There’s this one question that I always get asked that I really hate. It’s a question that I’m guessing a lot of professional writers get asked and I’m guessing they all hate it. “How do you write the perfect blog post?” First off, I knew the answer to “how do you write the perfect blog[…]
A few months back I was speaking at a bloggers conference about content ideation. Basically, my entire session was on how you can come up with ideas for your blog and then how you can act on those ideas in your writing. It was a lot of fun. At one point, I asked if anyone[…]
It’s December 30, 2016 and I’m click clacking away on this keyboard…again. It’s been a heck of a year. This year I’ve written somewhere in the vicinity of 150 blog posts for myself and another 50 for clients and other projects. It’s been a year FILLED with writing. And it’s been a year filled with interesting clients and projects, awful soul sucking clients that you want to burn to the ground and enlightening and heartwarming clients that you want to adopt and raise in a sock drawer. It’s been a year marred with political strife and punctuated by the fall o some of the greatest artists of our generation. We lost Bowie, Prince, Carrie, George Michael and so many more. But it’s also a year that saw people stand up for things in a way that we haven’t seen for generations. It’s been a heck of a year. So with the year all but behind us, I thought I’d share with you the goals I have for myself and for OneRedCat for 2017.
I think one of the things that I really love about writing lies in one of the comments I get all the time from people who know me and read my work. People constantly say to me, “I can hear you saying this.” Their point is that the way I write mimics the way I speak, the words I use and the way in which I put together phrases. But lately I’ve started to think, “is there a different way to write?”
I think the hardest thing that I’ve ever tried to do is write for other people. I can do it. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a writer. That’s what I do. But it’s not easy. The requirements are incredible and if you really start to think of what it means to write someone else’s thoughts our for them, you might go bananas. I mean, think about it. You’re basically trying to read someone’s mind and then turn that into words that mean what they think. So how can you make it easier?
I work with some pretty cool people. I’ve worked with astrologers, HR professionals, marketers, illustrators, photographers and social change makers. They’re all pretty awesome and the thing I love most about them is that none of them is a template. What do I mean by that? Well, while it would be easy sometimes to apply a “here’s what I do for astrologists” filter over top of interactions, I really love that each of them is a new and intricate individual that I get to explore and understand before we start working together. So, if these people are so different, then why do we try to apply the same systems and platforms in such a regimented way. Let’s talk about blogs.
It’s been a long night. This afternoon, I sat at my son’s gymnastics class and came up with 28 ideas for blog posts. Except for the occasional inspirational moment, this is how I usually come up with ideas. I write down everything I’ve been thinking about over the past few weeks and I figure out what it all means. It’s a pretty wonderful experience. Today, I thought a little bit about length. And I realized that I write some really long pieces.
The other day I was helping a friend who has recently begun his career in freelance copywriting. He had his very first assignment and wanted to do a good job, so he asked me to read over the piece for him. As I said before, your competition PROBABLY isn’t actually your competition, so I obliged.[…]
My blog is primarily made up of pieces about productivity, social media and how to succeed in the business world. This makes sense. As an independent consultant and freelancer, this is what I do, so why wouldn’t I write about it? I like to write about real life experiences, often unrelated to business, usually about my kids, and turn those experiences into lessons about running business, running social media or just being a general productive person. But the other day I did something very different.
I made a few remarks as I made my way to the last session of the morning. I said that it was mean to put these people together at this time. I said that I was not looking forward to the session. But that’s because as a chubby man, heading into a food panel right before lunch on a stomach that was void of everything except coffee, was disconcerting. If you looked at me, you may not be shocked to find that I like food. In fact, while I don’t read a ton of regular blogs, I was familiar with the works of all three panelists; Krista Butler, Lindsay Nelson and Laura Oakley.