It’s Thursday again (and thank goodness only two more days till vacation is over and my oldest goes back to school!) Thursday means it’s time to play Writers Workshop over at MamaKat’s! She’s got some great prompts this week so be sure to grab one for yourself link up or just head over and see who else is writing this week.
1.) If I sent you four hundred dollars today what is ONE thing you would spend it on and why. ps I want my change.
2.) What are your kids talking about?
3.) Tell us about a local news story that’s all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.
4.) Share some blogging advice.
5.) Tell us about that time at the playground when that thing happened.
(thanks to Heather at Chasing Butterfly’s who unknowingly inspired this last prompt)
I’m choosing prompt FOUR.
Blogging advice from Blogging Mama:
Don’t drone on and on about boring stuff. I don’t want to know about your brothers fifth wife’s third cousins second middle child. Really I don’t. I also don’t care what you had for dinner or lunch; that will only make me hungry. So please don’t tell me (email me instead with the title FOOD and I’ll open it after I eat.)
I don’t get why people love to talk about their cats. I don’t care about cats. If it was up to me cats would not exist. Mean but true. (Now please read the advice below!!)
Don’t take things too seriously. Remember that words written and what they would sound like spoken, possibly in jest, don’t always translate when you read them. This one is important to remember.
Don’t get caught up in the popularity of blogging. It’ll crush you in the end and you’ll spend far too much time wondering about why that person you always say hi to never says hi back. It’s so totally not worth the effort of being the nice guy sometimes.
Have fun when you blog. Tell a story every now and then and be kind. Not everyone you ‘meet’ is going to feel the same way about your comments. If you forget please skip up two pointers and re-read.
Learn from other people, meet other people, reach out to other people. I’ve learned, meet and reached out over my three plus blogging years. There are some very amazing writers, people and stories being told out there. Jump up and embrace them.
Don’t ever be afraid to compliment someone when they write something you like. It will mean something to them if they take the time to listen to their readers. It really will. If you don’t like what they wrote, don’t say so. Is it really worth possibly hurting someone else just to let them know what they wrote sucked? No, it isn’t.
And after visiting some sites today for the WW can I please say DO NOT LINK TO A CARNIVAL WHEN YOU DIDN’T ACTUALLY PARTICPATE. Seriously ticks me off to click your link when you didn’t participate and just want FREE traffic. So people who do that, you suck. You really do.
So that’s advice from Blogging Mama about Blogging.
What prompt would you pick this week? Go to MamaKat’s and see what everyone else is talking about!