Writing for a Blog

The Wellington Writers Walk

Image Caption: An image from “The Wellington Writers Walk“. When I lived there, I used to stop and read them whenever possible.

One of the reasons I started a blog was to practice my writing. I have always liked writing, so much that when I was little being a writer was so far up the list of maybe careers that it made it into a school assignment.

Despite the journals I have been writing for years and the huge amounts of books I have read. I still can’t really write. So begins my quest: To learn to write “good” (no wait … “well” ).

I believe that writing well is not only about punctuation, grammar and spelling its about communicating something interesting. One needs the tools to do this effectively yes, but one also needs to know who is reading it on the other side in order to make it exist somewhere else other than in the writers mind (if that is the goal).

An article that I have read recently (prompted this post) was published on “A List Apart” and online mag for web developers. I feel it applies to all blog writers. The question I put forward after reading this is: If a blog that can be anything from a journal, scrapbook or marketing tool, who or what are we really writing for? Ourselves or the reader? How much should we be focusing on that? Amber Simmons writes in this article that you are writing for a single reader and telling them what they want to know. Its a nice read and very easy to scan. Take a look if your curious.

Who do you write for?

When I disappear

My mum and her partner own a place in a wee town I absolutely love. This Christmas I stayed there for two weeks. The first week was spent sewing and walking/biking just me and my family. The second week my friends from Christchurch arrived and we mountain biked and swam. When I go there I feel like maybe I’m not a city chick, maybe I am meant to be a farm girl!

Here are some photos from a walk on one stormy day.

Murchison

Murchison

Incoming Stormy Rain

Craft night, new old teaset and cupcakes!

New old Teaset and Cupcakes

A “thrifted” or “score from trademe” teaset that makes me grin with much satisfaction, yummy cupcakes and a gathering of lovely ladies that has left me so inspired that I’m not going to bed because that it would mean the night would be over. That or I ate too many cakes and drank lots of tea and there is no-one here to make me go to bed.

Flowers, rest and friends

I hope everyone had a lovely New Year and Christmas. I escaped for two weeks and left my home for another to play and make. On the last day of work I was lucky enough to have some extra cash to buy what I have been wanting for a wee while now. A digital Camera!!! whooooooop! Here are some photos off my brand new Nikon D80, visit my flickr for more. I am still figuring out the settings and stuff… to find the best settings for me. Still finishing sorting through them all so more photos are coming.

Poppy Bumble Bee

Malieka

Daylilly

Rain Clouds

For the love of buttons

buttons

Don’t panic! Simone’s button famine is over. I ordered some off Trade me. I now have one shoe box FULL of buttons! I had some of them spread out on the ironing board for a couple of days just so i could look at them and feel that weird satisfaction that comes with finally owning something you have needed for quite awhile.

Handmade Christmas Tree

Well its getting late and I need to sleep, but before I do here are some images of my snowflake fest. I basically had $0 budget for decorating the flat. So here is what I came up with, I also got the people sitting on the sofa to help… they mocked me until I got them involved, then they understood! (I’m always harping on:”its the process …. maaaan”.)

The Next Image is of the snowflakes pretty much not leaving me until I had spread a little Christmas fun to work aswell.

Then I found this gem.. OMG how cool! Its a snowflake maker you can export the flakes.. already using it to decorate the desktop.. mmm maybe a new blog banner???

The Producers

The ProducersI went to see the court theaters production “The producers” this week. I had recently seen the movie and enjoyed it, so was looking forward to seeing it on stage. It did occur to me it was a very small setting and stage to have such a flamboyant loud fun musical preformed on.

The conductor conducted from his piano (my old music teacher at high school.. one of the best musical producers in chch) to a camera (i think) The set was REALLY clever, half the time I was grinning ear to ear on the sheer coolness of it. I overheard an attendant showing off to someone in the foyer on how the cast did everything from lighting to moving around sets. The costumes were fab, some clearly inspired by the movie, others probably limited by time and budget, but still wonderful enough that you probably couldn’t tell.

Now as for the overall play, it was a full blown extravaganza in a small space. I enjoyed myself from the back, thought it was a blast, I do like feeling in the thick of things. Some friends of mine thought it was “ambitious” and quite full on for a small stage. So if you like to watch from a distance perhaps this isn’t for you. But if you want to feel like your IN the play not just watching it… this came pretty close.

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