Category Archives: sharing

Projects Old and New

School

Over the last several weeks and months, I have finally recognized how important writing and reading is to my quality of life and my sheer happiness.  No joke.  If I have a writing project, I am happy.  As a student, I loved writing assignments.  Even if I didn’t love the subject, the book, or whatever it may be, I could always count on myself to do well. 

Some of my earliest and best memories of elementary school are of creating “stories.”  As I learned to write, my “stories” became less picture/drawing based and included more writing.  I love the fact that writing plays such a prominent role in my earliest educational memories.  By the way, I still can’t draw.

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What I’ve come to realize over the last week or so is that I didn’t value my early writing much. When I say early writing, I am not talking about childhood or even adolescent writing.  Those journals are safely tucked away never to see the light of day.  No, I am talking about the writing I did from 2005-2012.  During that time frame, I published dozens of throw-away articles for a now-defunct website called Associated Content.  As a writer for Associated Content, I wrote articles on all kinds of topics – reviews, how-to, and more – for a small upfront payment and then residuals.  Page views mattered!  After a couple of years, the site sold out to Yahoo!, which eventually shut it down.  Even though I had ample warning and could have saved my hundreds of articles, I didn’t.  I didn’t care enough.  The content just didn’t interest me enough.

While I don’t regret not putting in the time and effort to save my work with Associated Content, I do regret not saving my JamsBio work.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have much notice.  JamsBio, a now defunct online magazine, paid writers to discuss their memories as it related to music.  I only wrote ten blog posts, but it was the most fun I ever had “working.”  Even though I wish I had those articles, the ideas planted by writing those pieces live on.  I will eventually write something similar here.

The reason why all of this came to mind lately is due to different projects I am currently working on.  I just wrote my first piece for the Macbeth Post and had my first podcast published on Spartans Helping Spartans.  In fact, I am in the middle of writing a series of posts on study abroad for Spartans Helping Spartans as we speak. All wonderful stuff that I will share here.  

That’s just it.  I need to share some of my other work here.  There is an infamous piece I wrote on the Witchy Wolves of the Omer Plains for Michigan’s Otherside.  It is probably the earliest writing I did online or close to it.  I’ve toyed with the idea of a rewrite, but people keep finding it and sharing on Facebook.  Then there are a handful of articles I’ve written for the Huron Shores Genealogical Society Genogram. I’ve long meant to share them here permanently.  I just haven’t taken the time to do it yet.

As writers, we need to take care of our work and not let it become lost to time.  I wish were better at taking care of my own work. On a fun note, I came across an old online journal dating back to 2003.  Interesting doesn’t begin to describe it.  It brought back memories long since forgotten.  It is time for me to take better care of my own work.

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Politically Incorrect

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Is There Such A Thing As Oversharing? – Blog Her

This.  All of this!  I could have easily written this blog post.  Fortunately, this past year in particular, I’ve tried to be more discrete when it comes to what I share online.  There is always – and I do mean always – so much more I would love to say.  In fact, it ended up biting me in the butt once or twice.  The funny thing is that in one case, one side of my family thought I was referring to them when in reality, it happened to be about something else entirely.  In the other case, the blog post in question was over five years old.  Five years!  It is the only blog post I’ve ever taken down.  I took it down more for personal reasons than any other concern.  It was definitely a case where I wrote out of raw emotion more than anything else.  The bottom line is this:  Aside from close family and friends, I really don’t care what people think about me.  Life is too short.

I’m struggling with this issue again.  February is Turner syndrome awareness month.  As a result, I want to write about my personal experiences with Turner syndrome.  Whether I acknowledge it or not, it has a profound impact on who I am.  The piece will be shared via a Facebook Page for a non-profit organization called A Walk for Ferrial.  I have so much to say, and not everyone will want to hear it.  In the past, I’ve actually left Facebook groups designed for women and girls with Turner syndrome due to conflicting issues.  How do I manage not to be misunderstood?  I’ll have to tread lightly, but if just one girl or young woman with Turner syndrome comes across my writing and recognizes that she is not alone, that there is someone else out there who has had to deal with the exact same issues, it will have all been worth it.  I am fed up with political correctness and not discussing issues that need to be discussed.

You Are What You Share

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What You Share Is Who You Are Online – BlogHer

Every so often I come across a pile of meaningful content all at once.  That happened this morning.  While visiting BlogHer this morning in order to locate the article above, I came across several other posts that all apply to me – where I am in life, my writing, etc.  I will be sharing them, along with my thoughts and ideas, this weekend.  Now on to the post that started it all …

In What You Share Is Who You Are Online – BlogHer, Gaby Dalkin discusses the idea of creating your own brand on your blog.  This is largely why I felt compelled to redo my entire blog.  I had too much scattered content and too many projects started but never finished.  I needed to rally around a concept, an idea, or two – not 20.  I may not have found my focus quite yet, but I am working on it.

What attracted me to this post is the idea that the blog posts you share and/or discuss on your blog ultimately becomes a part of your brand.  I couldn’t agree more.  When I first decided to restart my blog, I was unsure as to whether or not I wanted to share as many outside blogposts as I have in the past.  Well, I think I will.  I just want to make sure that I actually take the time to write about those blogposts and fully explain why I am sharing them instead of using them as filler.  I have a feeling that I will be sharing several BlogHer posts in the months and years to come.

One thing that I hope I can revive with my blog is the sense of community I created with my old one.  It took some time, but I came across several likeminded bloggers who supported my endeavors.  I hope it is not too late to reestablish those relationships.  If these past few weeks have taught me anything, it is that I missed blogging.  I like reflecting on things happening in my life, articles and blogposts I come across online, and how I’ve grown over the years, even if few people read it.  I understand why I stopped when I did, but I hope to make it a permanent habit, not something I just do occasionally.  I sincerely hope that I do eventually find my voice and my audience.  I do have a lot to offer to the point where I get overwhelmed as to where to begin.