In Other Words: Season 2, Episode 9

Reading Time: < 1 minutes
Sunset over Lake Champlain, date unknown. By Barbara Hampton. No republication.

As I observed last week, deadlines and an audience are often key to success for a writer. For a blogger, I’ll add a third element: frequency.

Blog views dropped off by about half this week, but that was to be expected. Forty-four years ago this week, I had wrapped up a productive first two months as a freelancer and took off for a long weekend. Consequently, this week’s blog posts fell to two, compared with the previous week’s seven.

Still, this week held its own, with a robust number of views of a review 44 years too late. A number of my fraternity friends remembered that production. Sam, the director in question, still has a poster for the show in his office. He said on Facebook that it did indeed brighten his day. If so, the post served its purpose.

I realized late in life that my mission in writing is to bring joy to the lives of others.

Frequency in the coming week will be less of a problem, as long-ago me returns to his journal to chronicle his first assignments as a journalist.

Meanwhile, life behind the scenes continues with projects for my two nonprofit clients and the inevitable and unenviable end-of-tax-year accountings as yet another deadline approaches.

And if anyone wants to share their thoughts on how they organize their writing projects, I’m still waiting to hear from you!

See you next time!

In case you missed it

  • Puff and fluff, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Any local news editor understands the delicate balance between what readers and advertisers expect and what you think is important.

  • In Other Words … Season 2, Episode 19

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people don’t even have the time or focus for an entire book. The culture of short videos and podcasts has taken over, to our detriment.

  • Top-of-the-head inventory, 1979

    Reading Time: 2 minutes “Items in Stock” was, in truth, a misnomer. Some were complete, or ready for a final draft or a rewrite. Others were ideas or characters in search of a plot.

  • Award-winning coverage? (1979)

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Newspapers have associations, which sponsor competitions. But it’s a long trip from “thinking of sending it” to actually receiving an award.