Monthly Archives: July 2012

A Great Way To Learn Blogging

 

Can we talk honestly, here? Wait I need to edit that out. Sources tell me if you ask for permission to be honest, people will think, why do you normally lie?

Anyway this is my latest update on what I’ve learned about blogging and there’s no bull here.

Once you’ve passed the initial writing on the internet jitters, see post, Setting up a blog – Get happy and do it! It’s time to figure out how to put your blog to use and increase interaction with readers/writers and interested people.

Since starting this blog a couple of kind, supportive people have left comments, but for the most part it’s a snoozer. What am I doing about it? I follow people on Twitter who share excellent information and I turn to the almighty Google search engines for answers. Below are the most recent discoveries.

What do you mean no one cares about my opinion? That’s right unless there is information useful to the reader no one but you and maybe close friends/family will be interested. I learned this the hard way, most of us do.

How do you turn a blogging hobby into an informative resource on the subject of your choice? Simple, be nice and give people what they want. Ha! Not an easy task for a reformed narcissist like me. Actually you probably don’t need to change unless you want to. Be respectful and learn to write helpful insight for others in your posts, that’s all.

To give people what they want you need to know who they are. Who are these readers? Do you know them? Can you picture them in your mind? Do you see yourself sitting at the kitchen table with them and asking the question what would you like to read? I asked myself those questions and finally a light bulb went on. They are like the writer of this post, and hopefully the one’s reading it. The target audience of this blog are those interested in learning more about the writing craft.

The wrap up; how to improve the blog.

  1. Do the research and find answers to the questions you have.
  2. Write what you are learning in the blog.
  3. Finally and most importantly credit the original source.

Sound simple? Go ahead, give it a try, I am.

Credit to http://succeedasyourownboss.com/07/2012/9-ways-to-get-your-blog-to-stand-out/ appreciate the helpful info!

How Does A Smart Alec Kid Handle Sin – Kicked Out of the Confessional

In childhood, Margaret attended church on Sundays with her parents. One particular Sunday on her way out of services she saw a friend slip behind a wooden door and into a closet. The next day Margaret saw the child walking ahead of her. She ran up to her and asked, “why did you go in that box yesterday?”

The little girl replied, “It’s confession; I went in there to tell the priest my sins and to ask God for forgiveness.”

Margaret asked, “what’s sin?”

“It’s like when you steal sugar or something.”

The following Sunday Margaret decided she wanted to confess her sin. And after the service, she slipped into the closet and seated herself on a wooden bench.  It was dark, and she heard the priest breathing behind the curtain. “What have you to confess my child?”

“I stole sugar.”

The priest said a prayer told her to be a good girl and sent her away.

The following Sunday, Margaret wanted to confess her sin again. She slipped into the box, seated herself on the bench and waited.

“What have you to confess my child?”

“I stole sugar.”

The priest poked his head around the curtain and saw Margaret. He got up found her mother and said,  “Don’t bring her back again.”

End

I learned this story from a great friend while we were reminiscing on childhood. I warned her it made me laugh so hard that I was tempted to post it to the blog. She said go ahead. This proves that awesome anecdotes can be found everywhere.

Setting up a blog – get happy and do it!

This is my first information blog post. I am a novice writer and want to share what I learn with others new to the craft.

There are lots of blogs and websites on the internet filled with valuable information for writers. These two listhttp://thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/50-shades-of-grey-spoilers-why-i-cant-recommend-it/#comment-15505http://www.livewritethrive.com/ spring to mind. It took awhile to sift through many blogs and websites, before I found those two. So let me be clear right now as to the purpose of this blog. Here I target simple steps for newbie writers. They are tips on what is working for me.

So what did work for me this week?

Be Happy and Keep Going

Let’s start with Twitter. I signed up a few months ago and started following writers, editors, marketers, and publishers. Before I knew it I was following 500 people and had similar numbers following back.

I was asked for my blog link several times. That was probably a good sign that real people are interested in what I have to say. I thought about creating a blog, then I considered all the quality information already available on the web. How on earth, I wondered, can I contribute to such a vast cache of excellent information?

With the self-esteem level on the low side, I needed to improve my mood. I started following folks that contribute inspirational quotes and pick me up articles. I latched on to one particular tweet. “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”

Feeling better I searched Google and found Word Press. I spent an hour or two creating the blog and then left it. Yep, the work was done. I had created it and there was zero information posted to it. I still didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write.

One night on Twitter, it dawned on me. These people have things to say, each in their own unique voice, and I have things to say too. Actually, what I have to say is exactly what is written in this post on how to get past fear and insecurities.

In summary, this first post is a pep talk for those afraid they lack useful material to contribute. Believe me, you can add value. There are always new people entering the writing field that will benefit from what you have to offer. Take chances and put yourself out there. That’s what makes life interesting.  Bring yourself (emotionally and mentally) to a place where you can get things done. For me writing is about discovering myself and learning to be real and become a better writer in the process. Sure it’s a risk but life without risk, well…?