"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

4/26/11

Guest Post: My Brain-Buddy, Peejers

I'm guessing that most of the folks who follow this blog know Patty Wysong. She is amazing in SO many ways, and an amazing friend (we share a brain :D). She is such an awesome friend and encourager to me. So, when she asked to guest post here, I didn't even have to think twice. Besides, what she's talking about is AWESOME--especially for us folks trying to build our platform (and she'll be fixin' up my blog before the summer's over!). So read what she has to say.
A rare time when we both used the brain at the same time
Sharing a brain with Joanne has been more than a lifesaver, it's been a whole lot of fun!

A few years ago, when I joined Faithwriters, Jo was one of the first ones to reach out to me—which isn't surprising. Since then we've worked together on oodles of projects and our lives have become rather... well, rather intertwined, which is natural since we share our brain. She's kept me sane, kept my feet on the ground all the while cheering me on and teaching me things I need to know. She's one of the huge blessings in my life.

One of the areas she's cheered me on in is in my blogging adventure (Jo note - though, truth be told, it was Peejers who dragged ME into blogging first!). Blogging was an act of obedience, not something that I wanted to do. My reasoning was “In the big wide world of cyber space no one will ever find my puny little blog.”

Um, wrong.

Joanne followed me, cheering the whole way, and with her, others found my blog, too. The next step was working on my site. It's been a roller coaster as I learned how to manipulate a blog.

After that I discovered my blog knowledge was a ministry to others. And that's when it got really fun! Joanne is a tremendous encourager. I just did blog stuff for others because it was what God gave me to do.

But seasons of life change, and God prepared me for this most recent change. This month my bloggy knowledge, experience and love have become part of the answer to a problem and it's so cool to see God's hand in it, preparing and leading me, especially in these last six months. What a great God of detail we have!

I'd like you to celebrate with me as I officially open my design and teaching doors. To help celebrate, I'm giving away the winner's choice of a premade design. Leave a comment here, on this post, to be entered into the drawing and the winner will be posted on my site sometime on May 5th. =]

Want some extra entries in the drawing? Go to my site and leave a comment on this post. Also, each time you share this link on Twitter, Facebook or on your blog, I'll throw your name in the drawing again. (Yes, I'm on Twitter, but Jo usually has that part of the brain. LoL) Email me when you do. patty at pattywysong.com.

Click here to see some sites I've designed, recommendations and pricing. Not only are there blogs there, but there are a couple of websites, too. These are hosted on Blogger, but I am working on Wordpress now too.

Do you want to learn to work on your own blog? I teach a 4 week class, Clearing the Blog Fog, that's email based (yahoo group). It teaches how to set up and customize your site. If you don't need or want the whole class there's tutoring and all now I'm offering workshops in webinar format so you can see what I'm doing on my screen as I talk through it. So far I have workshops on how to make blog buttons and headers, which have learning how to work on Paint.net, a free option to Photoshop, as a great perk. ;-)

Another thing I've added is a selection of premade layouts, offered reasonably. I'll even install it for you. It's one of these I'm giving away. ;-)

Designing and teaching like this will enable me to work from home—something that has become necessary at this point. God is so good to give me something to do, something I LOVE doing and that I can work on it at home--in the middle of cornfields. And God blessed me tremendously when He brought Joanne into my life those years age. A blessing I'm especially grateful for!

Don't forget to leave a comment here (and at my site) to be entered in the premade design giveaway. The winner will be posted on my site on May 5th. And for another extra entry in the drawing, tell me something you love or appreciate about Joanne, or a fun memory of her. :-)

Thanks so much for having me, JoDear. Love you!!




(huh, maybe I need to make another siggy that says Peejers instead of Patty. LoL)

Love you TOO, Peejers! Can't wait to see my redesign. PLEASE check out her stuff, folks. It's wonderful.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

3 comments:

  1. Hi Patty, congratulations on the new endeavors. God is amazing how He sends us answers in ways we'd lest expect to find them. The classes sound interesting.

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  2. Thank you, Wanda! God is so totally amazing! =] I'm so thankful He's in control!

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  3. Does Patty OR you ever sleep??? I know it's overrated but seriously...you two need to bottle the energy and SELL it! Jo, you are the encourager we all need...and Patty and you are both women that the online ministry world needs...you are passionate and gifted! What a blessing!! (if i didn't have in.house design girls, i'd be running over!)
    LOVE you both!!
    lori

    oh and jo....I have some thoughts on the Monday verse too...IF ONLY I could get them down on paper...I need one of those think it, and it writes for you tools...LOL

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