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Zero to Hero, Day 29: It’s time to get regular

(Oh, my…. aw, who am I kidding! I totally intended it to come across that way!)

Today’s assignment: Think through your idea editorial calendar. Bonus: develop a regular feature for your blog

I do expect to blog daily (…she says after being away from the blog for a solid week…), and this challenge was supposed to help me post on a more consistent basis. But the challenge can’t do that for me– if it could, I wouldn’t be binge-posting. 

I would like there to be a regular posting feature on the blog. Maybe my own edition of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” of which there is constant supply in my house. I tried to do this before on my old blog: I called it “The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Day.” But I found myself scrambling to post one every day, and eventually I just gave up. Perhaps a weekly round-up would make for something more substantial. 

Here’s to giving things a spin.

Zero to Hero, Day 27: Incident revisited

Today’s assignment: Pick your favorite of all the tasks we’ve done so far, and revisit it. How can you continue to grow? (Bonus: revisit a post that’s been on your mind, and make the edits you’ve been thinking about.)

Okie-dokie… how’s about this one?

Today’s Assignment: publish a post that includes a new-to-you element.

Photo? Done.

.gif? Done.

Tweet? hmmmm…..

(Of course, when I tried to do this, Twitter froze up on me…. whatever happened to the fail whale?) So, anyway…here:

 

I really like this guy– I don’t usually read my husband’s Discover magazine, but I read his “Impatient Futurist” article a while back (which I don’t think he does anymore). I followed him on Twitter, which gives me a chance to read more of his stuff. And what’s really cool is that when I find occasion to comment on his articles, he sometimes responds.

He talks a lot about the obesity problem in America. Especially how it affects children. Although I don’t happen to have obese children, I find the issue important. So I like seeing that someone is talking about it and supplementing his statements with scientific study. (Accidental alliteration aside…)

Here’s to learning something new every day.

Zero to Hero, Day 23: Git along lil’ dogies!

Today’s challenge: Publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why you love the posts — and why we should read ‘em.

(Oh, come on– you thought “rodeo” when you saw “roundup” too! 

…you didn’t? Just me? Well, shoot.)

And it is “dogies”– cowboy slang for orphaned calves. I learned that on “Martha Speaks”… don’t be hatin’.

Anyhoo. It seems a little strange, being asked to single out a couple of blogs. I just nominated some folks for the Leibster Award, as I was nominated. That was a roundup of sorts– tagging some blogs that are of particular interest to me. They might not be of particular interest to other folks, though. This task seems more like a request for advertising/plugging/cross-promotion. 

Why should you read the blogs I’ve tagged? I’m choosing people on a journey. To varying degrees, these are journeys to which I can personally relate. That’s why they grab my attention so much. Maybe they will do the same for you

Made in Toronto: A first-time mom, with about 5 weeks to go until the Estimated Due Date (sooo… any minute now). I do love me some Canada, and I do love me some babies (other people’s, these days). Her serenity is pretty awe-inspiring, so go check her out.

Our Lady of What?: A girl, raised Protestant (with a deacon father to boot), who is in the midst of conversion to Catholicism. That’s huge, and don’t ever discount someone making a decision like that. I am reminded of a quote I’ve been seeing floating around Facebook: “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” –CS Lewis

Thoughts by a young Catholic: Someone who has a pretty good idea of what she wants to be when she grows up, but is already confident in who she is now. There’s a similarity in our spritual histories, I’m not gonna lie. And it’s nice to see a young Catholic person who isn’t all, “woot-woot-Catholics-are-fun-bible-thumpers-too!!!!1!!” It’s refreshing, actually.

So check them out. If you like. I put my blog roll on the sidebar so it’s easier to see. I actually have a larger variety of folks that I follow– and I don’t actually recommend them all, because I don’t actually agree with them all… at least, not all the time. But they keep my attention, which is becoming an increasingly precious commodity. 

Here’s to sharing the love. 

Zero to Hero, Day 22:

 

Today’s challenge: Find a blogging event (try our Blog Event Listings) and throw your hat into the ring.

I used to be the one making these up for students; the tables have turned, and that’s ok. After scanning the listings at the linky-thingy, this is the one I chose.

PICTURE WRITING CHALLENGE

Event Type: Fiction & Flash Fiction, Poetry

Start Date: Sunday, recurring weekly

Description: The ONLY “rule” is that you use the picture I’ve posted to make the story (or poem — yes, yes; I’ll also allow poetry). That’s it.

You don’t even have to do a story as such, it could be a thought, a memory or a feeling that you get from it, basically anything involving words.

Please comment on the photo post with a link back to your story/poem/whatever you wrote, so that I can link the credits on the following challenge.

OrganizerCognitive Reflection

Visit blog on Sundays for a photo and full event details.

At the very least, it’s yet another blog to follow on my reader (which is good, because it’s been looking a little unbalanced in there). 

Here’s to keeping a commitment to myself and my audience (which still humbles the heck out of me). 

Zero to Hero, Day 21

Today’s assignment: publish a post inspired by your post from Day 19, and publicize it on one or more of your social networks.

I publicize on Facebook and Twitter already, each time I post. And I don’t know if my Day 19 post ‘inspired’ me all that much other than to make me giggle. 

But I will mention here (as I did in a reply to one of my own posts) that the picture ‘inspired’ a negative comment. I have the power of moderation, and used it. As I said the other day– I want to maintain a reputation of being positive.

That being said, I’m happy to report that I’ve actually caught up with the Zero to Hero Assignments (I’m having trouble activating the ‘Zero to Hero’ badge, but I’ll get it in the next week, I’m sure). I’ve found a lot of great blogs (and some really strange ones…) and have really come to enjoy this blogging thing. My dream is to someday have a post go viral, and to that end I have followed a couple blogs that had been passed along on my Facebook. Perhaps I can learn from them in terms of style and subject.

Here’s to standing on the shoulders of giants!

So very appropriate… (Zero to Hero, Day 19)

So very appropriate... (Zero to Hero, Day 19)

Today’s assignment: publish a post using a format you’ve never used before.

I loved this picture so much that I want to save it in my little corner of Teh Interwebz. And it’s so true: Pope Francis says things that are not the least bit radical, but because the world wants to hear him say something different from his predecessors, they interpret them to mean what they want it to mean. If that gets more people listening, then that’s great. But I fear folks will be very disappointed.

Zero to Hero, Day 16: Off like a prompt dress!

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Well, let’s ‘ave a butcher’s at the Daily Prompt, shall we?

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Woah.

I’d like to think that I have a good reputation, a positive one. I try to project that out to the blogosphere. I’m a mom, and I’ve already posted about finding Mom negativity a major turn-off. I’m Catholic, and I recognize that some folks are much more willing to seek negativity in religion in order to disparage religiosity. There have been times where I have been told, “All Catholics are [bigoted, angry, snobbish]… except for you.” I want a chance to tell them, “I’m the norm– please look at us again, more closely. See what we are, and not what you want to see.”

My biggest concern moving forward is that I get trapped with the reputation for being less than a great teacher. I was laid off from teaching jobs three different times in four years, though no fault of my own. But I will have to answer to that when it comes time to re-enter the workforce proper. And don’t even get me started on all the professional development I’m missing out on by not being in a classroom right now. There’s a very good chance that my career in education is effectively over, and to a certain extent I feel as though it never started. 

So no– that part of my reputation, if indeed it exists, is not accurate. And that pisses me off. So now I’m trying to parlay my expertise into something more useful.

Here’s to doing the best with what I’ve got, where I am.

Zero to Hero, Day 12: Houston, we have a problem

My computer has decided to start spazzing out on me. So all those blogs I’m supposed to follow and/or comment on? Yeah… couldn’t make that happen. Browser kept freezing up and shutting down. Oh well. Typing this on my phone, for crying out loud.

I made a post based on a draft I had hanging around. Hope y’all like it.

Here’s to making do with what you’ve got.

Zero to Hero, 7 AND 8: Double the pleasure, double the fun!

(…half the posting responsibility!)

I didn’t have to post for day 7, but I putzed around with my theme’s colors.

Today’s assignment: create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have.

Hang on– let’s take a look at what we have…

After earning two degrees in Education and spending ten years in both private and public schools, The incident-prone SAHM is spending her days changing diapers and correcting elementary level grammar mistakes. Catholic, Libertarian, and too serious for her own good, she tries each day to approach her husband and children with patience and humor. This blog chronicles the successes and failures of that approach.

I’d like to take a minute and thank all my English teachers for allowing me to develop a sense of writing style so that every piece of advice offered has already been heeded. I’ve said about Education Reform, I’m a firm believer in “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” and my education never needed fixing.

So– how about I turn it over to you folks. Some of the folks who read my blog are people I know personally; others just happened upon my blog, especially with the Zero to Hero Challenge. If any of you have any really pressing questions that I can answer and add to my About page in the process, feel free. I’d love to hear from you, seriously.

Here’s to knowing what I’m all about.