Do you ever get the sense that someone has stopped listening to you, but you don’t even care because you need to get whatever you want to say out of your system? Have you ever sent someone approximately 48 text messages in the middle of the night, even though you knew that person was sleeping?
The time I first found out about Facebook, I was eighteen years old, in spring, oh-four. How could I know this site would be a hook distracting me from papers, tests galore? Six years later, I found myself with plus or minus seven-hundred friends, a news feed full of pics.
The Internet can make you believe that you have a potentially limitless readership, but that concept is simply a false lure that can mess with your ability to produce quality work. Some people succumb to greed, others to lust; don’t be the one who breaks under the weight of wanting to be an Internet celebrity.
Have you been dreaming about Farmville again? You go to the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth, but you’re distracted by a strange noise coming from your computer in the other room. Are you hearing things? You shut off the faucet and listen closely. “Mooooo.” Did you really just hear a cow?
Ward provides numerous examples to support his claim; both code and poetry have purpose, meaning, and structure, and they work efficiently. His post made me think more generally about the ways that writers and programmers are alike. As a writer, I feel like I can understand and articulate the programming process.
Now, with more people communicating and sharing through cell phones and iPads, it’s even easier to make typing mistakes (smaller screens, smaller keyboards, malfunctions, etc.). I admit it: I try my very best to write correctly, but sometimes I just miss errors. I’m tired, distracted, etc. I don’t pretend to have an editor or a staff.
If you love a craft, you should practice it, no matter what. Don’t think too much about trends. If you recognize a need for a blog, then you should be the one to start that blog! Just think about how many other people online have the same questions that you do; use social media to find those people and empower the community.
On the Twitter homepage, users can see Twitter’s 10 trending topics. These can include the most popular hashtags or the most widely-tweeted words and phrases. The top 10 trending topics are constantly changing, and they can be organized by specific location or worldwide. I decided to write two 10-line poems to honor the topics.
Choosing a blog concept is difficult because your decision sets the stage for the future of your blog. You don’t want to limit yourself by being too specific, but you should try to create and maintain a niche that will help you build an audience of interested readers. The first post will be the most difficult post.
The web has so much potential to be a place where educated, well-intentioned people share constructive criticism with one another. When someone shares an idea or a piece of writing, that person could ask for and access feedback from hundreds of thousands of readers! We could establish mutually-beneficial relationships!