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Day 4 – Ideal Audience

Day 4 –

Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

This is actually more challenging than it seems, especially for my blog as it is. Originally, it was going to be called I on Food & Drink as in the business of dining, food and drink pairings are one of the objectives: “Try this Merlot with the roast pork loin” or a chef creates a dish to complement a certain wine. But then travel was going to be part of it as some of these amazing tastings happened on while on a trip. And then if you are travelling, then part of the experience is the culture or life of a place. It is easy for me to make the connections in my mind so that’s why it became I on Food, Drink & Life.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I hope that maybe one day I might spin off the “Life” part into a separate blog, that will have to wait until I find time to write some more of these posts.

I popped in the Blogging U’s course area The Commons and saw that there were several others who did feel the same way. We write about several topics as we’re interested a lot of  different things.

(Part of today’s assignment was to include a new element. I often post photos but have never included a video. Someone showed me this years ago and it appeals to my sense of humour 🙂 )

So while I don’t collect hobbies as is shown, I suppose I collect or dabble in interests – more like, Jill of All Trades, Master of None.

However, Blogging U mentor Michelle reminds us that

You might not write about one topic, but there’s no way your audience is everyone — you have a unique perspective, personality, and writing style and not everyone is going to be drawn to that. Your “ideal” reader might not be someone who cares about a particular topic, but it is someone with whom your point of view resonates.

That shifted the mindset of the assignment. Who would my ideal reader be?

I imagine my blog as a conversation with a friend: someone who enjoys good food and good drink, but isn’t a hardcore wine geek or singe malt snob and sometimes enjoys a little story with them. They are open to trying something new, exploring different flavours and sometimes new perspectives and ideas.

So grab a drink or snack, pull up a chair and let’s have a chat.

Day 3 – Say Hello to the Neighbours

Day Three: Say Hello to the Neighbours/Neighbors

Part of what makes blogging such a rich experience are the relationships we develop with people from around the world. Those relationships only happen when we engage with one another… .

I do believe that if you are being your authentic self, social media does mimic life in that “like finds like” – you will find blogs and accounts that cover all the things you are interested in. In my case, Food: Bacon, recipes, ingredients, experiences; Drink: Whisk(e)y, Wine, Cocktails; Travel, Scotland, crime fiction, grammar,  bees, corvids, nature, sustainability, social good, life hacks, culture, Judaism, leadership, branding, graphic design, consumer goods packaging, business, social media (of course!), content,  news, media, old school letter writing, stationery…and the list that goes on.

So you have something in common with someone, start a conversation, i.e., comment on something you have read and hopefully the writer will reply. Maybe it’s just one comment and a reply, maybe it’s a conversation on a topic or better yet. over several topics. Over time. with certain people you click with, you may become one of the “regulars” that become part of daily or weekly interactions that one looks forward to. Maybe you connect over the one topic, but you may discover it could be several topics, or you may get introduced to something new. Then, if you are lucky and the planets align – perhaps there is a bloggers conference for the topic that brought you together, or holiday or work travel will provide an opportunity to meet in real life (if you are so inclined.)

So Hello Neighbours! and remember, put the SOCIAL back into SOCIAL MEDIA. It will make the experience much more fulfilling.

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.

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