It has just gone 01h30 in the morning. That’s half past one in the morning in the UK to you time zone freaks!
It has been a rough day, with an early night trying, without success, to catch up on some much needed sleep.
OK, I know what you are thinking; stop being a cry baby, get over myself and go back to achieving great things.
But let me tell you anyway. I got nothing better to do at this ungodly hour and neither have you by the looks of it!
You reading this are you not?
I will endeavour to keep it short.
I got out of bed at 6.
Switched on the coffee machine – if did not work – it was no more, gone to the happy hunting grounds of all coffee makers, one day after their warranty expires.
Sat down in front of the computer to put in my two hours of writing,
Did I mention that this is done with morning coffee?
Computer failed to get going. Got up and checked the lights. No lights.
Grabbed the mobile phone and called the utility company.
Debit order from bank to pay for electricity had ‘bounced’.
Spent 21/2 hours with a call centre provided gold class service to the banks premium customers.
Have you ever dealt with a call centre? Give me a break!
And so the day continued. I won’t bore you anymore.
You are still reading?
So here I am in the small hours of the morning, trying to chill out.
I just came across some of the WordPress Freshly Squeezed offerings and their blog, explaining how they, these fine young cannibals, select which blogs make the A List.
To hell with the WP-editor-FP-scourers!
Becoming a Guru?
For some time now, I have been struggling to transfer my Blog to a permanent place, out there on the ether.
I want to write, but I am spending too much time trying to learn from the experts out there.
I mean, how many experts are out there, offering Heinz’s 57 points to becoming a better this or that?
And furthermore, what defines a Guru? Can I become a Guru?
I then read all the warnings about ‘those’ misleading Gurus and then came across this.
Only I can decide.
This question was asked when reviewing another Blog site.
What does it mean this word passion?
One dictionary says it is “A powerful emotion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.”
I believe one should do whatever strums your guitar with passion. If, for some reason or another, you do not enjoy what you are doing, then why are you doing it in the first place?
Now do not get me wrong. There is honour in any work, however humble or grand it may be. But to get the feeling that what you do is important, on some type of grand scale of things, you need the passion in your approach to doing it.
Let it radiate the sunshine you feel inside of yourself!
A guest post by BarrieDavenport of Live Bold and Bloom outlines 6 Key Steps to Finding Your Passion as a Writer. She makes wonderful sense. (http://writetodone.com/2011/03/09/6-key-steps-to-finding-your-passion-as-a-writer/
Another way of getting to grips with the various techniques of writing could be by attending a formal get together like www.festivalofwriting.com. People who have attended such workshops, come away feeling all charged up, invigorated and just plain crazy about getting back to writing.
Personally, I enjoy reading a good book from an author that has been there, seen the film and got the T-Shirt. When Wilbur Smith writes about Africa, you are transported there, smelling the scents wafting across the ‘bush veldt’, sensing the urgency of the hunt, shivering with fear, as he leads you through the story.
It is all part of your objective. Instil passion in your writing and extend it to your readers. You exist to entertain them?
Spending time at my Grow Your Own vegetable plot with all the other weekend garden warriors, is great for the mind, body and soul. This Easter Weekend was no different.
Time well spent. I charged up the old batteries, worked with manure, glared at the resilient weeds and chatted to the other gardening enthusiasts.
Met a new member of the local allotment society and after exchanging ‘Howdy Dos’, he asked me what I do for a living. I’m a writer, I said. He informed me that he was a Garbage Man.
A silence followed, as is want to happen when meeting someone for the first time.
Then he said, “So we are in similar trades” Not knowing quite what to reply, I merely frowned knowingly?
“Yea” he continued, “You write about it and I haul it!” and then, strangely enough, we both burst out laughing!
I think I’ve finally got the hang of this local sense of humour.
Like the saying goes – ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Something that one person considers worthless may be considered valuable by someone else.
What I am trying to elude to is that no matter what the occupation of your reader is, the writer’s main goal is to enthrall, captivate, keep the reader coming back for more.
Secondly, no matter how you, the writer, considers his or her written work to be, trash or treasure, get someone else to read it, editing the first or second draft.
And finally, take the constructive criticism bravely; it is all part of the learning curve?
Today, I will put into practice, the growing my audience. What is my audience? To me it is a group of people that wish to read what I write. (Content?) More importantly, is that they interact with me.
Now I am not being that stupid to say I want to create a following as large as the Pope, or that what I say will be as important as what his Eminence says.
I do want a soapbox to stand on and I do want a crowd to gather around that soapbox.
Then, once the audience has assembled and I have sprouted my words of wisdom, hopefully they will listen and here what I say, so that once they have dispersed, I will then measure the effectiveness of what I have said by the size of the audience’s participation?
Phew! What a mouthful?
What to do next?
Let’s assume that I have built my Blog platform and it is in a reasonable state to support that soapbox.
Audience building – a group, team, like minded people, followers.
Post Title – something that grabs their attention.
Content – is what I write interesting enough?
Interaction – get your Blog users to connect with you.
Retention – making sure your followers stay longer than a day
Now I do not agree with everything the wise people above say, but then I am just pigheaded! It is easier to try what they say rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
I mean to say that they have, after all, been around the block a few times and achieved success in their respective fields of endeavour.
But it is also great to try your own ideas and after falling down a few times, you may learn a few tricks of your own?