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.
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.
Well here it is, Halloween Night, and the firecrackers and screechers are going off with abandon in the neighbourhood. While I will be happy when the pops and booms end, I’m glad it was a dry evening for the ghouls and goblins who were able to go trick or treating without wearing a garbage bag which often in typical of Raincouver Halloweens.
The 31st is also the eve of a rash of monthly posting challenges. One of the most famous of them all is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month – a challenge to write everyday for the month of November to end up with 50,000 words for the start of a novel. That’s an average of 1,667 words per day. Seem too daunting? There are many other challenges, such as NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month, which I have signed up for the second time to kick start my writing again. But if writing isn’t your thing, there are many other monthly challenges this month that may appeal to other creative outlets such as FMS Photo A Day or a new discovery for me, Tinkerlab‘s November Sketchbook Challenge. If you do a search, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one that suits you.
These challenges have a few things in common, the main things being committing your intent – and publicly – by tweeting it, posting to Facebook or Instagram or any of your social media accounts, to hold yourself accountable, as well as the resources that are available to support you to succeed, from daily prompts, live twitter chats, workshops and events (I have seen some NaNoWriMo writing events at the local library) mentors and one of the most wonderful, the community around the challenge itself. It’s great to feel that you are not alone in the struggle sometimes to get something, anything, posted for the day.
One of the new resources I have just discovered in a bit of a DOH! moment is WordPress’s own The Daily Post which contains daily prompts for writing and a photo challenge, as well as Blogging U. which offers monthly courses to get you up to speed in blogging, customisng WordPress to your specifications, writing and photography tips. Even though I have been working within WordPress for a couple of years now, I am self taught so I have signed up for Blogging 101 just to ensure I’ve got the basics down which may make my blogging life easier.
So whichever daily posting challenge you may sign up for – CHEERS to you for signing up and committing to it! I hope your creativity flourishes.
Have you signed up for a different daily posting challenge? Please list in comments below so I – and others – can discover them. Thank you!