Sneak Peek: Day 3 of Challenge

My day started at 6:33 a.m. Yes, the 33 is for real. I’m not quite sure why, but it seems my body never wakes up “on the dot,” but I smile to myself because it reminds me that I’m just a bit off.

Day 3 of the 30-Day Blogging Challenge is on its way. The challenge for today was to write about my day, in detail, and since the day is young yet it’ll be a late post.

So, stay tune …

30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: Your day, in detail.

My day started at 6:33 a.m. Yes, the 33 is for real. I’m not quite sure why, but it seems my body never wakes up “on the dot,” but I smile to myself because it reminds me that I’m just a bit off.

Aside from my smartphone’s alarm waking me up, I also woke up because it was already warm and I was fighting with my blankets to get cool. I realized that I’d probably never get back to sleep, so I shook myself up and started to read. Yep, read.

I opened my WordPress app and started reviewing the blogs of bloggers I follow. I’m in good company. There are so many inspiring posts from fellow writers it always brightens up my mood and boosts my confidence. I helped a fellow writer today as well by donating what I could. Going after your dream isn’t always an easy road, especially if you don’t have a strong support system. Opposition can come from all angles, even surprising you because it comes from your inner circle of friends and family. I was happy to help in whatever way I could and I wish him all the best (you can see what I’m talking about here).

Then, it was off to church and Sunday school. It was a very good day in church. Nothing exciting, but everything interesting, considering I spent most of my Sunday school time entertaining my three-year old nephew by drawing whatever item or animal he named. It was quite amateur, I assure you–stick figures, but it kept him laughing and from running around causing chaos.

After church I spent a few hours with a friend. We haven’t seen each other in a while so we played catch up. Conversation topics were many; from work to school to her pregnancy. We even talked about the latest Broadway show that’s coming to Hawaii, the Lion King. This, of course, lead to conversation on how expensive interisland tickets are (about $105 for a 20 minute flight between islands. I know, ridiculous right?). We said good-bye after about three hours.

It was off to my grandmother’s house for family dinner with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Hang on, if I’m to give a detailed report, I stopped at the gas station to fill up gas. At $4.59 per gallon for regular gasoline, I was frowning at the screen as the machine noted how much money it was sucking out of my bank account. When it finally stopped I stuck my tongue at it (Truth! I promise). Robbery, I tell ya. Robbery! Oh, and I did stop at the store to buy vanilla ice cream. That was my assignment for tonight: get vanilla ice cream for dessert. And it HAD to be vanilla–not chocolate or chocolate swirl. Vanilla. To go with the custard mochi my mom baked (which I, sadly, could not enjoy because I don’t like custard).

The evening at my grandma’s went well. My younger cousins were screaming and laughing as they chased each other around the living room. Everyone was hashing out their week while Toy Story 3 provided background noise on the television. Truthfully, I was occupied with getting my Math homework done before my professor locked the classroom forum and I get no credit for the assignment (I did make it, by the way–so, YES!).

And now, I’m finally settled down for the night. Not quite ready to go to sleep, but ready to bring my day to a close. I’ll probably write some more and read some more, but all in all . . .  that’s my day.

30-Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: Share 10 Likes and Dislikes

Likes and dislikes. 10 of them. 10? Like 10 each? Or 5 and 5? Ok. Maybe it’s a smidge too much, but it’s a valid question right? At any rate, I decided let’s hit the ball out of the park: 10 each.

Likes

  1. Mysteries
  2. Watching a movie in the theater
  3. People-watching
  4. A rainy day
  5. Twilight time (that wonderful time between day and night)
  6. A good conversation
  7. Learning
  8. The cold
  9. The night sky
  10. Pasta

Dislikes

  1. Spiders! I shudder at the thought of them. All. The. Time.
  2. Snakes! See above.
  3. The Beach – I’m sorry! I know I live on island and how can I possibly not like the beach. It’s just … the sand, the way the air “sticks” to you because it’s salty. I mean, I don’t hate it, I just don’t really care for it either.
  4. People who are fake.
  5. Horror movies
  6. Being late
  7. Math – it is my exact opposite.
  8. Excessive swearing
  9. Cooking/baking – or does that count as two?
  10. Hurting other people – even when it’s unintentional.

The 30-Day Blogging Challege: and Day 1

Checking out the blogging community, I found a great blog challenge on fellow blogger, sfoxwriting’s blog:

30-day-challengeSince I’m trying to get into the habit of blogging and writing publicly, I think this will be a fun challenge. Let’s see how far I get!

Day 1:  Ok, basic stuff.

For starters, I love to write, whether for my blog or for my self. Writing helps me figure stuff out.

I love reading and I don’t think that’s a secret.

I’m generally positive and I think this is a point-of-view that takes root in my childhood days watching courtroom drama and mystery TV; innocent until proven guilty (and all those self-development books I tend to pick up now and then).

And, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, which got stuck in my mind by Aerosmith’s song “Amazing,” I believe that life is a journey, not a destination. I think seeing the world through this lens makes life that much easier to cope with.

Blogging 411: Writing Professionally – Online

Since this blogging world is still kind of new to me and I’m still trying to make sense on what I am actually blogging about, I’m still doing a lot of research on writing. I stumbled upon this blog post while browsing through my university’s LinkedIn group and thought I’d share it. I recommend everyone to read it, even if you’re not “professionally” writing.

From OnlineCareerTips, “How to Keep Your Writing Professional Online,” by Adrienne Erin.

It made me think: Am I writing professionally? Can my blog be considered “professional?” My immediate answer is “no,” of course. But, the guidelines in the article is good information. I decided to do a mental check:

1.  Back Up Your Thoughts

Well, I do my best to back up my opinions. I mean, I understand it is important to know what you’re talking about. How embarrassing would it be to write about something that you know nothing about? *thinks* Ok, unless you sincerely didn’t understand the point or misunderstood it. But overall, I think I do manage to give examples, at the very least, about my position on things.

2.  Try It Without the Intro Paragraph

This is a new one to me since almost all my classes drilled into my brain to have an introduction paragraph. I’m not sure I even know how to write without an intro and conclusion. I’ll have to experiment with this. Ms. Erin makes an excellent point: “Readers of online material aren’t in it for the long explanations.” I also like her parting advice: “Your posts should be skimmable.” I don’t think some are “skimmable.” I have to make it a point to practice this as well.

3.  Use Headings

I love headings. I think I use them efficiently, but still. Now that I’m aware that it’s one characteristic of a professionally tone, I’ll be on the look out for it.

4.  Don’t Push It

Hm, great advice with this one. And you know, I agree with this. I love that this is on the list.

5.  The Importance of TL;DR

I absolutely LOVE this. [Too Long; Didn’t Read]. I most definitely will be using this as a guide in my future blog posts.

So, I would say I’m halfway there. And since I’m still feeling my way through this blogging world, I think I’m doing pretty good. There is always room for improvement though, so I’m not going to argue with progress.

Edited: 03 April 2015