By: Ken Boone
I started my weekly blog posts in late February 2019. I decided to name it “From Grievance to Gratitude,” which is what I eventually named my weekly podcasts. Not knowing if I would have enough content for a years’ worth of blog posts and podcasts, I started writing anyway.
Every week, with the help of my wife, Celia, I met my deadline with a blog post that was clever, revealing, and honest, if I say so myself. I’d never worked with an editor and was surprised that I wasn’t territorial when it came my writing.
Those who read it seemed to like it. Initially, the only problem I had was with the title. It seemed that at first draft, there were typically three paragraphs of grievances for every paragraph of gratitude.
Things seemed to reach a point of great frustration until about 4 months into the blog posting. I started getting well. I noticed that I had fewer negative things to write about than when I first started writing.
I covered everything from my childhood, to my various jobs, to my nearly 30 years as a parent. Just about every blog post started with the setup, in which I shared a perceived slight of some kind. Just as frequently, I’d hit a point in the story when realize that I may have contributed to my woes. Even when I wasn’t at fault, I found a life lesson buried somewhere in the blog.
Now, we are 6 months into this thing and I’m still enjoying myself. I love it when friends tell me how much they enjoy my writing style. I especially like it when one of the stories takes them back to a time of great joy in their youth.
Last week, Celia, our friend Becky Oliver and I created a Facebook group page. Among our initial invitees are several very good writers, musicians, and public speakers. The administrators and moderators of this page invite you to submit a guest blog post, 600 – 1000 words in length. We are open to varied topics, as long as they are positive or inspiring. As the group grows, I’ll be asking for some submissions to our podcast catalog, and ultimately, our music library.
So, stay tuned and thanks for joining us!
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About the Author
As owner of the Descant Music & Media Group, Ken is a creator and producer of several podcast shows. He is also a music producer, as well as a writer and an accountant for small businesses and nonprofits.