Celebrating a Milestone on My Memoir Writer’s Journey~ My Second Blogaversary

Photo Credit: Celebration Balloons uploaded from Flickr

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,power and magic in it.” Goethe

It was December,2009 and I had just returned from the Writer’s Digest Editor’s Intensive  weekend in Cincinnati where Editors, Jane Friedman,Alice Pope and Chuck Sambuchino had promoted the idea of social media-facebook,twitter and blogging- as an expectation for anyone interested in publishing. Although I (naively) scoffed at the idea during the sessions, I found myself pondering their messages for weeks after the conference. One day I sat at my desk,sifting through some papers when I came across the above quote. That did it. I took the plunge, which at the time felt like a blind leap of faith.

I started a blog,Write On,Random Thoughts about Writing and Life with this post and have been posting weekly since. In April 2011, I redesigned my blog site, refined my message and changed the title to Memoir Writer’s Journey, Sharing Hope One Story at a Time while taking Dan Blank’s (awesome) Build Your Author Platform Course.

The main theme is Hope Matters and when we share our stories of hope we are all enriched,enlightened and inspired.

This past September,I joined Dan Blank’s Build Your Author Platform Mastermind forum, the course after the course for ongoing guidance/discussion on” all things platform-related.” Dan sends us  weekly prompts which we respond to in the forum then discuss on our weekly phone calls. Additionally, we update each other on progress toward our own platform-related goals. Being in the company of so many gifted and motivated writers has truly been amazing. I’d like to recognize them all here and encourage you to check out their projects. I know you will be inspired as I have been. In addition to Dan of WeGrowMedia, they are:  Shelly Immel of The BigLifeProject, Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse, Vicki Noe of FriendGrief and Gabriela Pereira of DIYMFA. Thank you all for inspiring me by your example and encouraging me to step out of my own comfort zone and reach for new heights. A very special thank you to Shelly Immel for lending a steady hand , providing one-on- one mentoring on the technical aspects of producing a video and on coaching me to “grow my heart and live big.” This video interview on Cultivating Self-Trust with Cynthia Morris says it all

I’d like to commemorate my second blogaversary by posting my first video blog:

Video Transcript:

Hi everybody. My name is Kathy Pooler and I’ve been blogging over at Memoir Writer’s Journey, Sharing Hope One Story at a Time for the past two years so I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my second blogaversary!

I like to think of my blog as a big kitchen table and the weekly posts as being invitations to come sit around the table and join in the conversation.

Butterfly as a Symbol of Hope Photo Credit: Flick

I have journaled my whole life through many trials and challenges in my life. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I became serious about writing. I joined The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) with the awesome Linda Joy Myers and have been working on a memoir.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. If I’m going to write a memoir, it has to read like a novel. So I have spent the past two years studying the art and craft of writing.I share the writing and publishing tips I have learned along the way,as well as any other stories that have inspired me.

2. We all have a story to tell. The story needs to be universal so others can relate to it but in order for us to believe in the story only we can tell, we need to get in touch with our own uniqueness.

I can tell you that because of all you incredible people I have met, I do believe in my story. And that includes the amazing people over at Dan Blank’s Build Your Author Platform Mastermind forum. Thank you all for inspiring me to do this video!

So thank you all for your presence on my journey. Come  join me around the kitchen table so we can all continue to be enriched, enlightened and inspired by one another~


Photo Credit: "Round the Table by linkerjpatrick uploaded from Flickr

Memoir Writer’s Journey has grown and evolved because of your participation. I would love to hear any of your suggestions and ideas on topics or stories you‘d like to hear.

Let’s keep the conversation going. Please leave your comments below~




  1. says


    Congratulations! I love this essay on how you’re developing your story and your writing life. It’s very sweet and heartfelt, which is refreshing.

    I’m very proud of you for making and publishing your first video and look forward to many more!

    It’s an honor to be in the same author tribe as you. You give so much to us and I know that your book will be the same generous gift that you yourself are.

    How are you celebrating?

    Your fan,

    • says

      Thanks so much for your kind & generous feedback and for being an ongoing source of inspiration and guidance,Cynthia! Your work at Original Impulse is wonderfully contagious and fun. There ‘s no one quite like Xavier as far as I can tell :-) I hope everyone who stops by here will check out your site and experience the magic for themselves! I’m thrilled our paths have crossed.

  2. says

    You are awesome Kathy, for all sorts of reasons. Let me count the ways. Passionate about writing your story. Passionate about developing an online community to achieve your goals. Relentlessly grateful to the people who have supported you. Passionate about generously passing along your learnings to people who follow your journey. And now add to that, tenacious, the minimum quality for success.

    Best wishes,
    Jerry Waxler
    Memory Writers Network

    • says

      Oh my gosh, Jerry, I am so honored by your feedback and “relentlessly”grateful to call you one of my main mentors. I am still guided by your lessons as I write. Thank you for your lovely comments and for all you do to inform,explore,enlighten and inspire all of us who have chosen to embark on a memoir writing journey! Your website is a treasure trove for all of us.
      Best wishes,

  3. says

    Good for you, Kathy!! You’re embracing all the often-scary aspects of growing your audience, the often-tedious aspects of learning your craft, and the oh-so-new aspects of the publishing business. One of these days, I’ll have the pleasure of saying, “I knew her when!”

    • says

      Thanks Debbie! You always have a way of capturing the essence of an experience so succinctly~ Yes to “scary, tedious and oh-so-new publishing industry” As far as “one of these days”~I think we’ll ALL have the pleasure of saying ” I knew her when” about one another. The support we share with one another is so crucial in pushing forward toward our goals. I appreciate your comments and support as always!

  4. says

    Congratulations on reaching this milepost. It’s an awesome achievement, and you are an asset to the memoir writing community. Your continuous stream of links and tips has added great richness and surely inspired legions of writers. Bfor the fantastic video — well done!

    Best wishes on the next leg of your journey, wherever it takes you.

    • says

      Thanks so much Sharon for your generous feedback and for all you do to inform,engage, enlighten and inspire all of us. I am fascinated how you have integrated Dr Pennebaker’s work into memoir writing. As I’ve said before, I am so grateful to you, Jerry and Linda Joy for your invaluable mentoring in this “stickiest “of genres. I appreciate your comments and ongoing support,as always!

  5. says

    Congratulations on your 2nd blogaversary! You have done amazing things improving and fine tuning your blog. I am sure Dan helped in the process of defining and refining the new product. You were also so brave to take the leap posting your FIRST blog video. Super cool. I also checked out the interesting links to writers in your mastermind group. Here’s to you, dear friend. Happy Blogaversary!!!

    • says

      Thanks so much Pat! I am so grateful that our paths have crossed across the ocean through Dan’s course. The support and guidance is so important in stepping outside our comfort zones. I never realized how complex,arduous and labor-intensive writing could be until I began taking it seriously. On the other hand, I never realized how exciting,life-affirming and fulfilling it would be. The best part of this journey for me has been meeting so many amazing people such as yourself :-) So glad you checked out the links. I appreciate your comments, as always, dear friend!

  6. says

    Congratulations, Kathy, on your Blogaversary! Woo-hooooo! I’m celebrating with you. :)

    I enjoyed the video, and the words that kept going through my mind while watching it were: “She’s SO CUTE!”

    Thank you for your role modeling for all memoir writers and for sharing your valuable tips and inspiration.


    • says

      Thanks so much Linda for sharing in my celebration. I had to chuckle at the “cute ” part :-). I appreciate your comments as well as all the inspiration and guidance you provide for memoir writers via Spiritual Memoirs 101. And everyone should read your book,” Grandma’s Letters from Africa “and check out my review on Amazon :-)

  7. smita jagdale says

    Kathy, hearty congratulations for your Bloganniversary! I wonder what are you made of, what is your gene-structure like, how you developed such an abundant tenacity. I agree the way Jerry described your great qualities, I want to add one more: being humble. You have helped me a lot–directly and indirectly.The final step is looking at you and waiting for that gate to open. I am glad I met you. I wonder what will be your new project after the ship arrives at the shore.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Smita! You are so encouraging and I appreciate,as always, your validating comments and thoughts. I am thrilled we have met,too. Together we will wait for our gates to open :-)

    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes. I am so happy to meet you on my blog! I checked out your site and your artwork is stunning. I think you would enjoy Sue Rowland’s blog: http://www.JournalWithSue.blogspot.com. She did a guest post here “An Artist’s Pathway to Memoir Writing Through Journaling”(11/15/11) that I think you may enjoy. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and hope to see you again.

  8. says

    Congratulations, Kathy! Celebrating a milestone wasn’t enough–no, you had to go out there and tackle a whole new challenge of learning how to do video.

    Obviously, you’ve got magical boldness written all over you!

    It’s a joy to be in the Mastermind Group with you. Thanks for everything you do to cheer us all along there, and for the shout out to my Project here on your lovely blog.

    It’s really true what you say: “When we share our stories, we are all enriched, encouraged, and inspired.”

    • says

      Thanks, Shelly! I couldn’t have pulled it off without your incredible support and guidance. You really should market your technical skills. It has been a joy to participate in the Mastermind Group and be the beneficiary of the boundless talent within the group! Yes, I do shout out for TheBigLife Project. Life is too short to not tap into it. Check it out,everyone!

  9. says

    Way to go, Kathy! A wonderful milestone, well, two of them, I guess. LOL You inspire me and give me hope that I’ll be able to do something similar one of these day. I’m not as reliable as you are at posting but I’m catching on. Thanks again for the inspiration.

    • says

      Sam, Thanks so much for joining in my celebration and sharing in my hope. I appreciate your comments very much, as well as how you have inspired through your Search for the Soul blog. Yes, go for it . Hope matters. Of course you can do it :-)

  10. says

    You did it and lived! Now you (and I) will have to do many many more. Wouldn’t it be fun to get to the point where we just sit down in front of the camera and ad lib with passion?
    BTW this might sound shallow but you have the most beautiful skin, Kathy.
    And I loved the burgundy velvet top.
    See ya around campus.

    • says

      Oh my gosh,Lynne, it was a grueling experience with a very steep learning curve but you’re right, I did it!! Yes I would love to just step right up there and ad lib. Maybe I could interview you and you can show us all how:-) Thanks for all your sweet comments!

  11. says

    Yes, Kathy, you are so inspiring to so many, and now a leader! Your video is sweet, authentic, and that velvet top so attractive! It’s nice to see you while you talk. I know your voice so well, and now I can see you. So, guess I better get going with some videos! We are going to celebrate 2012 as The Year of the Memoir at NAMW, and you will be one of the big voices in helping to celebrate memoir writing! Blessings, and congratulations on you blogaversary–I think that is even a new word!
    –Linda Joy

    • says

      Thanks for your warm cheers and kind remarks,Linda Joy. I’m honored to help in the celebration of memoir writing and look forward to a great year at NAMW! Blessings, Kathy

  12. says

    Kathy, congratulations on your blogaversary AND your very first vlog! Now, your sweet spirit not only comes through your words, it also comes through your voice to readers and friends. What a joy and a blessing to sit at your “kitchen table” with you. I’m already looking forward to next time. You are such an inspiration, my friend!

    • says

      Diana, I am so happy we happened upon each other while standing in line at the CWG conference! Truly, there is no such thing as coincidence. I feel so blessed to have you” around my table” and look forward to staying connected. It is so amazing and gratifying to me to feel how we all inspire one another. Everyone, check out Diana’s awesome debut novel,”Delivery” and my review on Amazon. It is such a sweet and uplifting story:-) Blessings, my friend, Kathy

  13. Linda Hoye says

    Congrats on your blogaversary, Kathy! Your video post was great–it was a special treat for me this morning to visit your blog and have an opportunity to hear and see you!

    • says

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments, Linda. I feel like I know you so well from your Slice of Life blog and I am looking forward to meeting you at the Story Circe Network conference in April. Everyone, Linda has an upcoming memoir on the adoptive experience that promises to be a gem. Best wishes in the publishing process. I am learning a lot from your experience.I appreciate you joining in my blogaversary celebration!

  14. says

    This is wonderful. I’m always a bit leery of doing anything with video. I’ve seen many that I thought sent the wrong message. Some had great things to say, but you could see a pile of dishes or a messy house behind them. Others looked like they just rolled out of bed after hibernation. I’m not a super critical person at all! I just know that most of us make judgements about the person within a few seconds. Your video inspired me! It’s wonderful. It’s warm and yet professional. You present yourself well. Thanks for the great example. I’ll let you know if I get brave and do the same. ~Karen

    • says

      Great to hear from you Karen! Thanks for your kind feedback. Believe me, It was a steep learning curve but I had lots of tech support and direction from my writer friends. I set the goal without having any idea how I was going to do it and learned a lot along the way. Lots of growing pains but the next time will be easier. If I can do it so can you.You’ve accomplished so much with your memoir,Breaking the Code so , of course you can do this. I’d be happy to help you take the plunge. It’s fun! Just do it~ Kathy

        • says

          Ha Ha,Shelly! I was thinking of you the whole time I was encouraging Karen. You simply must start a Tech Support service. Maybe we can do a video on how to do a video.Let’s “think Big” :-)

      • says

        Hi, Kathy, I might have already told you this, but I used to live across the street from Karen. When she writes in her memoir about the restaurant she and her dad went to, and she writes about her house and her front porch–I KNOW what she’s talking about! What fun for me. I bought Karen’s book for my father-in-law because he served at several of the same places Karen’s dad did during WW II, and he was SO interested. My mother-in-law tells me he could hardly put it down!


        • says

          Dear Linda,
          What a wonderful testimony to the healing and connecting power of a memoir! Karen’s story definitely has universal appeal for any of us who have had the blessings of having WWII Greatest Generation parents. Besides that, her story is fascinating and I am in line to read “Breaking the Code.” It is even more amazing for you to have lived across the street from her. I am always so enthralled by how we are all so inspired, enlightened and enriched when we share our stories!


  15. says

    I would most definitely watch it! And I agree…think big! When I had to quit my teaching job because of health issues, I lost the ability to dream for a time. It’s a terrible way to live. But when I got back on my feet (mentally), my dreams were bigger than ever before. Looking forward to your next video. ~Karen

  16. says

    Smooches and hugs to you, Kathy! Thanks for the plug! (Especially after I shamelessly plugged the Project myself. It’s hard to resist when I hear someone’s story so similar to mine.) XO


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