While I was cruising around the internet, I ran across a blogging challenge by a guy named Jeff Goins. I’ve seen his stuff out there somewhere on the internet before (don’t ask me where – I have no clue), I mean I recognized his name, and when I saw this, his Blog Like a Pro: 7-Day Challenge, I knew I had to be in. These days, I’m challenging myself to be open to whatever shows up, whenever it shows up, and walk through doors when they open in front of me, so when this one just appeared out of nowhere, you know I had to sign up.
Well, a challenge is was. Or is. “Is” is probably more like it, I think. I didn’t sign up until Day 2 was almost over, so finishing the Day 1 “lesson” ended up being two days “late.” Good thing I’m not being graded on this, isn’t it?
The Day Zero lesson was on setting up your blog, which I already have, so I thought I’d only be a day behind. Little did I know that “challenge” really meant challenge and it was going to be challenging me in ways I haven’t been challenged before. I’ve participated in blogging challenges where there are topics to write on every day, or photos to post every day, or things of that nature, but Jeff”s challenge is a little more, ok, a lot more specific. He’s insisting (well, “insisting” might be a pretty strong word and maybe I’m just interpreting it that way… but I think it’s a good thing) we be bloggers or something like that. Go figure, huh? And guess what?! He says that bloggers are writers! Wow! I know people who think only someone who has “been published” is a true writer and I know other people who think that bloggers are anything BUT writers, so to be encouraged to be writer, a blog writer, and to be called writers, by someone who not only writes a blog but is published as well, is super-duper encouraging for someone like me.
I never wanted to be a writer. I love to read and sometimes I love to talk, but writing? Nope. That was someone else’s job. More importantly, it was the job of someone who knew how to write, who went to school to learn how to write, who had the right to be called a writer… because they were one. I, on the other hand, only started writing this blog because I needed to get the crap out of my head onto the paper, even if that meant it was a computer with a keyboard instead of a pen and piece of paper. I never wanted to be a writer.
So now I’m doing this 7-day challenge and tomorrow is Day 4. I just completed Day 1’s “lesson” and here it is: an updated “about me” page that I’m now calling Me and My Manifesto. I’ve been wanting to make some changes to this page for a long time but haven’t been sure just what to write and how to share it so Day 1 was perfect for me.
The previous About page included Louise the Cat and Dinah Dog and a little homage to them as my traveling companions; I took it off the main About page and gave them a page of their own called My 4-legged Co-Travelers (Max Cat and Thelma the Cat will be added to this page soon).
I’d love it if you would go check out my new About Me page which is now going by its new name (see last paragraph 🙂 ) and let me know what you think. Click here to go see it (the page will open in a new tab). Is the information clear? Do you understand what my blog is about? Does the page include enough personal information about me? Or is there too much of that personal stuff? Do you want to know more about some part of me I haven’t mentioned? Does it make you want to read more of my blog posts? Am I asking too many questions here?
In any case, I really would like to get your feedback if you’re willing to share it. Be honest with me. Tell me what you think in the comments section below, and I promise to read every word.
Thank you! And thank you for following my blog and reading my random writings. I appreciate you all!
Now where’d I put that next challenge, uh, lesson. Stay tuned.
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