Friday, February 10, 2012

The Phoenix Has Risen

One year ago, I decided to start up this new blog. I wanted it to be a little more personal, and although it is a writer's blog, I still wanted to have the freedom to pretty much write about whatever the hell I wanted to. Many of you know I had another blog going back to 2005, and although I do miss writing about the funny side of science, I like this format better.

Okay, I admit, I miss writing about Bigfoot, El Chupacabra, UFOs, and everything weird science.

Back then, not many of my readers knew my real name, and I just went by the alias The Phoenix. It was fun being anonymous.

But as you can see, you know know my name (my pen name anyway), and you can see a picture of me. I've pretty much thrown anonymity out the window.

Many of my fellow bloggers that I started out with are pretty much all gone. And even those that still remain barely come by here. Maybe they liked me better as The Phoenix. But with my one-year blog anniversary here in my new home, I want to thank you.

I'm reaching out much more, and I'm finding such a warm and fun-loving community of writer's and bloggers welcoming me. It's easy to get stuck in your isolation when you're a writer, and I find the exchange of ideas and war stories not only refreshing, but inspirational.

In the coming weeks, I'm joining a couple blogging projects, AKA blogfests, to share a little bit more of myself and to learn more about you other writers out there. I love being a writer, and connecting with all of you makes the journey fun and less lonely.

I'll be doing the ORIGINS blogfest, and I'm eager to tell you how I got into storytelling so many moons ago. We're talking over thirty years ago. Don't let my Filipino skin fool you - I am getting old.

And of course, I will be participating in the Writer's Platform-Building Campaign - you'll find me under science fiction. Looking forward to getting to know my fellow sci-fi writers.

However, don't be surprised if you do see an occasional Bigfoot or UFO post here and there in the coming months. Old habits die hard.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on one year! Second blogger today celebrating a return to blogging with a new blog. And feel free to blog about UFOs, because now I'm curious.

Nessa said...

Hi Jay:

Happy Anniversary here.

I think there's just lots of fluctuations going on like the waters flowing around the world. Sooner of later the currents bring us back to where we started.

I saw Big Foot walking down Main street the other day. He had a pink grocery bag full of cookies.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I too will be participating in Origins, and I'm helping Rach to organize her campaign (it was a lot of work last time because we have to assign judges to read flash fiction pieces).

Anyway...blogging is oh so fun is it not? hehe

Ellie Garratt said...

I like UFO ad other weird blog posts. There should be more of them!

Emily R. King said...

I'll see you around the Origins Blogfest. It's going to be great!

Matthew MacNish said...

Awesome. We're glad to have you, Jay!

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Thanks so much. And I will have to bring some UFO back in here.

Nessa: So glad to see you here! Those were the days, huh? Even Bigfoot loves Girl Scout cookies.

Michael: Sounds like a lot of work for only one person Kudos to you for lending a helping hand.

Ellie: I've got a couple in mind - or I can report from the old blog too!

Emily: I think so too!

Matthew: I appreciate that Matthew.

Rusty Webb said...

Glad you're around again. Good for those of us that missed you the first time.

Dave P Perlmutter said...

Came across your blog, love it and now a follower...

Check out mine and follow as well???

Great to connect.


the weirdgirl said...

Happy Anniversary, Phoenix, old buddy!

The Desert Rocks said...

One of my favorites used to follow UFOs? Oh no, what'll I tell the grand kids? Love all your posts Jay or whatever your name is....:)

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging! :)

Joel Gray said...

Blogging can be lonely, like you said. I don't do it as often as I'd like to, but I try to post up an article once a week.

UFOs and bigfoot are both interesting topics.

Do you like to write sci-fi stories?

Elizabeth Twist said...

Hey, Jay! I too love paranormal and UFO-related topics, so if the odd bit of bigfoot info slips into your posts, I would be super happy.

Of course, can't wait to know more about your sci fi writing and especially your upcoming book and series. Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

As one of the original Phoenix readers...I gotta say happy anniversary, Jay!

It's pretty a pretty cool year on this here blog.

Mr. Shife said...

Congrats on the anniversary, and I am certainly glad that you are still out here blogging. Cheers and here is to another year.

Tiyana, aka 'Yoyo' said...

Woot-woot! One year!

And many more to come, we hope. :D

Dafeenah said...

I would have liked to have known you as the Phoenix. I was a campaigner last year and it was awesome. There are a lot of great people in it. Wish I had time to do it again, but I know I don't so I didn't sign up for this one.

Jay Noel said...

Rusty: Thanks buddy.

Dave: Thanks for stopping by!

WG: I appreciate you still coming here after all of these years.

Eve: Don't forget Bigfoot, Lochness Monster, and the Mothman!

Goldie: Thanks so much.

Jay Noel said...

Joel: I love writing science fiction. LOVE it. My book is being published this summer. Stay tuned.

Elizabeth: I'll have to do at least a couple here and there, for old time's sake. And yes, lots happening here shortly!!!

Riann: We're like an extended-extended family after all of these years!

Shife: You've been a faithful blogger and reader for so long. I remember when you were childless. Now look at ya! You got TWO little ones.

Tiyana: I hope so too.

Dafeenah: It was a great blogging time for me. Yeah, it sucked losing all the readers after I quit and only a handful able to follow me here. But this time around, I'm going to participate more - like the Campaign.

Anonymous said...

I'm just stopping by to introduce myself as a new campaigner (SF)and subscribe. My blog's mixed with some science, some writing, some whatever grabs me. I'm a retired scientist.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks homecoming book! Super glad to meet you and I look forward to reading about science. I miss it, and I resolve to bring some of it back here.

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