The life and words of Ashley, Erin, and Michelle

Words speak louder than actions October 24, 2009

Filed under: Writing — michellehuegel @ 1:34 pm
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You know the cliche, “actions speak louder than words”? Unfortunately for me, when it comes to blogging, the reverse is true. I spend time thinking about possible blog post topics, researching ideas, reading about blogging tips and tricks, studying my favorite bloggers, and generally taking all sorts of actions related to my blog. Except for writing the actual words. It doesn’t matter how much thought I give to my words if no one can ever read them because I don’t write them. I’m sure you all would prefer to read something funny, interesting, timely, and/or helpful, but you would also probably (hopefully!) prefer  to read something rather than nothing at all. So, here’s something.

I spend almost as much time on my Windows Mobile smart phone (currently an HTC Mogul on Alltel) as I do on my computer, which is a lot of time. So I’m considering whether blogging from my phone is a workable solution. Although I can’t see writing a 1,000-word post on a virtual keyboard the size of my thumb, “mini-posts” would be possible.

I know, it’s not a technical term, but often I get ideas during the day that I would love to share, but I don’t have time to sit and flesh out the idea right then, and I forget by the time I do. So to help remedy my lack of words in relation to action, I am giving myself permission to not always flesh out my thoughts and ideas – to just give them to you raw and fresh, and you can make of me what you will.

And if you have a mobile device, check out WordPress’s new mobile themes, which hopefully make it even easier to read your favorite blogs (like LifeInk!) on your phone!


My Personal Peptalk July 17, 2009

Filed under: Writing — ashleybarrett @ 9:25 am
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Even though I claim to be a writer I find so many ways to do something besides write.

If avoiding were an olympic sport, I think I’d own a gold medal. My first avoidance tactic is usually household tasks. There’s always something to clean, cook or rearrange. But sometimes I want to avoid chores too so I have to seek my excuses elsewere.

Enter the internet, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Hey, I’m “networking” right? Or if I’m browsing random sites on the internet I tell myself I’m doing “research.” But what’s the point of networking and researching if you never get around to writing anything? If an agent asked me right now, “So what do you write?” An honest answer would be “Tweets mostly. Occasionally a  journal entry or blog post. Want to represent me? ”

What good is that connection now?

Or, even scarier, standing in front of Jesus who after gave me a new life and a call to write. He asks “What did you do?”

“I tweeted at least once Monday through Friday and some of them were really witty.”

Despite the truth, I think avoiding writing is natural, especially for a writer. Or at least my avoidance feels natural. Writing for me is like jumping off a cliff. What if there’s nothing there? Or what if something is there I don’t want to land on.  What if I can’t recover? Writing dissolves denial and sometimes everything you have carefully swept under the rug rushes at you. Who wouldn’t avoid that?

So what’s a writer to do? Next week I’ll write about things that make jumping off that cliff a little less daunting.

Question for you: How do you feel when you begin writing, composing, painting etc.?