a good idea then, and I’m so thankful that both of us didn’t get down at the same time!

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  2. Ladycee,
    Wow, thank you for such a huge compliment to our site. In all sincerity, it’s comments like yours that help me know that we are doing the right thing. It’s our deepest desire to not only give readers good storys, poetry, and other genres to enjoy reading, but also, to give solid help, instruction, inspiration, and a platform for exposure to our writer friends.

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  3. Congratulations to you Scott and all members of the team. Thanks for sharing the genesis of this blog. It encourages me that if I keep going with my own, I too could breakthrough into a season of growth and visibility.
    Your success is well-deserved. I have enjoyed, been encouraged by and learned from those posts I’ve read, and really appreciated the meaningful responses received to any comments I’ve made. I’m always made to feel as if I matter as a person.
    I hear and accept your challenge and will look to contribute to this site. Thank you for extending the invitation and opportunity.
    May God continue to bless this blog and the team’s endeavours and I pray he continues to open doors for you that exceed all expectations.
    And to everyone else who follows and supports this blog, may your writing aspirations be fulfilled and your projects accomplished.

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