Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Have you ever written a blog that was never read? Then you know how frustrating that is. If you’re just starting, you want to avoid this situation. Here are some ways to make a good, interesting blog.

    • Steps

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        Choose an interesting topic. Boring topics generally are not good for blogs, unless you are one of few people who are genius writers; those who can create beautiful prose even when writing about the most mundane things.

    • Pick a topic that you know and are passionate about, one that other people can relate to. If you like video games, for example, write one detailing your experiences playing them. Note that this kind of blog is different from a ‘Dear Diary’ blog discussed below.
    • Avoid writing your own biography. A “Dear Diary” blog isn’t interesting to other people unless you are a really significant person. Think about it: who would really want to know what you ate for dinner? This kind of blog is self-indulgent and gratuitous; it does not offer anything to the people reading it.
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    Funny blog posts tend to become viral. Humorous charts, pictures, and videos are great supplements to your text.

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    Do not rehash or rewrite blog posts from famous blogs. Try to think of unique things to write about, or write an opposing view on a certain subject.

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    Instead of just repeating news reports (as most bloggers tend to do), write your own commentary. What do you think of an issue? Offer your views and analysis. Ask you readers what their opinions are too. This brings us to:

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    Make your blog interactive. Provide your readers some way to express themselves by letting them comment on your articles and voting on polls.

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    Write clearly. Be conscious of grammar and spelling. Write the standard way; it is irritating to read words and sentences like ‘tHiS iS a CoOl SeNtEnCe,’ or ‘Wh@t are you D0ing?’ for example.


  • Make sure you have good visuals. No one likes to read a black and white blog. There can be pictures or videos and they do not necessarily have to be of you.
  • Be honest and true to your views. This makes you a sincere and reputable writer. In being one you’ll eventually have a loyal readership, one that will keep coming back to your blog and recommend it to others because they know they’ll get high-quality and helpful reads every time.
  • Inform you readers from the beginning if an article is sponsored. People hate being led-on and tricked into reading a blog post that they expect to be helpful, just to realize that it is a subjective and promotional one.


  • Never plagiarize other blog posts, news articles, reviews, and books. Copying and pasting articles and passing them off as your own is illegal and immoral. Provide proper attribution if you must quote another’s work.

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Recent edits by: Vasiliaskid, Justine Halligan, Teresa


Tina Fey actress, comedian, writer and producer known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock …

“Follow your fear, which in improv usually leads to someone making you sing an improvised song or rap, which is the worst thing that can happen. But the larger thing is the notion that if something scares you a bit, it means that you should follow it a little bit. Now, ‘follow your fear’ does not mean that you should get in the car with a weirdo in a small parking lot. But it does mean that there are moments in your life when something comes up, a chance to move to a new city, or the chance to study in another continent, read your short story out loud, and you feel a lot of fear. And that fear means that you should definitely do it.”



It’s hard. It’s hard to move away from fear. Hard to be willing to fail. Hard to try and perhaps not succeed. As a result, we end up with so many things we haven’t had the guts to do yet and so many reasons why we haven’t done them. The real question is, what are we going to do about it?

We could sit and complain about how we don’t have time, or how the right situation just hasn’t come up yet, or how it’s just not a priority right now or instead, we could take action.

Earlier this year, I suddenly became very aware of one of my own fears that I had been avoiding and decided to do something about it. The journey so far has been eye-opening.

Improv is terrifying to most people. In fact, it was to me when I first started, and it was that fear that kept bringing me back for more. And every time I’m on stage, I’m working to be more and more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Early in my Improv career I had the opportunity to study with David Shore. David had always encouraged his students to follow their fears, and even though I was probably one of David’s more terrified students, I always took that message to heart.

Especially when he chose to lead by example by performing a one man solo improvised show. The idea that anyone would ever even consider attempting such a thing was enough to send chills up my spine. But he did it and it was amazing. It was at that point I knew that one day I also wanted perform a one man Improv show.

Years passed and I never did perform that show, until one day Andy Eninger came to town to teach a weekend intensive on solo Improvisation. This was what I needed! I always wanted to do a solo Improv show, but I just didn’t know how! Here was an opportunity to learn! Do this, and then on to the performance!

Not so.

While I managed enough courage to sign up and attend the course, I never did perform that solo Improv show…

Fast forward a few years later, I’m hanging out after a show and I get to chatting with a fellow Improvisor. He was performing in a one man scripted play and I asked him, “Have you ever tried solo Improv?”, and he replied, “Nope, you?”.

And that’s when it hit me. For years I’ve been wanting to do this, for years it’s been in the someday/maybe pile, but for years I’ve found excuse after excuse to put it off.

That night I decided it was time to make this dream a reality.

And so it’s happening, June 15th, 2012. You can buy tickets to come see the show if you’re in Toronto and want to come check it out.

But this article isn’t a plug for a show (but by all means come to the show), it’s about the realization I had that these things don’t just happen. It’s up to us to take the steps to make them happen. And some times the first step is simply making a commitment to get something done and to give yourself a deadline to reach a certain goal.

So I thought, why not invite other people to participate in this event? Why not see if there are others like me that have a list of things they’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet gotten to? And so I opened Follow Your Fear Day to anyone in the world who wanted to join. All they had to do is sign up to make it known that they were going to do something about it by June 15th, 2012.

And that’s when things got even more interesting…

As I talked to people about this event, so many of them were excited about it.  They would tell me how they thought it was a great idea and they’d tell me about all the really amazing things they’ve always wanted to do and then I’d send them the link to sign up and then…



People, when faced with actually doing the thing they’ve always wanted to do, more often than not, don’t. Some have signed up (and kudos to them), but the majority have not.

The Follow Your Fear Day facebook fan page has almost 100 fans. So far none of the sign ups for the event have come from there.

We like the idea of being someone who could be somebody or could do something, but when given the opportunity to put it to the test and risk finding out whether we are or are not that person, we freeze.

Perhaps it’s loss aversion? Perhaps the idea of losing this concept of ourselves is too tragic to put it to the test.

We like things like TED talks and inspirational quotes, but perhaps these things end up doing more harm than good. They make us feel good about ourselves, like we’re people that could do the things these people talk about. Like we could change the world by simply sharing a link, but when it is time to take action, we don’t.

Think about this in your organization. We would all like to be in organizations that valued their employees and allowed them to be innovative, creative and produce high quality software. We’d love to be in a company that did pair programming, TDD, CI, and continuous delivery, but when given the opportunity to make it happen, will we? Or will we find some way to maintain the status quo?

Take a few minutes and think about what it is you want to do, whether it’s in your personal life, or in your job and instead of just saying “some day”, sign up for Follow Your Fear Day and make something happen.