Before I dig in, a quick note: Thank you a million times. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. All of your kind comments and supportive messages have meant so much. Even though I haven’t responded—literally, every time I read one, I get so teary that I can’t see the computer screen anymore—I’ve read every single one, and we’re holding all your kindness and support in our hearts.
This is a weird post today. A handful of things had to happen to get me here:
First, I had this idea. I wanted to put together a short eBook to share the things I’ve learned over the past six years of writing this blog. (Six. Years. How?!?!)
Second, I used those points to put together a talk proposal for BlogPaws, which got accepted, and I got some good feedback.
Third, we got Lukey’s diagnosis earlier this year, and I was beyond touched—seriously, there hasn’t been a day I haven’t cried—at the outpouring of support. The emails, the messages, the texts, all of it. It means so much to us. More than you can imagine. I’m so grateful. One of the things that many of you have approached me about is some sort of crowdfunding/GoFundMe-style of helping out our family as we navigate all. this. cancer. I’ve resisted because, well, I don’t know. Money hangups?
Finally, it occurred to me: Money hangups aside, what about earning extra money? John’s taken on a part-time job as a dog walker/pet sitter. I should do something additional, too. Hey, what about finishing that short little eBook?
So, here it is: I finished my eBook!
Well, it’s actually more like an eWorkbook (is that a thing?). It’s 39 pages of tips on how to blog authentically, how to capture your true voice and express it in your writing, and how to retain new readers. Each chapter comes with worksheets (and bonus worksheets that are extra freebies when you purchase). I wrote it in my typical blogging style, so it’s definitely not a stuffy, technical guide—more like a cheerful coach encouraging bloggers to write in a way that’s true to them.
I know most of you aren’t bloggers, so this is totally irrelevant (thanks for sticking around through a useless post-ha!) but linking all those events I mentioned together with the completion of the project brought me to this point.
I’m seriously more than grateful and moved and honored that so many people have offered to help us out, first with Emmett’s treatments and now with this devastating situation with Lucas. So, for anyone who’s interested or willing, I have a favor to ask.
I had a very dear friend shake me a little bit when I was telling her how resistant I am to help (honestly, it’s all kinds of help. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I need to start reading blogs about neuroses. I imagine there are some of those…). It is a deep-rooted, active push against any offer for help. So, since so many of you offered, and I’m really striving for a bit of personal growth here, I’d love some help!
From today until Monday, it’s pay-what-you-want pricing. On Monday, it’ll go to full price.
I’m hoping to use this eBook project to earn a little extra money to put toward my sweet boys’ treatments, and despite my flaws, I really would be eternally grateful for the help.
Thank you. Truly.