Today marks my opening act—and my first blog post on The Teri Tome.
Before writing this post, I did my usual painstaking research to see what the hell I was going to blog about and why anyone would care to read it. Based on everything I fervently read, my blog has to be pithy, witty, wise, provocative, insightful, powerful, compelling, and beautifully written. It was also highly recommended that a Mission Statement be prepared. This blogging business is going to be way more time-consuming than I originally thought.
So here’s my Mission Statement: I’m a first-time author, and I really need to sell copies of my book Our Romantic Getaway. This way, I can retire, kick back and do nothing but write for the rest of my life. And since authors are supposed to have blogs, this one is mine. I will try to be pithy, witty, and wise.
I’ll probably spend a lot of time blogging about myself since I’m technically not allowed to talk about my kids. The primary reason being, I’m afraid to ask them for their permission. One is still not speaking to me since I published Our Romantic Getaway last December—seems I “stained” the family name.
I did ask my lawyer husband last night for permission to blog about him from time to time, and he reservedly and begrudgingly said okay, as long as he had the final editing say in anything I write about him. He also mumbled something about his right to privacy.
So based on the family slim pickings, I’m thinking that this blog is pretty much going to be about me. And I might throw in my observations about whatever might be in the news, or throw out some questions to my readers (hopefully more than just my BFF) about any old stuff.
From the research I just completed, I concluded that I should probably answer the four very important questions readers are supposed to want to know below:
Q #1: Who am I?
A #1: This is where I get to brag. I’m the founder and owner of an international news website Worldpress.org, which reaches over 50,000 unique visitors a month. I’m also a journalist, and a publishing and marketing consultant. I’ve been a director at Newsweek, a publisher and COO of World Press Review magazine, and publisher of Commentary magazine (their first female publisher since their founding in 1945). As I previously mentioned, Our Romantic Getaway is my first novel. And I am working on a sequel, albeit very sloooowly.
Q #2: Why am I blogging?
A #2: Since you force me to spell out my intentions, I hope to entertain you, make some friends, keep my enemies at bay, and fulfill my requirement to blog. Oh, and it would be great if I could sell some books.
Q #3: What will I be blogging about?
A #3: As stated above, I will definitely blog about me, the occasional state of the nation, the world, my relationships (trying not to mention my husband too many times), loss, motherhood (without mentioning the offspring at all), with a little gardening thrown in there. Blogging about my relationship with my husband may pose somewhat difficult, if not impossible since my husband has now decided he wants out of all posts.
We had a firm and stern (on his part) discussion over coffee this morning regarding his right not to be subjected to unsanctioned invasions of privacy. So you-know-who basically threw a wrench in my blogging plans.
Q #4: How can you leave feedback?
A: Since I am still trying to figure out how my blog works, I have no clue. But I’m working on it.
Stay tuned for my next blog post!