Some if not all of my Fictional Black Ink blog readers know that I’ve been conducting creative writing contests since August of last year.
What many of you probably don’t know is that these contests and this website have been a five-year-in-the-making dream.
I bought the domain name blackinkcontests in 2011 and did…..nothing. I wrote an elaborate website and sat on it. I sat on it for so long, in fact, that the domain name expired and I was left to only wonder what might have been. It remained shelved for years until I joined a writing group. That’s were something very odd happened.
I began to realize that while I love writing, my true love was really seated in the competition of writing.
I’m a fairly competitive person by nature, and the thrill of combining my absolute love of the written word joining hand in hand with a contest seemed too intoxicating to keep shelved forever.
I started back at square one. Miraculously, blackinkcontests had not been bought by another domain user. I saw that as my first sign. I immediately repurchased it. Instead of the elaborate, over the top fifty page website I had developed the first time around, I made my new site much simpler. Much more to the point.
I started blogging about it and joined twitter to spread the word. I paid for advertising and started getting responses.
In short – I got serious about making my dream a reality.
I am very, very proud of Black Ink Contests. In no way, shape or form am I technical! I’m dreamy, creative, sometimes a little pompous, but I am not technical. I had a small amount of on the job html code training, but that training took place back in 2005. And as we all know, technology changes almost every second. So I went into my website development with a small amount of old information and a huge amount of motivation. Google was and is my best tech friend.
In launching my newest contest What Does This Picture Mean To Me, opening today [March 5th], I gave my website a little face lift.
If you’re a writer and enjoy writing competitions I encourage you to visit and enter the contests. I have complete faith you’ll have a lot of fun! Let me know what you think of the new site look.
Until next time…stay safe, stay healthy, and stay creative!
Connie Irons is a novelist recently begat blogger. As a double Gemini it’s hard to tie her down to one genre, but her favorites are well written horror and snarky memoirs (hail David Sedaris). When she’s not writing she’s mindlessly spoiling her beagle/basset puppy, Tucker, and evading payment on multiple loans from her fiancé.
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