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Accidental run in

– Manuel !

– Lola, how are you doing ?

– Stunned.

– Why ?

– That’s my husband’s shirt.

This post is an answer to Blogging 101 alumni’s forum weekly feature 13 word story on serendipity.

Le Top 4 du mardi : Comment soigner le blues post Blogging 101 ?

Blogging 101 vient de se terminer et vous avez l’impression que vos journées de blogueur(se) sont vides maintenant ?

Ne vous inquiétez pas, la communauté WordPress est la pour vous.

Voici 4 astuces pour faire passer votre gueule de bois.

entrepreneur-593360_19201/ Vous consulter sans arrêt votre boîte mail à la recherche du message quotidien de Michelle. Sans ses mots, vous avez oublié comment écrire les vôtres.

 La solution : Suivez le DailyPost. Vous recevrez des mails avec des challenges photo et des challenges d’écriture. Tous les jours.


spirit-394324_12802/ Vous hantez The Commons, et tremblez de peur à l’idée de leur fermeture à la fin de la semaine.

La solution : le site  Blogging 101 alumni. Vos anciens camarades de classe seront ravis de vous y rencontrer.

macbook-336692_12803/ Vous vous sentez tout seul face à votre ordination, dépassé par vos questions concernant votre blog ?

La solution :  Rendez-vous à la  Community Pool,  un endroit où vous pouvez demander des commentaires et aider les autres blogueurs aussi.

wordpress-588495_19204/ Vous avez vu votre blog prendre son envol et maintenant vous avez peur de le voir couler ?

La solution : Continuez ce que vous faites déjà et inscrivez vous à la prochaine session de  Blogging 201 !

Tuesday Top 4 : How to cure post Blogging 101 blues ?

So, Blogging 101 has ended and you feel like your blogging days are empty now ?

Don’t worry, the community’s got you covered :). Here are 4 quick tips to overcome the hangover.

entrepreneur-593360_19201/ You constantly check your mail box for Michelle’s daily assignment. Without her words, you forgot how to write yours.

The solution  : Follow the DailyPost, you’ll get an email with a writing prompt everyday and a photo challenge everyday..


spirit-394324_12802/ You haunt The Commons and dread when the site will be closed at the end of the week.

The solution :  Blogging 101 alumni site. Your former classmates will be delighted to meet you there.

macbook-336692_12803/ You feel all alone in front of your computer, overwhelmed by the questions about blogging.

The Cure : Go to the Community Pool, a place where you can ask feedback  and help other bloggers too.

wordpress-588495_19204/ You’ve seen your blog rise and now your fear to see it sink.

The Cure : Keep up the good work and sign up for Blogging 201 !

Le top 4 du mardi : le nouveau rendez-vous sur le blog

Pendant Blogging 101, on nous a demandé de créer un rendez-vous régulier sur notre blog afin donner un rendez-vous à nos lecteurs.

J’ai eu du mal à réaliser cet exercice avant la fin de la session pour plusieurs raisons.

Tout d’abord, j’ai déjà un rendez-vous quotidien avec mes lecteurs : ce sont mes histoires de 100 mots publiées tous les soirs. Je ne voulais pas les concurrencer par maladresse ni déstabiliser les lecteurs qui se sont habitués à les lire.

Ensuite, il suffit de jeter un oeil à tous les rendez-vous qui existent sur les blog de WordPress pour ce rendre compte qu’il est difficile de les concurrencer. J’en lis plusieurs et je ne souhaite pas m’en inspirer ou les copier. J’ai envie de proposer un contenu utile et original.

Enfin, il fallait que le rendez-vous convienne aux publics français et internationaux.

J’ai donc imaginé le Top 4 du mardi.

 

Ce sera un court article qui proposera une présentation un peu décalée de 4 conseils ou astuces concernant l’écriture, la vie d’écrivain, la créativité, l’inspiration et la motivation.

Pourquoi 4 ?

Parce que nous sommes habitués à penser en termes de top 3, en référence à un podium. Ces petites astuces ont pour but d’amuser mais aussi d’aider les lecteurs à aller un petit peu plus loin dans leur pratique de l’écriture, donc 4.

 

 

Tuesday Top 4, the new feature on the blog

During Blogging 101, one of our assignment was to create a regular feature on the blog in order to give readers something to look forward to.

I struggled with this for several reasons.
First, I already have a daily feature going on : a 100 word story a day. That’s a lot of hard work and I did not want toto pin both against each other. The stories have started to gain their own audience and I don’t want to let it down.

Second : Take a look at all the great features already existing on WordPress blogs. I enjoy many of them and do not intend to copy any. I want to offer something original and valuable.

Third, I needed something that works for both French and International audiences.

So I came up with my « Top 4 ». Thuesday Top 4 to be exact.

It’ll be a quick and I hope fun presentation of my top 4 tips concerning writing, writing life, creativity, inspiration and motivation.

Why 4 do you ask ? Because, we are used to think in terms of 3, as places on a podium, and my tips are meant to help writers go a little bit further in their experience, so 4 it is.

Blogging 101 : le bilan

Aux cours du mois d’août, en parallèle de mon défi d’écriture estival, j’ai suivi la session de formation en ligne de “Blogging 101” organisée par WordPress et dispensée en anglais.

J’avais déjà suivi Blogging 201 en octobre dernier mais je voulais reprendre les bases de mon blog et j’ai bien fait.

Pendant trois semaines, l’équipe du DailyPost fédère quelques milliers de blogueurs à travers le monde et les accompagne dans le développement de leur pratique d’écriture et de la gestion de leur site web.

Personnalisation du blog, architecture technique, entraide communautaire, sources d’inspiration et d’illustrations, analyse des statistiques, tout est fait pour aider notre blog à prendre son envol.

Chaque jour, une tâche est envoyée par mail aux participants de la session et chacun est invité à partager son expérience et poser ses questions sur un site de support “The Commons”.

C’est un endroit privé où chacun peut partager ses interrogations par rapport à son blog, ses doutes vis à vis d’une tâche et trouver une réponse constructive. Les Trolls et autres négativités sont totalement proscrites de la formation ; les copier/coller de The Commons vers d’autres sites extérieur sont eux totalement interdits.

typing2La session est intense et on ne vous laisse que 24 h pour répondre aux tâches proposées. Les jours de la semaines sont consacrés à la production et les week-ends à la réflexion sur l’orientation éditoriale de notre blog.

Un esprit de solidarité se crée entre les participants. Beaucoup de questions trouvent naturellement leur réponse au sein de la communauté apprenante et si un problème persiste, l’équipe enseignante est là pour nous épauler.

Au final, j’ai pu augmenter le trafic de mon blog et le réorienter sur le plan éditorial : Il propose maintenant du contenu en Français et en anglais, des histoires, des articles et des photos. Le contenu est plus riche, les posts mieux travaillés.

J’ai aussi rencontré virtuellement beaucoup de personnes que je n’aurais jamais eu l’occasion de connaître autrement. Elles m’ont toutes répondu avec beaucoup de patience, de gentillesse,  certaines avec passion et ont toutes contribué à ce que je développe mon blog. J’espère les avoir aidées moi aussi.

J’ai tellement aimé Blogging 101 que je me suis inscrite pour Blogging 201 qui commence le mois prochain.

Ce que mes camarades de promo en disent :

https://theturtleway.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/on-being-late/

Blogging 101 : how did it go ?

During three weeks in august an in parallel of my summer writing challenge, I participated in Blogging 101, a course offered by WordPress Blogging University.

I had already attended blogging 201 in October but I wanted to go back to the basics and retrospectively, I was right.

During three weeks, the DailyPost team gathers thousand of enthusiastic bloggers accross the woorld and walks them through the ABC of writing for a blog and the daily care of a blog.

Personalizing, widgets, social calls, where to find inspiration and free illustrations, basic analysis of statistics, everything is made to help our blogs take off.

An assignment is sent to participants everyday via e-mail and each of us is invited to share experience and questions in session website, The Commons.

The Commons is a private place where people can share their doubts, questions and problems. Contstructive feddeback and support is provided by the other participants. Good will is often let because we all share the same experience and face the same kind of problems.

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The session is intense. There are only 24h between assignments which does not let you overthink the whole process.

Participants produce on week days ( posts, comments, new item for the blog) and are invited to think about their blogging during the week-ends. Things move forward fast and the community is always here to provide support.

The results for my blog are extremely positive. My trafic increased dramatically and I finally took an editorial turn : write both in english and in French. I now publish articles, stories, and pictures. Content is richer and search engines happier 🙂 .

During this session, I digitally met a lot of extraordinary bloggers, bloggers I’m sure I’ would have met other ways. They all answered my questions with a lot of kindness, patience and sometimes passionate involvement .

I hope I managed to help some other participants too.

I loved Blogging 101 so much I subscribed for blogging 201 next month, hopping to meet again a part of this newfound community and further develop my blog.

What my classmates say :

https://theturtleway.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/on-being-late/

Oh, thank God it’s not herpes ! (august 18 th)

Remember when I told you yesterday I wasn’t feeling well ?

That’s the reason.

 

How am I supposed
To fight against a bloody bug
Smaller than a pill, a med
Sparkling in water in a mug ?

Felt fragile, lost and helpless;
Done a pee sample analysis:
Your name’s gastroenteritis.
Oh, thank God it’s not herpes !

Messing with my tummy,
Trying to make me a disaster ?
Know what ? I only run faster.
You won’t get the best of me

For I’ve got an army ready
To kick you out of my body.
Fluids, homeopathy first hand,
Then Amox’s my best friend.

Ha, didn’t see that one coming ?
Wait, it’s only the beginning.
Prepare to die, my illness,
For I’m tired of sickness.

 

This post is an answer to today’s Dailypost prompt  : Helpless and an answer to today’s assignment on the Blogging 101 current session.

This poem is a part of my summer writing challenge : writing a 100 word story everyday, the 39 th installment.

You can read all the details of my challenge and my reasons for doing it (and not CampNaNoWriMo) here.

I hope you will like today’s story and please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Only words from me to you (august 17 th)

First time on the blog ?
It’s cool, there’s no Balrog
Inside the categories and pages
You can stay here for ages.

Everyone is welcome here
Whether you write or not
Whether you read or not.
You can even have a beer.

Here’s what my muse
Made me write to amuse
You, your family, your friends.
Poems, short stories by tens;

And boost your wordcount
On your Nanowrimo account
In November. In July or August
Camp is also a must.

Articles in French or English,
But sorry, no cat, dog or fish
In here to welcome you,
Only words from me to you.

This post is an answer to today’s Dailypost prompt  : Community service and an answer to today’s assignment on the Blogging 101 current session.

Mlle Louise helped me finish this poem because I wasn’t feeling very well tonight. So a zillion thanks, again.

This poem is a part of my summer writing challenge : writing a 100 word story everyday, the 38 th installment.

You can read all the details of my challenge and my reasons for doing it (and not CampNaNoWriMo) here.

I hope you will like today’s story and please do not hesitate to leave a comment.

Why try to read beyond the surface of a text ?

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In a post from the blog Live to write, Deborah Lee Luskin  mentions parle du Jonathan Doer’s last book : All the light we cannot see. She highlights the beauty of the writing and the maestria with which the author intertwines 4 subplots. She ends her article with the certainty that she will read the book again in order to understand how Doerr achieved his masterpiece.

This reminded me of a theme I wanted to write about for a long time without knowing where to start, i.e. read a book like a writer and try to see beyond the surface of the written words.

This kind of reading is difficult because it requires to subtract us from the magic of the story to take a look backstage.

However, this has taught me a lot of things among which :

  • show, don’t tell
  • point of view
  • active description versus shopping list.

Here are a few leads I follow :

  • study texts I love, that inspire me and make me feel like I’d love to write something as good
  • look how the events are presented in the text in regards of the center theme
  • grammar study, how the author builds his sentences, his dialogs.
  • read creative writing books. They offer precious leads.

1 example

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I read Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 with theses observation goals in mind.

The first 10 pages are a brilliant combination of many elements that sustain Adamame’s (female main character) entry in a parallel dimension.

Murakami uses every detail to foreshadow her shift of dimension :

  • Adamame just got out of the plane (change of context)
  • She’s at the airport, in a noisy and swarming environment (senses overload)
  • She boards on a limo with tinted windows (ear and sight are abolished)
  • Le limo starts (beginning of transition)
  • then gets stuck on a highway interchange (at the crossroads)
  • The driver suggest Adamame to walk for the remaining of her traject  (invitation to adventure, inciting incident).

The entire text serves the shift between two realities and when it happens, it feels natural.

What now ?

I took time away from my analysis, slept (a lot) and wrote, wrote, wrote and wrote some more.

A month into my daily summer writing challenge, I start to see some results : descriptions don’t frighten me anymore.

This article has been beta read by the fabulous Mlle Louise. Don’t hesitate to drop an eyes on her blog, she’s also writes in english.