Regarding your writing career, what’s the best mistake you’ve ever made and why?
I think my answer is that I flipped over my cards and luckily it paid off.
When I started this blog back in '08 my goal was to keep it strictly about writing. I'd read too many warnings about posting about your personal life and how it can turn readers off. And growing up the way I did, well, some things are just best kept to yourself.
But then, for whatever reason, I took a chance and wrote a post that gave people the first real glimpse into my life: Life Lessons I Learned from my Stripper Roommate While the post didn't get a lot of comments, I got a lot of emails. Despite the humorous content people could relate to my struggle growing up.
So I opened up a little more, told people about the step-dad and having all of my stuff burned on the lawn. As I waited for my followers to drop, interestingly enough I gained more. What I discovered is, I didn't have to be embarrassed of my past - I could embrace it and inspire at the same time.
And now, it's time for a true confession. It turns out my roommate wasn't the only stripper. I stripped once, just once, and the pic is posted below. WARNING: May be too sexy for some.
*snort* What did you think I meant?
(side note: Taking another look at this pic I think I kinda look like Cobra Commander which is pretty badass.)
Please check out the always amazing Abby's blog to see her answer and check back tomorrow for stellar Shannon's. (I know, stellar is lame I just couldn't come up with anything on the fly. But Shannon's not lame. Read her post!)