I wrote Share your fear in late June as my first blog post responding to Blog Exercises set by a stranger in the USA called Lorelle. Now I have a staggering collection of 24 blog posts (including this post) from these exercises completed in the past 45 days. You’ll see my full list of the 24 posts at the end of this post.
At the same time, I deleted about 24 old posts from this blog. This is my Yin and Yang approach: I added a well-written post, which I had poured my heart into writing, and I deleted a limp, floppy old post, which was re-blogged or written in haste.
One of my achievements in the process was my creation of a massive Table of Contents with Lorelle’s guidance. This table helps me see my strength, weakness, goal and hit-and-miss attempts in writing.
When I wrote Share Your Fear, I treated it as a challenge. I decided to pick up a few exercises to push myself just a little bit further. Since I created this blog, I sometimes connect well, but sometimes I was fumbling in the dark. I even considered closing the blog before. Now, one and a half month’s intensive exercises under Lorelle’s watchful (and tender) eyes have completely turned me around, and I must announce I’m just a tad obsessed with Lorelle, possibly not in an unhealthy way.
Analogy: Swimming and Blogging
Do I have any words of wisdom through my 24 posts? I would form new threads with some of my quotes in my future posts, but today, I would like to shamelessly share two quotes that I have recently used about blogging.
In How is swimming like blogging? I wrote:
A swimming pool is for swimming. Does it need further explanations?
I wrote the above after an unhappy swimming experience. I was frustrated by some selfish, inconsiderate behaviours by the pool. I tried to swim but my lanes were blocked.
I understood people visit the swimming pool for different reasons. Serious and regular swimmers go for a proper swim, with kicking and stretching, and some people seriously try to lose weight, but some people enjoy flirting and soaking in water. I then dreamed of a swimming utopia, where everybody is respectful and everyone achieves their own goal – swimming, relaxing, socialising. However, how can the utopia be achieved? There is a need for boundaries.
My source of blogging nutrients
This concept of a swimming utopia is linked to my two other quotes in Blogging in English: Who am I?
Lorelle’s Exercises have become my blogging nutrients.
Lorelle on WordPress is my source of blogging nutrients.
I adore Lorelle for her consistency, clarity and high-level thinking. Sometimes she does not give advice; she simply commands. For example, don’t create a Link dump, and, spell the trademark WordPress correctly (not wordpress). I really fall in love with this old-fashioned matron approach.
There are numerous sites from where I could easily obtain WordPress tips and “how to” advice, but after carefully observing Lorelle for months well before I started, and devouring her old posts, I found she offers something deeper, something more superior and utterly impeccable, something that transcends: her humanity.
Behind her advice and rules, including highly technical information totally useless and incomprehensible for me, is Lorelle’s humanity. She passionately sets rules and gives advice because she believes they serve a greater purpose, for the world to show compassion, kindness and love through effective communication, through eradicating bad practice. In Lorelle’s world I see beyond rules and codes, I see a refreshing way of communication, I see blogging as a philosophy, and I understand what Blogging Your Passion really means.
This post was inspired by Blog Exercises: Collect Your Quotes by Lorelle VanFossen. You can find more Blog Exercises on Lorelle on WordPress. This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.
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- The process of creating Site Table of Contents
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