We asked our Grade Eleven bloggers to share their blogging experience this year as a test to see if they want to come back for next year. (Thankfully, they do.) We are still looking for current Grade Ten bloggers to join our team! Let these seasoned veterans show you how its done:
I have learned many things about being a blogger for CCH; there are many responsibilities that need to be taken on. At one point in the year I became so overwhelmed with the stress of everything to the point where I was almost making myself sick. I had missed an entire week of school, there was a novel study to be done, two group projects I had to complete alone and an entire unit of Biology to teach myself. On top of everything, I had to write a blog post, and do an interview for it! Everything got mixed up, times and dates, and the teachers probably had more to do than me, yet they still agreed to do an interview. I kept stressing about getting things done, questions and answers got lost, e-mails didn’t work, but somehow, in the end, I managed to stop worrying so much that things were not always going to be perfect. You can’t do everything all the time. Being a blogger is something that is fun, not something to worry sick about. Not being able to do everything is okay, just make sure to let the team know what you’re going through. After all, we are a team and we are meant to help each other.
(And that we did. Other bloggers stepped up to the plate to help a struggling blogger.)
The number one thing that I’d say I’ve learned from the blog would probably be focusing on tone. Rather than just being a regular thing where I submitted the exact same format on a slightly different topic each time, I found that I had to adjust my use of tone to better suit some of the articles. Some of them honestly felt stiffer to me, and I had to reread them just to make sure I wasn’t an old man. By contrast, there were more than a few that I thought were too casual, and ended up getting A LOT of editing. It really varies from article to article on what tone fits, and in some cases, it can make or break the entire feel of the post.
(Brilliantly said, Adam. It’s like the editor is your English teacher, or something.)
I’ve learned a couple of things. I’ve learned the importance of deadlines, and how to set up your schedule so you don’t end up missing them. I’ve also learned that things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes you need to regroup and start over. Even the best laid plans go awry.
I’ve learned that you need humour in everything you write. A little bit of humour keeps your audience interested, and brightens up the page.
And I’ve learned that when things come to a stand-still, sometimes the best thing you can do is write. Just keep on writing meaningless words until something clicks. Sometimes the words you thought were meaningless were the ones you had been searching for all along.
“Just write, just write, just write. In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the centre of chaos, make one definitive act. Just write. Say yes, stay alive, be awake. Just write. Just write. Just write.” – Natalie Goldberg
Throughout the trials and the huge learning curve that came with this year’s venture, we thank you bloggers for just writing.