Saying Hello

  • Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?
  • 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 do you hope to accomplish?

These are some of the suggested topics for our first post to share with the other learners in our course.

There’s still a lot I don’t know about blogging itself, which is why I’m taking the course, but at the same time don’t yet have a feeling for what this blog will be about or who it will be for, other than myself.

I mentioned in my introductory post that one of the goals I have for my year of Blogging for Beginners is to get back to writing in a more natural voice. During the 15 years preceding my retirement I spent my work day, every day, writing business communications for two older colleagues that effectively changed the way I wrote. My own writing became far more terse and abbreviated. I’m not an author looking to publish or someone with a mission looking for followers; just someone who wants to write more fluidly and descriptively with a less “shopping list” approach.

“Writing in a more natural voice” is pretty broad and doesn’t speak to a particular topic, so I might flounder around a bit until I find a topic that resonates with me and hopefully you, too. Thanks for joining me on the journey.

The authenticity of who you really are, as opposed to who you wish everyone thought you were, is what your audience is looking for.

C. Robert Cargil

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One writer's quest to rediscover her writing mojo, with a little help from her friends

12 thoughts on “Saying Hello

  1. Love the concept of your blog! I am more of an anarchistic writer; I write like a feral cat looking to be tamed–preferably by a GREAT editor. I had one once upon a time. Now I’m on my own. Aren’t we all on here? Good luck!

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    1. Thanks! The members of the Blogging for Beginners group have been very supportive. It will be a challenge to read so many new posts each week!

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  2. Yes. I agree. Already running into some communication shall we say “glitches” with some other bloggers–in a friendly like way (I hope : ). Not sure if I want to consistently start to engaging in threads. Probably best for me to chill out in some cases instead of spend energy answering or commenting. Life is too short. Also when I’m typing in comments I’m taking precious time away from my own producing and making music time. I must listen to the muses more! I’m here for them. Not, I repeat NOT for political debate of any kind. LOL!

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    1. It’s really tough knowing where and when to expend time and effort, so I really appreciate your taking the time to comment here.

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  3. Enjoyed your intro post! That image of the partial face is strikingly good for the topic. I think writing is a way to share what we’ve discovered or are discovering about ourselves and about life. Sharing the journey! Who of us doesn’t go tell someone else about a great place to eat once we’ve found it ourselves! 🙂

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    1. Thank you! In general, I tend to agree about sharing, but if you are a very private person, who is also sort of an introvert, sharing personal discoveries can feel rather strained. It will be a fine challenge to find a balance.

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  4. I’m looking for the follow button here so I can be notified of your new blog posts. Am I missing something here? I assume this is your stand-alone public blog. Am I wrong? Were you somehow able to set it up to just show on the P2 Community page for the course? Either way, I’m still trying to figure out how to follow you, if for no other reason than just to share the transition of fellow boomers from writing for others (I did this for my Japanese employers for a while) to writing for oneself. I also just checked the box for notify of new posts under this response box. Maybe that will have the desired result!

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    1. Hi, thanks for following! This is definitely a transition period and to be honest, it’s a bit terrifying at times. 🙂

      That checkbox you mentioned under the comment section should work for you. There should also be a little Follow button in the lower right corner of your browser window that you can click on. There’s also a Subscribe page and the link is in the footer.

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