I have been asked to write a blog for the RPA journal. But what is a blog? I’m not sure I know. I went to the shelf and pulled out my trusty dictionary and looked it up – it wasn’t there. Throughout all my school years and throughout all my children’s school years, the dictionary sitting in its place on the bookshelf has given us the answer to so many questions – but not this time. Not the word ‘blog’. I had to resort to that modern day ubiquitous resource – the computer – and look it up online! As we do so often nowadays. I am told a blog was originally ‘weblog’ adapted to………’we blog’.
Like my mother, who having spent most of her life without that simple luxury we all take so much for granted – a shower – couldn’t see why after years without one, she should need such a thing – just because everyone else wanted her to have one. Or indeed, even a computer. And so she didn’t. In that same way – having myself only had a computer in the latter part of my life, it is difficult for me to see why I would want to blog, or even to read the blogs of others.
I suppose blogs have replaced what used to be the magazine article which one would take home to pour over in a relaxing tea break. Although the less serious hyped up scandalous in-your-face ‘news items’ – that now abound on ‘t-internet ‘- are more what has taken the place of that. You know what I mean, the ones that grab your attention while you’re not looking, that get you reading but land you up nowhere useful.
So what about those more serious, actually useful and informative types of articles? Where are they lurking? The ones that require a bit more diligence to find? How do I find my way to something I actually want to read? Something relating to my passion, or my line of work – the healing arts, energy medicine, and Resonance Repatterning?
And that’s where the RPA Journal blog comes in. Like all things on the internet, you have to know where to look to find it. Once you have been there often enough you don’t even notice you’re ‘searching’ any more, you just know the way. But when you haven’t been there that often, it’s a bit harder to recall the route, especially for those of us who didn’t grow up in the computerised age. It’s a bit like finding your way down a rabbit warren.
The RPA journal blog is just a few clicks away – if you can remember which ones they are! You can speed that journey by saving it in your ‘favourites’. So for those of us who, like me, need to be dragged kicking and screaming through a hedge backwards to get into the world of computers, blogging is a bit of an alien concept. But having been pushed and pulled, coaxed and cajoled, by colleagues in the RPA, here I am having a go!
I haven’t said anything very much so far, yet I wonder how many hearts I have touched, or sparked interest in. Just to show yourselves, or each other, how this whole gig works I invite you to comment in the ‘comments box’ below. Just a few words of your own experience, or your response to reading this article, or blog to be more precise, or what it evoked in you. And then you will be doing it too!
Yes, I think I’ve got it now – blogging is a dialogue that connects us all, even to others we haven’t met before. And if I did that with the telephone, I’d be considered weird! If I just dialled up a random number and struck up a conversation with someone I don’t know. But here on the blog post page – which isn’t really a page -it’s ok to do that. You can find me, and see who I am, and read what I have to say, even if it’s nothing at all. You can comment back in the chat box, or even write a blog of your own. You may even have, or dare to create, a website all of your own – and blog to your own audience there – or both!
What’s more, if you do leave a comment or click on ‘like’ here, or someone does that for you on a blog post you’ve written, it creates a cyberspace ripple that leads to more traffic, or publicity, for you and your interest – as here in Resonance Repatterning – your business and mine.
Like casting my fishing hook out upon the waters and waiting for a fish to bite, I cast my blog out upon the internet waves and wait for someone to read and hopefully respond. Just really creating waves of moving energy – like a spiral up!
So click away, type away, blog away all; come blogger, come student, come practitioner all.
Let’s pick up our heels and fly away all; and answer that enticing, blog-away call!
[To find the comments box – on the home page, click on title of this article then scroll down – way down – beneath any comments or author’s profile. To find the ‘like’ button – look beneath this article underneath the share buttons]
3 thoughts on “My first blog. What is a blog? Answers for the computer illiterate.”
What’s great about blogging is that you can reach people you’ve never met before. I am in the process of setting up a hootsuite account so when I do blog, I can send it out to all my social media accounts in the press of a button. I have a couple of blogs on my ExtraordinaryOutcomesPublishing.com website. They are informational. I’ve been told that there is a 80-20 social media guideline. 80% personal engagement, 20% advertising. I’m just getting my feet wet as well. I hear the water is warm. Let’s jump in!
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Brava dear Fiona! Love the idea that blogging is a dialogue that connects us all. And ALL in a very big way! We can reach myriads of folks whom we have never met yet click on some key word that draws our common interest. We can enjoy personal contact …and also cast our net into wider horizons. The choice doesn’t need to be either/or. Thanks for broadening my horizons.
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I love your humour, Fiona 🙂 Judging by all of the likes, others do too.
People blog for all kinds of reasons, don’t they? To share – their viewpoints, personal experiences, favourite things to see or do, others blogs … and perhaps also because these days we have the internet and blogging software like wordpress so we get the chance to write and publish our words. Several things inspire me to blog: campaigning for causes that otherwise receive little awareness (https://vw4causes.wordpress.com/); educating others on new ideas and inspiring thoughts (https://thinkingleaders.wordpress.com/); and energising others to follow their dreams and have fun (https://yeswecanjourney.wordpress.com/).
Here’s to more happy blogging in future!
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