So, I have just realized that I’ve been “in the zone” with my blogging lately. It is a feeling where I just can’t stop writing about stuff. The ideas are never ending, and the fingers are typing non-stop. It is truly a great feeling to have. I only wish I could trigger this euphoric moment of blogging goodness more often, but alas, I have no idea how.
A big part of it is motivation. After all, if you are not motivated to do something, then chances are you will not put in 100% to complete it. I know that even the best bloggers/writers in the world have to go through the same things I go through. I just sometimes feel like I need a break from it all. However, when I take a break, it is also the time when I come up with my best ideas.
While I wish this applied to my personal blogging habits, I must say that consistency can really pay off while trying to write. When you get into a rhythm, the words just seem to come easier, but when I take a day or two off, it is just difficult for me to sit down and write. This is why I think it is important for me to keep on writing, regardless of whether or not I am “in the zone.”
What is this zone? I have no idea, and I really don’t know how I ever get here. I seriously wished that I knew how to at least trick myself to feel like this at all times, but I have yet to find a way.
Perhaps, with time, I will train myself to better understand my blogging habits. Right now though, I still find myself learning new things about myself, but that is just a part of life.
Yesterday is irrelevant, and tomorrow is insignificant—but the present is nothing less than extravagant.
Following the release of the official WordPress v2.5 standalone version recently, WordPress.com has followed suit by upgrading their users to the new version as well. The interface has been completely redesigned, and the back-end has received a myriad of improvements. This release of WordPress is said to be the largest release in quite awhile.
It was only a few hours ago when I opened up my blog’s administrator interface and was greeted by the new 2.5 version of WordPress. First thoughts? I was shocked they upgraded WordPress.com so quickly after the release. I figured that the WordPress.com team would wait until the public played with the 2.5 version of WordPress for a few weeks just incase someone could find any serious issues.
Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress, stated on GeekBrief.tv that this release of WordPress is “probably the largest release of WordPress in about two years.” He continued by making everyone aware of several other improvements to the WordPress content management system:
- A redesigned back-end
- Richer media features
- Built-in image galleries
- One-click plugin upgrades
Regardless, everything seems to be going smoothly so far, and while it might require a few people to get adjusted, these improvements appear to be for the better.
Unfortunately, it appears that there are still some issues with Mac operating systems not being able to properly resize images, but perhaps this issue is going to be fixed soon.
Overall, I’d say that the community and developers are pleased with the results. WordPress continues to grow.
After talking to Eric Hagerman, a writer for Wired and Popular Science, I have been motivated to study journalism. It is a topic that I have never formally studied. It is, however, a good topic to have knowledge about. I really want to contribute to a popular magazine, but I would possibly need to demonstrate an ability to write journalistic content. So, that is exactly what I intend on doing with Tech In Demand.
I am planning on heading out to Barnes & Noble later on today (if the weather agrees) to find some good books on the subject of journalism. After a quick search online, I have found many books on the topic. I know of three that I am going to be checking out:
- Associated Press Guide to Newswriting: The Resource for Professional Journalists—Rene J.J. Capone
- How to Write Articles for Magazines and Newspapers—Dawn B. Sova
- Writing for Magazines: A Beginners Guide—Chryl Sloan Wray
I’m sure there are others, but I will be on the hunt for those in particular. However, if anyone else has any suggestions, please let me know of them. I will be glad to check them out.
Once I learn the concepts of journalism, I will try my best to demonstrate them on Tech In Demand. The “blogs” section will be reserved for personal opinion, but the actual zones of the site will be for journalistic content.
Assuming all goes well, I will then attempt to get an article published in a small or large magazine—it depends on how confident I am feeling.
Again, if you have any advice on books or resources for studying journalism, please let me know in the comments section. It would be greatly appreciated!
The Art of Professional Blogging Series:
- Mentally Blogging Like A Pro
- Technically Blogging Like A Pro
First, let me get the credentials out of the way so you understand where I am coming from.
I am James Mowery, and I was formally a contributing writer and social media analyst for Mashable.com—it is currently the #1 ranked social media blog on the internet today. I left Mashable last year to pursue my own technology blog appropriately named Tech In Demand. It covers topics including technology, gadgets, web 2.0, and games. It is where I often express my insights and provide analysis about tech industry.
Before getting into blogging I worked as a proprietary financial trader. I primarily traded stocks and futures. It is during this time when I really got a sense for managing risk, as having millions of dollars under my control (without even having that much money to lose) could shake even the most mentally stable men and women on this planet.
After that, I took some time to join a gamer site called Total Gamer Zone. It was there where I finally understood what I wanted to do with my life. My ability to write amazing articles that people appreciated motivated me to write, and write I did.
I wrote articles that probably would have taken the average person days to write, and I did it in a matter of a few hours. The words simply came to me, and having fast fingers helped as well.
All that was my into Mashable, which solidified my status as an authority on the topics I am so determined to write about. I hope this article proves useful and inspirational to all aspiring professional bloggers everywhere.
Part 1: Mentally Blogging Like A Pro
Let’s Get Busy
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Tech In Demand still has a long way to go before it makes the big time, but I have noticed that the more consistent I am with writing, the better. I used to just blog when I felt like it, but I feel more productive when I set a reasonable goal. Posting a daily goal is one way, but I feel better posting a weekly goal.
Right now, I want to write 20 – 25 articles per week. I want at least three featured articles, and the rest can be analysis, reviews, previews, news, and whatever else I come up with. I will try my best to pull that off.
I am still waiting on purchasing my new domain name for my actual name, James Mowery. Some kid from Texas already took http://www.jmowery.com/, so I have to go with something else. I already have it in mind.
That site will serve as my personal blog and general self whoring all around type thingamabob. The entries here might be moved to that.
I have also been considering creating a few new blogs that covers web 2.0 products and services, blogging, and the game industry. I would obviously do some research to find which blog could earn the most amount of advertising revenue.
Before all that though, I still want to finish the new site design for Tech In Demand. It relies on Drupal 6 being released, but I would prefer them to have a stable release–instead of being rushed out. It will be released soon though as development on Drupal 7 is already being discussed as I speak.