Joining the Campaign

I just started this blog a few months ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out my mom is the Writers' Platform-Building Campaignonly person reading my posts.  Wait, scratch that.  I would totally be surprised to discover that because I’m not sure my mom even knows what a ‘blog’ is, and she definitely wouldn’t know how to find mine. 

I’ve always been a shy, introverted, scaredy cat. At most social gatherings, you’ll find me diligently doing my part to hold up the nearest wall.  It’s a little easier on the web, but it’s still daunting to reach out to strangers.  So how lucky for me that right as I’m dipping my toes into the blogging waters, Rachael Harrie is running her Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign.  As Rachael says:

"My Writers' Platform-Building Campaigns are a way to link writers, aspiring authors, beginner bloggers, industry people, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms.

The Campaigners are all people in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others' online platforms while at the same time building theirs."

This is such a fantastic idea, since it gives us more bashful folks a little push to interact with our fellow bloggers.  I’m excited to meet and interact with so many like-minded writers.

For fellow Campaigners stopping by my blog for the first time: I write novels, short stories, and screenplays; and in the last two years I’ve started dabbling in making short films.  I’ve had a few short stories published, but my first love is writing YA novels in the genres of thriller, suspense, and horror.  In the non-writing part of my life, I watch an alarming amount of television and also give my Netflix subscription a robust workout.  I’m also an animal lover with a menagerie of pets; and, yes, I’m one of those people who puts party hats on their dogs and makes them “cakes” for their birthdays. 

So are you an internet wallflower or the virtual life of the party?  Are you excited for the Campaign?  Did you participate in one of the previous Campaigns?


Rxena77's picture

Hi, Jocelyn : Thanks for visiting my blog. You mentioned there was no chance you could enter my contest -- well, if you go to my latest post, you will find you have the whole month of September to enter. Have a great weekend, Roland

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome Roland! My September is packed, but I'll see what I can do. You have a great weekend, too!

Lesann's picture

Hi Jocelyn. Fellow wall support here. I spend most of my time at social events watching people. If forced to chat, the vast quantity of trivial information in my head is no help. People usually want to talk about television and I don't watch so am woefully resigned back to my corner. If there's a weirdo in the vicinity - they will find me. I think I started writing horror because it was a way to work out issues about socializing. lol

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome Lesann! Talking about TV is often the only way I can make it through social situations! :-) Although I seem to be a weirdo magnet too.

Lissa Clouser's picture

This is my first campaign too! It's nice to meet you. This is the perfect thing for me to start meeting new like-minded people because I am a bit shy with blogging too. I'm always afraid everything I write will be terribly uninteresting and scare everyone away. lol My blog is also still a baby. I recently moved from another blog that just never became what I wanted it to be, so I felt starting from scratch would be the best thing. And with the campaign to help, I definitely think it will be! I look forward to following you.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome Lissa! Good for you for starting over when the blog wasn't working how you wanted. I've been blogging for two years at the website for my short film, but that's easy because filmmaking is fun (or funny when things go wrong) and exciting. But a personal blog is a much scarier thing, especially when I'm not sure I'm all that interesting.

Sheri L. Swift's picture

Just hopping by on the Campaign Trail to say hello! Excited to get to know all of you in Group #13! I'm also on Twitter @sherilswift ; )

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Good to meet you, Sheri!  I made it through two other groups already, and I'm hoping to get started on our YA group tomorrow.

Juliecoulterbellon's picture

I'm excited to get to know you better! We did birthday parties for our pets, too. Nothing wrong with that, right? Glad to meet a fellow campaigner! :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Julie.  I think having birthday parties for pets is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.  Honestly, I worry about the people who think it's weird.  ;-)

Lisa L. Regan's picture

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think your website and blog are great. Wanna hear something really, really weird? The main character in my WIP is named Jocelyn Rush--so close to your name.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Lisa!  And you're right, that's really, really weird.  I've only ever met one other Jocelyn (in person), so I know my name isn't that common.  Oddly enough, I read a short story this weekend where the MC was named Jocelyn, and I felt a little jolt every time I read it.  So Jocelyn Rush is going to completely freak me out.  I guess it just means we were destined to be blog buddies!

Linda Gray's picture

Wow, you are doing a lot! Best of luck. Looking fwd to getting to know your blog. Linda

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Looking forward to getting to know you, too!

Kelley York's picture

From your thriller/suspense group! :) Glad to know I'm not the only one with a million pets. It's great to meet you!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks for stopping by, Kelley.  Pets are the best!  They definitely make life interesting.

Doralynn's picture

Hi Jocelyn, thanks for sharing a little about yourself! The blogosphere is a friendly place, so I'm glad you decided not to hold up any virtual walls here. Congrats on finding homes for some of your short stories... and congrats to your pets for finding a home with you! The Campaign should be fun. I joined you at Twitter... couldn't quite figure out how to join your blog??

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Doralynn!  Yeah, because my website/blog is not through Blogger or one of the other popular sites, it was tougher to add a follower widget.  You can follow my posts through my RSS feed or sign up for email notification.  Or if you prefer reading through the Blogger dashboard, then you can copy the URL for my blog, then go to your dashboard and in the Blogs I'm Following section, press add and paste my URL.  Then my posts will show up like other blogs you follow.  I know it's a little bit more work, but I appreciate you asking!

Jessica Therrien's picture

Hey! I'm in your YA group. Just stopping in to say hi...proof that people are reading your blog. I'm a shy scaredy cat too (most writers are, right?). Can't wait to blog with you!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Jessica!  I've made it through my horror and suspense/thriller groups and hope to get started on the YA group tomorrow.

Abhishek Boinapalli's picture

You have a cool blog!! Thanks for dropping by my blog!! with warm regards Another Author

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Abhishek!  I appreciate you stopping by!

Debbie Johansson's picture

Hi Jocelyn. Good to see that we are both in the Horror, Suspense/Thriller Groups. This is the first time I've joined the campaign as well and enjoying it so far. When it comes to blogging, I'm usually a wallpaper kinda gal! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I really like the look of yours. It's a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to getting to know you better during the campaign.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Debbie, and thank you!  I noticed there were several of us in both horror and suspense/thriller.  I have a hard time deciding which category best fits my WIP, and it probably also qualifies as a mystery.  And romance.  With funny stuff too.  Can I just classify my genre as 'all of the above'?  ;-)

Julie Flanders's picture

Hi Jocelyn!! Thanks so much for coming by my blog, I'm so glad we connected. I love your blog, it looks fabulous! And I can totally relate to being an internet wallflower, I'm an introvert as well and blogging has helped me come out of my shell a bit, so I'm hoping the Campaign will help me open up even more. This is my first Campaign as well, so it's great we can be first-timers together! Love that you put party hats on your dogs, my cat's birthday is this weekend and I'd love to put a hat on him, but he won't allow it LOL. :D

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Julie!  I can't take the credit for the site because my brother put it together for me. Although I was very bossy and vocal about what I wanted it to look like.

And, yeah, I've never been brave enough to try putting the party hats on the cats.  I imagine the withering stare would strike me dead.

Tess Grant's picture

Hey Jocelyn! I'm so glad to meet a fellow YA thriller writer. I'm in your thriller/suspense campaign. Looking forward to getting to know you.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Tess!  I'm still not entirely sure if my WIP is thriller, suspense, horror, or mystery - I just know it's supposed to get the reader's blood pumping!  :-)

Amanda M.'s picture

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm normally quite the wallflower but this community is so awesome and we DO get to hide behind our computer screens so every once in awhile I let my inner party animal out. ;) This is my second Campaign, it's a lot of fun. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Amanda!  You're right it does make it a little easier that we can hide behind our screens.  No worries about spinach in the teeth or hair sticking out funny.

Nancy S. Thompson's picture

HI Jocelyn! I came via Lisa Regan's blog. She and I are BFFs & crit partners. It's always nice to meet new writers in our genre, especially women. I, too, write thrillers. I was away on vacation and missed the deadline for the platform building campaign. My loss. I don't see a place to follow your blog, but I'll be back.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Nancy!  That's bummer that you missed the official sign up, but it's great that you are proactively reaching out anyway.  I was surprised that both the horror and suspense/thriller groups were mostly women - makes me proud!

As for following my blog, because my website/blog is not through Blogger or one of the other popular sites, it was tougher to add a follower widget.  You can follow my posts through my RSS feed or sign up for email notification.  Or if you prefer reading through the Blogger dashboard, then you can copy the URL for my blog, then go to your dashboard and in the Blogs I'm Following section, press add and paste my URL.  Then my posts will show up like other blogs you follow.  I know it's a little bit more work, but I'll do my best to write posts that make it worthwhile.  :-)

Fairview's picture


Just stopping by as part of your YA Group. Nice stuff.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thank you!  I've visited the blogs of two groups already, and I'm hoping to get started on my YA group tonight.

Carrie Bastyr's picture

Hi Jocelyn, Wow - I could have written your post. I'm super shy scaredy cat myself and I know this will be a HUGE challenge but I'm excited. I'm in your YA group and wanted to stop by and say hi. Looking forward to reading more!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Carrie!  I think most of us writers tend to be on the shy side.  How I envy the outgoing ones!  I haven't jumped into our YA group yet, but hoping to get to it very soon!

Bryce Daniels's picture

Hi Jocelyn! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've been a little inactive, as I am just wrapping up a move from one state to another. Busy, busy. It was a pleasure having you, though. Hope to get back to posting soon. Hey, good luck with the campaign!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks, Bryce!   Good luck to you, too.  Not sure how you're managing participating in the campaign while also moving.  I'm staying still - not even going anywhere for the three day weekend - and I'm still feeling a tad overwhelmed.

F.E. Sewell's picture

Hey there, Jocelyn! Just wanted to pop in and say hello to a fellow campaigner! Glad to see that there are other shy bloggers out there, too!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, F.E.!  Thank goodness for blogs - otherwise we shy types would have nowhere to purge our thoughts.

Holly Vance's picture

Hey there fellow campaigner!

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Holly!  Glad you stopped by!

WB Terrien's picture

Hello from the Campaign Trail! This is my first and I'm very happy to be coming along for the ride. Nice to meet you, and thanks for the cute video of Conan, too. Poor kitty. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks for stopping by, WB!  I loved how poor Conan's tail look liked it was electrified.

 Nicole Settle's picture

I wanted to say hello back from when you stopped by my blog. I'm a fellow campaigner in your YA group. And I love Netflix too. Watching a TV or movie is always my reward for when I finish my writing for the day.

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Welcome, Nicole!  Ha, I wish I had the self control to use my TV/movie watching as a reward.  Sadly, it's my most favoritest way to procrastinate.

Tia Bach's picture

From one shy writer to another, I look forward to connecting (I'm in your YA all genres campaign group).

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Glad you stopped by, Tia!  We shy writers have to stick together - at least there are a lot of us!

Emy Shin's picture

Hi Jocelyn, thanks for visiting my blog! I really hope to get to know you more through the Campaign. :)

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Thanks for stopping by, Emy!  It's been fun meeting so many new people.

Sheri L. Swift's picture

Somewhere in between; def shy, but bolder in the written word. I am excited for the Campaign. No, I had not heard about the previous Campaigns. Looking forward to making new friends. ; )

Jocelyn Rish's picture

Hey Sheri, I think this whole campaign thing is such a great idea!

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