Wednesday, October 8, 2014

:: Specifics Bob OR Ambiguity?

 
~Blogging 31 Days- My Personal Challenge to Write~ 
It’s day 8 already and I’m grasping here at what to write.  Part of my struggle to write is SPECIFICS. I swing between short and sweet OR  long and detailed.  S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E!!!!  No joke. This is only my second year to participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge— I like to use the time to be a little introspective, and that’s why I make it a challenge to myself.

There are lots of blogs out there giving away free advice.  Yours for the taking, if you’re willing to click on their link…and read it through. Free advice on how to blog. Free advice on how to blog and make money. How to write a post that keeps your readers wanting more. How to clean your house. How to … HOW TO!

How much do I want to share?  How detailed?  How wordy?







Let’s take TUTORIALS FOR EXAMPLE. Last year, I challenged myself to get things off my To-Do list and mark it TO-DONE!   The biggest item of interest for me was finishing my Upholstery on my Antique couch.  I’d never upholstered anything, except maybe recovering a chair seat of something.  So it was definitely a learning process; and I took my sweet time researching for a couple of years.  My point is even my blog post regarding DIY upholstery weren’t written with a TUTORIAL in my mind.  I wasn’t even writing with a DIY HOW TO… really.  In fact, on my side bar right now—it just says HOW I DIY’d my Couch.

Settee Final 4

I was mainly writing a DIY HOW I DONE IT! ;)  with a disclaimer:  that results may vary!

I’D NEVER PRETEND TO KNOW SOMETHING OR TEACH SOMETHING I DON’T KNOW.

However, I do have a teachable spirit.  I’ve also been told by many people that I have a knack for teaching others; and it  proved helpful in home schooling our children, also children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, A Rag Rug crochet class at Michael’s, a buh-jillion years ago and a few other odds and ends things I’ve taught successfully! 

(English not being one—Teachable spirit aside--  don’t critique that last sentence too carefully, ok?) 

Too much detail you’ve lost your reader (or listening audience in the case of The Honey and myself) Not enough detail… and well, you just don’t know what the outcome could be.

So today, I thought I would take a stab at a tutorial—HOW TO in two easy steps… 

How to Make a Peanut Butter Sandwich 

~Take the bread out of the bread box-

~Put the PEANUT BUTTER ON THE BREAD!

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PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TUTORIAL

SPECIFICS BOB!

 October 8 Post Card



‘Til next time, Be Blessed!




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For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

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I'm participating in Nester's annual -31 Days of writing 


4 comments:

Donna Wilkes said...

I tend to get caught up with the specifics of things which really in the long run do not matter. I am now wondering creamy or crunchy? White or wheat? Cut or uncut? If cut, straight across or diagonal? Crust or no crust? :>)))

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I tend to keep things short and sweet because I'm always afraid I'm boring people. But while we're on the subject of PB - I like 100% natural, not the processed stuff - on 1 slice of whole grain bread, toasted, with the crusts. :-)

A Daughter of the King said...

You see, Pat, THIS post proves that you are a born writer. You can spin an interesting post about your goals and struggles as a writer AND you can write and easy to follow tutorial, AND you can be funny, interesting, wise, and thought-provoking whilst doing it. Well done!!!! You are my 31-day-blog challenge hero!

Gail Wilson said...

LOL I hear ya! sometimes my tutes just go on and on and on......