Blog-o-versary Planning Committee: ask me your questions!

Good morning, dear Reader!

It has come to my attention that this blog will be turning 6 years old on December 4!

Now, technically, I’ve been writing blog posts on an author blog for far longer than that. My very first blog post on my author platform was way back on August 23, 2007! Wow. That seems like a really long time ago. But I don’t count that as my blog-i-versary for a few simple reasons:

  1. I had no idea what I was doing, and I’m pretty sure that the only people who read my blog back then were my mom and a couple of friends.
  2. It wasn’t on THIS blog. Yep, my first author blog was my little blogspot blog.

So THIS blog went live with little-to-no fanfare and its very first post on December 4, 2012.

At that point, I had published exactly ONE book – King’s Warrior.

Since then, I have published the rest of the Minstrel’s Song series, won the Rooglewood Contest of Five Enchanted Roses, and published two short stories through the Fellowship of Fantasy.

I’ve written 835 blog posts here on this blog.

I’ve received 61,000 views and 5,360 comments.

My best day ever was 258 views.

My best month ever was July 2017.

I’ve featured 80 artists/authors on this blog over the past 6 years.

I’ve reviewed 96 books and 48 movies.

I’ve shared approximately 17 short stories.

I’ve participated in 19 tags.

This blog now has 253 email subscribers, and if you add the people who could follow the blog through my facebook page, that number hits very close to 1,000!

These are big numbers. Numbers worth celebrating! And they are all due to YOU, dear Reader. Without you, this little blog would just be my own exercise in futility.

So, thank you, dear Reader.

Now… on to the party planning element… on December 4th, I’d like to have a little celebration of all these lovely numbers, and… eep… I’m thinking about STEALING TRACEY’S IDEA and doing my first-ever vlog. (There will be other things to go along with that, as well – but I’ll announce those things closer to the actual blog-o-versary)

Ahem.

But while the idea of chatting with you all around a campfire and talking about various things is really appealing, the idea of creating a vlog-post is terrifying. And I need time to get it together, which is why I’m posting about it now… so I can try to get it done by Dec. 4. Thus, I’m appointing each and every one of you to my party-planning committee and asking you to shoot questions my way so that I have something to talk about. Otherwise, I’m just going to ramble about my favorite books and movies and be my scatter-brained self… which could be entertaining, I suppose… but I’d rather talk about stuff YOU care about… so fire away!

And… since a call for questions is usually all it takes for my brain to go completely blank… I’m stealing even further from Tracey and giving you a list of topics to get you started:

living in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana, or Illinois
books
movies
being homeschooled/homeschooling my kids
my kids
my reputation for getting lost every time I get in a car
real-life adventures I’ve had
um… books?
authoring stuff?
future plans
Stormcave
my MBTI type…

Feel free to make up your own questions! And I promise that if I get tons of questions I’ll keep the vlog to a reasonable length of time (or at the very least, break it up into reasonable bite-sized pieces and post multiples if that’s what needs to happen).

 

~ jenelle

7 Comments

Christine

How exciting your blogoversary is coming up! EEP. I love your blog so very much. ^_^ AND A VLOG. I looove vlogs. This is gonna be so much fun!

OKAY. Questions! I’ll try to just do a few.

- What’s your favorite part about being an author? What’s your least favorite part?
- What is your best advice for balancing writing and life? How do you manage to find time to write amidst the chaos?
- If you were forced to be turned into any protagonist out of ANY book and go on the same journey they did, who’d you choose? And would you do anything differently from what they did?

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Nancy Jean Walker

Super duper exciting! I’m putting this “party” on my phone calendar right. now. :) Done! :)
Questions will come later… but I like Christine’s to kick things off. :D

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To be a Shennachie

- Let’s say you were given the chance to build a fellowship out of nine book characters. Which characters would you choose?
- Do you have any favourite childhood books that continue to be an inspiration today?
- I’d like to hear one of your real-life adventures, please!

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DJ Edwardson

First off, congratulations on the success of this blog. I don’t have as much time to read blogs as others seem to, but I always make sure to check out what is going on over here.

Secondly, I realized as I read this that we both started our blogs at about the same time (mine was in Sept of 2012). So it feels like these two sites have a bit of a kinship with each other.

As for questions and Vlogs, you are a brave soul! Here are a few I’d like to put forth:

-What do you think about reviews? Do you read all of them? Only the good ones? Are you ever tempted to reply to them? If you could say anything to people about why they should leave reviews and how to leave a good review, what would you say? Have you every changed anything in your books or your writings based on reviews? How about editorial feedback in general? Is there some big scene that go cut, changed, or added, because of what your editors or beta readers said?

-What has been your proudest moment as an author so far?

-What have been some of your most fun memories as an author? Realm-makers? Conventions? Book-signings? Getting fan art, etc?

-What are some of your favorite posts you’ve written here?

Okay, I could go on, but I better stop or your Vlog will be 6 hours long!

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Madeline J. Rose

YAY VLOG. :D

- Have you ever left the country? If so, where did you go?
- What IS your MBTI type?
- How do you market your books, being indie published?
- Which of the Marvel movies is your favorite?
- What about the Star Wars movies?
- And finally, do you call it ‘pop’ or ‘soda’? (I’ve heard it’s a very Midwestern thing to call it pop?)

Can’t for the vlog!! <3 ^_^

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Liv K. Fisher

Eeee! HAPPY ALMOST-BLOGIVERSARY, JENELLE! *tackle-hugs*

- Favorite Anne Elisabeth Stengl book?
- Favorite Rooglewood Press book (besides Five Enchanted Roses ;) )?
- If you could enter any fictional storyworld, what would it be and why?
- Favorite type of weather?
- Favorite real-life adventure?
- Current read?
- What does your publishing process look like?
- Any writing advice?

I can’t wait to see your vlog! :D <3

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