Last week was an annoying week for no major reasons other than that the intrinsic failings of people and technology collided together to annoy the bejesus out of me. A perfect storm, if you will. Frustrated, I sat in front of my laptop to tackle what can be a simple task – selecting the blog or blogs I wanted to feature in my weekly (well supposed to be weekly) Follow Friday post. I intended to select a blog that featured posts on blogging tips. However, when I opened up my WordPress reader I was led to someone who speaks my language – no not Orkan or even English but sarcasm. Continue reading
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.