This marks the start of a new series at little Indiana: Indiana Blogs! If you are an Indiana Blogger, please use the contact form and send me an email. You may be featured right here on little Indiana.Whosyergurl is an Indiana blog that likes words as much as I do! As a professional writer, Cheryl has plenty to say–and isn’t afraid to say it!
This blog isn’t about any one thing. It’s about life and living it. It’s about being brave and trying new things (can you say, “Polar Bear Plunge?”).
Dig in to the “mutterings of a Midwest gal.” I think you’ll have a great time!
Indiana Blogs: Whosyergurl
Why did you start Whosyergurl?
I started Whosyergurl and blogging probably in 2005. I started blogging initially as a virtual locker to put my writing in- a place to store my writing. I was still in school at Ball State. (A late bloomer, I graduated in ’07.)
I am a writer. Writers write. They have to. I didn’t care for the prior website I was using (there is a link to it on my blog) and started with Blogger in ’08. Probably my earliest memory of writing was when I was ten years old.
I had a column at the New Castle Courier-Times for three years. That was before I went back to school to finish my degree. Everyone thought I would get my degree in Journalism, but I chose English.
What about that name? Why Whosyergurl?
I wanted something different. I feel to be different is to be stellar.
Whoyergurl = Whos yer gurl? HOOSIER GIRL. Just different. It takes some people a while to get it.
What are three of your most favorite posts?
This was tough-I love them all. Not that some aren’t a little mundane or boring. I have a degree in English and one difference I believe, between English majors and Journalism majors is that English majors embellish. Journalists cut.
I love all my words and pieces. (And yes, ALL writers are narcissistic to a point!).
My writing piece talks about why I love to write and blog: On Writing
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What keeps you ready and raring to post? Why do you blog?
First, I love to write. I love photography as well. I try to have my camera with me at all times (nothing fancy, a Nikon P80).
Blogging fulfills my desire for writing, publishing and layout. And, it tells the story of my life. How cool will it be for my grandchildren to read my blog?
Often times, those in my life will see me shooting away with my camera and they will say “you are going to blog about this, aren’t you?” I just smile. And often, I will prepare a post in my head and have plenty of photos but not get to it.
You love to camp and hike–any places that are particular favorites or that would be really good for beginners?
Indiana has a great State Parks system. I would say any state park would be an excellent place to get out there and start hiking (or camping). There are trail maps and signs and plenty of people in state parks. A beginner should start out simply and not in an isolated location.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I think if I could have a super power it would have to do with kindness. To wiggle my nose and undo hateful remarks or cruelty. To make certain that children don’t feel pain or the elderly might remain strong.
We have within us a huge amount of power each day, with each person that we come in contact with. We can choose to be kind or cruel or aloof. We can be helpful or we can ignore those in need.
Is there anything else that you would like little Indiana readers to know about you or your blog?
I try to make posts educational or at least informational. I use links whenever possible to create validity or to serve as a resource to my readers. I like to think Whosyergurl is a little more than fluff.
I once had someone laugh at me to my face because I said I blog. I said “look it up! It is a little bit more than ‘today I went to the grocery store.”
When I started blogging, I started writing for myself. Out of the need to write. I am amazed and grateful for my readers and their comments. The blogging community is amazing. Most of us are extremely open and honest.
My life is an open book. I just hope somewhere along the way something that I have to say helps someone in some way.
Somewhere in the Middle
Is this Hoosier gal fun or what? Thanks Cheryl for stopping by little Indiana today!
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