This year in 2017 will be four years for me as a blogger. For the first two years, I would blog here and there and I had my writings all over the place. It wasn't until late 2014, early 2015 where I began taking my blog and writing seriously. At the time, I decided I was going to publish a book. A book I thought!? How was I going to do this? I wrote a lot of blog posts and many of them did not make it to my previous website. I had an idea! The light bulb went off and I decided to turn the blog posts which I felt had the most impact on people into a book. These posts are near and dear to me and I wanted to share them with the world. How did this make me feel? The S word haunted me...
I was scared to death and had no idea about publishing a book, how to do a book cover or anything. So I took to online research and reached out to friends who have taken this on before me and asked a lot of questions. The most common answer I received other than the helpful tips of getting started with editing, publishing and marketing was: This must feel right to you. I had to feel this in my heart - publishing a book wasn't something I wanted to roll out of bed and just do. I wanted it to feel right, be right, and have my personal touch.
After months of editing and working with my publisher, the final product was almost ready. I say almost because I still wanted to add a little more to my book; embrace the journey a bit more. Guess what? After all of this, I still hadn't settled on a name for my book! At this time, and I will take you back a bit to 2014; my old blog was called FIRE - Faith In Renewing Each Other. I loved the name and still use it in some of my branding today. But, I felt I wanted and needed something more and I asked myself what did this look like to me. What was my personal touch? What defined me in this life?
One early Sunday morning in the Fall of 2014, it finally came to me... A Life With A View. There it was, my personal touch. My very own masterpiece. It was a long road to get here and well worth the journey.
Stay tuned for my next blog post where I dig a little deeper: "What's In A Name?" I will talk more about A Life With A View and how I came up with the name. In the meantime, you can grab your copy of A Life With A View and follow the journey by clicking here for a signed copy and free shipping. You can also find A Life With A Viewhere on my website.
I would love to hear what makes your personal touch special to you and others. Share in the comments and let's keep the conversation going.