Saturday, September 8, 2012

Can We See Time Fly By?

My First Blog Tour made it to the Finish Line

When I signed up to participate in the Tasha Turner Coaching/Master Koda Virtual Blog Tour I had no idea what I was getting into. As a reasonably new author, I had started a blog because I was expected to start a blog. So, now I had a blog but I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it. It just sat there for a few months, collecting dust, and then I spotted the notice for this blog tour. Sounded like a wonderful idea – let a bunch of people who know what they are doing write interesting articles or posts for my blog and attract a lot of visitors or followers to my site. Brilliant idea! Then I got to the part where it said that each week I had to write something exciting to post on someone else’s blog. Dumb idea! I procrastinated for a while and finally talked myself into it. Smart move!

What did you learn from your first blog tour? I knew somebody was going to come along and ask that! I must be psychic, too.

1. I am a survivor! The notion of dropping out of the tour crossed my mind a few times, but the little voice in my head informed me – It ain’t gonna’ happen, Bub! Get to work on the next assignment, PDQ!

2. I am more versatile than I ever imagined I could be. I learned to write, and usually even enjoyed writing, about topics that I never in a millions years would have considered writing about on my own. Boy, was that a confidence builder!

3. I have met and acquired a whole group of wonderful new friends on this four month journey, both tour participants and non-participants who became faithful followers. Yes, I mean you!

4. I now know that my blog will survive as I will continue to welcome volunteer bloggers to write something exciting for my blog. Yes, I mean you!

Thank You! I would like to formally thank The Coach, Tasha Turner, for coming up with this brilliant idea of starting a blog tour for us rookie writers. I am sure we all learned a lot. Some of us were more experienced than others but I have no doubt that we all learned throughout our mutual journey. Tasha could not have pulled off this miracle without a team of assistant coaches who willingly shared the load and spared Tasha’s shoulders. Thank you one and all!

Till our paths cross again

Doug Simpson

Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Book Locker. Check it out at It is available in print and eBook format through most book stores around the world. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website at

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