UPDATED August 4th, 2017
As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, my name is Traci (InternetG33k to some), and I am a writer. I am also a Tarot card reader, a witch, a geek, and a shutterbug (not necessarily in that order, but since my blogging topics are Microblog Mondays, Tarot Tuesdays, Witchy Wednesdays and Fandom/Foto Fridays, it seemed like the logical order. *grin*
My work first appeared in print around 1971, when a poem I wrote for a contest was published in the local newspaper. I was six years old at the time. In 2009, the beginning chapters of my novel, Tangled Web, hit the Editor’s Desk on the Harper Collins (now defunct) website Authonomy (think American Idol for writers). I have a sneaking suspicion the ethereal being in charge of my inspiration does not have a clear concept of time.
Since the general recommendation I got from the editor was, “Don’t quit your day job” I
quietly drowned my sorrows in chocolate and vodka, continued on with my work as a domestic engineer and administrator for the York Homeschool Academy. However, in 2014, my fickle muse cut a deal with me – I give her three blog posts a week, and she’ll make the main characters of my NaNoWriMo project The Maeve Sawyer series (computer geek becomes ghost whisperer) behave themselves. I’m now up to four blog posts a week, and beginning to think I should’ve checked the fine print on the contract.
However, I will give her some props, because my since I upped my posting game, I’ve had a handful of featured and paid posts on the BlogHer/SheKnows website (they were separate entities when I started, but have since merged). Naturally, I wrote a post about the first one) but here’s a complete list –
August 17, 2015 – Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! (featured)
September 25th, 2015 – Supermoon total eclipse is essential viewing — especially for witches (featured)
October 19th, 2015 – 5 Witchy ways to celebrate Halloween (featured)
November 9th, 2015 – Numbers Don’t Lie: How Blogging 3 Times a Week Changed My Blog Traffic (paid)
January 19th, 2016 – Top 5 Reasons I’m Excited ‘The X-Files’ is Back) (paid)
In 2016, after hubby bought me a new camera, I was also pleasantly surprised to find people wanted my pictures hanging on their walls (or covering their beds). Speaking of money, while I have Adsense installed on the site, and a few affiliate links in the sidebar, it’s more a, “why not” than “make me monies” kind of thing. If I’ve somehow dragged you kicking and screaming to my little corner of the web, it’s because I crave feedback, not greenback. Oh, and chocolate. Always chocolate.
That being said, in July 2017, after a discussion on THE BEST blogging group on Facebook, I decided to add a virtual tip jar to my widgets on the left. Apparently there are people out there who like to drop $3 at a time (via the magic of Paypal) into the hats of virtual buskers. So if you want to buy me a cup of coffee (or two, or five, or…) feel free to click away!
Oh, I almost forgot – I bet you’re still wondering what I meant by, “InternetG33k to some” in the beginning of my intro. In 2005, I started my blogging career by writing a semi-fictional blog called, “Confessions of an Internet G33k” for a local newspaper (you can find my first post HERE). While my fictional self was a bit more geeky than me, in short order, the moniker became my own.
Other words that apply to me are –
Last, but not least – I love hearing from people, so if you’d like to shout out, either stalk me through my social media links (they’re all in the widget on the left) or give me a holler through my contact page or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Feel free to help yourself to some freshly baked cyber-chocolate chip cookies, grab a frosty beverage from the fridge, and make yourself comfy. Hope you enjoy your stay!