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 to be a writer?’
I can’t promise it will change your life or anything, but it reminded me why I enjoy writing – expressing oneself, relieving stress, someone appreciates your work, the natural inspiration process, artistic integrity. I knew it was time to return.
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 computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it. 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 like “I could just be another self-improvement blog passing on the same information.”
The reason it took me a year to start a blog was partly because I wanted to do something new and different. Continue reading “Originality”
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 the following areas:
- Creativity – Posts about writing, blogging and general creativity
- Health – Posts about nutrition and fitness
- Money – Posts about work and finances
- Self-Improvement – Posts about goals, mindset, habits and generally living a better life
I will probably update this page again soon. But please see a copy of the links on this page below to see if there are any posts that take an interest.
Finally thank you for continuing to read, liking and commenting on my site. I appreciate all feedback! 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 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 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 you charge?” Continue reading “The Customer is always right”
What has been the first thing that you achieved today?
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!”
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 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?”
Some of my success has been limited by my lack of ability to aim higher.
The problem with setting goals that are clearly quantified is that you can quite easily set a target that is too small or not challenging enough.
One things that sticks in my mind was at an interview where I was pushed on how much I felt I should get paid. I gave a pathetically low amount.
My fear was that if I said too much I would have put them off straight away – my logic was that I was offering them a bargain – they interpreted it that I didn’t value my time.
The lesson there was that I should have aimed higher – even if I did give an amount that was too high, I could have negotiated and still got a wage that would have worked out well for both parties – myself getting paid more and the company thinking they got a true bargain as they had negotiated my wage down!
Continue reading “Aim higher”