When did you start blogging/why?
I started blogging 5 years ago with the encouragement of friends, under a pen name- Sparky Lee Anderson. I chose a pen name because if my blog was terrible I guess it would never be attached to my name and no one in my family and no one I went to school with would know I failed as a writer. I came up with the name as I was “sparking” a doobie one night while watching X Files. Having had a crush on Gillian Anderson who portrays Dana Scully since the show began, I went with Anderson.
I was published in 2014 in a Horror Anthology titled The Horror Addict’s Guide to Life. I wrote a non-fiction piece titled, The Horror Addict’s Guide to Good Health. I was proud of myself. I worked hard at it and my submission was accepted and I would finally see my name in print. Well, not exactly, my pen name was in print, and no one really cared that I got published.
Earlier this year I decided I wanted to change how I write. Lose the pen name and write as myself. I came up with a new blog title which I thought really encapsulated who I was as a writer. Stephen King I am not (although he is and always will be my biggest idol. Ever. In the universe.). I am however, just a broad (my Facebook profile states just that- Just a Broad) and I blog about a variety of topics; barring Beauty and Lifestyle – there are plenty of people that blog about that. The Blog Broad was born.
But why don’t you blog about beauty or lifestyle?
I am broke.
I am 43
I have never left Canada
I”m a lesbian
I’m usually in sweatpants or jammies
I have bigger things to think about than the right shade of concealer or “maximum coverage” whatever that is. Isn’t that just a bag over your head? There. There’s your maximum coverage.
*if you are reading this and you’re a beauty or lifestyle blogger, my apologies. Your make up and/or trips look great and/or intriguing. Thank you for reading.
So what do you write about?
Well, I write about what it’s like being in a lesbian relationship like in The Mysteries of the Lesbian Relationship Revealed or in Things I Do That Drive My Partner Crazy .
I also write about my feelings for my narcissistic parents. Like in I Can’t Throw it Away, These Things are Valuable to Some People
I get annoyed with technology a lot. I write about that too, in I’m Drowning in Notifications I rant about having to be notified for everything you do online. If you’re a subscriber for example, you were notified when I published this piece.
I write frequently about dealing with my many health issues, like PTSD, ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety and chronic pain. Sometimes I write humorous posts because honestly, my humor is all I have left that’s still in tact.
I even write about weird things that happen to me. Like in A Ghost Sat on Me, I write about some paranormal experiences I’ve had here in Saint John, New Brunswick Canada
I try to be encouraging, supportive and respectful to other bloggers. There’s enough nastiness in the world and not enough kindness.
So, what’s the point of your blog?
It’s for me first of all. It helps, flushing out your feelings on to the keyboard, sending it out in to cyberspace even if no one reads is cathartic and therapeutic. I like to make people laugh and smile, so if I can do that to one person a day… In addition, if there’s one more depressed lesbian out there suffering with PTSD and chronic pain well then, maybe this blog is for you and maybe we can exchange emails.
What is your endgame Sam?
Boy, I’m glad I asked. Eventually, I would like to publish books. Books I have written just to be clear. Preferably non fiction, something humorous and relatable to others. I’d like to publish a book of my poetry as well as a book of short stories. This is my goal.
The act of blogging regularly helps enforce consistency and setting writing schedules prepares me for a career in writing which is what I want. I’ve wanted it since I was 6 years old when I got my first typewriter. I’m running out of time!
Tell me, why do you blog and what got you started? Did you use a pen name? What are your writing goals?
Live Humbly, Be Charitable, Live Graciously,