Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet the Blogger







My blogging friends are an interesting and diverse group. Their kindness and talents know no end. With that in mind, I've created a feature called Meet the Blogger to introduce you to a few of my friends. 

I'm kicking off the series with a visit from Cecelia Lester of Following My King



Welcome Cecelia! Why did you start blogging? How long have you had your current blog? 


I had written a play some church friends were going to perform on Good Friday in 2007, and spoke to our pastor about how I wanted to find a way to get others to know about my writing. (Now I know it’s called building a platform.) My first effort was not good, but after I had to step away from a job, I thought about trying again on another site. In July 2008, I chose to start over, so I have been blogging for almost seven years.
                                                                                       

What is your blog about? 

My blog is about Jesus and God. It has a long title: Quiet Spirit-Following My King. The name of what I call my writing ministry is Quiet Spirit.


What benefits have you gained through blogging? 

I have gained confidence in who I am. I am glad that blogging has given me a lot of friends that I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

Those are great benefits, I agree. What project/s are you working on right now? 

I am stalled on projects beyond my blog and the weekly column I write. My manuscript for a devotional book may be more of a teaching type book than what the publishers want. This is where I am stalled. 

Hang in there. :) Slow stretches have their purpose too, right? What might people be surprised to learn about you? 

I am somewhat introverted. I sometimes have a hard time talking to people.  

What advice would you share with a newbie blogger?  

My advice to new bloggers is they need to be consistent. I am able to post new blog entries three times a week. Some bloggers manage to add content two times a week or even only once or twice a month. But the key is consistency. 

Thanks for stopping by, Cecelia!

Thank you, Karen!

Visit Cecelia at her blog

Read her weekly column at Live As If.org

Cecelia Lester and her husband of 46 years live in east central Indiana and are the parents of one son. When not writing, she enjoys reading and participates in a prayer group and visitation ministry at their church. 



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Do you have any questions for Cecelia? How long have you been blogging?

Happy writing,

Karen


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35 comments :

  1. Consistency is key!
    Keep spreading the Good Word through your blog, Cecelia.

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  2. I get stalled, too, Cecelia.I know how that feels and I agree with Alex. Keep writing your blog posts and you'll soon become "un-stalled," and take off. God bless. =0)

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  3. Alex,
    I agree! Cecelia is right. :) Thanks for stopping by.

    Susan,
    Getting stalled may be a more important part of the process than we think, right? :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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    1. Karen: I have discovered a new depth to my faith because of this time of being stalled.

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    2. Cecelia,
      There is always a plus side, isn't there? :)
      Blessings,
      Karen

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    3. Yes, there is but we don't always see it as a plus.

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  4. I agree with Alex that you have to be consistent. And reach out to like minded people who read and write blogs. Good luck with yours.

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  5. Hello Karen. What a great idea to have write-ups about fellow bloggers. Enjoyed your interview with Cecelia!

    To answer one of your questions, I've been blogging the same as you----six years. Started in October of 2009!

    Take care and have a good Tuesday. Susan

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  6. Thank you for sharing about Cecelia and her blog, Karen. It's always good to learn about good Christian bloggers.

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  7. Hi Karen and Cecelia -

    Thanks for an interesting interview. In May, I'll hit the seven year mark for my blog. I post twice a week and occasionally throw in a third post.

    God bless,
    Susan :)

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      Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

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  8. Wonderful to hear from Cecelia! Wishing her all the best. It was great to hear her advice and to learn about why she started her blog. I have blogging for 4 years and totally agree about being consistent. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Jess: Thank you for your warm comment. Yes, consistency is the key.

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  9. Natalie,
    You make a good point about being like minded. Glad you were able to stop by! :)

    Susan,
    I thought maybe we'd been blogging about the same amount of time. :) It's wonderful, isn't it?

    Connie,
    Congrats on your blogging milestone! :) You've been a big influence on my blog and I appreciate it.

    Jess,
    Thank you for coming over to see us! :) Happy to introduce you to Cecelia. She was one of my early blog followers.

    Susan R.,
    Thanks for coming over! Congrats on your own milestone of 7 years! You've had a big influence on my blog.

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  10. Hi ladies, great to see you here Cecelia and thank you Karen for hosting other bloggers, the community keeps growing and it is always a joy to learn a little bit more about each other.

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    1. Thank you, Marja, for your kind comment. It's always a pleasure to hear from you,

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  11. Hi Cecelia - nice to meet you! You hit the nail on the head with your advice regarding consistency. Thanks, Karen, for introducing us.

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    1. Lisa: Thank you for your kind words.

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  12. Great interview! It's nice to meet you, Cecelia. Blogging has given me a lot of great friends, too.

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    1. Shelly: Thank you. I wish you well on the release of your new book.

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  13. Marja,
    You are welcome! Thanks for coming over to see us. :) I agree, it is a wonderful community.

    Lisa,
    You are welcome - happy to introduce you! :) Consistency is a big help.

    Shelley,
    Thank you! Glad you got to meet Cecelia. Without blogging, we would not have met, right? :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  14. Karen: What a great idea. I've known Cecelia for years, and she is a gem of a lady and wonderful prayer warrior. She may be a bit shy, but she has depth of spirit.

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    1. Jeanette: Thank you for your kind words.

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  15. Its great meeting Cecelia! She is a wonderful lady. Thanks Karen.

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  16. Jen,
    Thanks a bunch! She is a gem, I agree. Quite the faithful friend. :)

    Kelly,
    You are welcome! :) Glad you got to meet Cecelia.

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  17. My blog is consistent, I'm happy to say. I also find that blogging gives me confidence...and friendship. :)

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  18. Thank you Medeia. I have gained confidence in God and in my writing.

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  19. Medeia,
    Yes, I would say it is! Nice to know you are always there to share with us. :) Appreciate your friendship.
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  20. Hi Karen - belatedly I've got here - this will be an interesting series ... good to meet Cecelia - and I note she learnt from her first try - that's the way isn't it ... get up and try again ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary: How you doing? Yes, I felt I needed to try again. I'm so glad I did. Hope you get to feeling better soon.

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  21. HIlary,
    You aren't late - we still have cupcakes! :) Good to see you today. So glad you stopped by to see Cecelia. And glad too, you are feeling better.
    Happy writing,
    Karen

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