I am writing Fisher Hill’s first blog ever! Who am I? I am the owner of Fisher Hill Publishers. I am Kathleen Fisher, a sixty-year-old woman. Before writing this first blog, I had to look up, What exactly is a blog? The Blogger says, “A blog is a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. A collection of links. Your own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Your blog is whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules. In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what’s new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.” That’s wonderful! I can write about anything. Maybe, people will even comment. (That could be good or not.)
For my first blog, I will write about my company. A friend and I started this company twenty-six years ago. We were both bilingual teachers. She had just retired because of age and I had just retired to start a family. “Let’s start a business!” we said. We decided to write bilingual educational materials. As bilingual teachers, we had found that there were not many bilingual textbooks so we decide to write our own bilingual workbooks. Our first and last series as partners was English for the Spanish Speaker. After that series, our partnership broke up. But I continued the business under a new name, Fisher Hill Publishers.
The workbooks are geared toward Spanish-speaking teens and adults. The books are written in large print and progress at a modest pace for people who want or need to learn Spanish. The books are easy to use with an Answer Key at the end of each lesson or at the back of the book. Directions are in Spanish, with English translations at the back of the book. The workbooks can be used in a classroom or by individuals.
I’ve just written my first blog! That wasn’t so painful. I’ve been told I need to write one blog a week and they should be from 300 to 700 words. Wow! That’s a lot of blogs! Before writing this blog, my goal was 300 words. But this one has turned out to be over 400! What will my next blog be about? One of my favorite subjects, Dyslexia! So until next time, as Ellen DeGeneres says at the end of her show, “Be kind to one another.”