on writing & blogging; training for real life
As a writer, I am constantly humbled by the depth of thought and experience that my Casey Anthony case readers/bloggers share here. Frankly, some of the writing blows me away because I see such talent – talent that I only dream will one day show up in my own writing (I have only been blogging for a few months an have much to learn). I hope that as I become a more experienced blogger, what is inside my head will make it to the page with increased depth of thought and with passionate clarity. Thank you for coming along with me on this journey of mine.
I would love nothing more than to make this blog my full-time job….lately I’ve been dreaming about doing just that – but I’m only dreamin’ for now. Someday. Maybe.
I have a full time job that is pressure-filled. I write and teach for a living. The technical term for what I do is called “Instructional Design” which means I analyze what Learners need to learn and I put it down on paper for trainers to use to train others in a classroom setting. I develope elearning, too – it’s my favorite venue. Most of the work I do involves writing for a classroom setting. However, in my job, I am also the trainer. What I write, I also train. It’s two jobs in one.
I have been an Instructional Designer for over ten years now, prior to that, I worked as an actor (that’s another story for another day). I loved working as an actor and miss it terribly but I couldn’t keep up with the bills with any consistency (some months the pay was plentiful, other months not so much). I miss the theatre terribly, but I’m on stage in the classroom, too. So it’s all good.
I currently work in a university setting. The people I train are university employees who need to learn new systems, new procedures, etc. On Monday, I am training new employees “New Hires” we call them. I’ll be in the classroom with them for three weeks.
So, right now (write now!) I don’t have the time to police this blog and I never dreamed that I’d have to. But, when people are disrespectful to my readers, insulting their intelligence, demeaning their efforts to express themselves, then I have to take action and I did last evening. I was forced to ban a person from continuing to write here. I gave this person fair warning, but they wouldn’t stop blasting away at the people I admire – my friends who post here.
I am told this person also uses other email alias’s to post and disturb others. Please accept my apologies if this happens, I will do my best to monitor this situation during the day.
So, what’s this post all about, you may be asking! Well, it’s about writing and blogging, and training myself as as writer, using this blog as my laboratory. I am passionate about the law and justice and would like to follow every missing person case in the news, write about all the injustices that I see such as the great horror we’re experiencing right now with the oil spill… I wonder if words can really express the enormity of what the environment is ultimately facing via this travesty in our glorious sea? The wildlife that will be destroyed is too much for me to think about because when I do think about it, I want to scream in anger and rage against BP. All I can really do is drive right by their Gas Station when I need gas. That’s my punishment. But, then I think – well that won’t work, really, BP needs to keep working and earning money to fix this mess they caused. And THEY caused it. Haliburtin and others have blame, don’t get me wrong, but BP’s name is blazed on the brand that makes the money, so I hold them accountable.
I’m all over the place here! Let me close this by telling you how in awe I am of your writing – I am talking to the people who write here.
After reading what you share here, I find my self constantly saying: “Oh, I want to write like that!”
You have taught me so much and I thank you for investing your time here. And, you know, judging by the consistent rise in readership here (I see the stats and more people are visiting every day), it’s not just me they are coming to read, it’s you. So, thank you for what you give.
Thanks for putting up with the occasional mean commentator. I won’t let them come here and destroy the good camaraderie that we have built and that we enjoy here.
I love blogging…. If I could afford to, this would be my full time job…. Maybe that will happen one day!
Dreams do come true every now and again.
Thank you again.