Addressing an Error and Choosing Blogging Event

As I type this, I’m getting ready to go to bed. I’m pretty tired. I had a big day today. Anyway, let’s get back on topic.

My Error

Oops! I just realized that I posted Episode 15 of my Things I Don’t Like about Television series a day early. I’ve been quite busy this week, scheduling meetings, and trying to meet deadlines. The days just seem to run together sometimes. This will just give me more time to get other things in order…like my Blogging 101 assignments.

A Blogging Event

From The Daily Post, events page, a few caught my fancy. There probably are a few I should try, like the Sketch-a-Day Project, Sketchbook Saturday, and Creative Questions. For now, I want to stick to just one.

Among all the choices, I was able to find a blogging event I really liked, Write Anything Wednesday. All those who take part in the event have to do is what it says on the tin. We can publish regular blog posts, or a piece of fiction. We can link back to the site, and even post on any deal we feel like. I like this idea because there is no pressure, there are no mandatory prompts, there is just a challenge to be creative and to keep those blogging senses sharp.

Hmm… I can use tomorrow to write an extra post and finish my Blogging 101 assignments. But tomorrow is a big day, as well. Maybe I’ll write about it!

My [Simple] Dream Job

In Response to the Daily Prompt Money for Nothing (February 15, 2016):

If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

On the surface, I have a fairly simple dream, really. Of course, I would love to do what I love (writing and drawing).  I could achieve this by writing books and creating the illustrations for them. Whenever I talk to published authors or painters, I can sense the excitement they have for they created.

When I really think about it, there are things about my current job that I like and would like to incorporate in the future. On one hand, being a published author would make me my own boss. On the other hand, I need to work with others on a regular basis. I would love the chance to work on a full team while creating artistic works…or designing for an advertising campaign.

I would even like to incorporate a chance at leadership. Moving upward to become an art director would also be a teaching role.

With that taken care of, I would also like to work in a fun, positive environment. For all the complaints many — including myself — have about Google, it really seems like a fun place to work. It’s like a playground, with great health plans and stock options. Its customer service needs work, to make an understatement. Some also state the pressure to work and stay on campus, but they say the experience is an overwhelmingly positive one.

Additionally, I would like to know that I’m making a positive impact on clients, customers, and the world. So that would be different than Google.

Basically, I would want a mixture of what I stated above:

  • a workplace where I get to work with others,
  • A place where I get to write and design things
  • A career with health, dental, a good vacation package and leave, and a good retirement plan.

If I could have the above while making a positive impact, that would be great.

Finding Inspiration from Other Bloggers

Yesterday, my Blogging 101 “classmates” and I were asked to post on at least 4 blogs where we had never posted before. One of the posts I specifically pointed to was entitled, Who am I and why am I here? by Ameena’s Musings. I want to point out this post again today since it really stood out to me.

What Stood Out about This Post?

Ameena’s Musings writes about her experiences and will publish posts based on poetry.

The post in question features a tersa rima poem after a very thoughtful description. Not only was the poetry beautiful, but the description also contained a number of important messages in it.

For me to be truly happy, to attain the magnitude of happiness I desire – I need to learn more, develop more, have an impact in the world.

I’ve spent a whole lot of time thinking about a certain decision, doubting myself over and over – well maybe not doubting but more of fear of failure.

The bolded parts are true about me, as hard as it is to admit. The first part I’ve bolded are along my thoughts; in particular, I would like to make an impact in the world. The last part, the fear of failure, is especially true in terms of my own art.

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Commenting on Other Blogs

Here, I continue to chronicle my work for Blogging 101.

Per Assignment 8, I needed to leave comments on at least 4 blogs where I had never commented before. This is an important assignment. First, while I’m looking at some other bloggers’ content, I should take some time to look at other things on their site and get to know more about them. Also, by responding to others, they can thus respond to me and perhaps gain an interest in what I have to say on other things.

That sounds easy but it’s always hard for me to leave comments…unless I am fairly comfortable in any type of environment, real or virtual. I would like to steer more attention to my content but I have a hard time responding to others’ content. That’s not to say I don’t look for other blogs and read those posts; I am following other blogs and looking for more with content that speaks to me. It’s just that I want to leave substantive feedback. Basically, it’s just hard for me to find something to say about what I’ve read.

One of the first posts I commented on was of course one by the person I followed to WordPress and that took some doing. Another post I commented on was The Loss of Innocence by policecommander, and it took me some time to find the post, let alone comment on it. I have since struggled to find posts where I could leave substantive feedback.

Getting back to the assignment: I was able to find some blogs during the day to comment on. Some of the blogs are run by writers who have responded to my work before. What better way to respond to them than to give some feedback on their content? There’s at least one blog I found that had profound content that I needed to digest and then respond to.

Posts I commented on:

I want to respond to far more bloggers, of course.

(Btw, it has been far easier to post and respond to others in the Blogging 101 commons. It’s only natural since there are so many users there. But yeah, I need to grow from here.)

50th Post!

My ‘About’ Page

For those of you have already followed this blog (13 followers and counting!) or have visited my “About” page, you may have noticed that there was more information for what this blog was about than there was about myself. I thought I’d change that today.

Now, this is partly because I am working on improving my blog. Of course, the Blogging 101 course has facilitated this, but I already knew that I would need to share a little bit more information to entice readers.

About Me

If you have visited my “About” page before, you might have seen this at the beginning:

I’m a graphic designer and an aspiring artist and writer.

While I never been a strong public speaker, I have always loved to write and have found my voice through journaling and short stories.

Btw, I have a YouTube Channel by the same name, but I have not really used it yet to make videos. Stay tuned.

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Themes ‘n Things

If you count the original theme I used, I have looked at 11 different, free WordPress themes for my blog.

Since it wouldn’t help to give people a link every time I tried out a theme, I took a series of screenshots and placed them in an album.

  • The first theme I looked at is called Baskerville. This is the one I started out with.
  • Second theme: Revelar.
  • Third Theme: Escutcheon.
  • Fourth Theme: Twenty Sixteen.
  • Fifth Them: Orvis
  • Sixth: Canape
  • Seventh: Twenty Ten
  • Eighth: Intergalactic
  • Ninth: Cols
  • Tenth: Nucleare
  • Eleventh: Ever After

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What Is My Audience?

Working on Assignment 4 for Blogging 101…

Figuring Things Out

This is a pretty hard assignment because, admittedly, I never really target a specific audience when I started writing blog posts. As I said in my first assignment, I write initially for myself. Each blog I run is a diary of sorts, albeit with curated thoughts I feel relatively comfortable sharing with the public. So, as anyone could read what I wrote, anyone with an account on the sites where I posted could respond to most of my posts.

That said, it really is important to think about my audience. Since these posts are public, my content needs to appeal to those who would follow me. And I might gain more followers by appealing to specific groups.

It probably starts by thinking about the type of reader I am and what interests me. I have so many thoughts and want to write about the many things that interest me. For starters, I like to follow sports. I’m interested in politics, anime, and manga. Of course, it doesn’t end there.

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Tagline Creation

I have decided to share my work for Assignment 2 from Blogging 101 on this blog. The assignment called for participants to create taglines for their blogs. Below are my thoughts on the process.

Hello Again, Working on Assignment 2

This is admittedly a difficult assignment for me. I want my tagline to tell any visitors to my site about me and my content in only a few words, but there’s a lot I want to convey. Also, I don’t want my tagline to look too generic. Here are some attempts:

  • An Artist with Many Thoughts on Anime, Money, Politics, Sports, etc.
  • An aspiring artist and writer with a lot on her mind.
  • An aspiring artist and writer who needs over 10,000 characters.
  • Finding my voice in over 10,000 characters.

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Hello, Everyone!

I have been blogging for a few years (since 2010) and started a blog on WordPress in August 2015. The name of the blog is Shmaltz and Menudo. There, I post about things that interest me: entertainment (which will include television, films, music, and sports), the Internet, politics, and general arguments.

My blog is based on my first one, but I want to use this blog for a number of reasons:

  • To expand on my old thoughts and improve those posts.
  • To keep an archive in case that other blog goes down for some reason.
  • To add new thoughts and improve my writing.
  • To showcase other projects I’m working on.

I wanted to join Blogging 101 in order to get a few tips on improving my content. I also want to work on building a brand. Hopefully, this course can help me in these regards.

While I do write for myself first and foremost, I would love to gain new followers and start a conversation with them.

Grammar Time!

I’m hardly a grammar nazi, but I must say that I really hate seeing a lot of spelling and grammatical errors. I make so many of them myself, and I don’t catch many of them until after I’ve posted something. There may still be some in this post. This is even after proofreading, so maybe some people can understand my frustration.

Now, on the night of September 21, 2015, I came across this article on I often read some comments from other readers roasting the writers on that site. I’ve never roasted the writers, but I once kindly pointed out some mistakes in an article.

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