Hello, folks, and welcome to Lindsay Harrel’s blog, which turns 100 posts old today!
I’m your hostess, Lindsay #1. Today I have the cool privilege of interviewing Lindsay #2, the normal author of this blog. Yes, it’s been hijacked. (And no, I did not call myself Lindsay #1 because I think I’m better. Much. It was just, uh, more convenient. Yeah, that’s it.)
Lindsay #2 and I thought it would be oh so delightful for me to ask her some questions about her writing and this blog.
I’ll label what each of us say so you don’t get confused (though I don’t know how you could possibly confuse us…I’m the pretty one).
Lindsay #2: Hey! That’s not very nice.
Lindsay #1: Oops, hehe, just kidding, of course. So, Lindsay, this is your 100th blog post. How do you feel?
Lindsay #2: Exhausted. Haha, kidding, kidding. But really, I’m just so amazed that I made it this far. And the time really flew by! I started blogging back in September, but wasn’t super consistent until November. Now I blog three times a week, and whaddaya know? I really enjoy it, and people out there actually read this thing!
Lindsay #1: Remember those days when you would get no comments? Haha, that was funny.
Lindsay #2: Again, not very nice.
Lindsay #1: What? You know I love you like a sister or something.
Lindsay #2: Yeah, or something.
Lindsay #1: Anyway, has this blog accomplished what you have hoped it would? What was your vision when you started out?
Lindsay #2: Good question. I—
Lindsay #1: It was a good question, wasn’t it?
Lindsay #2: Uh, do you want me to answer or not?
Lindsay #1: Sheesh, always wanting to be the center of attention. What a diva. Alright, go on.
Lindsay #2: Gee, thanks so much. Anyway, this blog started out as a way for me to get serious about being a writer, kind of like a formal statement saying, “I’m doing this!” I thought I’d chronicle my adventures of writing and so on. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I really didn’t have a whole lot to say! Well, I had stuff to say, but it wasn’t really news to anyone but a newbie author—my early writing posts are a bit laughable, really, talking about how awesome character sheets are and how attending a conference is so cool. Thank you to all of you patient friends who put up with those!
Lindsay #1: Yeah, like me. (Well, they WERE pretty laughable.) Soooo…what changed?
Lindsay #2: Well, I started to think about who I wanted my readers to be, both on my blog and my future book readers. It got me thinking—while I would surely have some readers who were also writers, not all would be. But most would likely be Christian or at least somewhat interested in faith issues, if they’d picked up an inspirational fiction book—so I kind of re-evaluated what I wanted to write posts about. Now I do a mixture of topics related to writing, faith, and life stuff, but most of it has a spiritual slant to it.
Lindsay #1: Yeah, except for days like today. Ha! So how is the writing life going?
Lindsay #2: I love it. I love the actual writing, the revising, even the feedback…once I get over the heartache and have some ice cream. LOL.
Lindsay #1: Did you actually just laugh out loud, or are you being facetious?
Lindsay #2: I guess you’ll never know…
Lindsay #1: Darn it, you know how I hate not knowing everything about everyone! Sigh. So, Lindsay, what’s been the coolest thing you’ve discovered since starting your writing journey last fall?
Lindsay #2: Thanks for asking, Lindsay. Hands down, it’s been the awesome people I’ve met in the writing community. I mean, I’ve never met most of them in person, but I consider them close friends already. We tweet, Facebook message, text, and email. And several other Christian writers (regardless of whether they are in the same boat as me, have agents, or are published) have come alongside me and encouraged me, critiqued my stuff, and given me advice. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you! Muah!
Lindsay #1: Hey, what about me? I’ve been here with you through thick and thin.
Lindsay #2: Uh sure. Thanks for doing this interview today. You’ve been bugging me long enough to let you post something on the blog. Although truth be told, you’ve been rather—
Lindsay #1: And I’m afraid we’re all out of time today, folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this admittedly bizarre interview with the lovely Lindsay #2. I’m your host, the even lovelier Lindsay #1, wishing you happy Fun Friday!
Your Turn: Okay, Lindsay #2 here. I’ve managed to regain control of my blog again. Lest you think I’m completely insane, here’s a serious question for you: Do you blog? If so, how long have you been at it? What’s the most fun post you’ve ever written? If you don’t blog (or if you do and you’d prefer to answer this question), what’s one of your favorite blogs and why?
*Photo courtesy of Salvatore Vuono