6 Reasons to Blog About a Traumatic Event
Don’t tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light on broken glass.
Hurricane. Earthquake. Divorce. A bad diagnosis. The week that changed everything.
Some bloggers would jump on the chance to narrate their most traumatic experiences: it’s just more blog material, right? Others might be afraid that reliving a painful event would just make them feel worse. Why go through all that grief again?
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This morning I picked up our local newspaper (yes, the old-fashioned kind on paper that gets ink on your fingers and can be ruined by a rain shower) at the end of the driveway. I used to read it first thing in the morning, but that was before the internet. I still look at the paper most days, but often there’s just more fresh, colorful stuff to be found online. Not to mention checking email, stats and Facebook. On page two I saw a headline that says, “24-Year-Old Who Broke Penn State Story Wins Pulitzer.” Sara Ganim worked at...read more
Hi again, bloggers. We need to talk, and I’m really not kidding this time. Internet marketers and money-making gurus, I’m talking to you, too. Even some of the best writers are making this mistake. I see it all over the internet, from the small mommy blogs to the millionaire marketers who claim to teach us all how to make thousands each day. Incorrect Use of the Apostrophe Even though the apostrophe is used to indicate possession, when you use a pronoun like her, you do not use an apostrophe. For example,...read more
At a Loss for Words? Do you ever worry that you’re overusing certain words, like maybe great or amazing? Author E.B. White famously said, Avoid the elaborate, the pretentious, the coy and the cute. Do not be tempted by a twenty-dollar word when there is a ten-center handy, ready and able. That’s good advice, but as he also showed us in Charlotte’s Web, sometimes you have to do a little searching to find new ways to say something positive. Charlotte had to send her friends to search through a garbage dump for magazine scraps just to...read more
Peeping Tom Lady Godiva was a noblewoman who lived in England in the eleventh century, who began campaigning for a tax reduction. She made an agreement with her husband that he would reduce taxes when she rode naked through the market square. Legend has it that Godiva sent word to the people of the town, asking them to avert their eyes as she rode naked through the market. Everyone honored her wishes except one tailor named Tom, who snuck a peek as she rode by. Immediately after viewing her, Tom was struck blind. CLICK HERE TO READ THE...read more
Sophophobia is not the fear of your 15-year-old daughter’s Halloween costume, although that could be frightening for a lot of reasons. Sophophobia is the fear of learning. Personally, I might have a fear of learning what the ladies in the photo are doing near that large (freshly dug?) pit, and why the dog is so freaked out that he is hiding behind the mom. As long as you’re not afraid to possibly learn something new, read on for 20 more definitions. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AT...read more
Write a Novel in a Month Writing a novel has always been a very solitary activity, but that is changing. November is National Novel Writing Month. If a deadline helps you write, if you are OK with a goal of quantity over quality, or if you could use email pep talks to get the job done, you can join the 200,000 people worldwide who participate through NaNoWriMo.org. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AT TRIBAL...read more