I Don’t Give A Damn ‘Bout My Reputation

Well… maybe I do, but only a tiny bit.

I kinda dropped the ball here (The New Year’s Resolution one, that is) and skipped a few days of the Zero to Hero challenge. So here I am back at it jumping in on day 16. Today’s assignment is:

Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Why?

  • Because learning to interpret prompts will be an invaluable skill when writers’ block hits.
  • Because the best way to become a better writer is to write — and prompts and assignments force you to focus on your writing.
  • Because hundreds of other bloggers respond to each prompt in hundreds of different ways, and exploring that can inspire you in unexpected ways.

Which of course requires today’s Daily Prompt, which is:

Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us YOU.

This is me!

This is me!

So Is This!

So Is This!

And This!

And This!

That would be the easy way out. I’ve written about building rapport before… but I suppose not specifically about a reputation. Even if I despise the idea of admitting it, reputation does matter. Sometimes a bad reputation can be beneficial, but most of the time, it isn’t. When I wrote Altoholics R Us, I had a reputation for building guides, and helping the newer folk within the game. When I ran guilds for World of Warcraft, I had a reputation of being self reliant and fair, and at work, I have a reputation for being dependable and friendly. All of these reputation matter, all of them required work to maintain. Thus far in blogging, I would assume that my reputation is not well established yet, and honestly, if it is, it’s a reputation of not finishing what I started, which I seriously need to repair.

A reputation is a reflection of what you are about. If you have a reputation for slandering others, odds are it’s because you, well, slander others. If you have a reputation for being up to date on the latest fashion trends, then odds are you are rather stylish and like to share that. Your reputation will help me decide if I’ll come to you for information on a topic, or if I’ll avoid you for fear of being called out on something. I would like my reputation to be down to earth. I’d like to be known as having a general knowledge of everything, I’d like to be known for being a loving mother, a good wife, a fun person, a good gamer. I would LOVE to be known for having stuck to it and losing a ton of weight.

Is my reputation important? Not yet, but it will be. But I will have to work at it, and make sure that I don’t become known for a bad reputation, like forgetting to blog when I said I would.

It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

It actually is beautiful and sunny outside here in Astoria Oregon (Sorry, Midwest/East Coast for your Winter Woes)… but I also mean it’s been a beautiful day of exploring the blogosphere too.

Today’s assignment for Day 4 of the Zero to Hero Challenge States:

Today’s assignment: follow five new topics in the Reader, and begin finding blogs (and bloggers) you love.

  • Because reading and thinking about what other bloggers say will sharpen your thoughts and inspire new ones.
  • Because reaching out to other bloggers is the best way to have them return the favor

So I dug into my reader, I updated my “Tags” list, I browsed and I browsed. I started with the “Zero to Hero” tag, and then added more that were specific to me.

tags

From there, I browsed many MANY blogs… some stood out enough that I followed, some just had bits and pieces that I enjoyed… like this wedding proposal…

But here are the blogs I added just today, because well, they caught my eye…

  1. Moving Non Sequitur – Her name’s Andrea, my name’s Andrea, she’s got a husband, I’ve got a husband… I see the makings of some good similarities here.
  2. Finding Forever  Homes: Tales of an Annex Cat Rescue Foster FamilyI love cats, I love every kind of cat, I just wanna hug them, but I can’t hug every cat.
  3. Rainbow Quilts – I’m just beginning to quilt… my hubby is better at it than I am, but I still love seeing them.
  4. *B*A*M! Crafts – More making stuff, but this time with yarn! I too enjoy knitting and crochet.
  5. Clicky Chick Creates – This is a mom, who takes pictures, and makes stuff… which is what I would do, if I was less lazy.

I added more than five, but these are the five that stood out to me as ones I would want to share with you. I hope you all enjoy them, and update your own tag list.

Until Next Time,

Andrea

The Spark That Started A Fire

Under my ass, anyways.

Today’s assignment from the Zero to Hero Challenge for Day 3 is:

Today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.

  • Because it’s an idea you were so passionate about, it motivated you to begin this new project — there’s something to that.
  • Because the best way to become a better blogger is to blog.
  • Because you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment for following through on the idea, the blog, and the post.

Honestly, the thought that drove me to write was that I wanted to better myself and my life. I wrote the post I wanted to share most, which was my Promises, Promises post. However, there are some other thoughts dwelling in my mind when I started this up that I wanted to share.

Lately, I’m struggling with my son, Hayden. He’s 10, he loves his Xbox and he’s a total smart ass. The problems we face with him is that he refuses to eat almost everything we offer him (his sister however, eats everything just fine) and he’s a jerk to Lillie. I mean, not just a little bit thoughtless or selfish. He’s totally manipulative and mean to her. I haven’t figured out how to change his behavior on either count. So far I’ve reduced myself to providing children’s ensure type drinks, and making up for his cruelty to his sister by taking her out myself, or by shaming him for being so mean. Although he seems to feel regret about his behavior when pointed out to him (or even punished for it) it’s usually less than a day later and he’s right back at it. This will end up being a longer post at another time when I come up with a solid plan on how to deal with it.

Today  marks the first 24 hours since I gave up my traditional cigarettes and instead am using the electronic one. I even managed to switch over at the “medium” level of nicotine instead of the high one. I purchased a variable voltage battery to help and several flavors including Sweet Tarts and Mt. Dew flavors, but I’m certainly not well versed in all this yet. I feel like I desire something with a strong fulfilling flavor, but my husband seems to find both to be strong and satisfying… I don’t. Maybe it’s because I wear a dentures plate? I dunno. Again, as I learn more about it, this too will become its own post.

So anyways, generally, the idea that got me started up on blogging was that I had some goals I wanted to meet, and making myself accountable for them on here was how I planned on meeting them. I do have some other topics I’d like to touch on, and I’ll get there as we go, for now, I’m trying to focus on improving myself before I can improve those around me.

And just in case you were wondering what happened to Day 2 of the Zero to Hero Challenge, it can be found over in the side bar in the “About This Blog” widget. I didn’t feel that the addition of the widget required a full post. Thanks everyone! See you soon!

Andrea

Same Ol’ Me

Here it is, the first task from the Zero to Hero Challenge:

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

  • Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Who am I? The short version is I’m Andrea. I’m 29, a mom, a wife, sister, daughter, et al. The longer version can be found on my about page. I’ve been blogging off and on for years now, and I’ve introduced myself at some point or another on each one. I believe the about page will cover the introduction portion of who I am.

Why are you blogging rather than keeping a personal journal?

I’ve written journals before, and they’re great, when I’m writing a true capture of my day, or maybe when I’m not willing to share an event with the world, but 90% of the time, I find myself wishing for a little feedback on my thoughts. I often wonder if I am the rare example of an opinion. No, I don’t want to get into cyber debates over politics and religion really, but when I do have an idea, or a goal, I like to know what other people thing about it, thus blogging in a public forum. There is a second reason, too… even though I don’t know most of you who will read this, I am holding myself accountable. By sharing my goals and resolutions, I feel responsible to keep those promises, even to perfect strangers. Especially so if someone decides to take up the cause with me.

What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Right now I’m focusing heavily on my resolutions which include weight loss, blogging, quitting smoking, and surviving. However, I will also likely post things in relation to my kids, my job, my husband’s political outbursts, games, crafts, and whatever fancies me that day. My thoughts are fairly random and so too will be my blog over time. I tend to stick with themes for a while before I move on to something else.

Who would I love to connect with via my blog?

Everyone! My real life friends, internet friends, strangers… people who think like me, and people who don’t. Any and all kinds. The idea was to expand my horizons and viewpoints, and to do that, I’ll need to meet various kinds of people.

If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Well, I hope to have met my goals, first and foremost. Lost some weight, quit smoking, keep the promise to myself to have kept writing… additionally, though, I hope I developed my opinions some, shared more happiness than sadness, worked towards new and higher goals, and most of all, kept my sanity and maybe even made some friends.

So there you have it, the what’s and why’s of this blog… I look forward to reading other entries from this challenge. Feel free to share them with me in the comments!

Much Love!

Andrea