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Humanity of Writing

Writers Can Touch The Humanity In Their Readers

Humanity is messy, lonely, complex, sad, magical, mystical and beautiful.  In order to touch your readers in personal way,  pour your real feelings and original thoughts and ideas into your writing. Share your personal reality, and the truth as you perceive it, without trying to go along with the what others tell you that you are supposed to believe. Writing is where you can be real. 

 

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Stream of Consciousness Writing -no editing

When you feel like you cannot think of anything to write about, think about what the nature of blogging is. Yes, I know that some people blog just as an extension of their business, but even so…their business is a refection of them…a reflection of their dreams, thoughts and feelings.

Blogging is a unique venue that has special qualities to it. Each person’s blog shows them as a unique person. Each and every single blog on WordPress is completely unique.

The feel of the blog, even from the very first page, feels like the person it belongs to. It is like walking into someone’s house. It smells like their personality. It is decorated to their personality. It has colors and representations of their personality.

Your personality is muti-faceted, and muli-dimensional. You have various interests and you have opinions about the world around you.

Your blog is the one place where you can talk about your feelings and opinions about this world, the people in it, and what it is like living life from inside of you.

You do not have to stick to your main theme topic all the time…that is if you have a main theme. You can write anytime of day, about anything that you feel something about.

Your blog is free for people to read. So, if they don’t like what you do on your blog, then tell them to ask for their money back and don’t let the door hit them on their ass on their way out.

Whatever thoughts you are thinking about, you can write about. You don’t have to be right. Maybe it is just a thought you had about something that is a little different than you have heard before.

You can go outside the box and you do not have to color between the lines. The blogging world is one of the last true “freedom of the press” expressions we have left…at least in the U.S.  The newspapers and the media are bias. Clearly the people writing for the major papers are not really able to experience “freedom of the press” like the early newspaper reporters when the governments were not so controlling over them.

We have our freedom for now and that is truly exciting. It is something you can feel passionate about. I am aware that we have bloggers from countries where there is no freedom of the press at all.

They do not even have the personal, religious, or other rights that some of us take for granite much of the time. But they set up their blogs anonymously and are able to speak their minds and write what they feel.

Can’t think of anything to write about? Maybe you are really wondering if what you can think of to write about will be interesting enough or accepted by the readers.

As long as you are not hurting anyone, or bullying anyone with your writing, you can write about whatever is on your mind. Try a “Stream of Consciousness” writing like I am doing now.

I did not have anything at all in mind when I sat down to type. I just decided I wanted to blog about something, and this is what came out.

Embrace your freedom in the blogging world. I believe that in this day and age of governmental controls, and company controls over us, that blogging is a prescious thing.

Blessings,

Annie

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Overcoming Perfectionism for Business

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Take a step. Do something that you want to do, even if you are not exactly sure where it will lead you. 

You have heard the phrase  “Ready, Fire, Aim,” but there an adaptation of that quote by Thomas Peters and Bob Waterman. 

“Ready, Aim, Fire. “

I love this quote. You do not always know exactly what to do or how to do it. You cannot predict what how other people will respond to your ideas. But if you have an idea, you should go for it.

It might be an idea for your blog, or a business idea you have. If you try something, then you will see how people react to it. You can always tweak it later. 

You can use the information you gather from the feedback that you get. Then you can adapt based on that feedback. 

If you wait until you think it is perfect, before trying something then you may never go for it.

The only way to know what things will work is to try something and then try something else. 

Perfectionism is the desire to do things perfectly and the fear of not being perfect. But no one is perfect and the world is unpredictable. 

Your journey to discover your possibilities will have failures and successes. You might be surprised how well an idea you have will work. If something does not work quite the way you expected then ask people for their opinions. 

If you are not sure what your target audience is then you will discover this along the way. If you do have an idea who your target audience is, then you can try to see things from their point of view.

Put yourself in their shoes and always think of the people who will be experiencing you. Think of what those people need and what their values are. 

The emotions of people are important when you think of business or blog ideas.

Entrepreneurs are pioneers of their own unique ideas. Your frontier is in front of you and all around you. 

You can give people something that will inspire and challenge them.

You discover what you can do as you go along. You have to take one step at a time. Do not be afraid to try something that you think might be a good idea. 

Ready, Fire, Aim. It can work. You can evaluate the feedback and connect with people in an honest way. 

People respond to others who seem human like they are. You do not have to pretend to be perfect. It just makes you look pretentious and above them. People like to do business with people that are real like they are. 

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Twenty Ideas for Writer’s Block

1. Learn something new by googling a topic you are interested in or statr with Wikipedia.

2.  See where this leads you. I sometimes read a Wikipedia post on one topic and become introduced to a new phrase, inventor, author, or concept during the post.

3. Check out the highlighted words and phrases in the post you are reading. They can lead you to more highlighted words and phrases. (I have come up really cool new ideas for what to write about by doing this. )

4.Watch a youtube video about the most interesting idea you have found…or start with YouTube for researching topics to begin with.

5. See if anyone else has posted about this topic and form your own opinions, choose a side, expand by adding a new perspective or write a poem or short story about it.

6. Let the things you learn about inspire new ideas. Draw from your personal experience and your imagination.

7. You can use things you learn to write a researched post, an editorial style post, a self help post or a fictional story.

8. Try a new writing genre once in a while.  You may be pleasantly surprised that you can write outside of your usual nitch.

9. We tend to go with what is familiar. But it can become uninspiring. Let your brain be creative because the challenge will get tbe dopamine flowing.

10. Think outside the box. Just because no one has ever thought of something in quite the same way does not mean you cannot write it.

11. Think of the reader. What is the goal of the reader? Why do they read your blog? What else would they like you to give them?

12. Be authentic and write from tbe heart. You may think that no one is interested in your feelings, perspectives ad ideas but then again…you might be pleasantly surprised.

13. Blog about a question you have or something you are searching for answers about. Pose the qiestion to the readers. Tell them what this question means to you and why it is important to you.

14. Get ideas from the comments other bloggers leave you. Reading and replying to comments is a great way to find out what your readers are interested in and more importantly …why they are interested and what things mean to them.

15. Try a new medium or craft like photography, drawing, zen tangles. Post a picture of what you did and tell the readers you are learning this and why. Tell them why it is important to you to learn something new, why you chose this particular thing, etc.

16. Blogging is all about the individual perspective and what things mean to you. Even fiction writing has to do with the uniqie view of the person and the meaning of ideas to them.

17. Write something short. I have seen bloggers write one or two sentences that were thought provoking. Leave it up to tbe reader to add their personal meaning and fill in their own mental pictures.

18. Sometimes less is more. Do not feel obligated to write 600 words. People read books when they have more time and blog posts when tbey are short for time…or short on attention ability due to the stress of life.

19. Give people something to ponder. Give people something to work with in tbeir brains to get tbose creative juices flowing. You do not have to always ecplain things to death.

20. Try creating a meme with image chef. You only have to write one or two inspirational or thought provoking lines.

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Captivate Your Audience – How to Open and Close a Talk

Are you looking for new ways to spice up your writing and get your readers to really respond to what you say? Do you ever have to give talks, presentations or speeches?

Maybe you make YouTube videos. Here are some ideas for making your talks more memorable and perhaps your writing too.

These tips are designed for people who give presentations or talks, however there is something that can be gained from this advice as far as writing goes as well. After all a speech is a piece of writing that is given verbally.

This video is from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. It discusses ways to get the attention of your audience with a great opening. It also gives some ways in which you can close the talk as exciting and interesting as you opened it. 

I recommend watching the video if you are interested in this topic. The speakers do a good job of communicating this information by using demonstrations of both good and bad openings and closings. But I will give you the main ideas here. 

Openings

The three ways they suggest to open a talk are as follows. They also give specific examples of Ted Talks that used each of these. One of the Ted Talks happened by one of my favorite speakers, Kelly McGonigal.

  1. Tell a Story – you should tell a story that will elicit the imagination of the audience and bring out emotions
  2. A Quote – you can begin with a famous recognizable quote or even one of your own quotes
  3. Question – You can ask a question for the audience to consider or you can ask a series of questions that cause the audience to delve deep into their thoughts and more importantly their emotions

Closing

This video suggests three ways to close a talk so as not to lose steam from the momentum you created during the talk and so as not to lose the audience at the end. The ending is very important because often it what sticks with the listeners (or your readers) after they leave. 

The ending is so important because this is where you have the opportunity to cause your audience to take action of some kind. This might be a new way of thinking or feeling. It may also be a physical action or to change something about themselves.

  1. Hope for a better future – you can suggest ways that the future can be better based on what you discussed
  2. Sell the benefits – you can remind, repeat, and press the benefits of the product, idea, change you want to create or whatever it is that you want the audience to remember the benefit features of
  3. Call to action – What do you want your audience to do? You may want them to spread awareness, make a life change or buy your product. The closing is a great time to remind them about what you want them to do or think

Here is the video for your enjoyment. Let me know what you thought about it in the comments and if you see any ways that you might be able to incorporate any of these ideas in your writing. Did you notice anything I may have used in this post?

If you enjoyed this video, here is another video from the same YouTube channel. This one is particularly relevant for public speaking. It talks about voice, body language, eye direction and other presenting issues. State management is also important, which is to present a certain mental, emotional state that will transmit to your audience.

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How to Make a Live, Clickable Links on Your Posts

Someone asked  me how to make the links they put for their nominees live. This is in reference to blog award posts. However you can use these same steps to make any word or phrase on your post clickable and it will go to whatever site you want.

 STEP ONE

First – go to the link that you want to make live. This is going to be the Home Page of the blog that you want to link.
Next  – Copy the link……like this……

Highlight the URL  which is in your address bar. It starts with https://

(That is the URL for the blog you want to make a live link for.)

Make sure you highlight the entire thing, even if it is long.

How do you Highlight something?

The way I highlight is to put the curser at the beginning of the thing you are highlighting, then hold down the left button on the mouse and slide it across the letters of the url (or whatever you are copying)

As you are using the mouse with the button down and sliding it over the words, the words should turn blue (or another color…it is blue on my computer)

After the entire https address is blue, then let go of the button and stop.

STEP TWO

 Save that to your computer temporarily by hitting two buttons at the same time…

.Control (ctrl..lower left on your keyboard) and the letter C, (make sure C is upper case)

When you hit control and C at the same time, it saves whatever you have highlighted in blue.

STEP THREE

 Go back yo your post. Find the blog address you want to make a live link.

Highlight the entire URL  that you typed on your post, that you want to make into a live link, ,

Make sure it turns a color. Leave it highlighted like that.

STEP FOUR

Now you need to use a wordpress tool which is at the top of your post. I will explain. It is not hard at all.

You will see things across the top of the box that you are typing the post in. Make sure you are in the mode for editing or typing a new post. 

You will see the  letter B, which is to make something Bold. Then you will see the  letter I slanted sideways, which is to make something italic. 

Keep going across and look at all the symbols you see…..thnext is ABC with a strike out line through it, Then you see bullets and numbering. Then you see a pair of quotes…..

then you see things for aligning the post left, right or middle of the page. 

After those, you will see a funny looking symbol that looks like a paperclip. This is what you want. 

Hover your mouse over top  of that paperclip symbol and it should say Insert / Edit Link

(you can hover over each one to see what they are if you like)

Check to make sure the link you are making live is still highlighted. 

Then CLICK this Insert / Edit link button…

You will be given a pop up box that will allow you to paste that link into it. You want to Paste what you have previously copied (in step 2…your computer is still holding that..don’t worry)

Then you want to paste your link into the URL box like this….

You want to hit two buttons at the same time…. Control and the letter V. 

When you hit control and the letter V (capitol letter) you will paste whatever you previously copied.

Your copied link should now paste into that box which is asking for the URL. 

NOW your link should be live. You can check it by saving your post and then viewing it. Then click on the link and see what happens.

Summing Up

That is the long detailed version. Now we will sum up.

To copy something you highlight the words and then  hit Control and the letter C (Upper case C)

To paste it you highlight what you want to turn into a clickable link, then you hit   Control and the letter V ( Upper Case)

Control C = Copy

Control V = Paste

The tool at the top of your new post page (or edit post page) has symbols that you can hover over and it will tell you what they are.

The symbol that looks kind of like a paper clip is the INSERT LINK tool.

To copy the link you want to paste, you go to the site and highlight the URL from the address bar.

Then hit Control C and save it to the computer

Highlight the link that you typed 

Go back to your post.

Highlight the link you want to make live.

Go to the INSERT ? EDIT LINK tool and click

Paste your link into the box

Save your post and check the link.

Extras

I usually make it obvious that the links are clickable by a color  and / or underlining. You can use the tools at the top if the page to do any of this. Just highlight what you want to bold and then hit the B. 

Changing colors is the tool that is the letter A on the second line of your tools. The second line starts with word paragraph.  There is a drop down arrow after the A that has your colors. Do it the same way…HIghlight what you want to change color , select your color from the drop down list next to the A symbol. 

This sounds so much more complicated than it is. If I was sitting next to you..or even over the phone…I could show you easier and faster. Once you see how to do it, you will be able to show someone else and it will be easy for you to insert links into your posts from then on.

Put questions in the comments and I will go over anything that was unclear to you.

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What Should You Blog About?

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I have been reading some newer blogs and I have noticed that some people worry about what to blog about. They even become so worried about blogging about the “wrong” thing that it inhibits their natural flow and ability to write.

I have seen that some people are so concerned about what they should write about that they pose this question to their readers.

Usually the readers tell them to write about what they feel called to write.

Some days you feel like writing about one kind of thing and other days you might want to just write poetry or even post pictures that you drew.

If you are a new blogger or are struggling with this question of what to blog about, then this post is for you.

You live in a world where people want to control you, in order to form you into someone who better serves their agenda.

Your parents want you to be a certain way, your boss wants you to act and think in a certain way, and even your community hopes you will conform to their “kind of person. ”

You check in with people about what you wear and what you are doing. You want people to “approve” of you….but at what cost?

How much are we willing to give up, in order to make other people happy or make other people approve of us.

Do the people that complain the most about how we are ever seem to be happy?…even when you try your best to please them?

Aren’t you tired of doing things to please other people?

That is what your blog is for! Yes!! You can be yourself here. No matter what you write about, someone will approve of it and understand it.

Why?

Simply because there are sooooo many bloggers. There are so many bloggers that no matter what you want to write about.

No matter how weird you are, boring you think you are or off thev wall you think you are…there is someone out here in WordPress land that will appreciate you for it.

Don’t write to try to please people or try to be someone that will “fit in” . You will fit in with a nitch, a subculture on WordPress.

Just be yourself. Don’t stress over making the posts match a theme or have a logical flow.

Truthfully you could start with a theme now and as you learn and grow as a blogger you might realize in three months that you are interested in writing about something you are not even thinking about right now.

As you come across new interests you might blog about that.

There is an amazing photographer that I follow and one day she decided to learn how to draw Zentangles. Now she has added a Zentangle section to her blog.

A year ago she did not know what Zentangles were. Now she is very good at drawing them and inspires others.

Read other blogs. Search tags you are interested in. Tag your posts by what they are about.

You will meet people and you will grow in ways you never expected. It is open ended and unpredictable.

Blogging is an adventure and you never know what will happen. You can’t really predict what will be going on with your blog in six months, so don’t worry about posting the “right” kind of topic.

Write about what interests you. Write about your experiences. As you read other blogs, you will be inspired to research new things and write about those too.

Your blog is about something. It is about YOU! 🙂

Be yourself. This is your place to let your voice be heard.

It’s Your Blog. It’s Your Voice!

Blessings,
Annie ❤