“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”Benjamin Franklin
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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”Benjamin Franklin
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. What book are you reading?
Eyes wide open or so I thought. I decided I wanted to start a blog, and it has been interesting, to say the least. Not exactly what I expected. It is more.
My interest in blogging was born from intrigue. I was so curious about my sons and what they were doing. One is posting videos on YouTube, and one develops websites and has a Social Media Management business. It planted a seed in my mind.
Their interest became my interest, and my mind went whirling. Did I want to attempt something, and if so, what? I had absolutely no knowledge of anything to do with Social Media. I was not on Facebook or Twitter, and I do not even have a cell phone. Definitely behind the times. *** their sites are listed at the bottom of this article.
I settled on writing a blog. Anyone can write, can’t they? That’s true in a sense, but can everyone write well? Then there was everything else that goes along with a blog. Who knew? Certainly, not me.
You have to either create your website or find a platform to write on. I could not afford to pay someone to build my website & I definitely was not going to do it myself. So I started researching for an alternative. I chose a free WordPress blog site, and my journey began.
To help understand my journey and the angst I have felt from time to time here is my real reason for starting my blog. I am a 73-year-old woman who has been retired for years. I was looking for an outlet to express myself and to keep my mind active. I was feeling stagnant and did not like the feeling.
The name of my blog is, “adjusting my time frame,” which references my age and my mindset. I did not want to stay still and accept that this was all there is. I felt like I was falling behind and becoming the stereotypical “old” person. No, I am not ready for that—time to do some adjusting.
How do I like it? Most of the time, I love it. There have been moments when I have wondered what the heck am I doing. It has been downright frustrating at times.
Not being proficient on social media made it difficult in the beginning, and there is still so much for me to learn. Just creating my blog space on WordPress was a lot of work for me. I have always been able to learn fairly quickly, but this was a challenge at times. There were lots of choices and decisions.
I just kept picking away at it. Each day I would read and analyze, and then one day, I just decided to go for it and hit the publish button. That felt really good! Now when I look back at my first few blogs, I laugh. It has been about six months now, and I have learned so much.
Sometimes I get frustrated because with blogging comes the lust for acceptance and approval. Each time I published a post, I was looking to see how many people read it, how many people liked it, and how many people followed me. Did I receive any comments?
Like most humans, I like immediate gratification. I want everyone to love my blog. Silly isn’t it. I started the blog for myself, so I should be content with just that.
I have found that each time I write, I want it to be better. I want to be a great writer. I have found I have a lot to learn. I consider myself an acceptable writer but not really good and certainly not great.
Most of what I have experienced is so typical. There is nothing special about my experiences. I know I have to keep doing what I am doing, and I will improve as I go. So many people start a blog and become discouraged. That is easy to do.
I have stopped trying to do too much. At first, I researched and looked at so many promotional sites, places I had never even heard of before. I wasted a lot of time doing that, but I felt I had to play the promotional game. No, I don’t. Not for me, I just have to remain focused.
I am starting to relax a little and fall into a routine. I have established a set schedule and always post three times each week on the same days.
Everyone says it is essential to have a specialized niche when you write. My posts are mostly related to personal and professional growth.
The downside to that is I have many other topics I want to write about. So now I question my initial choice; if you are thinking of writing a blog that is an important thing to consider.
Spend a lot of time deciding what you want to write about. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be comfortable with either writing in a specific niche, or not.
To satisfy my interest in writing other topics, I have now started writing at Medium.Com. You can view my stories at: https://medium.com/@lindalatt
Am I happy I started my blog? Absolutely! Do I regret it in any way? Not at all. Blogging is an excellent way to express yourself. It is a place not only to share knowledge but also to gain knowledge. It does not matter what age you are, young or old, writing a blog can be beneficial for you.
Blogging was just what I needed. It has provided everything I was looking for and more. In some ways it’s magical!
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Create a little magic today!
Where do you keep your dreams? Are they stored in your heart or floating somewhere in space? Do you bring them out to play or push them away? Do you tell yourself maybe someday or just shake your head and say “no way”?
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”― Roy T. Bennett
Do not store away your dreams. Dreams are the core of us, our center, our soul. They are the best of us, something we hope for but do not quite believe.
Do not let your dreams fade away. Bring them out of storage, dust them off and write about them. Share your dreams and let them fly. Make them real.
Write about them! The simple act of writing them down, whether it be in a personal journal, a blog or story will bring your dreams to life.
When your dreams are written down, you can see them and reach out and touch them. They have substance, and they become real.
You now have a different perspective, a different expectation. You believe your dream is something you can achieve.
There you are taking that dream and making a plan on how to make it work. WooHoo! Do your Happy Dance.
That is what I am learning about writing. It can be so exciting and so powerful. The act of writing opens up so many pathways within me. Literally. Pathways between the right and left hemisphere of my brain.
A study done by Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams, simply by writing them down on a regular basis.
It is the way our brains work. The right hemisphere of our brain performs tasks that have to do with creativity and the arts. It holds our imagination. That is where we store our dreams. The left hemisphere performs the tasks that have to do with logic, like math and science.
A bundle of neural fibers called the Corpus Callosum connects the right and left hemispheres. Electrical signals move back and forth between them. They also travel up and down our spinal column and in the fluid that surrounds our brain.
When you write down your dreams and goals, the act of writing, allows the connection between your left and right hemispheres. Your thoughts and dreams become connected with your logical side. They become opportunities.
It then becomes logical and something you can do. It is no longer just a dream. There it is in black and white. You can see it, feel it, and touch it, and you can actively work toward achieving it.
I believe we all have ideas and dreams randomly floating in our brain. The right hemisphere to be correct. We have big and little aspirations. By writing my blog, I have opened my pathways, connecting the right with the left. Writing has let me know myself better. It encourages me to do those things I kept pushing away. You know, the things we would like to do but tell ourselves me can’t.
Think of all the people with their dreams tucked away. Think of yourself. What are your dreams? Write them down, look at them, touch them and breathe life into them.
Dreams and aspirations are an essential part of who we are. Write about them.
What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations.Adam Braun
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Go ahead, write about your dream today.
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
― Octavia E. Butler
Today I am being persistent. I am writing this with hesitation because I really do not want to write today. I am tired and feeling a bit funky and just off.
I have this massive amount of outside work to do. That is what I did this weekend and so today I am overtired. I also have nothing to post. Woe is me!
So what do I do? Right now I am looking for inspiration. I do have a few ideas I want to work on but they are just that ideas. They need more time then I have today. So I am going to write about finding inspiration.
When I woke up this morning an idea was just there waiting. So if you are lucky that will happen often. I won’t be writing about that particular idea today though, that is waiting for another time.
So where do I normally find inspiration? Here are a few ideas that work for me.
What do you do everyday? What hobbies do you have? What kind of makeup do you use? Do you use natural products or make them yourself? Do you have a passion for fashion? Do you write poetry?
Inspiration is everywhere. We just have to look and listen and we will find it. Writing this today has been beneficial to me because in thinking about possibilities to share with you, I also shared them with myself. I have not thought of some of these possibilities before.
I hope some of my ideas for finding inspiration help you. Ideas are really everywhere, we just have to open our minds to them.
If you would like to read my article published at Medium.com which was inspired by the writing of John Pa you can find it here: https://medium.com/@lindalatt/panic-in-the-er-the-fear-and-terror-of-the-unknown-722513da811a?source=friends_link&sk=76b202b949769d8c145cc1c7692021e8
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful day!
Really? No way, that is what I would have told you before starting my blog. It’s true though. By writing I have opened myself up to all sorts of ideas and different ways of looking at just about everything.
Writing makes you think and it makes you contemplate. Research is virtually an everyday occurrence which in turn opens you up to even more ideas.
When I am gaining knowledge about what I am researching I am also learning about myself. The topics I research tell me about myself and my reactions tell me even more.
Writing this blog allows me to share my thoughts and opinions. This is something that I did not have an outlet for before. I am an introvert, no way around that. It is just who I am.
When I was working in the business world I had to force myself to communicate well with people. It was something I learned to do because I had to. It was not something I was ever truly comfortable doing.
Strangely, even though I am definitely still an introvert, I miss having the interaction with other people. Strange. It does seems strange but it is true. Writing my blog allows me to have that interaction. I cannot see you, I cannot hear you but I am talking to you, just not verbally.
So that is therapeutic. It allows me to talk. Something I did not realize I missed or needed so much.
I have things to say. I have events, feelings and emotions to share. This is my outlet. This is my therapy.
More than the simple act of writing is the idea that I am being recognized. I have something to say, I have an audience and someone is listening. You see me, you hear me. I feel as if I have value.
I also am starting to write, attempting to write, articles or short stories. These stories are more about my own personal life experiences. They tell my story. My last attempt can be found here: https://medium.com/@lindalatt/panic-in-the-er-the-fear-and-terror-of-the-unknown-722513da811a?source=friends_link&sk=76b202b949769d8c145cc1c7692021e8
This story allowed me to go back and feel emotions that deeply affected me many years ago. I would love to have you read it and let me know what you think of my writing. It would mean a great deal to share that with you and to hear your thoughts.
See what I mean? Writing is therapeutic.
There are many events that happen to us in life that affect us deeply. We are very emotional creatures, we humans. Writing in any form allows us to take note of how we feel and to bring our emotions out a little at a time. Writing allows us to investigate our feelings.
Many of my blogs are more business related but they also talk about our personal interactions and feelings. They talk about our mindset and about personal growth and gratitude. One blog was about dealing with defeat. All of these are emotional for any of us. We react to them at work and they also affect our personal life.
Most of what I write I have experienced in one form or another. Writing about them has given me the opportunity to revisit those events and poke around a bit in my feelings and reactions.
Writing about our experiences allows us to look at things through a different lens. It can be enlightening.
When writing about our past experiences we may become aware of something we did not recognize at the time. We did not see it clearly either because we did not take the time or it was painful and we pushed it away. If we ignore it then it will not hurt us. Oh, but it can!
Writing allows us to address issues created by something we chose to push aside which can lounge in the recesses of our mind and fester. Writing about these past experiences helps us clean house, dust out the attic. We all need to do that because we all have “stuff” we hang on to and we shouldn’t.
From my perspective I think writing is very therapeutic. Just randomly writing down your experiences and your feelings is a good practice. You can write it in a blog if you want or write it in a notebook or journal. If you choose to write in a blog, you never have to publish it. It can be your private personal record.
Everyone has wonderful feel good experiences you want to relive. We have the normal everyday ho-hum events which can be humorous and delightful. We may also have some gut wrenching life experiences that have deeply affected you, your family and perhaps your friends. Writing about them will allow you to document your life. *I am going to post one of my gut wrenching family stories this week, so stay tuned.
Writing will also allow you to analyse yourself. It gives you the opportunity to put your “stuff” in order, rearrange your thoughts and be a better person for it. It might be painful at times but in the end you will benefit from it.
A word of caution. If you have some really earth shattering events in your life, sure you can write about those but always realize you have more options available to you as well. Seeking professional help is always a good idea.
I do not know why but writing about something instead of just thinking about it and reliving it in our mind is somehow different. When we write down the words and see them on paper it makes our thoughts clearer. Maybe it makes them more real, I am not sure.
Maybe, it is because when we think about something we have a tendency to go over and over the same thing. Especially if it negative. It can feel like we have it on automatic re-wind.
The act of writing and seeing it on paper, or the white screen of our computer, helps us get rid of the attached emotions. It helps us move on so we don’t have to keep recycling the same old story.
Writing is a journey from what you think you know to new places in your mind and soul.Linda Joy Myers
Writing has been therapeutic for me and I hope it will be for you as well.
As always thank you for reading my blog. Have a great day.
Blogging does not equate with quality writing! There appears to be some controversy about the quality of blogs. I have read a few articles recently inferring that bloggers are not considered writers.
Nonsense and Hogwash!! Blogging may be a more informal format but that does not make the quality of the writing any less. There are many “new” writers who are bloggers (I am one of them) but we are not unqualified because we are new.
Every writer is new when they first start writing regardless of the medium they are writing in. Also, not every experienced writer is necessarily a good writer. How many times have you read an article, a short story or a novel which was poorly written and had bad grammar and punctuation?
Good, bad or indifferent, everyone has something to say. Blogging is an excellent outlet for sharing your opinion, sharing your expertise and giving solace to readers.
Many individuals and companies write blogs. They keep us up to date with current events. What’s going on today? What information are you looking for? All you have to do is look at Twitter and Facebook and you will find blogs by such entities as Forbes, Inc.com and The New York Times and many, many more.
“I think of us as journalists; the medium we work in is blogging.”Joshua Micah Marshall
The point is that blogs are for everyone and they are being written by everyone.
Just because the format we are using is a blog does not mean we are inferior writers.
I have read many articles that indicate you have to be a good writer to be a good successful blogger. That makes sense. You can start a blog if you are not an experienced writer but it is important that you hone your writing skills.
While blogging can be less formal, less researched, and more geared for online reading or social sharing, to do it well requires the same kind of practice and skill as crafting a novel.by Jane Friedman
One interesting tidbit I have found since starting this blog is the number of people who decided to start a blog for a multitude of different reasons that ended up writing short stories or novels. Writing a blog helped them develop their writing skills and they became good quality, excellent writers. They had no intention of that when they started but that is where blogging led them.
There are many established novelists that write blogs as well. One reason is it helps them keep active and practice their craft of writing.
So you see bloggers are good writers. We are good people who have something to say and have decided to share our thoughts and beliefs with the world. Along the way, we gained purpose and thoughtful contemplation and a love of writing.
Having something to say and the need to add value to your life can be done with writing a blog. Quite possibly a love of writing is born. A love of writing can lead to increased skills as a writer, some great blog posts and maybe some awesome short stories or a novel.
As bloggers, let’s not be afraid to call ourselves writers. And let’s not be afraid to write. To really write. To let our words tell a story, and draw people in, and paint a scene so vivid it makes our readers feel like they’re right there with us.By Elle Croft WRITING June 28, 2018
Writing a blog can improve your writing skills. Bloggers write all the time. A blog post is usually short so you can write multiple posts in a day, week or month.
You post to your blog at regular intervals and you are the one who decides what to write and when to post it. One of the benefits of that is the immediate feedback you receive.
How many people have read a post you have written, liked it and left a comment? If you get positive feedback you know you are doing well. If the comments are negative then you know you need to improve.
Over time your writing will improve. You will learn from your feedback and you will recognize some posts did better than others. You can look at your most popular posts and understand what your readers like.
So when someone asks what you do and you tell them you are a blogger they may not be impressed. They may not take you seriously and they may not think of you as a writer. You are a writer and you work hard at it.
Blogging is important because it gives a voice to everyone. Blogging allows women, LGBTQ, and people from all walks of life, all religions and all races to tell their stories. Each of us has wonderful stories to tell. We have a wealth of experience to share.
If not for blogging so much of that would be lost. If not for blogging there would not be the opportunity to learn to be a better writer and to gain experience and confidence. If not for blogging there would be so many great short stories and novels that might never be written. What a loss that would be.
How about you, what do you have to say? What story do you have within you? Start a blog and share it. It will help you and it just may help someone else by brightening their day or giving them the information they can use in their own lives. Come on, write a blog!
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a great day!
Are you looking for a Light Bulb moment?
Do you ever struggle looking for creativity? An idea to pop into your head or something as simple as a pop of color or an image you see that takes you in a different direction.
Usually it is easy to find inspiration but not always. Just the other day I struggled. I thought I had an idea, a decent idea. When I started to put it down on paper it was pathetic. I kept writing and stopping, looking at the words. There was no flow, it was disjointed. It was a jumbled mess.
I stopped, took a break and came back, Thought it would help but it didn’t. If anything it got worse. I rearranged, I deleted and rewrote. Read it again and almost deleted the whole hot mess. Made myself stop and then shut it down. I walked away and left it for the next day.
I spent time doing other things. I went outside, I read some articles, looked at quotes. Then I spent time outside, poked around in my flower gardens, did some planning, walked the dog and finally went to bed.
So the next day I returned to my writing. I started to reread and then decided that was a bad idea. It was just bad enough that I did not want it to influence my next effort.
I started fresh on a blank space and started to write. This time it worked. I was writing using the same idea but this time I found a flow. The writing was clear and concise. It made sense. Hoorah!
Never before have I had that problem. The interesting thing for me is the fact that I used the same idea for both attempts. One worked and one didn’t. I think my mind was the jumbled mess that first day OR was I truly inspired by the idea? Maybe I needed to trash the idea and look for something that created a spark.
Look at all the time I wasted. If I had been truly inspired I would have been able to write the story and then potentially write another. Two stories. Awesome!
I could have trashed the story but kept the idea and written it later. I did that but I should have done it right away and saved all that time. Good learning experience so it wasn’t a total lose.
All of this has made me wonder about how to find something that really creates a spark. Something that excites me. Sometimes I believe that I limit myself because I have been trying to establish a niche for my blog. I think I am overlooking something that interests me because it is not about my area.
Does this limit me? I think it does. Yesterday I read a blog written by someone that is a totally different creative. She is a painter, she is also an entrepreneur and she is always attempting new projects. She finds her inspiration everywhere. Yesterday I realized she is an excellent writer
The one thing she talked about that made total sense and inspired me was to always be working. Schedule a time to work, in my case, write and just do it. Do it even when you do not feel creative and you do not have an idea. Just sit down and put pen to paper and see what happens. You may end up writing a wonderful story, a great blog, some creative ideas or nothing at all. You have practiced your craft so it really is a win-win.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
The really important thing I took away from reading her blog yesterday, She does not limit herself. She has been doing this for a long time and has learned a great deal which she is nice enough to share.
There is certainly something to learn from that. I am just starting out so I know I can’t do it all and I need to take my time. At the same time I cannot limit myself. I have to be open to all ideas.
The more we practice our craft the more inspired we will be. The more I write the more ideas will pop into my head.
Everyday is filled with ideas. Tuck them away in your mind and your heart. The practice of just sitting down and writing when you are not focused on anything at all is such a good one. You may have been affected by something you saw, something you heard and did not realize it’s potential for your writing. It may just flow out of you when you are just sitting there writing about whatever pops into your head.
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have an inspired day!