Wednesday, January 4, 2017

IWSG & All In For Animals


Hello and Happy 2017!! It's the first Wednesday of the year, which means it's time for the January meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.

2017 - wow! I started this blog back on December 31, 2010 but really started posting in January of 2011. I can't believe it's been 6 years. What a wonderful ride it's been, with membership in this group being one of the highlights.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh in 2011 and has grown to include upwards of 200 members. If you'd like to join in, visit Alex's site here for a sign-up list and to see this month's co-hosts.

My main insecurity this month is about starting my new project at All In For Animals, which is my new blog dedicated to animal rescue and welfare issues. Getting started with Wordpress.org has been more complicated than I expected, but I think I've finally got it now and I've been able to get the site up and running. Now I just have to write for it! I do have my first post up, but I know I have tons of work to do to get my ducks in a row for future posts and topics.


Still, I'm more excited than I am nervous since I'm devoting time to two of the things I love the most - animals and writing. I hope I can make this venture work. I definitely don't plan on using this blog to advertise my new one, but I thought I'd share a link now since I'm just getting it off the ground. If you're interested in checking out my new space, find me at AllInForAnimals.com.

I hope everyone had a good holiday season and I wish you all a very Happy New Year! Here's to lots more writing adventures for all of us.

42 comments:

  1. Wow, congrats on getting the new site up and running, Julie. Best of luck with that.

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  2. Those are your two passions - I think it's awesome you've found another way to combine them. Good luck and go get 'em.

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  3. Love your new blog. I'm a huge fan of helping animals :)

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  4. Yeh for new writing adventures!

    I think the new site look great! And even though the tortoises are a little miffed there are no turtles or tortoises in the heading pic, they think it looks great, too. :)

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  5. Good luck with your new blog site. Animals deserve all the positive attention we can give them.

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  6. Congrats on your new blog! Looks great, and the theme behind it is even better. Wishing you nothing but success with it!

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  7. I started blogging January 2012. :)

    I am really looking forward to your new blog. I know you're going to do a fabulous job with it.

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  8. Congrats on starting your new blog! You have a passion for it, so I'm sure it will be a success.

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  9. Congrats! I love the header on your new site.

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  10. Go you! It's awesome you're combining your two loves - animals and writing. Your first article was great! If you're worried about topics, maybe you can ask people for suggestions. You know people would be delighted to help!

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  11. Hi Julie - welcome to 2017 ... and good luck for all the writing you do and for helping out at your Animal Welfare project and now blog ... just enjoy 2017 ... cheers Hilary

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  12. Woot woot! I hope tons of people visit and even more animals find loving homes.

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  13. Julie, that's fantastic! So glad you're starting a new blog—and, of course, I *love* the theme :D I'll be a frequent visitor, and will share / repost / tweet all your posts. If you're interested in doing some collaboration—guest posts, cross posts, hops, etc.—let me know; I'm all in :D (See what I did there? ;) )
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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  14. I love your new idea for a blog! I always support animal rescue and those who consider their welfare. Congrats and good luck.

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  15. The new site looks great—and it's such a wonderful idea for a blog. Wishing you much success with it!

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  16. Life, or at least happy life, is all about animals! Congrats with the new blog and cheers to animal rescue and animal happiness!

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  17. Whew! You learned a whole new blogging platform for this project? Can I just say you're epic? Because it's true.

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  18. Just add your animal site to your header so people can visit at their leisure. I visited and was touched by your love of animals and the organization you promoted which helps pair the disabled with trained animals at no cost. Wonderful stuff! 2017 is going to bring all kinds of new things and we can either brace for greatness or impact. I want greatness. Happy New Year Julie!

    QueendSheena
    2017 IWSG January Co-Host

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  19. Happy new years to you too:) Animals and writing...it works for me:)

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  20. Congrats on getting your new site up. Hope your holidays were joyful.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  21. Wow, starting up a new Wordpress website sounds scary, and a lot of work. Good luck with your new project and have a happy new year.

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  22. Congrats on the new site! Helping animals is awesome :)

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  23. Wordpress is one to get used to. I find posting in HTML the easiest to get to work.
    Will definitely check it out! I post my WEP stories there too!

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  24. I'm going to pop over right now. I toyed with switching over to WordPress too but feared it was too complicated and I'd lose my followers. Kudos to you for following your dream!

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  25. Thank you all for your comments, you are all so awesome!

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  26. Hi, Julie,

    Happy New Year! Congrats on the new blog... a totally worthy cause... I will definitely drop by to check it out....

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

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  27. Good luck with your new site.

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  28. That's very exciting. I'm an animal advocate myself.

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  29. Hi Julie, I started blogging in 2010 as well! Kind of crazy it's been so long. Congrats on your new project. I don't have a pet right now but I'm visiting my sister in Hilton Head and loving going for hikes with my doggie nephew. I've heard wordpress is a superior platform so I hope you like it as you get used to it.

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  30. Your new blog looks fan-TAB-ulous! You're a clever gal to combine your two loves like that, and I know you'll do a lot of good for the critters and shelters in your area. (But I hope you'll still continue writing fiction as well. You have too much talent to let that fall away.)

    Happy New Year!

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  31. Happy Anniversary! I started in December 2010 also. Congratulations on the new site too, wow it looks great. Good luck and Happy New Year!

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  32. It's amazing where the years go isn't it! I wish you all the very best with your new blog and writing endeavours for the coming year. Happy 2017 to you.

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  33. Happy New Year, Julie! Have an awesome 2017. Congratulations with the new venture. Doing something that means so much to you is so important. I take my hat off to you for being brave enough to speak on the behalf of animals and to make more people aware. Wishing you lots of success and happiness.

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  34. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, and on your new blog! You have such dedication, I'm sure your new focus will work out.

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  35. Wishing you the very best in 2017, Julie!!!!!!!

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  36. Congrats with your new endeavor! This is such a worthy cause and passion. Both my fur babies (dog and cat) are rescue animals and I am so blessed to have them. Wishing you a successful 2017!

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  37. That's an awesome thing you're doing, Julie. The best of luck with it and much success with your writing as well. Happy New Year!

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  38. Isn't it great to look back and see how far you've come. This new project seems perfect for you. Best wishes for a great 2017.

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  39. Congrats on the new site, Julie!
    You're doing what you love, so I'm sure you'll make it work.
    Happy New Year!

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  40. Good luck with your new blog! I think it sounds like exactly what you're meant to be doing, so I know it'll go great.

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