Sunday, June 22, 2014

"I Don't Have Time to Write Online"

Contrary to popular belief, writing online does NOT require giving up anything/everything else in your life. We all have busy lives but write online to help others. As contributors at Squidoo, we do not spend 24/7 there writing and updating. We all have many tasks on our plates. It's about balance, sharing and truly wanting to share.

What Info Are People Looking For?

Internet searchers are always looking for information about their hobby, passion or even job. Whether it's ideas, suggestions or learning what others do when faced with a similar situation, we all seek assistance through the internet. Squidoo is filled with helpful information and people.

Here on the Review This! website, we have Squidoo contributors that write about a variety of topics. We share our real world experiences -- successes and those not so successful -- to help our fellow man/woman. In order to have those experiences, we have to have a life outside of our writing online life.

Life Outside the Internet

Of our Review This! authors for instance, two of us have recently moved into new homes; one recently returned from a wonderful vacation; another has been dealing with a physical ailment; one is working toward a professional license; another building room additions to her home and still another was busy with her Mother-of-the-Bride duties!

Yes, life goes on but it's the everyday choices, problems and events that make-up the fodder for our online writing. When you write about something you have experienced or are passionate about, your writing is much more natural and draws a reader in to your topic.

On Review This!, we have contributors in niche topics such as gardening, kids crafts, photography, kid's books, chocoholics, romance, home renovating and green living, travel, holiday cooking, recycling, baseball, glue gun crafting and parties and events.

Whew! That's a lot of topics but they are truly a passion of each of us -- that's why and how we can write about our respective niches.

Now it's Your Turn

Go on, give it a try! It's easy to write on Squidoo and it's free. The editor is easy to use and you will find lots of help for any questions you might have. Write something. You may find it addicting!

12 comments:

  1. Thank you, Mandee, for the motivation! I hope you are enjoying your new home as much as I am enjoying mine! Combining online writing with our offline lives is indeed the balance that leads to success. I found many story ideas while I cleaned my new home and writing about my day's cleaning activities helped me get ready for another day of home renovation. And, yes, Squidoo is addicting! I love being the Recycling Contributor on Squidoo!

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    1. Yes! I am enjoying it, for sure! I have a HUGE list of articles to write as I make my way through different projects. I have only completed a few but have enough fodder for months! LOL Glad your journey is going well. It's an adventure people embark on everyday, so maybe we can help them along there way!

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  2. I love this post Mandee! I always feel like there are not enough hours in the day. Things are always stressful. Yet, you hit the nail on the head, writing about our passion is addictive. I feel like it is work to try to write new things, update old things, and so on. But it's such a wonderful work. It makes all the difference in the world; working at a passion versus working just to punch a clock.

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I agree with you completely! Time flies when I write because I care and am careful to be helpful. No one wants to read articles just to read articles. Being helpful is key!

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  3. Things we are passionate about are the most fun to write about! As a group, we have lots of variety, but as a group we all have our passions and we all write about them. And I agree, it's easy with Squidoo!

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    1. I love that we all have varied passions! We can all be passionate about more than one topic too!

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  4. By choice as well as by happenstance, and due to circumstances beyond my control (medical), I am one of those people who has more of a life online than offline, but believe me when I tell you I never have enough time to write or create from all the ideas my life offers up! As the Books For Kids Contributor on Squidoo, I am kept quite busy, and that is just one of numerous writing and design elements of my To-Do list. I enjoy every moment of my online effort and time spent with old and new friends I have been making for well over a decade now. Passionate I am about many things and in my eclectic offerings it surely shows.

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    1. Yes, it does show, Ruthi! I am a book-a-holic myself (mystery, espionage, historical thriller...) and can't imagine not having a bit of reading time each day. And, each time I read a book, I write a few notes so I can write a review when the opportunity presents itself!

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  5. When we let our various passions feed into one another, and others, we are enriched beyond measure. Each dimension of our lives is necessary to our voices, our spirits, and the capacity for connecting in meaningful ways with those who are drawn to the creative expression that fuels a life worth living and sharing.

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    1. That is beautiful, Diana. And, I agree 100%. I like to tell people I am a student of "Life University" and hope to be all my life. I can't imagine not learning something new everyday.

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  6. A fabulous article Mandee girl! And, so very true! Sometimes it looks like the Squidoo Contributors live online, but we don't! We live offline and then write about it. It really is remarkable what we all can learn by simply sharing, reading and even writing online.

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  7. Could not have said it better! You are a treasure, Mandee!

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