So, Day 11’s task is to write a personal blog post on a prompt from The Daily Post. My prompt is called Snapshot Stories.
I haven’t read in full detail the situation that occurred in Charleston, SC. I don’t believe I really will. Even at this very moment, as I speak about it, I get sick. I also get nervous, fearful, afraid, angry, upset, pissed off, numb.
I never thought I would have to live in fear, but everyday I do. In 2015, all I have left is fear. At first, we had to just protect our young Black men; hell, now, every Black person is a target. There is not special type, no specific targets anymore, NO ONE IS SAFE!
I am literally sitting in my desk wondering if I even want to go to the store, because who is to say that a terrorist isn’t sitting in Wal-Mart right now, waiting to shoot it up? Or someone is in the parking lot waiting to peg someone for just being black and looking “dangerous”. These days I feel like I could do so much as pull my phone out of my back pocket and get shot down like a dog. It is extreme to think this way, but hell it would be irrational to not think that things like this are possible, because they are happening almost every damn day!
I feel like I have so much I want to say, but yet cannot find the words to describe the pain and fear in my soul right now. I just don’t know what it is going to take. I know you can’t change people, I just….
I have no words. I truly don’t feel like there is room for Black people in this world.
We aren’t ever going to be free, as long as there is racial injustice. We are just slaves to that as well.
Blogging 101 is really challenging me and helping me expand in my blogging experiences. Today’s challenge is to publish a post about one of the posts I commented on for Day 8. The sad part is I have to pick 1, and I liked all 4! Well, if I had to pick one, I would say that the post Destress DeBunk DeFunk was the one that spoke to me the most.
In this post, the author discusses stress and I personally could testify to this, because I am one of the top stressers I know! My family is always telling me that I need to calm down and that I stress about entirely too much at times. I have to admit that they are right 😦
I have noticed that I take things very seriously, and even more serious than the people I deal with. I tend to take small pebbles and turn them into overwhelming boulders, and before it is too late, I am squashed and uncomfortable underneath all that stress. It doesn’t feel good at all, and I feel like I may get to the point where my health would begin to suffer, so I try to look at it how I read in this story:
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty of half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed — incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down
The message here is pretty simple, and I have to continue to badger myself until I get it through my thick stress-filled skull…
Put the glass down, before you paralyze yourself!
Try to have as many stress free days as possible in life. No need in carrying around all that weight because you couldn’t put your glass down!
Day 8’s task on the Blogging 101 journey was to make a comment on 4 different blog posts. This was good for me, because I get too focused on my own blog, that I don’t take the time to give others credit, or go try to comment on other people’s blog. I have to remember there are millions of blog posts out there and I should at least once try to jump in on a couple every now and then! I think every week I will try to challenge myself to comment on at least 5 different blogs. That makes one a day! I can do that if I put my mind to it, and I plan on exceeding that goal. Well, without further adu, I am going to highlight the 4 posts that I took a look at today! Be sure to head to their page and show some love!
Ok, so for day 6 on my Blogging 101 journey, I am supposed to amp up the About Me page on my blog. As exciting as that sounds, the About Me page is really one of my least favorite pages! 😦
I always read people’s About Me pages and I think, ‘man they are so awesome!’ And mine never seems to compare. I think the hardest part is trying to tell people why I’m blogging. I feel I never have a solid reason as to why, or it always sounds corny talking about who I am.
My most recent attempt at an About Me page is very simple, and very direct. I managed to think long and hard about it and fit my personality into 9 words:
“Love to write. Love to live. Live to write”
I hope that this simple, yet powerful and descriptive statement will attract and interest people. Im going for the “less is more” philosophy on my About Me page so I hope it works out for me. If not, back to the drawing board! 🙂
So, I’m finally back on my rewriting!!!
I have been getting prepared for looking into ways to market and advertise for my book when I’m ready to release it. I must say it isn’t easy so it want to start a little early looking into some ideas.
I know that these things take time.to develop, and some even take money to develop. I’ve been trying to look at options that don’t require much money or no money at all to do, that will be fun ways to advertise my book.
I read this article that goes into 150 DIY ways to market your book. Take a look at them and see if you wouldn’t mind using a few of these fun tips to get your book and name out in the world!