My dad joked when my daughter was born "Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements" It was a statement I couldn't help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague. The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited … Continue reading The sense of it all
It took nearly seven months before I decided to publish on the Manifesto of Perfection again, the place I recorded my thoughts and opinions of all things self-improvement. Last week I marked my return, where for the first time ever I featured work that wasn't my own - a beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski 'So you want … Continue reading Slight return
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 … Continue reading So you want to be a writer?
I read a rather interesting post that took a bit of a self-deprecating tone about blogging. Along with the feeling of insignificance that no one was reading their work, one of the authors concerns was that by blogging they were not contributing anything new. From what I remember of the post they even said something … Continue reading Originality
Hi all, I have recently taken the time to update and add my 'Where to Start' page to the sites menu. This is a place for new and established readers alike to have a look at some of my favourite posts since I started the site in February 2014. I have broke these down into … Continue reading The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?
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 … 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. I was over at my grandfather's listening to his old stories - … Continue reading Writing your life story
I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam. One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price. This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument "But you got it for free - so what does it matter what … Continue reading The Customer is always right
What has been the first thing that you achieved today? Not sure? This morning I started the day by getting up and cycling down to the gym. Upon checking my stop-watch I realised I had shaved some time off my cycle. I thought “Great my first achievement of the day!” Although it is rather small … Continue reading First achievement of the day
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 … Continue reading Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?