Slight News and Feedback Time

First, I updated my announcements tab yesterday. There are some contests and whatnot going on I think you would be interested in.

If no one uses them, I may get rid of the announcements. I don't get notices from people so it makes it more difficult. If you guys use them, it is worth it to me but... otherwise not so much. Please let me know.
I may also take down the old poems in the "Poetry Place" and only keep up the newest batch. I am sure it is getting to be a hassle to reach the new stuff. (If anyone even bothers to battle the tome that is the page.) I am not sure on this one yet.
One last idea I want to run past you guys is a Brag Board. I love hearing about people (you guys in particular) signing book deals. But I have noticed we don't share the smaller milestones and triumphs of this life. I want to change that. Every other Sunday, I want to post everyone's accomplishments (on either a post or a page) so we can stop by and congratulate, encourage, find inspiration, etc.

It doesn't have to be a large feat. If you just completed revising three difficult chapters or got good feedback on a project, it counts! You are allowed to celebrate a bit.
My poem was one of the "Blooms of the Week" over at Poetic Bloomings. Walt said some very nice things about my poem and my talent. When a gifted poet gives you a praising nudge, it feels great.

Another poem of mine (that was accepted n February) has been published recently. You can check it out if you want:
Well, I think that is it for now. Let me know what you think about the possible changes.
If you can think of something else, tell me!


  1. I check so many blogs that oftentimes I know of the announcements. I've checked them one or two times before but again, I already knew what was going on. Therefore I'm not the best person to judge on whether an "announcements" tab is really useful.

    Congratulations on the wonderful things said regarding your poem. I've read some of your work and what I have seen has been impressive. I think it is only a matter of time before you find much broader success.

  2. Congrats Jen!

    To tell you the truth, I didn't actually notice the announcements page until you mentioned it today... oops. But now that I know about it I will most definitely use it!

    And a Brag Board. Totally brilliant idea in my opinion.

  3. Michael: I know, you're literally everywhere! I wish people would just Email me announcements at times so I don't have to keep "patrolling" for them. Thank you for the congrats.

    Kelley: I thank you for your feedback on the Brag Board. You're my first "yes" response.

  4. There are always times to update and change. I like your ideas.