Unlofting Your Big Goals

It’s kind of easy to have a high and mighty, lofty goal in the future. It seems so far ahead of us, almost out of reach. Makes it easy to set the big goal on a pedestal, on the backburner, procrastinate and possibly lose sight of it completely.

Do something each week to acknowledge your big goals, even if they are too far ahead to do anything towards achieving them right now. Keep them active in your mind, where they don’t get lost in the clutter of everyday things, smaller goals and all the steps you are taking to the big goal.

Little things can mean a lot. Post a note about your big goal on your bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, somewhere you will see it regulary and make sure you actually read it rather than becoming blind to it. Put your goal as a label on a penny jar and each time you add your pennies to the jar, see your goal posted there. (When the jar is ful spend the pennies!)  Reorganize the books on your shelf to spell out something related to your goal when you use the first letters of the titles. You get the idea, it doesn’t have to be something too crazy, just keep your big goals as something real versus something lofty and out of reach.

Play with Continuity

Play with continuity. Write a short story where things suddenly appear for no reason, are missing or keep appearing and disappearing randomly.  If you have ever noticed a movie or television show where items seem to move or appear and disappear as if they have a will of their own you will know what a continuity error is, on film.

We can make these kind of mistakes in writing too. No human can be kissing lip to lip while licking the base of her spine in a romantic scene, for instance. It’s also pretty tough to hold him close, wrapping your arms around him while also unzipping his pants – we just don’t traditionally have that third hand to work with. Though it’s funny to read glitches like this in a make out scene, they can happen in any action you write.

Your Personal Blog Can Fill a Niche Too

I haven’t really thought a personal blog could be a niche blog. Seemed there was just too much to pack into or nail down to become a niche. I was wrong.

I read a post from Lorelle who has become famous (at least to me) for her posts about WordPress. She posted about her cousin’s personal blog as part of a series about personal blogs. Lorelle says her cousin, Duke, has the example of a perfect personal blog. Not to my thinking as I’m not a fan of any blog with a black background, but there is something to be learned from Duke’s blog. It fills a niche, nicely. Read the description of his blog, that’s where the niche gets nailed down and he slides right in. It’s very well done.

Duke, maybe with help from his cousin, has used his personality, his interests and become a niche blog. I bet it wasn’t done in a day. But, it was done and I think this really does show that any personal blog can become a niche, if we take some time to think and plan. Come up with a few lists about who you are and what you most like to post about. Even though there are thousands of Mommy Blogs there is something unique about yourself and your blog that you can find a niche too. I’m going to work on it for That Grrl, my own personal blog.

Using Disposable Supplies for Art

Stop writing or typing. There is a lot of pressure to create something lasting, meaningful and worth reading when you sit in front of a keyboard. Like an artist faced with paint and brushes and the blank canvas then trying to be brilliant on call, it doesn’t always work on command.

On Divine Caroline, Zografis, has written Muses Just Want to Have Fun. It’s an article about using crayons, pencils, lunch bags, match boxes, whatever you have around that is disposable or might already have been thrown out (recycled) to create art, without the pressure of using the “good” paper which gives the pressure of not wasting it with something less than great.

The projects don’t have to be amateurish, but they should be ultimately disposable … it is the possibility to throw it away without guilt that frees your creative risk-taking self. It’s a lot easier to toss the flubs if it is only your time, and not expensive materials that you are tossing out.

I’m not suggesting using materials so inferior that they frustrate the creative process, but I am in favor of simplicity. Get out the crayons, the colored pencil, or some decent tempera paints. Use the backs of gift boxes, the reverse side of watercolors or drawings that didn’t succeed, butcher paper, grocery bags, scraps of matte board. I’ve had a lot of fun with shopping bags from expensive boutiques, which are often made out of really NICE paper and usually only have a small, discreet, classy logo on them—cut them up and play! Go crazy, experiment—you were going to throw it out anyway.

The Joy of a Spirit

I found this quote on Don Mills Diva.

“The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.” – Ninon de Lenclos – French courtesan (1620 – 1705).

I think joy could also be passion. Passion and joy lead to forward movement, change, in our lives, in ourselves. That is a power for sure. What brings you joy or passion that you could have more in your life? What power source are you neglecting?

Also, I think it’s kind of amazing that we can be inspired or frustrated or made to feel anything from something some woman said a few hundred years ago. That’s a story in itself.

Own Your Blog Again

I have a question for you today. If your blog were not in part focused on getting readers, traffic and money making… what would you do differently? If you really took back ownership of your blog, made it a project of love again, just for you; how would you change it?

I would add colour. Not just any colour or just a little bit to highlight and be pretty. Oh no! My very first true personal blog was red on red. Really, deep, dark, vibrant red background with a white font so it could still be read. It wasn’t easy to read. All that red was hard on the eyes, even for me and I loved it.

I feel the new round of blogs are missing that personal flavour. When you blog just for yourself you are free to be as creative or tasteless as you like. Now, with the focus on making your blog for the hypothetical reader a lot of that has been shafted.

I’m working on adding that red back to this blog. It’s coming, but in a more tasteful way than my old blog. Compromise maybe but I won’t be sucked under pandering to what people want.

New Journalism?

Where do you fit in on the idea of print versus online media? Do you think the end of local newspapers, radio and television stations is just a sign of the times (changing economy and changing technology) or do you see things differently?

From the Shores of Introspect and Retrospect posted about the closing of the local newspaper in Colorado.

I posted my own comment below:

It’s very foolish to think the “new media” will or can take the place of a published newspaper for an area. For one thing, there are few new media sources which focus on any one area. One person publishers can not be unbiased in their reporting and they can not be everywhere and find the news which a staffed newspaper can.

Also, though few would think it important, the advertising flyers which we rely on to find where the specials are each week. While newspapers are a great source of local events, local business reviews too, let’s not ignore the local sales too. Online media can not offer what a newspaper has to offer.

I think relying on bloggers and new media will not be good for our language skills either. Someone who has not be trained as an Editor or other type of English language professional makes mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation. I like to think I am above average but I know I am not perfect. There are mistakes which I make (over and over without knowing) which a professional editor would catch, and fix.

This post is especially hitting home for me as we are seeing the possible end of your local TV station here in Barrie. Mainly a money thing. But, I think money is the symptom of the cause. People are relying on the Internet for news and entertainment. There is less of the market for TV, radio and print than there was before the Internet. But, I don’t think the old forms of media are invalid or no longer needed. Each fills a different need and utilizes the resources for news and communications in different ways.