Writing was never something at which I thought I was particularly good. I'm a talker. I like to look at people and give a speech. I was trained as an actor, so of course I like people to look at me while I'm speaking, too!
So how did I end up here five years later with 267 blog posts?
I know how it started. One of my co-workers wanted to write a blog for Community Partners of Dallas and pitched her idea to me to do it. Sarah was already writing a personal blog -- that was quite good, btw -- but when I discussed her idea with our communications team (at the time our communications "team" was really only Joanna and I), we decided that if someone was going to write a blog that it should be from me as the "face" of CPD.
Note: The "face" of CPD could stand to lose a few, but it's the face for now!
At the time I didn't want to write a blog, so we let the idea go. Within the next 12 or so months, I attended a non-profit and social media branding workshop put on by my friend Kim Whitman. Kim brought a few experts together to educate us charity folks who were there and there it was again -- should I write a blog??? What platform do I use? How do I get started? Yikes, yikes, yikes! I vividly remember talking to Kim after the meeting and she said, "Oh just use Blog Spot (now Blogger) -- that what I use and it's easy. You can do it, Paige."
Note: Kim is a real, live TV personality, an entertaining and life-style brand expert, gorgeous friend, and a wonderful mom. If you don't already read it (and I'm sure you do), check out her wonderful-ness here: http://kimberlyschlegelwhitman.blogspot.com
That's was all it took.
I've enjoyed writing this blog so much. I have posts I'm super-proud of and that still make me cry, as well as throw away ones that make me shake my head. I love knowing which posts were more popular than others -- Blogger tells you this -- and I am apparently an expert on board service because my posts related to non-profit management tend to have more reads and longer legs. I've also gotten to know people I've never met in person through blogging. I love this writing thing.
Thank you for reading! 268 down -- more coming.