Tuesday, May 1, 2012

What a Lot of Blogging!

What a month this had been!

All this blogging has been a lot of work! I think I probably overwhelmed some of my regular readers and few of you writer/ editor types were probably not too thrilled with viewing all of my baby writing assignments.

I can write a mean lab report or a research based science paper. Creative writing? Who me? I skipped that part in high school. I started creating web pages with an interest in the technical aspects and grew to love creating the overall design of documents and web pages. Written content was never my major concern.

I think this experience has been good for me. I really feel like I have loosened up a bit and maybe shared more that I would have without the daily practice. To some extent I was surprised at the range of emotions that certain challenges brought out of me and found that it was a cathartic experience.

I liked producing a variety of post styles. I also enjoyed the challenge of creative freedom within a few guidelines. I even learned about an assortment of online resources. One of the posts involved producing a MadLib poem using an online generator.  The resulting post is kind of odd, but what a useful challenge that turned out to be! I found web pages with lists of parts of speech because I was running out of adverbs. I wanted to use more health related words so I opened a thesaurus for the first time in decades. There was an option to practice editing the resulting poem to try and improve it. All this just had to be good for me as a budding writer!

Through the WEGO Health Activists Writing Challenge I also learned a few things about being an advocate for a health concern. I met new people, and I read lots of different blogs about a variety of health interests.  I signed on to twitter and followed a twitter chat for health activists. I joined Skype in order to be part of a discussion group. I did not find many other participants who were dealing with brain injuries, but I did find a group of bloggers who have formed a community for people with vestibular disorders.  It has been great chatting about issues related to that aspect of my disabilities. I believe that I will now be a more informed blogger, and better able to advocate for people with health concerns in the future.

 Now what?
 I certainly won’t be posting every day but I might post a little more frequently.
I want to work on some of my photography skills this month. I tried, briefly, to take a college Photoshop course only three months after I got sick. I think it is finally time to pick up where I left off.  I will have a few picture posts to share in the near future.

I certainly wasn’t confident that I would last all 30 days but…



Barb Polan said...

Congratulations on finishing this project! I always enjoy your posts. Perfect writing is not always perfect communication, so don't think of us creative/feature writers as somehow more equipped than you; as you have as a science writer, we have just found someone to pay us for putting words together: You communicate factual information, while we tend to communicate emotion, something you do admirably in your blog.


Grace Carpenter said...

Congratulations! Your posts were always good food for thought. Some were very moving. And your stamina is obviously improving a lot!

Linda said...

Thank-you Barb and Grace! You have no idea how much your words mean to me. Yes, Grace my stamina is improving but I was really pushing it to keep going. They do that challenge every April so maybe by next year I will be ready to try it again.

Rebecca Dutton said...

I've read every post. I can't imagine having the stamina to do this myself. Kudos.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Hooray! You're done! Although I wasn't able to read each post on the day it was written (I don't know how you managed to write EVERY DAY!) I did read every one. You did a fabulous job. :)

JanetK said...

Hey - I'm a little behind, but I wanted to tell you I really enjoyed "meeting" you and reading your posts for HAWMC!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Linda .. well done - congratulations ... and good luck with your photography course ..

Cheers Hilary

Charlene and David said...

If you would be so kind as to post our upcoming interview on Blog Talk Radio, all of your bloggers can call in and ask any questions that are on their minds. Here are the details. Thanks!! Dave & Charlene Nassaney

A reminder to tune in and call in this Sat. May 13, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Call in to Blog Talk Radio & speak with the host and us at (347) 850-1527 within 15 minutes of show time. Save this date and time and mark your calendar. Thanks!
Dave & Charlene Nassaney, Authors of One Arm One Leg 00 Words, Overcoming Unbelievable Hardships & also Stroke Survivors for 15 years.

Charlene and David said...

Congratulations on all your hard work. I know what was involved in accomplishing this. Focus, determination, and a great deal of concentration. Good job!

Linda said...

Thanks Everyone for saying such nice things.

My stamina really is picking up but I am really dragging my heels this month. Summer is in the air it feels like vacation time!

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