This came into my inbox: 2015 October Platform Challenge (link). I almost deleted it. Almost. Then the voice on my left shoulder (we’ll call him Muninn) cawed, “You have been wanting to work on this skill as long as I can remember.” Not to be outdone, the voice on my right shoulder, (let’s just say he’s named Huginn) cackled, “I really think you should do this.”
So sleeves up, I am committed to this month of daily challenges! Here goes…
2015 October Platform Challenge: Day 24 – Write Blog Post
The instructions for today are: “Write Blog Post”
I call out to the ravens, “Huginn? Muninn? Are you there?”
“We are always with you, mortal,” Muninn replies.
“Yes, if you need us…” Huginn says comically. Muninn and I both give him the eye.
He shrugs, “What? It was a good reference and you know it.”
I let it go. “Look, I have a serious question. If a writer posts or publishes blindly into the ether, but nobody actually reads his stuff, is it still art? Or is it just noise?”
“Oh grow up,” Huginn says crossly. “That’s not really what you want to know.”
I raise an eyebrow in question.
He sighs and looks at his brother. Muninn nods encouragingly.
Huginn, who apparently thought his brother would take up the conversation, acts put-upon when he says in his most exasperated tone yet, “you want to know what people would actually like to read at your blog.”
“It’s been your hanging question since you started building websites,” Muninn reminds me.
I nod. “Ok, that’s true. But how do I find out? If I ask here, on a blog nobody reads, am I a fool to expect an answer?”
“If only some enterprising monkey would get around to building a giant show-and-tell website where you can have friends, and follows, and likes, and re-shares,” Huginn says pointedly.
“But what if nobody follows the link to the site?” I can feel my self-doubt creeping in.
Muninn’s never really let me wallow in doubt, “aren’t you the one who encourages people to ‘fail forward?’ If nobody bites, accept it and try something else. I know you know that’s how it goes.”
“Short story? Fiction? Sound bites? Excerpt? Bonus content?” I spin my options.
“Yes,” Huginn says, ” either ask what people want of you or just effing do it and offer it up to them.”
I mull. “I think I want to try asking first.”
The ravens motion toward the screen.
“All right,” I ask you, “what would YOU like to see offered up on my blog? I’ll leave comments open on this one.”