I’m a new member of Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh! This group “meets” the first Wednesday of every month and discusses their writing insecurities.
I’ve been blogging for six months now. It took me awhile to find a community that I can hang out with in the blogosphere. The writing community welcomed me in after I commented on several blogs. Yes, some doors were open to me but I didn’t want to jump on it too quickly. I didn’t want to feel alienated from the rest of the group.
It took me two months to join this group because of alienation. I had pondered about joining IWSG for a month. I analyzed the benefits and positivity of IWSG. After I hung out with a few IWSG members, I felt this group is very beneficial and positive. It’s hard not to pass up this opportunity. I had to sign up however I needed the courage to do so.
I wanted to make sure my blog was stable enough for IWSG. Fortunately, it is. Check. I wanted to make sure I feel welcome to other writer’ blogs. I am. Check. I wanted to make sure I followed Alex’s blog. Yes, I follow Alex’s blog. Check. I felt confident enough to sign up on the Linky list but not quite yet.
I commented on Alex’s blog and said, “I've been debating over the past month or so - should I join IWSG group? I'm not really a book writer but rather an aspiring film critic. I don't know if I could fit in to your group. And the responsibility of posting on the first Wednesday kinda throws me off - I'm sorta busy with my life. I really would like to join the group of all these AWESOME writers and if I join IWSG, it could be the best thing I did!”
Alex graciously replied, “If you have a blog, it means you write, so please join us! And only one day out of the month. It is worth it.”
Right then and there, I made up my mind. I signed up on the IWSG Linky list and it’s the best thing I did.
Thank you Alex for hosting this group.
Have you ever felt alienated online before?