Check out my other blog — “Everything Heather”

My other blog is more of a general one just for fun. It’s less niche than this one and my Reiki blog (which also serves as my business website). I’ve had this one for years, with heavy updates that began during my great job search of 2010. It’s called Everything Heather — making it more all-encompassing. If I had a niche blog for every interest I am passionate about, I’d have to update 30 blogs.

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Maybe someday I can live the dream and have those 30 blogs: 

*One for gluten-free food. (I’ll keep posting my kitchen trials, mistakes, and glories here).

*One about marathon running and fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (I’ve been benched for 10 months from injuries etc).

*A yoga blog (because there aren’t enough of those).

*A Reiki blog — oh wait, I have one! But I’m such a nut I could start one about starting a Reiki business or simply teaching Reiki, which is a world unto itself.

*A spirituality blog because I’ll never stop seeking.

*One about my cat. He’s cute. It could be part photo-blog, part crazy cat lady blog. I’d end up blogging about Earthy home-made cat biscuits and how to make eco-friendly cat puke rug cleaner. See? Total cat lady.

*I can write a music blog, because there are definitely NOT enough of those… I could see it now, “Out of work radio DJ begins 8,387,234,001st music blog in cyber space! Complete with embedded SoundCloud posts, Mp3s, and — wait for it — giveaways!”

*An author blog, which may or may not somehow be different from this here “writing blog.” haha. This blog is my writing blog and “whore myself as an author” blog.

*As I am presently, today, unemployed, my wheels are turning about starting a blog about being unemployed. The highs, the lows, the fun… Because I am a writer, I have 100 ideas a minute. “I could chronicle my job search! And my friends’ searches and struggles too!” Yeah, no. I think it’s only interesting to us. Boring to everyone else.

Actually, one friend says the story of my life is inspiring and could help others. That will be on her blog. I’ll let you know when it’s up.

 

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A picture is worth 1,000 words — or less.

What an old cliche — “a picture is worth 1,000 words.” I figure if you have to come up with 1,000 words to express an idea, you may be doing it wrong. I’m a subscriber to another cliche — or is it an acronym? Or both? Keep it simple. Like this photo, for instance:

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<<<1,000 words here>>>

I could have written the following about it:

Last night, after the rain became ice, we received a rapid dump of nearly four inches of snow in Wichita. As the snowfall became less and less, the wind kicked in, blowing waves of snow off rooftops and into sweeping mounds everywhere…

What? Sweeping mounds? Who cares. Or I could have written:

I thought it was just another snowstorm until I heard something hitting our sliding glass door. Before the snow stopped falling, the wind kicked up creating whiteout conditions — and beautiful designs in the snow to be found the next morning. 

Blah. Actually, it’s all not so bad. Show 30 different writers the same snow storm and get 30 different stories in return.

Instead, I posted the photo with one line on my Instagram with this caption:

A visual representation of howling wind. 

Sometimes, a picture is so strong words could overpower it.

Besides, if you’re going to “gram it,” the point is to be more visual than wordy. If Instagram users wanted words, they’d get on Twitter.

A photo so perfect for Instagram. Words optional.

A photo so perfect for Instagram. Words optional.

Know your medium. Know your audience. Who are you writing words for? And for what purpose? I just wanted to inspire the same awe in this sight that I felt getting out of my car this morning and seeing undisturbed wind lines in the snow.

“Wow!” I thought, “I’m snapping a pic of that!” I wanted my Instagram followers to feel the same inspiration I felt as I grabbed my phone with icy hands to take that photo. You get the idea in just six words. You know it was a windy night and the sun came out again after the winter storm to reveal beauty.

And I just wrote 342 words to explain how tickled I was to tell that story in just six.

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