WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #1: A NOTE OF CLARIFICATION —
I was asked how I am able to come up with blog posts every day, and how I come up with topics. I had to set the record straight here — the savvy reader will notice I certainly do NOT post every day. I do skip out now-n-then. This past Friday, for example. Once, when that lying bitch Depression hit, I went an entire week without posting.
But still, I take her point. While I may not post “every day”, I still maintain a high degree of frequency. It is recommended that a blogger post at least two-to-three times per week. I almost always go five-to-six, and many times, even all seven days. That’s a lot.
It should be mentioned here that mine is not necessarily the example to follow. I blog for different reasons than many people. I do so for my own entertainment, and to work through my anger issues, and to voice my opinion in an atmosphere where it isn’t automatically shushed for fear of reprisal. If you’re looking to make money or build a professional platform, my path ain’t the way to go, friends.
So I post more than necessary, and on topics of my own choosing which seldom match up to any pre-scheduled plans — another egregious boo-boo, as all the greats will urge you to get ahead of your game, stay in your lane, and give your readers the fish.
Meaning, write posts for several weeks out and schedule them so you stay regular; stick to your topic and don’t go off on tangents; and feed your readers what they want.
Since I don’t give a crap if I have one or a million members in my entourage, these rules don’t apply to me in any way whatsoever. I seldom work ahead, I go off-roading regularly, and I’ve never once stopped to ask my readers what they would like me to write about.
This sounds as though I’m ungrateful for followers, which could not be further from the truth. It’s just the followers are the icing on my NOBODY’S-THE-BOSS-OF-ME cupcake. The fact that anyone appreciates what I have to say boosts my ego to no end, trust me!
Of course, I’m off topic again, and still have not even touched upon the question of how I come up with topics. I’ll tell you what I told my friend:
“My hubz & I smoke, but never inside the house.
So we take breaks outside every couple hours & chat.
I never fail to say, ‘This would make a great post!’
So when we come in I open a word doc,
write the topic & thoughts,
save & close for later.
It’s the one silver lining to being a smoker, lolz!
We take 10-minute breaks every couple hours.
Quality time in spurts.
I get inspired by politics, religion,
other blog posts, family,
headlines, society, songs
— I’m easily impressed upon.”
I’d like to expand upon this a bit. But not now. I might hit this up in a future blog post. Gimme a sec while I open up a new word doc as a reminder…
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #2: MY HAPPINESS PROJECT —
Assignment #14: Track a project’s Before & After.
From Gretchen Rubin:
“A ‘before-and-after’ requires a commitment.
By documenting your ‘before,’
you’re promising yourself that there will be an ‘after’ –
and that fact alone will probably make you more likely to follow through.
Also, making progress tangible makes it more rewarding –
and we’re more likely to stick with rewarding activities.”
I never did follow through on my 30-day Cut-the-Crap challenge to clean up my office. I guess now is as good a time as any to jump back into that mess. But I’m not posting a BEFORE picture until there’s an AFTER picture to go with it. Sorry, people.
And then when I do post those bad boys, I’m gonna do it at this website because I think I’ll deserve a bit of linky fame, don’t you? Don’t worry, I’ll share with you guys, too. I’m not a TOTAL bitch.
I wonder how much I can get done by next Tuesday. Wouldn’t it be awesome-sauce if I was able to post in time for the very next Tackle-It-Tuesday? There might be a chocolate prize in store for me if I manage to pull that off!
If you missed the first few weeks of my Happiness Project, or want to catch up on the Assignments so you can create your OWN Happiness Project, click here for a list of the first several lessons.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #3: MY WIPPY-DOODLE!
I’m behind. That is all.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #4: BONUS MATERIAL —
Went to the Danbarry Dollar Saver to see HOPE SPRINGS starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell. It was adorable!
Thank goodness, because my sister and I have to be very careful what we see with our mom, who is exceptionally picky. Now that she has found The Lord and whatnot, every uttered “God damn it!” or “Jesus Chris!” must be accompanied by my mother’s tsking to alert the entire theater audience of her disapproval. Likewise, if a film is dull, she yawns SUPER LOUD, to alert the entire theater audience of her boredom. If it is funny, she makes sure her laughter is heard over everyone else’s, to alert the entire theater audience of her enjoyment.
In case you aren’t catching the theme here, allow me to spell it out: My mom really, really, really (times infinity) wants the entire theater audience to know exactly how she feels in any given moment.
This from the woman who told me I’m wrong if I think I can read her expression and tell what she’s thinking. I’ll tell you what I’M thinking: Don’t play poker, Mom. The other players will fucking eat you alive.
So the movie was cute and relatively clean. But it didn’t matter because my mom got sick and didn’t end up accompanying us after all. Jesus freaking Christ, Mom — REALLY? God damn it, we picked that movie just for YOU! Fuuuuuuuuu—
Unrelated side notes:
It has been said that I resemble Meryl Streep. I should only hope to age that gracefully. But I’m no fool. I know it’s just the hawk-nose and high cheek bone structure. Still, there are way-worse celebrities with which to be compared!
The character portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones was a complete and utter douche-wagon. I’m glad he came around by the end because he was seriously pissing me the fuck OFF.
Steve Carell was funny merely by being present. The more serious a role he plays, the funnier that shit gets. And marriage counselor is about as serious as it is.
Oh my God. I’m still reading the same books, okay? And I’m still listening to the same CDs on my iPod. I’m sorry. I’m not going to list them here because it’s just a freaking repeat of what’s been here for the last several weeks. And that, friends, is simply too depressing. I’ll update when I finally get a chance to READ something and move down my stalled-out list. Till then, GET OFF ME, PEOPLE!
Oh, hey — Happy American Thanksgiving tomorrow, -n-stuff. Hope it all goes down smoothly. And if you happen to overindulge, well… don’t upchuck in my direction, okay?
And that’s what’s up Wenzday.
Hope your Hump-Day is full of hump-ish good times.
I’d love to hear what’s up with YOUR Wenzday!