Why ‘run’ in a blogathon?

We’ve reached the finish line in the 2015 Freelance Success/WordCount Blogathon. If you’re a follower, now you can have back your mailbox!

Like marathons, blogathons call for intensity and commitment. This blogathon wordledidn’t have lots of rules. The topics were open, even on a handful of designated theme days, like Throwback Thursdays. Some blogathoners never intended to blog every day in June, only to make blogging a habit. A few dropped out. Many, like me, posted every day.

If you blog, a blogathon offers a lot of benefits. You can:

  • Test new topic areas.
  • Become good friends with your camera.
  • Try out a subject’s sustainability.
  • Exercise your skill at writing short, which is often harder than writing long.
  • Meet other bloggers.

And that’s just the start. Some blogathons, like this one, last a month; others are shorter. You could create your own personal blogathon by designating a time frame in which you’d post every day (or write every day and save some to post later).

You just might find that blogathoning helps you rekindle the passion for writing that you never really lost.

 

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Throwback Thursday: State-of-the-art tools of the trade

With a 2 1/2-pound cell phone and a portable computer with a six-line screen, you’d have been HOT writing on the road 30 years ago.

The phone, a Motorola Dynatac 8000X, came with a charger the size of a

Motorola Dynatac 8000XTupperware sandwich box. To get around town, you’d punch a code into the phone to make and receive calls in a few-mile radius, put the phone in its holster and sling the holster over your shoulder. It felt heavy after a while, but that was the price of not having to carry change and hunt up pay phones. In other cities, you’d punch in a “roam” code — and your editor might tell you to use the phone sparingly because calls cost a bundle. The phone itself cost more than most diamond rings — $3,995.

Your kit also contained a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100, which Radio Shack TRS 80 adreporters affectionately called the Trash-80 and made their workhorse on the road. What a marvel it was to sit in your hotel room and type your story, then connect the computer to your telephone via cup-shaped “acoustic couplers” on each end of the phone receiver and have the Trash-80 phone the Mother Ship’s computer and send the story, with each computer beeping happily. Software companies, new on the scene, sold chips that could put 10 lines of characters on the screen. Work could be saved on an external hard drive or printed out on a portable printer that used heat-activated paper and was small enough to fit into the turquoise Cordura Trash-80 case. By 1987, reporters began using other makers’ computers, some with fold-down lids containing big screens. On big stories, it was an experience to see a laptop that wasn’t a Trash-80 because Trash-80s were so popular.

 

Throwback Thursday: Remember when …

… a big pencil seemed mightier to you than anything else? Holly writing at 5

(That’s me scribbling in the living room at barely 5 years old. Note the nifty ’50s fake-brick wallpaper. Those are Readers Digest Condensed Books on the shelf. I still have the desk!)

Finish line for the Blogathon — but not the blog!

Today marks the end of the Freelance Success/WordCount Blogathon. If not for the Blogathon, I might not have started this blog.WordItOut-word-cloud-441119-1 Because of the Blogathon, I won’t end it.

The Blogathon has become an annual event in which the participating bloggers set their own challenges and set out to reach them. An overall goal for all the bloggers — if they choose it — is to blog every day.

Blogging daily requires the discipline to Velcro your shorts to your desk chair to get it done, creativity to try new ways of blogging and stick-to-it-iveness to come up with enough blog ideas to cover each day of the month. Like marathoners, blogathoners hit a wall around the halfway point; some get a second wind and keep going, others slow down or drop out.

As you can see by this site, I made it all 30 days. In fact, all you’ll see on the California WildWoman blog site right now is the Blogathon. That’s because this event kicked off my blog. It was fun! Now I don’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore: I want to keep blogging.

I may take a few days off to sharpen the blog’s focus and to decide how often to write. My new goal will be to entertain you while also informing you, but not necessarily to race.

Thank you for this journey through June. I very much appreciate your views, visits, likes, comments and support — and I’ll see you again on Fourth of July weekend!

(Note: I planned to do something special for this post, but I was sick and couldn’t get it done. I’ll try again this weekend. This thing will make you smile.)

— Holly

Iggy says ‘bye for now!

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