NOTE: This piece originates from an email sent to my still growing Writer’s Group for Reticent Bloggers at 3:03am on July 20th because quite frankly, I was feeling DETERMINED to get the word out before we met again.
Reading it again, today, I giggle at the memory of all the teasing I get for being that nightowl from my most regular group members. Beyond being known as a nightowl, I am thankfully regarded as a good listener, and effective facilitator and that just warms this writing coach’s heart.
What reputation precedes you as the business or personal writer you are? (I don’t mind for being known as a prolific writer between 12am and 3am on occasion. )
What are you known for because of the copy on your website or the blog you author or that article, ebook or book you wrote?
Could you anticipate what your five closest peers might say about you? Do you even care?
To a degree I care about how I am perceived. Most importantly I want there to be a “nearly full eclipse” of who I say I am, who I know am and how I am experienced by people. Just like I appreciate online profiles with current photos that allow for immediate “recognition” of the real McCoy when meeting for the first time at a live event.
Be it that I am writing business copy for website updates, articles or a blog post or an email correspondence, or even micro-blogging on Facebook I am always alert to my underlying “voice.” And I have found that being “me” is the easiest way to get communication out in a timely, enthusiastic and meaningful way.
Can I interest you in exploring and developing your authentic written voice for your business or your creative aspirations? It makes my heart sing to do so. For our Dharma (aka our vocation) seldom feels like work does it?
And about that late night experience that sparked this post…
At 12:40am or there about, this email was set to go, and Comcast deserted me.
Deserted me…but I am like the Captain of Galaxy Quest… I never/seldom give up and never surrender. And apparently I am willing to use the word never…
Tonight, I had the distinct pleasure of picking up my daughter from the airport, right on time, after her month in Carmel, CA with her grandparents. Her 8-day visit turned into a month when she got the opportunity to be part of the Children’s Experimental Theater group and we all said…what do we do to make this happen. We made it happen and she had a seminal summer experience. Who doesn’t want that any season of the year.
We, the dad, the mom and the kid had a catch up dinner at a nearby Neighborhood Grill and she had the AUDACITY…to ask for a play date after dinner with her best friend, Julia…I so get that she is simply glad to be home…and I would have let her go and play for two hours had it been approved… point is she was clear on what she wanted to be doing next–once she felt again in her element.
Well, I opened up a word doc, committed to write an article on behalf of Positive Daily Affirmations and figured if this email was meant to go tonight (or rather this early morning) I’d have the chance to send it before my head hit the pillow. Never Give Up….Never Surrender…or in other words cross that to do, off the list and sleep well.
Last week we had a wonderful dozen in the circle and surprise, surprise, the themes again were a common chorus.
Well, what do I have to say that people really want to hear from me?
(Hey, there, expert that You actually are with stories that span decades…I care and I am listening. And if I know you personally, I care even more…)
Can you hear/feel/sense the wisdom in this post of a friend of mine (a fantastic human disguised as a fantastic Real Estate Agent by day) that was inspired by a Copyblogger post? So much in so little a post…read on please…Go Casey, Go!
I heard the request to start a Biznik Group last week! It’s done…
You are invited to use this forum to share posts and ask questions of the resources in this growing community.
Sandy said she planned to start a personal blog.
Susan started writing creation stories for the buddies.
Pete is still committed to creating an editorial calendar.
Diane, I love your posts and your pictures.
Charles, please share those stories you have dozens of and educate by way of your 36 years of wisdom/direct experience.
Darylene, I’m writing articles as fast as I can….and hope I get found…
Blogs are living breathing entities filled with your essence, if you are okay with that. The more real you are the better. Being crafty and clever catches some but being authentic catches more people’s attentions and makes them Raving Fans.
Private blogs allow for R&D without scrutiny (go Sandy!) And collaborative blogs allow for synergies to emerge between writers.
Favorite links found this week that made me smile long and wide:
Casey’s see above…which leads me to CopyBlogger and to this funny guy with a fabulous promo…
I respect the writer’s with a willingness to really be themselves…what will it take for you to be so?
What makes my heart smile is how I see this group from week to week provide a space for the participants to get enthused and infused and inspired. For those who make it tomorrow…yahoo….for those who cannot…we will miss you.
I fully intend not only to be myself as I write and blog, and make a living doing so…how about you? And to do so what support do you need?
Ask and you shall receive.