After many, many days…and about the six hours, my Book Blog, Peter Likes Books, is finally up. I also have an adjoining Twitter and Instagram so make sure to check it out and see what it’s all about! The new blog will specifically be for all things related to books, whereas this blog will remain my thoughts, ideas and all of those deep thoughts that keep you people awake late at night! I think you for tolerating yet another dream with me!
It’s an interesting day outside today in Indiana. It feels like fall even though the tulips are in bloom and the trees are full and green. No further adjectives needed; Indiana in the springtime is green. As I was sitting on our front porch swing drinking some coffee I read through some of the messages I received after writing my last post, my 100th post. When you write something you never really have any idea of what kind of response you’ll get from readers, if any. Several years ago I wrote a post on my blog Thoughts From the Couch titled Vampire Flowers. It wasn’t really much of a thought out post, but just something I threw together late at night, much like most of my posts. I woke up the next day to tons of emails and messages from friends and people I didn’t even know commenting on how much they related to the post. I’d like to say that responses like that make writing for me easier, but in the past they’ve made me halt and think deeper about my posts. What I miss most about my early days of blogging was that I blogged often and didn’t really put much thought into my posts. They literally were my thoughts just translated into words on the screen. It felt awesome that for the first time in my life people related to my real self. I could be myself and that was OK. But now what? What do I want from my blogging and writing now?
As I was scrolling through my stats today I noticed that I had written 99 posts on this blog, making this my 100th post. I wanted to make it something special and I thought it might be interesting to share ways in which my life has changed as a result of blogging.
Readers either seem to relate to my really sappy posts about something thoughtful or they relate to my more brutally honest posts, of which this one will fit. Tonight, while catching up on The Following and Jane the Virgin, I found myself floating from one blog to the next. Some are my current favorites while some are blogs I used to follow on a regular basis. For the last few years I’ve noticed a growing trend that serious writers are criticizing bloggers as not being real writers because they don’t have any real impact on the world or that they don’t really have anything of value to say. I think this is quite interesting, as a blogger and author, because every industry PR exec from the fashion world to the tech world can tell you how profoundly bloggers affect the world, even directing the trends to the masses.
My day always starts out the same way: Starbucks. No matter what time I get up, the first thing I do is get in my car and head over to my favorite drive thru Starbucks and order a Venti Iced Coffee with three equals. No matter where I’m going, I drive out of my way to go to my favorite Starbucks, where, like Cheers, everybody knows my name…and my coffee!(A little shout out to the folks at the 80th and Keystone Starbucks in Indianapolis! Love you guys!) Being that Starbucks is such an important part of my life, I wanted to include it in my book The Before Now and After Then, to pay homage to something that has become a daily staple in many of our lives.
Since I work every day with teenagers, the coffee table in my office is often littered with plastic Starbucks cups of Frappuccinos. Started several years ago, I noticed when I asked some of these clients what they were drinking they would tell me the name of a drink I had never heard of, only to explain that it was a “hidden menu Starbucks drink”. I became intrigued with this idea of hidden menu drinks and wondered if it were true, so I asked the baristas I knew and they said that it was in fact true. They would make any drink as long as you knew what went into it. I loved this idea and had to include it in my book.
If you read my post yesterday, you know I’m attempting to complete the #30DaysofBookstagrams challenge! The challenge for day #2 is to post a favorite first line, so of course I used the line from my book The Before Now and After Then! Check it out below and buy it! It’s a great end of summer love story with lots of tragedy, Black Jack gum and Starbucks hidden menu drinks!
I’m horrible at these 30 Day challenges, but I think they’re so much fun that I’m going to keep on trying them! This one is the #30daybookstagram challenge. Basically, you follow the rules for each day and post a picture to your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever of the description next to the date. For example, August first is “August TBR” and since the paperback for my book The Before Now and After Then will be released in August, that’s what I’m going to put for the first one. (Pretty cheeky huh?) Anyway, you get the drift!
Should be a lot of fun! Stay tuned and check back in tomorrow to see what I post! It might be kind of creative.
I’ll be posting mine on all of my social media sites: Twitter,Facebook, Instagram for the book(thebeforenowandafterthen) and my personal Instagram(petermonn) so make sure to follow me on all of my sites!
Oh yeah! And go buy my book. It’s getting pretty amazing reviews and write-ups. Check it out at the places below!