What do you do when the wheel falls off the wagon?
Okay, so I’m aging myself as well as giving you a clue as to what region I’m from. Where I grew up, this phrase basically means “what do you do when your plans fall apart?”
Well, that’s kind of where I’m today (or where I was last night writing this post). As you know from my sidebar calendar, I was suppose to have a guest blogger here today. However, due to unforeseen circumstances that didn’t happen. I wasn’t prepared and had put this together at the last minute.
Didn’t really have anything to blog about which sounds crazy considering that I had book giveaways ending and have been graciously given two more blog awards. The giveaway winners haven’t been selected and notified yet and I had planned to pass the awards on to other bloggers when I posted them and didn't have time to work on that.
I will say a special thanks to Margot at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist ... for awarding me the Sunshine Award and Terry at Romance Author, Terry Spear for giving me the Happiness Award. If you haven’t stopped by Margot’s blog, please do so. She always has an entertaining and informative post that is thought provoking. I have learned much from her blog. If you haven’t stopped by Terry’s blog, you should. Terry’s love of wolves and historical romance will entertain you. In addition, be sure to check out her other links. One is for the Wilde & Woolly Bears she creates.
I’ve planned more since I’ve been blogging then I have....well ever. Normally if I plan something, it never works out. I like to have a idea in mind and work with that. But with blogging I’ve had to learn to plan. For the most part, it has worked great and I’m learning from it. Planning does help.
I want to mention a post I read yesterday at Coffee Rings Everywhere that has stayed with me. Rayna talked about meeting a woman at the gym and striking up a conversation, but once the woman learns she’s a working woman she doesn’t speak to her again. The woman doesn’t think she will have anything in common with Rayna or disapproves because she works. (Her loss for not getting to know Rayna).
It got me to thinking. We do decide not to “know” someone based solely on one thing sometimes. It could be something as simple as because they talk too loud. What we may not know is that they are hard of hearing and don’t realize they are loud. I’ve mentioned this before, but when I started blogging I never imaged “befriending” authors. Authors were “authors” and I was a journalist, not an author. I have since come to know, admire and appreciate so many authors. They were so much more open to meeting someone new than I was. I am learning.
We have to give people a chance. They may surprise you and even inspire you once you do. With that in mind I will try to be more open when meeting new people. What about you? Do you automatically take to new people or it is a little harder for you? Any tips you’d like to share on being more open minded? Happy blogging today.