The Power of Blogging
Although it doesn’t provide “Pulitzer” winning recognition, it can truly broaden one’s horizons, amplify a writer’s voice, and get you noticed in unexpected and significant ways.
Like the time I had the opportunity to “meet” world-renowned author, Warren Adler: best known for his block-buster movie, “War of the Roses.” Incidentally, a movie which I have loved over the years-- for its humor, candor, approach, and “moral of the story” factor.
At first, I thought it was a fluke. The email read: “Famous author seeks to guest post at your blog.” Yeah, right, I thought to myself. Convinced that this was one of those online scams, or possibly an early April Fool’s joke from one of my incorrigible friends with too much time on his hands.
Skeptical, I did what any good writer does. I researched it.
I called the number reflected within the email, totally expecting to encounter a disconnected number, fast food joint, or customer service representative for the Psychic Hotline.
Instead, the person on the other end of the phone immediately answered, “Warren Adler’s office, Steven speaking.” Once I picked my jaw off the floor and gained my composure, I said to him, “This may seem like a weird phone call, but my name is Jennifer Brown Banks, and I’m trying to verify the authenticity of an email I received from this office.”
Steven, it turns out, was Adler’s communications director, and was nicely able to solve the mystery and confirm things within five minutes. I was tickled pink that an author whose work I had long admired was aware of my work as well, and wanted to share his wisdom with my followers. Imagine that! “Of all the blog joints in town, he walks into mine...”
We emailed back and forth for a few days afterwards, which resulted in Adler making a “cameo appearance” at my blog in August of 2014, in a personal interview I conducted with him. Needless to say, it was definitely a pivotal point in my blogging career; something that I’ll treasure for years to come.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY...
Through our connection, I learned many inspiring things that will ultimately serve me well, as I aspire to reach greater literary heights in the future. Like how it took Mr. Adler twenty five years to get his first novel published, and that he‘s very disciplined; writing from five to ten every morning.
How he even opted to self-publish some of his works, so that he would have greater creative control over the direction of his projects.
I also learned, that size DOESN’T always matter.
That even those of us with small social media followings or a short blogging career can attract a nod or a wink from some “big shots” and influential folks, if we are passionate about our art and write from our heart. If we truly have the courage to confront and express our own personal truths.
You just never know who's reading and paying attention. Hello?
Though I can’t say for certain, I envision, ( some time in the near future) rubbing elbows with influential authors and celebrities at an intimate dinner at Adler’s exclusive mansion. Snapping “selfies,” sipping on Dom Perignon and eating Grey Poupon.
As I eagerly await the day when his people call mine…
Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?