A RATTLING GREAT INTRODUCTION
Not long ago someone [a spammer but whatevs] told me that I write a “rattling great” weblog. No one has ever used the word *rattling* to describe what I do here.
I had to look up the word to make certain I knew what it meant in this context. It’s an adjective used for emphasis when denoting something very good of its kind.
I’m flattered, regardless of the source, because I’ll take encouragement wherever I find it.
Which leads me to writing about the five people, none of whom blog anymore, who guided me to be the blogger I am today. Without their help, which was pretty much unsolicited advice, I never would have stuck around as long as I have.
Many, many thanks to each.
THE 5 PEOPLE & THEIR UNSOLICITED ADVICE
DAISY (2004) – was a graphic designer who sent me, out of the blue, an email in which she told me point blank that I needed to write a personal blog.
I’d commented on her personal blog and she wanted me to know that I should write my own blog because I had what it’d take. That is, I was articulate and informed with a snarky vibe. I was fascinated by this new thing called blogging so I did as she suggested.
COLLEEN (2005) – was a librarian who took it upon herself to help me. Via email she’d politely point out grammatical errors and spelling mistakes I’d made. She also introduced me to the idea of adding links + images to posts.
While today her determination to correct + teach me might be perceived as trollish, at the time I took it as a generous gesture on her part to help me write clearly, learn html, and make my blog pretty.
TARA (2007) – was a marketing professional who thought personal blogging was great, a wonderful creative adjunct to basic marketing channels.
She read something I wrote then encouraged me to approach each blog post as if I was writing a letter to a few close friends. Pick your friends, she said. Then write only to them allowing your sincerity and joie de vivre to draw readers to your blog.
CHRIS (2011) – was a lawyer who briefly wrote a family blog that had some of the most succinct entertaining posts of any blog ever.
His advice, that I took to heart, was to make the best use of a few words, often obscure words even. He never dummied down down his posts, nor did he meander aimlessly. He had a point and he got to it with panache.
KAREN (2013) – was a teacher who one day just up and told me that my best blog posts were the ones with the wackiest titles.
I’d never considered my titles, but she was prescient about this, realizing that by letting my freak flag fly in the titles I’d draw in curious readers who’d stick around to see what nonsense I was on about that day. And many days thereafter.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you know the meaning of *rattling* without looking it up? Is that word part of your daily lexicon?!!
If you write a personal blog what’s the best blogging advice you’ve received? Was it solicited OR unsolicited?
In general what’s your opinion of unsolicited advice? Are you open to it OR snarly about it?
A BLOGROLL OPPORTUNITY
Last year in January I crowdsourced my Delightful Blogroll. It’s unique in that it’s a compilation of blogs based on the age of the weblog. I’m going to revise the blogroll
this next month. If you’re not currently on it and would like to be included let me know in the comments below by January 31st. No act of kindness goes unpunished. Case in point, offer closed early due to excessive spam. Thanks for nothing, dipshits. Terms & conditions are were as follows:
- your blog must be at least one year old so tell me the year you started it & its complete name;
- your blog must be primarily a personal one;
- your blog cannot be rude, vulgar, vindictive, or hateful as determined by me; and
- you must demonstrate to my satisfaction that you engage with other bloggers via comment sections.