Tag Archives: Writing

Blogging Status Check

This blog is becoming more and more challenging. There is only so much show-and-tell that I can (let alone want) to produce here. It takes time to write a post that is thoughtful and worth reading. And writing posts that are mere drafts just seems untidy. For the times when I don’t have a sufficient amount of time or a good enough topic, I could write a short and sweet piece within a set structure.

The Daily Post via WordPress.com is grand. I enjoy the global community that it helps foster. But many of the daily prompts get personal, which is the point, of course. It’s just that I don’t want to share so many personal bits of myself in this format. Some bloggers let it all hang out — a lot. For some bloggers, that can be empowering and even healing depending upon the topic and need to write. Such blogs have passion and a purpose. But this blog isn’t about such catharsis.

So then. I shall figure out a structure for short and sweet posts starting tomorrow. What will work? What won’t?

If Everyone Were a Writer

I wonder what would happen if everyone wrote every day of their life. How  would we all treat each other and world around us?

The goal would be to just write. Write for five or ten minutes a day at the minimum. What would happen?

Would a person’s  voice (inner, outer, speaking, writing)  change?
Would everyone become more social to some degree?
Would all of the writers become more empathetic?
Would we become aware of when we are fooling ourselves?
Would we notice each other more?
Eventually, would we want to write even more?

It takes so little effort not to write. But, then again,  the same could be said once writing skills are learned.

Daily Blogging Process Checkin

Blogging every day can be exhausting, especially when it isn’t top priority. If I were doing a photo blog it would be easy. Snap a pic, edit, post it, done. But that’s not what I wanted to pursue with this blog. It’s absolutely a mishmash of topics, lengths and media. This is an experiment, so the more variety I have with format, the more that I will understand about the process of blogging.

My habit of blogging daily has taken root. I haven’t missed a day yet. My day isn’t complete without posting something. I don’t mind sharing videos or writing about authors who are important to me; but, I would like to write more. Writing is my biggest challenge. I need to give it more time. I should start writing in the morning. I suppose that at any given time, I should have at least a few different rough drafts that I’m working on. Or, at least have different posts with preliminary outlines.

I make observations everyday when I’m working, listening to the news, or when I’m commuting around NYC (via sidewalk or subway). Workflow, then, is the key. Observe, file it away, and then recall it during a writing session. Routine is essential, then.

Wrapped Leftovers

Ideally, it would be helpful to have a sufficient amount of time to write these posts. Almost all of what I write is just first drafts. There may be a kernel or two that could grow into something worthwhile. But, again, that takes time. This 365 challenge is an exercise to see how this all works. I have no interest to sit and blather into my blog. I can do that just fine in person, thank you very much. I took a course called The Art of Blather (no I didn’t) which is taught at The New School (no it isn’t). I received high marks (see the first parenthetical).

I’m frustrated with this post. I’ll wrap it up and come back to it later, maybe. For now I may just shove it to the back of the blog fridge nd allow it to turn into a blog science “experiment.” Normally, this post would have stayed in draft status, but I have to post something and I don’t want to post photos every day. That would be too easy. It would look good. But I wouldn’t be challenging myself. I have to keep writing. So, look away. Nothing to see here. Move on to a another blog. Here, take a gander at this one.

Writing Write Now

Daily Prompt: Write Here, Write Now
The prompt: Write a post entirely in the present tense.
Posted by michelle w.
Free-flow here and now.
Folded legs.
Facing up.
Typing these words on my hand computer phone (iPhone).
I’m all thumbs when it comes to typing like this.
Bound to make a typo writing like this.
To fall asleep writing like this….

It is nearly day’s end.
A daze end at the day’s end.
It’s the end of the day and my body needs to recharge, wash the brain, dream a wee dream. The day needs to recharge; well at lest this part of the day needs to rest and ready itself for the next of itself.

I am determined to post every day this year. But what if all that I end up writing is a blog of crapola? (If this all ends up being a load of crapola, then I guess I’ll have to give my blog a proper title.)

The refrigerator hums away; it’s a veritable built-in “white noise” machine. It’s a sleepy noise. Now it is silent. Slight murmurs from different dwellings work their way through the building. There is too much bass coming from some television speakers floors away. It sounds like a heartbeat.

Laying on the couch.
Yawning to stay awake.
Bleary eyed.
Time to go.

Scott Berkun

I am a fan of Scott Berkun. He is an author who writes about “creativity, leadership, philosophy and speaking.” Check out his blog on his website where you can learn more about the five books he has written plus a lot more.

I first encountered Berkun’s work a couple of summers ago. I was looking for some books that explored how individual people and societies are being affected by the Internet, WWW, portable digital devices and social networks. With respect to the digital tools, I was curious about where we are, how we got here and where we are headed. To put it another way, I was wondering who was picking up from where McLuhan left off. I discovered four new books on my search.

The first book that I read was Berkun’s The Myths of Innovation. If anyone enjoyed reading the biography Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and was fascinated by the history of the technology as well as Jobs, then The Myths of Innovation is a must read.

The above video is of Berkun speaking at Ignite Seattle 7 December 2010. He provides commentary as the audience watches a time-lapse video of Berkun’s computer screen while he writes 1000 words. The video is in his blog post titled How to Write 1000 Words.



Blogging to the Wind

No one really wants to read about the process of blogging. Boring. What’s it for? Whom does it help?

Is that what I’m trying to do? Am I trying to help someone, or some people?

I could just treat each post on this blog as a writing exercise and spar with daily prompts. But that wouldn’t feel honest. I feel that I would be wasting my time. I have nothing against the daily prompts. Better to have a prompt than nothing at all during a yearlong exercise of posting something each day.

So I blog for myself first and then, if someone answers, I respond accordingly.

But then what? What’s my goal? Advertising? 2000 supporters who follow my blog, buy my future book and help strengthen my brand presence?

This yearlong challenge will be my journey of discovering my voice. As with anything, the more that I blog, the more that I will learn about the process and the blogging communities.