I’m a planner. I actually started researching and compiling ideas, designs, mind maps, plans and more MONTHS before this blog ever launched. Compulsive? Maybe.
But really it was fear.
I was afraid to take the plunge into the blogging world… would anyone read it? Would I be a good enough writer? Would people leave me nasty comments (I’m the thin-skinned wonder)? Would my visitors ever return? Would anyone CARE?
Yet that’s me. I over-think. I over-analyze. I’ve spent 10 years in marketing communications within the corporate world and most of it was writing, designing or editing. But THIS. This was different. It would truly be my own words, not ones that have to comply with a branding manual or get approval from overzealous board members.
After a cloud of self-doubt (and questioning my sanity on the timing since I was pregnant with my second child AND working full-time), I started this blog anyway. My finger hovered over the mouse and…
I hit publish. And catapulted into a world that six months later I can’t even imagine not being in.
I’m getting to the point of this post, I promise
So when I was noodling my ideas for this new series I wanted to do, I started down the same path.
Over-think. Over-analyze. Over-doubt.
But this time, I got a twitch that wanted me to “hurry up already!” (Similar to the “hurry up already” you tell your kids.)
A twitch I credit to The SITS Girls and The Blog Frog hosting the 31 Days to Become a Better Blogger challenge with Darren from ProBlogger. The challenge has gotten me so riled up… so inspired… that I’m kicking all those “overs” out on their hineys.
Tomorrow, I’m starting this new series called Momcomm Monday.
So what IS Momcomm?
In the marketing world, marketing communication is known as marcom (or marcomm).Momcomm stands for mom communication.
Momcomm Monday is my new weekly feature that helps moms become better writers. Better bloggers. Even better social media geeks. All with the goal of helping you communicate better in the so-called blogosphere. (Mom isn’t meant to be exclusionary though; “anybloggercomm” just didn’t roll off the tongue.)
Good communication isn’t just resume fodder. Before your eyes glaze over, let me explain.
In the face-to-face world, only 10% of how we communicate is through words. Another 30% by our sounds and a whopping 60% by body language.
But here in bloggyland, we’re on the Internet. We don’t have body language or sounds (unless you count vlogging or auto-playing music). Our voice has to be heard from that mere TEN FLIPPIN PERCENT!
What the heck are we supposed to do?
Well, for starters, our writing has to be top notch. Our blog design has to look professional. Communicating to others – sharing our blog posts, writing comments, reaching out to PR companies, chatting on twitter – it all makes an impression about who we are and what our blog is about.
MomComm Monday will be a mix of how-to’s, resources, tips, rants and more. Some basic, some advanced and some straight down the middle.
Back to that whole planner-in-me thing…
I don’t know where this Momcomm stuff is gonna go but believe it or not, I’m OK with not having it all worked out. And I’m not worried that it’s not about the outdoors because my blog has already morphed from that and become an all-emcompassing look at me.
Maybe it’ll grow into its own blog. Maybe it won’t (I may need calendar ninjas to extend our days to 28 hours). For now, I’m just gonna go with the flow (words that rarely come out of my mouth) and see where it leads.
Oh, and if you read this entire kinda, sorta longwinded and rambling post, you deserve a prize. How about the title of tomorrow’s post, will that work?
How to Improve Your Writing (Without Improving Your Writing)
See you tomorrow!