Writing 101, day 6 : The space to write

What are your writing habits?

What equipment or supplies do you use to write? What do you need and want in a physical space?

Today insert a poll at the end of this post to gather ideas on what to write( if you prefer not to add a poll to today’s post, an alternative is publishing a new page with a contact form, which you can use for this purpose.)

Over the next few weeks, collect post ideas from your readers and drop them in simplenote.You’ll refer to this well of ideas later in the course.

I normally start writing after I get all my work done. it includes, waking up, wash to prepare for prayer. Next I prepare breakfast and eat it.

It can be 9 AM , when I’m ready.Sometimes I do not have assignments to take care of. It is during this free time, I get hold of Tagore songs and translate the Bengali lyrics into English.

Since I joined, “Writing 101”, I have an assignment waiting for me to do. Week-ends are free.

The  equipment I need to write, is a pen and an exercise book where I jot down the day’s assignment.

I also need my laptop and a desk to place it on, and plenty of light. On dark cloudy days I turn on the artificial light, when sunshine is not available.

I’m lucky I have plenty of space in my bedroom. I avoid taking my laptop in the kitchen, even though there is more physical  space in the kitchen.

I like the physical space in my bedroom because I do not have to move my laptop to make room for something else.

This sums up my writing habit, equipment or supplies I need and what my needs are in terms of physical space.

I did not understand how to insert poll, can someone help me?

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Blogging 201, Day one: Set Three Goals

Hello all the participants for Blogging 201. I am excited to meet all of you. I’m hoping to learn from you all. Thank you Krista for giving us this opportunity.

Welcome to Blogging 201: Branding and Growth!

Today’s assignment: Consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals.

Here are some questions to mull over to help you uncover/refine what’s most important to you about your blog.

Why do you blog?For notoriety? To get a book contract? To self publish? To establish yourself as a leader in your field? To gain followers? To connect with others? To clarify your own thoughts?

My three goals are to a) gain followers b) to connect with others C) To clarify my own thoughts.

When I started blogging almost three years ago, my aim was to figure out what blogging is about. When I posted my first blog post I was excited to get some followers. The number increased slowly. I always look for feedback, but only a few write comments, the rest just click the like button. When I see them I wonder what’s on the mind of these bloggers, what do they like? why don’t they write a comment, even a short one gives me some idea about my post.

My second goal is to connect with others and learn from their post.

My third goal is to clarify my own thoughts. I want my readers to ask questions,it gives me a reason to think about my post, to enable me to write in simple words what exactly do I mean?

The above are my goals.

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The Conclusion: The Farewell

And now it is evening.

And the seeress said, “Blessed be this day and this place and your spirit has spoken.”

And he answered ,

Was it I who spoke?

Was I not also a listener?

Then he descended the steps of the temple.

And he reached his ship and stood upon the deck.

And facing the people he raised his voice and said:

People of Orphalese, the wind bids me to leave you.Brief were my days among you, and briefer still the words I have spoken.

But should my voice fade in your ears, and my love vanish in your memory, then I will come again.

And with a richer heart and lips more yielding to the spirit will I speak.

Yea, I shall return with the tide,

And though death may hide me,yet again will I seek your under standing.

And not in vain will I seek.

If aught I have said is truth, that truth shall reveal itself in a clearer voice, and in more kin to your thoughts.

And if this day is not a fulfillment of your needs and my love, then let it be a promise till another day.

Know therefore, from the greater silence I shall return. Forget not that I shall come back to you. A little while , and my longing shall gather dust and foam for another body.

A little while , a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.

Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you.

If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.

And if our  hands should meet in another dream we shall build another tower in the sky.

So saying he made a signal to the seamen, and straightaway they weighed anchor and cast the ship loose from its moorings,and they moved eastward.

And a cry came from the people as from a single heart, and it rose into the dusk and was carried out over the sea like a great trumpeting.

Only Almitra was silent , gazing after the ship until it had vanished into the mist.

And when all the people dispersed she still stood alone upon the sea-wall, remembering in her heart his saying:

“A little while , a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.”

“From The Prophet”

Author , Kahlil Gibran

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