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Day 2 – Titles & Taglines

Today’s Assignment:

Take Control of Your Title and Tagline.
If you’re already thrilled with your title or you want to do more, feel free to publish a post, too! Let readers know what inspired your title and tagline.

Cover your eye with your hand read me the letters…

Well the title of my blog is explained in my “About” section – It’s

I for Irene and my eye ON

FOOD – Cooking, Dinig, the food community;

DRINK – Wines, Spirits and Cocktails I’ve tasted,

& LIFE – the ever expanding wide variety of topics I am interested in.

I was actually very surprised when I first presented the logo to the right, to other bloggers. I thought it was clever but I really wasn’t sure if anyone would understand what I was trying to represent. I was chuffed when the first of many immediately covered one of their eyes with a hand and proceeded to pretend to read my card like an eye examination chart. 😀  Also, amidst all the beautiful photo image, glossy, slick business cards. mine did stand out in its simplicity and bold lettering.

EyeChart

The inspiration behind the design of my logo and card.

The tagline of “Random musings about some of my favourite things and life” came to me as there is no set schedule, routine, or order for the posts I do.  Sometimes my mind can ping pong around with many ideas and connections.

As I mentioned in Day 1’s post, I hope to explore more the “Life” category in this second round of NaBloPoMo and BlogHer’s great writing prompts for this month.

Also I am interested in ALL THE THINGS so the topics will be varied. With this blog title, who would imagine that I would have a great interest in corvids? 🙂

Eventually, I may spin off new blog sites if the interest and content is there, but for now, if it’s not food or drink, it all goes under life.

 

Day 1 – 2015 Introduction

It almost seems odd to start a writing challenge without a prompt but according to the National Day Calendar, it’s National Author’s Day which is perhaps why the NaNoWriMo starts on this day?

I signed up for this year’s NaBloPoMo to kick start my writing again, and for many, I do ponder the timing when it seems to be such a busy time. However, I’m game and I have also coerced convinced at least one friend to blog along with me. I also do really enjoy meeting and greeting new bloggers and share encouragement (if only we could all read and comment on blogs full-time).  I also did sign up for Word Press Blogging U to give me a more structured experience as well as to review some of the WP blog basics.

Our first assignment is Introduce Yourself to the World.

I just reread my “About” section and feel it still rings true about the person I am and the background of how I chose my blog name and social media handles as well as the topics that the blog will cover – Food, Drink, Life. I do think that as time has passed, I may end up writing more posts that will be filed under the Life category:  bigger topics, longer posts that require research, and (deep breath) social commentary. I am one of many who often feel that what we think, feel or see wouldn’t be of interest to others.  It was timely to discover The Daily Post and in particular, the post written by Robyn titled You Are Enough.  Something that stood out to me:

The writers that I admire the most are those who can write about any topic, and draw me in with their exuberance. A writer’s moxie makes any story magnetic.

I am drawn in by their passion, not by their perfection.

Perhaps I am not as interesting as Robyn’s friend.  Perhaps my writing is rusty. What do I write about?

But perhaps I am.  And more writing will make it better. And I do have stories to tell.

One of the nicest compliments that really gives me the warm fuzzies is when someone tells me that I “light up” when I am talking about a topic that is important to me. I feel blessed that I can feel passionate about something, or rather many things, as the Life category will likely prove over time.

Writing will revive one of the big dreams I had as a child, and I’ve had a lot of ideas swirling in my mind these past months. I am also eager to try different styles of writing so I can develop a new portfolio of writing suitable for today’s media and audience. I’m a reforming English Literature major who was in the school of, “Why use one word when you can use 10?” Twitter has been a challenging teacher!

In any case, since we are all authors of our own blogs, Cheers to You, whether it is your first post or the first of post of the month of many months or years of writing.

“Professional” Blogger

Do you consider yourself a “professional” blogger? Why or why not? What does that mean to you?

At this point, I am honest enough to say, no. With all the starts and stops I have had since I first set this up, I would be kidding myself to even consider calling myself a blogger period.

Even with the term “professional”, with my definition, a resounding No.

A) I do not blog full time, and up until this challenge, I was not even writing regularly.

Would I like to one day? Yes. There is a part of me and my background (see previous post about that always wanted to write. However, in my last post, it has been been difficult to find my own voice and I know I have to polish up those rusty writing skills.

B) I do not make any money from this, nor am I sponsored in any way.

I am aware of the passive income that one can generate from having a popular blog from the placement of advertisements, commission based links,  or the supply of products to review and “create content” or, in my view, the “ultimate” – the sponsored experience and be paid for writing.

I have been lucky to have attended a few bloggers conferences. I found out about my first bloggers conference in 2011, TBEX, via a Travel Talk on Twitter chat – #TTOT and it happened to be held in my home town of Vancouver so it was easy to attend. It was a good opportunity to learn about what this whole blogging thing was about, and based around the wonderful topic of travel from its sessions and speakers. While I encountered some people I knew from around the city, I also had the opportunity to meet some tweeps (including a well known Squirrel) as well as new people from around the world who had come to Vancouver to attend the conference. For me, that was the best part – meeting new friends who I still keep in touch with to this day. It was a good sized conference for a beginner, with sessions that covered writing, photography, videos, pitching, and networking to name a few topics for the blogger, and on the flip side, sessions for tourism operators and PR people about how to work with bloggers and how to find the best voice for their brand.

However, I think the most important message for both audiences was and is,

You are not entitled to anything.

Just because you are a “Blogger”, doesn’t mean you are owed anything: a free trip, a free meal, or event a free drink. You have to earn it by writing well, telling a story, connecting with readers.  Same goes for the tourism operator: a blogger doesn’t owe your brand a good review, you will be earn it by the providing a great experience, service and also treating bloggers with respect.

 

 

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