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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Blog Posting Month
So it’s here! NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is an on-line program in which bloggers from around the world commit to posting daily each day for 30 days. I have decided to sign up and join this writing challenge which wll be quite an undertaking for someone who has had a lot of thoughts and ideas, but has not been able to commit to writing and posting with any regularity.
While I had heard of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month which is a challenge for writers to write every day and produce a 50,000 word novel. While I wanted to write, I do not think I have had the great Canadian novel in me like some do. I have been writing bit here and there, but have not been in the posting anything at all. I was still reading through quite a few as time allowed including posts by a friend of mine, Laura. She told me about this NaBloPoMo, and it seemed like a much more manageable way to )re-)kick start my writing (again). They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to become part of one’s routine so I hope participating in this writing challenge will do it for me.
They also say that the “buddy system” is also a great way to help you achieve your goals. So in this case, I have brought a friend along with me for the ride ZwineNinja – Via, Veritas, Vita. Follow her for some great posts about wine, life, and travel – the lucky lass will be visiting Scotland during November.
Another feature of NaBloPoMo is the community of bloggers that participate – visiting and commenting each others’ blogs is encouraged. I have been lucky that I have met some truly wonderful people on line via social media who have been a great support to me over the years. I consider myself even luckier for having met a few of them in real life too.
So Happy Writing to me and to any other NaBloPoMo writers who drop by here!