Okay, I reread the assignment and watched to tape all over again…a few times. I also snuck over to Group A to”pay back” Mary & Helga. Oh, and I got some sleep, too.
Just a few thoughts before I tackle part two of this past week’s assignment: Those headline templates are part of the reason I was going long. Your system is much simpler and stream-lined. How do you use the materials I referenced above? And yes, Copyblogger has felt a bit off for the last 6 months or so. I think they are just strained by rolling out all of these new products. Demian can be genius…or not…as witnessed by the April Fool. Jerod is more of a consistent hitter, but I think he is also being pulled for the New Rainmaker.
And speaking of being “off,” here is my still-rough-draft-but-submitted anyway entry in last December’s Copyblogger Essay Contest.
To be fair, my entry headline was: Why Is it Important to Be Earnest in Creating Your Online Authority?
Much better was the headline I created for my post about the contest before my submission.
As a bonus, take a look at the bottom of “And the Winner Is…Not Me,” and you will find a list of some of the other entrants with links to their entries. And Jerod WAS kind enough to check out my post and leave a detailed comment.
I give an analysis as does he on the failures involved with my entry. It really needs to be split apart. I’d already shed off a couple of skins at that point. I got interrupted in my final day of editing and hit the send button because I didn’t know if I’d be back home in time before the deadline. It was a Hail Mary Pass…my only hope was for others to suck worse.
What I needed to do was separate the guru story from the Oscar Wilde one. 250 words can only support one controlling image/metaphor. That would give me space to rework the ending to close the chosen loop.
This blog was begun the night I was sent home from work with a concussion. Two years ago this month, in fact. It was begun as an experiment. Many of the posts were way out there on purpose. I wanted to see what kind of audience response I would get. I wanted to figure out what I wanted to write about and what an audience would want to hear from me.
These are far and beyond the most popular posts on the blog in order of popularity:
So surprisingly, it’s travel, food, and lifestyle stories. Not new media or writing. Aside from technical difficulties, it’s one of my problems in relaunching the site on self-hosted. I feel I need to be clearer on the next step.
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~Emily Dickinson Lori Sailiata