After several long years, my University studies are finally over and well and truly behind me. On 21 March, I attended my graduation ceremony. It was a day that held mixed emotions for me; I was so nervous I was dreading every minutes of it, yet wanted it over with at the same time. I felt so uncomfortable, and having to wear the outfit and hat didn’t help (at least I wasn’t alone in that – I could look silly along with hundreds of others)!
My husband insisted I attend and I’m glad he did, for I know I would regret it if I didn’t. Graduating like this was something I would never do again, as I have no intention of furthering my studies. I received a degree I did not require to further my career; I studied because I simply wanted to. Years ago I wanted to study for a Bachelor of Arts, yet family members mocked it, labelling it a ‘Bachelor of Bludging’. Certainly there were some subjects during the course of my studies that I didn’t find too difficult, and I can see how the arts are perceived, yet I was not satisfied with cruising through University. If I was going to study, I was going to do it properly and work hard to earn that degree. And I did. In all twenty-four subjects, I only received one pass; the rest were credits and above. I studied because I was interested in learning and I wanted to further my writing skills, as well as learning to discipline myself and work to deadlines. My studies were completely online – never once did I attend lectures like my husband. Writing is a solitary occupation; studying in this way helped prepare me for the future.
It wasn’t until almost two weeks later, that the reality really sunk in. I had never realised until I was home alone for a few days just how much time I had devoted to my studies. It has been a lot of hard work and it has certainly been rewarding. I feel that my writing has become stronger by it – so much so a lecturer once asked if I was going on to do my Masters. Writing full time is going to need the same amount of discipline and hard work, but through my studies, I know I can do it. Sometimes, we don’t know what we can achieve unless we really try.
What have you done that you felt you really had to work hard for? Do you struggle with discipline? Have you ever done something that others have mocked you for?
Images by Debbie Johansson
I’ll be taking another break from blogging and will return on 29 April. Happy Easter everyone and I hope the Easter bunny is good to you all! 🙂
During my studies last trimester I undertook my final writing subject. My first assignment was to write a non-fiction book proposal.
It didn’t take me long to type up the idea for my book, but what was stopping me in my tracks was writing up the biographical details. I had to meet certain word limits for my overall assignment, so I had to make sure what I wrote in my bio was not only tight but relevant to my proposal. What really stumped me was what I had to write within the first paragraph – show why I was well equipped to write this particular book. Trouble was, I had the knowledge, but I didn’t have the experience to help back it up.
I was stunned by my inexperience and felt like a complete amateur. Writing my bio helped me assess where I was currently with my writing platform and what needed to be done to make it better. I had to lift my game, not only within my topic but my writing credits as well. Writing the bio helped me dig a little deeper within my chosen genres, discovering my angle and therefore my ‘brand’.
By making my bio tighter I managed to discover more about myself, as well as my current strengths and weaknesses within my platform. There’s plenty of work still to be done!
Have you written a short bio? Has writing a bio helped you discover your strengths and weaknesses within your platform? What have you done to help make your platform and bio better?
During this past week, I’ve been tearing my hair out. Doing an assignment on a blog proposal may sound like fun, yet there were times when I felt like I was going around in circles. If nothing else, it has certainly helped me to look at my own blog all over again.
Do you have a catchy title? Does it reveal to the reader what your blog’s content will be about?
What are your objectives for writing your blog? Is it to provide information, persuade action or promote discussion?
What is your chosen angle, brand or voice? How will your blog be distinguished from others within a similar genre? Will your tone be formal or informal?
Why is it needed? Why would your blog be of interest?
How will your blog be structured? This will include interactive elements, images, etc., as well as your written content. Remember to use tags, which are very important if you want people to find you on the internet.
How much research will you need to help support your written content, such as links, etc.?
It’s so easy to start a blog and it can be difficult not to just jump in with both feet. With the vast amount of blogs out there, you want yours to stand out. This can take a great deal of time, thought and planning.
Are you using your blog to its full potential? Do you now look at other blogs and wish yours were as good?