If you’ve ever taken a journalism class, you know what that headline means. Those are the six questions that every story should answer. Since I promised to tell you in this post what I’d write about, and how often, this seemed like a good way to start.
Well, the obvious answer is me, but that makes me a little uncomfortable. In fact, I think that’s part of what took me a while to start a blog. (Wow, just like that I have another future blog topic. So I’ll leave that explanation for then.)
Nonetheless, even though personal essays can’t help but include the author’s unique perspective and opinion, my plan is to write about a wide variety of topics, events, situations, people and their lives.
And I promise to do my best to remember that very few things — yes, even my excruciatingly adorable grandchildren — are as interesting to you as they are to me.
Here’s the fun part! Because I haven’t limited my topic matter, the sky’s the limit. As with life itself, my writing would be incomplete without humor, but I also hope to sometimes touch your heart. And I may, at times, take a side in a controversial issue. But I promise that if and when I do, it’s because I feel strongly about something, not because I want to get a rise out of someone or disagree for the sake of disagreeing. I want to be passionate, not inflammatory. (More about this as well, in a post-to-come.)
I launched this site at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21. Within 24 hours I had 475 views, and was closing in on 600 by Thursday. On Friday, I had three views. Three. Obviously, just like voting in Chicago, if I want my blog to succeed I need to post early and often. The thought of promising two new blog posts a week right off the bat seems to be a ridiculously ambitious and anxiety-producing challenge – so what else can I do but make that commitment? No stretch goals, no growth.
Here, of course. Duh. But thanks to technology, “here” takes on a whole new meaning, both in terms of where I create and where you read. Right now I’m typing at my kitchen table, but I started this post in while riding in the car. Likewise, you can read it anywhere, on everything from your phone to your tablet, from your desktop computer to your smart TV. In addition to the good old US of A, my first post was read by people in Ireland, China, Poland and Taiwan!
“Here” also includes all of social media, as well as in shout outs from other web sites, blogs and in direct emails. If you are so inclined, please share the link for We B Late on all of your sites. Only with your help can I turn “here” into “everywhere!”
I touched on this briefly in my first blog post. Because it’s never too late to follow your dream and expand your horizons. Because there is so much to be said. Because you never really know where the journey will take you unless you start walking.
Me: Think. Write. Post.
You: Read. Like. Comment. Share.
Both: Rinse & Repeat.
That’s about it. Be sure to stay tuned (translation: Subscribe!) to see what I’m going to write about next. Your guess is as good as mine!