So you want to be a writer
by Charles Bukowski
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it. Continue reading “So you want to be a writer?”
Hello dear reader,
Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.
The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.
Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:
take the piss (out of someone or something)
phrase of piss
- [British] vulgar slang
Mock someone or something
Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”
I have started writing my life story.
Just by writing that statement it feels strange and narcissistic. To write your life story you have to be a celebrity or achieve something right?
But I have been motivated to do this indirectly by family. Continue reading “Writing your life story”
I believe in the importance of having a good morning routine – after all it’s the start of your day and if you can make a positive and productive start then that momentum is going to help the rest of your day flow in the best possible manner.
To get the most out of your morning routine I recommend the following:
Wake up early (and on time) 6am
Todays a busy day, you have so much planned. The night before it seemed like a good idea – you were going to wake up early so that you had time to fit everything in, so you set your alarm to 6am.
It’s now 6am and you look up at the roof and you wonder what you were thinking. The temptation is to hit that snooze button – don’t do that!
Get up from bed and switch it off. Just by doing that you have already moved out of bed, there is no going back. Throw some water over your face and get moving.
Continue reading “The six step morning routine”
Hello good reader. As writers we are eager to get people to see our work – in the world of blogging and the Internet there is so much content out there that it is difficult to be seen.
In many situations we may get frustrated and quit because we are not getting that instant validation that we need. In other situations we may take action, taking time away from the writing to plug and promote our work as much as possible. I understand I have been there.
I thought I would give my own personal opinion on what is the correct way of asking someone to view your blog.
Continue reading “Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?”
On another average day I open up my WordPress notifications to find this:
So let me thank you all for reading, following and liking posts on this blog. Continue reading “Another Milestone – 1000 Likes”
A while ago I was nominated for one of those blogger recognition awards.
I am not very good a meeting the requirements of those sorts of things, but I thought I would blatantley steal what I was asked to do and turn it into my own post, without doing the hard bit of finding 15 blogs to nominate and subsequently post in, informing that they have been nominated…
So as part of this award I was asked to:
- Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.
- Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
Continue reading “Manifesto: Origins”
I have decided to set myself some blog targets – this is purely to encourage consistency and good habits.
The Manifesto of Perfection will follow on twice a week publishing schedule Wednesday and Sunday, though I may publish additional adhoc content from time-to-time. Continue reading “Blog Resolutions”
I thought I would take 5 to reflect on the process of blog writing. Since I have started in the WordPress community, I have seen a number of blogs that begun come and go.
And to be honest I don’t always know why they stopped – because some were seriously good!
Maybe they didn’t enjoy writing that much, they got writers block, or the disappointment of only having a small audience that didn’t provide instant validation they wanted made them quit. Or perhaps life just got in the way. Continue reading “Don’t quit (blogger edition)”
Although I have not made hand made cards with the same intensity as I did around Christmas. I have made a few cards for various occasions.
Continue reading “Making Hand Made Cards 2015”