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A blogger on holiday

Being connected

In my last post I did mention that I was going to be on holiday and that I did not expect to be able to publish more than one post per week. At least I was realistic as that is how it turns out to be. Even one post per week seems to be hard. One of the reasons being lack of internet service although that is not the main reason.

As the blogger in the family we decided to only take my laptop as it is a necessary tool for writing and publishing posts. My kids were horrified with the prospects of having reduced access to a computer for 5 weeks. However the persistent look on their faces indicated that they were already visualising using my laptop. So it turns out that the main reason for my lack of blogging is that the computer is being used by others. When ‘my time’ finally has come it either is 2 am, I am too tired, the computer is flat or the adaptor is in use for a mobile phone.

As a result my last post dates from July 12th and today it is already July 18th. I really feel like a blogger on holiday and usually when you are on holiday you don’t have to work. Still I feel a little apprehensive to let it go. I suppose it is a bit like having your own business. It is harder to leave that behind.

Getting inspired……….

The thing I have been doing is getting more inspiration for the design of my ‘gourmet and style’ blog. I have been taking heaps of pictures that I can pass on to my designer to give her a better idea of what I have in mind. Her proposals so far were very professional and attractive but not what I have in mind. Too much glossy magazine style. What I am after is a touch more natural and organic. It appears it is hard to get such feelings or moods across.

It has been a tricky journey so far and I am still not sure whether I should just start with a hosted blog or a self-hosted design that is not entirely to my satisfaction. The ‘blogging opinions’ regarding that vary. I like to quote Jung as he kind of hits the nail on the head:

‘Perfection is for the Gods’.

He reckons that it is not about perfection but you should try to be as good as you can. At the moment that is what I am trying to achieve and I will remain persistent a little longer in getting it right. Not perfect just a bit more right!

After all my blog will be like ‘my office’. I want it to be a place where I like to go and love to be. As simple as that. What remains now is to go a couple of floors lower to be able to connect to the internet and publish this post.

Salut et à la prochaine!

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You can blog anywhere!

The fun of being a blogger is that you really can do it anywhere. I was on my way to Sydney for a training course. My flight was delayed but why should I be annoyed. When I arrived at the terminal I found a desk, chairs, sockets and even internet connection. I installed my notebook and started writing this post.

My time is utilised perfectly and by the time the flight is ready to leave I have another post to my name. And without this delay I would not have had the inspiration to blog about this topic. Am I an optimist, an opportunist or just realistic? You may call it what you like but I was not going to waste my time.

Blogging as an outlet for frustration

Another thing comes to mind. Imagine this delay would have really ‘screwed’ up my schedule for the day. Instead of heading to the bar and indulge in some kind of beverage to let of steam I could get rid of my frustration by writing it all down. I bet you that many people could relate to this as so many things in life are delayed, postponed or even cancelled.

You see – that is the ‘therapeutic value’ of blogging. Write it all down, reflect on the issue. Once you have expressed your frustration and have accepted your fate I suggest you read your own post again and laugh about the whole matter. I am guaranteed that you see the funny side of it and remember this instance with a smile, even if it is only a faint one!

Being ‘connected’ at all times

I must say that I am impressed with these public facilities for computer users. I am aware of internet cafes and heard about public places that offer Wi-Fi. All very handy when you need to have access to the internet during meetings or when you are blogging away from home. Who could have thought that 20 years ago? I certainly would not have believed that one day I would be equipped to be ‘connected’ wherever I am. And here I was on my way to Sydney with my notebook and my smart phone and I was able to reach out while I am on the go. It is wonderful addictive to say the least.

And so is blogging by the way – it is fun, rather addictive and very, very rewarding in many ways. Many people have been able to realise one or more ways to create an income with a blog, full time or part time. I am sure it is very hard work just as any other successful enterprise is but it must be a wonderful feeling to get paid for something you are passionate about.

 The secret is to uncover how it can be done…

Food for Thought!

A friend came over the other night and she told me that she followed my blog, ‘blogexercise’. She said she also followed a blog that diarises the life of one of her friends. She kind of wondered why my blog was not like that. My response was that her friend wrote an online diary of whatever subject came in her mind and elaborated on that – with pictures and all.  A different type of blog than ‘blogexercise’ is.

My blog is more of an educational nature. It is a project, in first instance for me, to explore the world of blogging and for others who find the subject interesting and like to learn. Her next question was why I did not post pictures because that made the other blog so attractive. Good question I suppose and it made me think for a while. I am a keen photographer and seem to take pictures daily. But what kind of pictures can I take that reflect the content of my posts about blogging? I will get the creative juices flowing and see if I can come up with a couple.

Pictures on a blog look indeed nice. A picture says a thousand words. Maybe we could make a lot of mundane topics a lot more interesting by adding pictures. Just imagine law and economy books… I can imagine little drawings or cartoons added to the posts but I can’t draw very well. I know there are enough resources where I could find such things. I am not sure if I want to go that way. I wouldn’t mind finding someone who could draw and make a range of little drawings for me.

No internet! Shock! Horror!

At the moment however I can’t do much. I am finding myself in the in-imaginable state of not having internet. A bizarre thought and I would have not believed ‘ever’ to think of that as a problem. The situation is that we are changing service providers, things went ‘wrong’ with the result that we are finding ourselves in that above mentioned state. We have purchased a number of dongles but they seem to go fast especially with children who think that Face book and down loading ‘stuff’ is absolute essential to their wellbeing.

I have only had the absolute necessary web exposure and the consequence is that my number of posts is down. I have written 8 posts in March, just under two per week. I suppose still not that bad as the internet has been down since the beginning of the month! My friend mentioned another blog she follows and the last post of that writer was the 16th of February. That is indeed a ‘break’ and who knows for what reason. Having no internet sounds a feeble excuse but it has been a major frustration for all of us.

Today is the lucky day that we are going to be connected!  Between 7 and 12 we are expecting a technician. Hooray…. but so were we last Saturday – we waited until 4 to find out that due to an emergency elsewhere we were put forward to the next available day – today! The hopes are high as this is the 4th attempt of this particular provider to connect us. Why are we with them, you may ask…..

If we are lucky today we will have cable connection, fast and reliable. I hope it will be worth it. It would be very welcome as I just received news that my next blog is almost ready to go life. For the newcomers amongst you – Blogexercise is my practice blog on a hosted platform, to learn and to research the world of blogging and I am not done yet!

My new blog Easydone Gourmet and Style is the result of many passions in my life. It will be self hosted on WordPress –  full of yummy food, good wines, attractive homes and lush gardens with gorgeous pictures, easy to follow recipes and inspiring ‘how-to-do’s’. All done by myself by the way!

So if you are inspired and curious, follow my steps!

Writing for income…

Wouldn’t it be nice?

I wonder how many aspiring writers are out there.  Due to the internet the dream of being able to express your ‘voice’ has come a lot closer to many people. After all the internet allows anyone to publish without the consent of a publishing company.  It’s that easy!

As a result millions of people will have a go at this, the competition will be fierce and the ultimate trick is ‘how to stand out’.  The entrepreneurial amongst you very likely have already tapped in to this world of online writing. You will have written material on ‘how to’ go about this online writing phenomena as soon as it was out there.

‘How to’ information

Apparently some of the most popular non-fiction is ‘how to’ information. Quite amazing that even in a world where information is abundant, there seems to be a shortage of organised facts, knowledge and wisdom. People crave for ‘how to do’ articles, step by step guidance and ‘the ten best things’ lists.

Let’s have a closer look at this. Imagine you need information about how to prune a plant. The first thing you do is a Google search and you’ll find that there are countless sites to choose from. You sift through some of them but find that nothing is totally relevant to your specific problem or question. You rephrase your request and some more sites appear. Again not exactly the answer you are looking for.

Frustration levels are rising because you did not want to spend too much time looking this up as you really want to spend your energy on pruning your plant. Now imagine if there was this little concise guide that told you exactly ‘how to’ prune your plant, what tool to use, how to get cuttings and even what to do with your garden waste.

Anybody can do it!

There are many blogs that have become big businesses because they are doing just that – compiling and re-creating information. Short and to the point advice for people that are not that savvy in a particular area. It’s a simple concept and readily available to everybody who owns a computer and has access to the internet.

The bottom line is the following. If you love writing and you have an analytical mind, you can make money out of organising information and offering it in a more accessible form to your readers. Just imagine – blogs, eBooks, tutorials, pod casts and what else the trend is at the moment. Again it’s as easy as that!

I personally love writing! By writing this ‘blog about blogging’ I have realised that more than anything. In fact I have always been attracted to it. I have a big pile of diaries that reflect on my life, my travelling, emigrating, having kids and much more. About a year ago I indulged in reading some of those stories and I have to admit that I had the feeling on many occasions that I was reading about someone else’s life! I have never contemplated to publish any of them but if I wanted the opportunities are within my reach.

So if there is the slightest ambition in you to write a book or a blog and you feel you have something to offer, there has never been a better time to do it. To say it metaphorically – the ‘world wide web’ is your oyster.