Prosody: Loud Voice, Fast Voice, Soft Voice, Flat Voice

Really good post. Even the comments section is an enjoyable read. 🙂

Musings of an Aspie

Things people have said to me:

Dog training instructor: “Get excited! Look happier! Make your voice happy! You have to sound HAPPEEEEE! If you don’t sound HAAPPPPEEEEE!!! your dog won’t know that she’s doing it right.”

Random stranger, after a 5-minute phone conversation: “You don’t seem like a very nice person.”

The Scientist, after sharing something meaningful: “Do you have any feelings about what I just said?”

Phone interviewer, mid-conversation: “I’m glad I’m recording this. You talk so fast, I could never take reliable notes.”

Many people, in many situations: “Shhh. Keep your voice down. The whole floor/house/airport/neighborhood doesn’t need to hear your story.”

More people than I can count (sarcastically): “Don’t sound too excited about it.”

Who Needs Prosody? Not Me

The first time I ever heard the word prosody was when Jess was in high school. She went to a performing arts magnet school, where she majored in…

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You don’t need help to blog about things

Hi new followers! I like that you’ve followed my blog. Thanks! I’ve noticed something about some of you, though.

On a consistent basis, one of the posts that makes everyone’s “most popular” list is the one about how to advertise their work.

It’s not just on WordPress. Across the board, people are trying to figure out how to write good posts, how to write well, how to increase their audience, how to become a better blogger, how to provide the best content for their viewers, etc, etc, etc.

AY MAMA. You’re treating it like a job!

Yes, I understand that for many people, this is a job. And I like that! I’d like to make money doing this, myself. But what I’ve seen, across the board, is that the truly popular people aren’t the people who did their research and worked their butts off at marketing their content.

It’s the people who had a blast doing what they’re doing.

Okay, that came out wrong. But when you put time, energy, and genuine emotion into your work, followers will come to you.

It’ll take a while. Your fan base will not sprout overnight. It never does.

But if you truly love what you’re doing, that means you’re interested in doing it.

If you’re truly interested in doing it, that means you’re interested in learning about it.

If you’re truly interested in learning about it, that means you will probably improve, because you will probably be working hard, and you will create genuinely good stuff.

If your stuff is truly, genuinely good, people will like it.

If people truly like it, your audience will grow.

I say it because I’ve seen it happen, again and again. People start doing things “just for fun,” and then whoah, hey, this is now my primary means of support for myself!

Of course, it’s not going to happen the same way for everyone, but the point is this:

Stop worrying about your audience.  

Create things you are passionate about creating–write things you are passionate about writing–and your audience will come to you. 

Really. 

At Long Last

It’s been a while.

I burned out. I was trying to stretch myself into too many directions at once, and I just… became exhausted. Added to that is the mental and emotional strain of thinking my efforts were worthless, because I’m talented so I should obviously be doing so much better than I already am.

Please note the sarcasm in that last sentence.

I’ve learned that it’s okay to just do nothing. That it’s okay to not be very good at things. I knew this in my brain, but it hasn’t carried over very far into my practical life.

Those of you following this blog have done so because of my “reviews” of Mistborn. I don’t really know why, but I’m grateful. It let me know that my words didn’t amount to nothing.

I’ll try to post more. Anything. Personal posts, reviews, rants…. it’s all fair game, from now on.

The only rule is to keep on writing.