Dudette asked me what my favourite three blog posts were (ones written by me).
I’ve blogged for a long time now. As a hobby; as a business strategy; to connect with my recycled craft community; and even professionally at one stage. But a favourite?EASY to pick if I judged them all according to influence. Once you have a variable to measure your favourites against, favourites rise to the top.
Like horses on a field there were a lot of GREAT recycled craft blog posts to choose from. But, my mind quickly went to my three most influential posts.
- How to make your own air dried porcelain with common household ingredients. This post generated more traffic to my site than anything else ever did. It is a beautiful and cheap craft, not recycled but hand-made, and it seems that the world loves it as much as I do. The original recipe and photographs are not mine. I merely translated it from Spanish. This goes to show the importance of sharing posts and collaborating with others in your field of writing. This post was influential on my traffic and online reputation as a crafter.
- Mary Poppins and Pamela Travers. I am sooooooo in love with both the Disney and original story of Mary Poppins. Bonus add to that is the very interesting, albeit sad, life of the author. Many years ago I spoke on Mary Poppins at a conference in the town where author, Pamela Travers was born. If I am in the area I always visit the statue of Mary Poppins in Maryborough (town where the author was born…in a bank) and pay her my respect. The biography of Travers life and her anguish over what Disney did to her story was influential on my understanding of the power of the “fictitious” written word to be a classic social change agent.
- Concrete pipes to eco-hotel: Springwise. How absolutely fun would it be to stay in a pipe (not as a homeless person, mind you). I love how these dudes have taken waste material and turned them into accommodation. This is fantastic upcycling and it impressed me so much that it is on my vision board to go and stay at. It is that personal influence over my thinking about future holiday choices that leads me to include this post on my top three list.
They are NOT my stories.
Two of them are shared from other sites and the Mary Poppins/Pamela Travers story is merely retold by me. Each of them influence me toward doing something different – toward changing something.
The moral of the story is: share other people’s blog posts. If the original writer liked it enough to post then chances are your readers may also like it. Your readers have a relationship with YOU and not the original writer of the post. If you post something your readers like, your influence in their eyes increases.
Whatever else you do today, don’t forget to keep talking garbage (because that’s what cleans up our oceans).
Megan Bayliss xxxxxxx