Blogging Forward – Part 2

When I wrote part 1, I expected to complete part 2 a couple of days later, but that was a month ago.

Lessons In Organization

In part 1 I talked about what I believe my strengths are as a blogger and photographer. Since then I’ve probed a little deeper into this blog, even back to the original Being Yordie Sands. Also I’m faced with either setting priorities for my blogging and limiting my activities in Second Life, or giving up on both.

When I analyze this blog I find it touches many topics and only a handful of those topics contribute to the blog’s purpose. I also studied blogs I admire and found that my favorites have a clearer sense of who they are. I also found Vaneeesa Blaylock’s reorganization of iRez.me salon inspiring in the way she created dedicated section of the magazine for the key categories of content. My take away is that the right organization will enable me to manage my time and improve the quality of my favorite content.

Improvements Coming Soon

My blogs have undergone many changes over the years, not the least of which was moving from Blogger to WordPress. And here’s the thing, there are still 900 posts that were never imported into this blog. So, one of the priorities for the coming year will be to put all of my work into WordPress.

Then there’s this. I’ve owned yordiesands.com for a couple of years now. I chose not to replace with yordiesands.wordpress.com because I was concerned that I’d lose all my readers, and what with the loss suffered when I moved from yordiesands.blogspot.com, I felt I’d lose everything. I’ve since learned that there are many readers who followed me anyway, so I now regret not having made that change. so, one of the other changes coming will be to change the blog’s link to yordiesands.com (btw, you can use yordiesands.com and it will redirect to here).

Finally, there’s content. I’ve thought about this for several years but I finally see a way to limit and organize my content. Here’s what I’ve come up with for Categories: Blogging, Events, Exploring, Features, Perspectives, Technical and Writing. It may not seem very different, but within Features is where I think I’ll find the real focus for this blog. Under Features I have chosen some regular topics: Fashion & Style, Homes & Gardens, Japanese Gardens, Yordie’s Excellent Adventures and some surprises. If you go back about a year, you’ll see how those topics evolved in a major change last year. So, stay tuned!

Writing From The Heart

I believe that a lot of blogging is to writing as, scribbling is to fine cursive handwriting, or grabbing a burger from fast food restaurant is to dining at a fine restaurant. I’ve developed many sloppy writing habits by blogging, and I’ve asserted that this is the way things are. But when I’ve studied fine blogs I’ve found that many of my faves are well written. And I want to improve that too as I blog forward.

Regardless of content or quality, I believe all of my blogging has always been from a personal point of view, first person, active and rarely as a reporter. This is something I’ve cultivated and must keep, it is my blogging style and my voice. And that’s all good, but I want more, much more. I want to write more from my heart. I haven’t changed my mind about no long writing about my romantic  connection here, but I may explore romance and sex in iRez.me Sex and the Virtual City section.

2012-11-30 Alexa Ranking 969434

YAY! — Alexa Ranking below 1,000,000 for the first time “969,434”

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About Yordie

I'm an avatar in Second Life where I star as the heroine of a virtual fantasy life. In the real world, I'm writing my debut sci-fi novel.
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7 Responses to Blogging Forward – Part 2

  1. Yordie, you write so well and about so many interesting topics. I think new people will continue to find you and also that you’ll find current friends and readers will navigate with you to wherever you wish to be. Just keep on being who you are and writing what interests you because—as you’ll see—there are plenty of us who share at least one if not more of your interests and like to compare notes with our you and other friends along the way. =)

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    • Yordie says:

      Thanks Dahlia… I think I have to take the chance and just switch to yordiesands.com and let the chips fall where they may. I will make sure I get my writing throughput up first though, so there’s a greater interest in following me. Btw, I just realized I didn’t have a link to your blog in the right column. I added it in Personal Blogs. Cheers

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  2. Becky says:

    It’s funny how much we are on the same wave length sometimes. I’ve been thinking a lot about blog reorganisation too. I also want to take a more focused and disciplined approach to blogging, as you’ve alluded to here.

    Personally though, I don’t think I’ll be going the way iRez is – in terms of section headers for topic areas. I have various reasons for this that are probably too detailed to go into here. Instead, I think I’ll be making better use of my categories. First, I’ll streamline them to reflect what I have written about, and what I plan to write about in 2013. Then, I’ll focus my writing schedule on the categorical priorities. It all sounds reasonable as a plan, but I have yet to get the work started, so we’ll see.

    I’m also committing to getting my larger work written and published on my blog, an expanding into other creative formats. That, may in fact be another section, or indeed may be another blog. I have a bit of research to do in the regard, but I’m hoping to have the answer by the end of the year too.

    Maybe it’s an end of the year thing, as you review what you’ve accomplished and commit to making it better the next year. The end of December will mark my first year of active, consistent blogging about my experiences in SL, and I’ve discovered a lot as a result. I’ve certainly realised what seems to work for me, despite not really finding the audience traction I was hoping for by now.

    That, I think, will be a major decision I face in the coming month: to identify the purpose of my blog, and my blogging. I’ve felt a bit “all over the shop” and I want to fix that.

    Anyway, sorry to hijack your comment section with my blogging plans 🙂 I was just inspired to share them here for some reason. I have a lot more to think about and will surely be clearer as the weeks go by.

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    • Yordie says:

      Hi Becky… It is funny about that wave length thing. Yes, partly it’s because of year end thing.

      Wow, yes, do include some of your larger written works. What do you have in mind, short stories, novels, artcles? I found using the blog formats to be challenging for larger works. I saw Dahlia Sweet use issuu.com to publish some ebooks and felt that was a better format for me. You can publish three books for free but Dahlia has an extensive collection of books (http://issuu.com/dahliasweet). Unfortunately, I had to give up on writing my novel earlier this year but as my life is settling down more I’m thinking I’d like to open up those years of research and try the novel again.

      As for iRez, I didn’t mean to imply that I’d be creating sections, just that Van’s reorganization led me to realize that I could manage my time better if I narrowed my focus to specific topics rather than flying off hither and yon all the time. I read several blogs that are entirely “all over the shop” and I look forward to seeing what is going on there. But I’m finding myself putting more and more thought into the things I write, like at iRez, and that means less and less time available. There are topics I really enjoy writing about because they are the activities I enjoy living in my second life.

      In the past, the big buggaboo in my SL blogging was real life topics. A lot of that has crept back in even though I disguise it by referring to “my human”, and while those may be mildly entertaining, it is just not what I want my blog to be about.

      I’m glad you shared your thoughts, Becky. Hope we can talk more when you return from SA.

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  3. virtualgent says:

    I find your writing very refreshing and entertaining. I wouldn’t worry too much about the eloquence of your writing. Your content and narration are strong and vastly entertaining. Best regards, VG.

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    • Yordie says:

      Thank you for your encouraging words, VG. I suppose I should be content that I’ve found a sytle of writing and a voice, but when I read the works of the very eloquent I feel embarrassed. I see that I have many lazy habits and at least hope to correct some of those. Kind regards, Yordie

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