Work-in-progress

Today’s Task: Introduce Yourself

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click “New Post,” and tell us why you’re here.

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

“Who I am and why I’m here”

I write because I am a writer.  I love words, playing with them, putting them together randomly or not so randomly to express my thoughts.  Writing is like breathing to me – essential to my being.

I am generally more comfortable with the written word than the spoken word.  Although, I have at times been known to rise to the occasion.  It was me who at a government affairs conference at Copley Place in Boston took to the microphone during a panel’s Q & A session to tell a rather high ranking member of Bush 41’s campaign staff that he needed to remember that when he got off the plane that night he was in Boston not Austin – if he would credit our senior liberal Senator with at least half of the good things he had accomplished in Congress, we would acknowledge his mistakes.  For a second the room went quiet, before thunderous applause.  Yeah me!  Still, I am much more comfortable being the speech writer than the orator.

Also, in spite of being a wordsmith, I spun records as a deejay on my college radio station 3 hours a week for an entire year.  I ended each show with “London Calling” by the Clash.

My blog, like me is a work-in-progress.  And, thanks to my American Lit and Women’s Lit professor Eleanor Hope-McCarthy, I am perfectly comfortable with that.  Ellie was chic, exuberant, exuded confidence, an awesomely pulled together woman, professor, activist, wife, mother, mentor, and role-model.  One day in class totally off topic, my friend Nancy asked our professor how she came to be so perfectly put together,  Ellie’s response was perfect that 25 years later, I remember (and have long adopted) her response: “I am a work-in-progress, we are all works-in-progress.”

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

Blogging publicly holds me accountable to an audience of readers instead of just to myself to write. If I state I am going to post according to a schedule, then I am accountable to my audience for that schedule.  I can alter the schedule as needed; it is mine to adapt and change.

My hope is that by blogging publicly I will simply write more.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

On my About page, I state: “My life is a case study in procrastination. I’m the favorite aunt, a Citizen Teacher, a kick-ass baker, and a political junkie who earns a living in commercial real estate. My musings run the gamut from social commentary, the Red Sox, Boston, New England, #CRE, the state of education in our country and anything else that flies across my radar.”

So don’t be surprised if one day I post about procrastination, the next day family and yet another day my commentary on current affairs. If I ever decide to blog about commercial real estate (#CRE), it will likely be in a different blog.

I view WordPress as Twitter for those of us who can’t always say it in 140 characters or less.

Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

I immediately think Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou … so many people who first come to mind are no longer alive.

So who would I love to connect with via my blog?

  • Other writers.
  • Other procrastinators.
  • Other sports fans.
  • Other favorite aunts.
  • Others passionate about public education.
  • Eric Schwarz.
  • David Johns.
  • Other social commentators.
  • Javon Johnson.
  • Oprah Winfrey.
  • Any of the Clintons – Hillary, Bill or Chelsea.
  • Other political junkies.
  • Other foodies.
  • Ree Drummond.
  • Buddy Valastro.
  • Gordon Ramsey.
  • Innovators and visionaries.
  • Warren Buffet.
  • The next Steve Jobs.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I will have written 5 out of every 7 days, whether or not I hit the publish button. I will have published 75 – 150 posts and reached 200 followers on my blog.

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