April 2019 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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Issue: Seventy Six
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Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Wordsmitty ✍️
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6. Blog Events
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This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty ✍️
Greetings blog people. Hope you're all comfortably set to read another issue whether than be at inside, outside, or on the go to/from somewhere. The latter means you're traveling which is perfect for this month's Feature.
Ever consider a travel blog or how you can blog about your travels? This month Elle provides some special insights she gained when she researched about improving her blog entries about her travels. Good to know whether you're traveling or not.
April has been NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, and the Editor's picks includes many who used their blog for poems along with other great entries, some about travels. . Remember to leave a comment on your thoughts about each.
As always, we welcome new bloggers and returning bloggers from a long break. A Comment is always appropriate for any entry you read.
Keep on Bloggin'!
As I made plans for a week-long camping trip - that we just got back from (remember that the weather is still nice here in New Zealand as we head into autumn!), my thoughts were on travel journaling. My blog isn’t specifically travel-related, but I do like to maintain it throughout my travels (few and far between though they might be), and journaling while you’re out of your routine can be really tricky.
Last year I went on a major overseas trip to the UK for my sister’s wedding. It was something I wanted to record in my blog, both for the travel aspect and the family memories. My previous travel experiences had taught me that I can journal for the first few days, but then I miss a day or two, get behind and never get caught up. Back home, I end up going through receipts and photos to work out what we did on what day, and the finer details elude me forever. I needed some tips and tricks, and perhaps a new way of looking at the whole concept of travel journaling. So I picked up a copy of Globejotting by Dave Fox.
I didn’t finish the book before my trip, so I didn’t get to put it all into practice, but I have finished it now, and I have so many fun new techniques to practice. Although I highly recommend you read the book yourself (link below), I’m sharing some things as a teaser for you.
Getting the first draft written
We’re all familiar with that saying that you can’t edit a blank page, right? But you’re busy traveling!
Speed journaling. This is not a new technique, but a valuable reminder, as it is frequently used in NaNoWriMo and for various first drafts. It’s all about turning off your inner editor. Just get the writing down on paper and stop worrying that it’s not perfect! Ugh, I’m so bad at that. I want the first draft to be perfect. Unfortunately what ends up happening with me is that I spend too long making it perfect, run out of time and then don’t end up getting some things written down at all. I have to learn to turn my inner editor off and accept a rough first draft that I can polish when I get home from my trip.
‘If you travel intending from the start to share your journals with others, you’re likely to hold back certain details.’ I started off my UK trip trying to write a recap of the day either that evening or the following day, and posting it to my blog. I was trying to create perfect blog posts on the go for the public and left out the ‘just for me’ details. Combining this advice of writing the first draft for yourself, with the speed journaling advice, helps you capture your true, uncensored thoughts on where you are, what you’ve seen and what you’ve done. It might be chaotic, but: ‘Mediocre writing is better than no writing.’
The author recommends that instead of writing about your day from start to finish, just choose 1-4 highlights from the day and write about those. I definitely need to start doing this. I have whole days from trips where I don't know what we did because there’s nothing to jog my memory. Those days are lost. If only I had jotted down a couple points from each day.
A fun challenge
There were numerous challenges in the book. Here’s one. Choose one interesting person each day of your trip and jot down a character description. I love this idea. Many of us are familiar with character outlines, and the same techniques can be used to capture the people you meet on your trip. You might not have their entire backstory (unless you’re stuck next to a chatty person on a plane or train for hours at a time!) but note what you see and hear, write down a quote that illustrates the way they talk, note their physical description, their mannerisms, their attitude and expressions. I never normally do this, but I have met some wonderful people. Jim Ovenden from Struy Inn in Scotland, who did falconry with us, was a neat character that I wish I had captured at the time. I think my husband and kids would have fun with it, too. Choose a person from the day and ask for details over dinner or while we're on the train or in the car. A fun family exercise!
After you’ve returned home
'What’s the biggest challenge in journaling about a trip that happened long ago? Remembering. Many people think post-journaling about a long-ago journey is impossible because so many details have left them. Speed journaling can bring those details back. Often there’s a snowball effect.’ Start by going back and looking at the photos and receipts, souvenirs, etc., to work out what we did on most days. That would give me a rough timeline to just start writing and see what comes back. And again, anything is better than nothing, right?
Once you get back, you don’t have to stick to a chronological post per day. Like, one day you could just write about foods you've tried on your travels. It could cover a single trip or numerous trips. Or even more specifically, just desserts you've tried. Yum! There are countless little themes like this that could keep you blogging for weeks after your trip. I thought this was a fun idea (and oh, I see possibilities for a new travel-themed prompted blogging group! Someone stop me before I get carried away!).
Dave reminds us to take the advice that works for us, and leave what doesn’t, which is frankly the best advice ever. But don’t stop here. I do recommend the book.
Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.
"Notre Dame" from "Wheel of Fortune" [18+] by ridinghhood--p. boutilier
"day 26: Vigil" from "NOVAcatmando's P.loggia" [13+] by NOVAcatmando
"Photo of Black Hole" from "I Blog Poetry and Prose" [18+] by Prosperous Snow
"Happiness" from "The Bologna Blog" [18+] by L.A. Grawitch
""I Can't Even Take You SERIOUSLY, Right Now!"" from "Ink on the Page" [13+] by tah20
"Anticipation [176.49]" from "L'aura del Campo" [18+] by Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville
"Earth Day" from "Seeds of Imagination" [E] by Bobturn
"Haiku: "A New Day"" from "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2" [E] by Jay O'Toole
"Mississippi" from "Poetry in 24" [E] by Eric Wharton
"April 1, 2019 ~ Road Trip to Salem Oregon" from "Sharmelle's April's Poetry Expressions" [13+] by Sharmelle's Expressions
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.
Ari Lox with blog "Notes on the Horizon" [18+]
LazyWriter with blog "Invalid Item"
I Cook and I Know Things with blog "Sail With Me On My River of Blood" [GC]
Blimprider with blog "Invalid Item"
Lani with blog "Lani's Blog" [18+]
Blackjynx with blog "Starting Again" [E]
nyrosis with blog "Invalid Item"
Jaded La Morte with blog "Mental Health Challenge Tasks" [18+]
madge08 with blog "Invalid Item"
A*30s*Faith with blog "Reflections: A Book" [18+]
Rhoswen - Goal Reacher with blog "Life's A Journey" [ASR]
Emily ~ On Vacay! with blog "Fleeting Moments" [E]
Amyaurora with blog "NaPoWriMo 2019" [18+]
Go read and leave a blogging welcome comment.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
March 17 - March 23 AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan!
March 24 - March 30 Dominique
March 31 - April 6 Lani
April 7 - April 13 pumpkin
April 14 - April 20 JarredH
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" by Fivesixer. May is an OFFICIAL Month with prizes, fun and great ideas. Sign up!
"Blogging Circle of Friends " by CJ Reddick. Always on. Join and get daily prompts plus chat a spell at:
"Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" by Lyn. Take up residence or just get a second home to receive blog prompts and enjoy community events. Now offering prompts seven days a week. Stop by City Hall for:
Keeping up with your blogging or even reading blogs can be difficult when you travel. Fortunately, WDC is on the Internet and accessible from anywhere with a connection and the right device - computer, phone, tablet, and many readers. So if you have more than one of those, make sure you have it setup for WDC.
Remember that you don't have to do a blog entry right away. Just put a note in your WDC "Notepad." No, not "Notebook." Look for the link "Notepad" in the left column. This is a great place for all kinds of notes to yourself, ideas to work on later, or phrases or scenes that your mind assembles that you can use later.
WHAT? You've never used it! It even has multiple, separate pages so that you can have notes on multiple things. You can use it to draft blog entries and then copy and paste it to your blog. There's even a (WDC) "Spell Check."
Make sure that you use the " New Page" when setting it up and then save with the green "Submit/Store" button.
The " ScartchPad" entries can not be saved even though there is a green "Submit/Store" button. That just gives you a preview.
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