~Give Good Voice
You must understand that your reader is brilliant,
intelligent, and educated.Ā If you donāt
agree, stop writing.Ā Now.
So– donāt give them your bullshit.Ā What I mean isāTell Your Truth. Show your reader what you look like naked
(metaphorically speaking, of course).
Speak what is Unspoken.
I always go back to the great pioneer, Dooce. She was the first blogger to talk about her
struggle with Post Partum Depression in an extremely raw way.
As a result, her readers responded.
Flocking to her blog by the thousands.
Her readers sprinted to support her because they could
indentify & relate to her hopelessness and depression.
Isnāt it comforting suddenly realizingā¦.
~Acknowledge Your Readers
example, you āreĀ Dooce, The Bloggess, or
Lady Gaga,Ā you probably donāt have time
to respond to all of your readers. Right?
youāre not legendary at the moment,
perhaps you can take a moment to simply say, Ā āhey,Ā I hear you. I see you. I value you.ā
for Skirt for six months strait without receiving a single comment.Ā I remember thinking,Ā āDoes anybody even know Iām HERE?Ā Helloooooooo.ā
received my first comment, it felt like a little kiss upon my cheek.
Amy Fagan.Ā Iāll never forget my first
commenter was YOU!
~Is Your Content Remarkable/Relatable?
Iāve read a few bloggersā that write something like this:
ā I went to bed with a horrible headache.Ā I slept until 9:00 AM. Ā Ā When I got up in the morning, I fed the dog and
then– then Iā¦.ā
No.Ā No.Ā No.
Nobody cares.Ā Well,
maybe they care, but they donāt, I presume,
have time to read boring blah sentences.
This isnāt a step by step diary.
And youāre about as interesting as watching paint dry, water
boilā¦.all of those idiot clichĆ©s.Ā Iād
rather watch my cat, Charlie, vomit up hairballs.Ā At least it might be entertaining, stinky,
& Ā stir up my senses.
If youāre talking about your everyday life / adventures, at
least make it engaging.
For example, One Of My Favorite Bloggers writes about her
day like this:
**He shook out his dreamy state, flinging dog hair into the
air like fucking glitter.Ā Only not as
magical.Ā But Equally annoying to sweep
upā¦āYou know Iām going to shave you this summer,ā I whispered as I scratched
the sweet spot behind his ear.Ā He
circled around 10 times and flopped his body heavily on the vent.Ā Assholeā¦.Not only will I shave you, Iāll put
a pink hanky around your neck.ā**
SheāsĀ writing about an ordinary morning in an extraordinary
way.Ā I could read this shit forever.
~Kick Ass Voice
ā”This is not a book to be
tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
I LOoooooVE this quote by Dorothy Parker !
Iāve continually imagined she was
reading a book without soul, without authenticity, without heart.
And the reader is NO different
Well, at least Iām not.Ā Every single writer I covet, stalk, &
worship writes without inhibitions or restraint:Ā Ā Sexton,Ā Plath,Ā Angelou,Ā Nin,Ā Lamott,Ā Jong ( to name a few)
She opens up her vein and the
blood become the words.
~Do Not Preach. Ever.
If readersā want a sermon, theyāll go to church.Ā Let them figure it out by themselves.Ā Remember, they are capable and SMART as hell.
Well, Iāll be damned, I guess Iām preaching by writing this….Iām
suuuuuuuch a hypocrite.
~Social Networking is Oh-So-Cool
Social Networking is the coolest thing since sliced bread,
Facebook.Ā Ā Twitter.Ā Ā Googleplus.
My SpaceĀ CafĆ©mom.Ā Linkendin.
Must I go on?
What is Your Cause?
PerhapsĀ everything you write Ā is your cause.
If not, findĀ a causeĀ you’re Ā PASSIONATE about.Ā If youāre excited, others
will be, too.Ā Believe me.
——Dear Reader,Ā what
do you look for in blogs, books, poetry?Ā How important isĀ the writer’s VOICE to you?
Love Love Love…