Blogger A Day Call: Hello is Alyice there?
An email came to my old account. I was late in getting to it.
It’s Liz from Successful Blog. I’m sorry it took a while to get back to you. I thought I’d removed all references to that email address at aol. I hardly ever check it these days, except when I use it for a contest.
I’m interested in what you have to say and like the way you write a lot. I’d like to know a little more about you. Let’s have a conversation. Would you like to be a B.A.D. Blogger?
A lovely reply came back that from a writer who said she had moved many of those “I thought I’d changed that email address” moments. She also said that she had never talked to another blogger via phone before. It seemed about time that we do something about that.
Alyice told me that her online story starts in 1999. She said couldn’t find information on how to become a Real Estate Notary, so she ended up online learning about it. As she spoke, I could hear her discovery. She said she saw small businesses starting out. It didn’t take much for Alyice to see that here was place where she could live her dream of owning a magazine. That’s how Dabbling Mum Press and her Ezine got started. Her magazine has been a professional reality, paying its way for some years now. Her readers enjoy interviews with important writers and her advice on writing and business.
Alyice said that she has always been writer, that writing comes more easily than talking does. We told a few stories about the shy sides of ourselves, weaving them inside our conversation about writing.
Alyice said she began writing for the web back when she discovered it, and I got immediately curious about the kind of freelance writing she did and had done. We discussed freelance writing services and job lists — how they’re really not much help. We each went down our list of experiences with clients who want too much for too little return and the circumstances of how you learn to identify who they are. I asked how she found her clients now. Alyice said they mostly find her through her monthy column in the ezine and through her blog.
This year for Alyice is going to be a one of a dream being lived. Alyice told me that, ever since she can remember, she has wanted to be a phorographer, “telling people’s life stories in pictures and words . . .” She said her natural shyness kept her away from the camera, but this year she decided that a person shouldn’t leave her dreams behind her. Alyice’s husband bought her the camera, the equipment, and the software. She started a photo blog to document the process of becoming a photographer. She’s chosen a project that has meaning.
It’s obvious, if you talk to her, that Alyice has become a photographer already. She just needs the practice to get the skills to live the reality.
Just before we ended our conversation, Alyice said she had been nervous before the call started. I’m always a little bit nervous before these calls myself.
Every important thing lets us know it’s important . . . if we are listening.
B.A.D. Blogger Quote
Not only are my readers learning, I’m learning from everybody. —Alyice Edrich
Thanks, Alyice, you B.A.D. Blogger!
–ME “Liz” Strauss
Want to be a B.A.D. Blogger see the. . . a B.A.D. Blogger? page in the sidebar.Alyice