Blogging 101: Day one

Like many things in my life, I have started the blogging 101 class late. No particular reason other than procrastination, but this is something I was looking forward to since last month. Alas, I am starting and I intend to stick to it.

Day One: Introduce Yourself to the World

I am a 29 year old who wants to hone his writing skills to become a more effective communicator and to gain new ideas. I also want to release my ideas and stories into the world because my mind sometimes gets bogged down with thoughts of the past and I find it hard to concentrate or move on.

Blogging 101 posed some questions to answer in this first blog post, so I will answer them straightforwardly:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?

I keep a journal but I feel that blogging publicly will help me to get criticism to help me grow as a writer. I am also ready to be more open so what better way to do that than on the internet through blogging? Everybody’s doing it.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

There are a few instances of trauma in my life that I want to release to the world as a mediation of sorts. I have been dwelling on a few important times in my life where I felt hopeless but I somehow managed, and I want to explore those experiences to understand how I can use those hard times as motivation for me to more forward in my present. I also want to meet people who may have gone through similar experiences and learn how they coped and moved on.

  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

Meeting people who’ve been through trials like mine would be great. I want to understand what helped them to move forward and what helps them to deal when the memories of past trauma creeps up and holds your brain captive.

  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

I want to accomplish writing my thoughts clearly as to get my point across but also to make it entertaining. I want to build a readership of at least 10 readers who share their thoughts about my blog, writing style, content, etc. to help me become a more interesting communicator. Finally, I want to learn how to talk about myself in a way that keeps people interested because I am insecure about this. I fear people find me boring, so I tend to overcompensate by focusing too much on another person or talking about nonsense. In a sense, I want to become a better storyteller so I can gain peoples’ interest and keep them interested as we continue to get to know each other.

There you have it. Doing this first blog for the class has made me feel good, so I am looking forward to continuing. Since I have missed 7 days, I will most likely try to catch up by completing multiple assignments in one day.

4 thoughts on “Blogging 101: Day one

  1. Rachel McAlpine

    Yay, starting is all! I was also a week late starting: I was on holiday in a remote place. “Procrastination” can mean many things. Perhaps you were also giving yourself a holiday. You say you want to write about and “release to the world” certain memories, and this is a great plan. I know what it’s like to ruminate: chewing over and over a bad feeling, a bad episode — these thoughts do block you from moving on. From my reading, may I offer a suggestion? The writing will work for you if you can refrain from writing down the story that goes over and over in your mind. If you can rewrite the story, focusing on something different, interpreting events in a different way, that can help people to move on, I understand. (You’ve probably read this research too!) There’s always more than one way to tell your story.

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    1. mashedjam Post author

      Hi! Thank you so much for your input. I was trying to find a way to spin it, and your suggestion helps. My idea is to have a serial blog focusing on how the traumatic event affected my life then and how it continues to impact my life. Each blog would be anchored in the event, but would address a different theme. I welcome and appreciate your suggestions!

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      1. Rachel McAlpine

        Ok, that sounds promising.Maybe you could then write a separate post on a different way of looking at that event’s impact on your life: a fiction that turns out well! Best of luck.


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