I created a virtual online space called the “Annie Lynn Club,” this website, that started as just a blog in 2018. Every Monday night after I gave my boys a bath I’d sit down and reminisce, and write stories about my childhood. Feeling nostalgic felt like an escape from the day-to-day challenges of being a full-time, stay-at-home mom. It helped me answer questions about why I am the way I am, and who I am as a person. I had come to a point in my life where I really wanted to know, as I felt like I’d kinda lost my center and direction as a person. Has this ever happened to you?
I had a sneaking suspicion taking a trip down memory lane would help me re-find myself, or at the very least be something my boys would find fun to read some day. Either way, I made it my mission for over a year to write a blog post and publish at least every other week.
During the first year I published twenty six blog posts! That’s two a month, every other week just like I hoped to. (No I didn’t type on a typewriter!)
After that first year my blog posts started to change. They became more about my songwriting. But at first my blogging wasn’t connected to my songwriting at all. It was more like what I now call my “micro-museum.” This includes nostalgic stories based on found objects, memorabilia and keepsakes I’ve kept over the years. All these stories that contain detailed memories and personal narrative are curated in the Annie Lynn Club.
Today, most of these early posts can only be accessed with a password, or what I call a “Golden Ticket.” These personal stories, “exhibits,” are available to “tour” for Annie Lynn Club members anytime in the members only area. To get access: Join Annie’s Club
Eventually, I started adding songwriting nights into my week and noticed that the more I wrote my stories the more it fueled my lyrics and song ideas. This connection was really exciting for me to discover, and made me want to keep going. So I did. Read: How going back to my roots led to my first song
Now I share all about my songwriting journey and projects I’m working on in what I call “Annie’s Adventure.” I send out personalized pen-pal letters (emails) to Annie Lynn Club members every other week. I love writing these and it’s a way for me to connect with folks interested in “making it an adventure” with me. Because I write them like we really are pen pals, folks can hit reply and write me back anytime. It’s optional of course, but totally fun! 😉 Read How “Annie’s Adventure” started
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