The Best Way To Reach Me

As I was having a quick look and update on ‘My Cheeky FAQ’ I realised that it might help if there was a specific entry (and I can’t wait to hear from you if this post indeed helped!) that helps you know how to best send me a message.

 

  • Tumblr – I am on there at least once a fortnight (unless intentionally focusing on completing something and my fan tendencies need to be ‘on hold’ because they are a hindrance rather than a compliment!)
  • YouTube – Though sometimes notifications cross over with Google+ — I still find it a handy playform to send (and receive!) private messages.
  • Google+ – apparently there’s a way to send me messages even if I am not ‘online’ (I’ll get your notifications and that would prompt me to check my messages)
  • Form – This comes in handy if you are on a device that you avoid using to log-in to your various social media accounts. Even if you don’t put your email address, as long as you give me your Tumblr / YouTube / Google+ handle, and I can chase you up there.

 

 

What you’ll need in your message:

  • your email address!
  • How I can help you. (Really. Tell me! Don’t worry about sounding all ‘sales-ey’. Because the sooner I find out how I can add value to you, the sooner I am able to generate ideas! It’s as easy as completing this statement: ‘Leigh, I want _____ to happen. Can you help?’ If there are multiple items, take some time to consider what is most important for you to achieve. Whether it be finding someone who is equally smitten by BrainDead, or needing creative juice to improve your interactions with people you serve.)
  • If you have references (such as my tweet or a post), it would help a LOT if you include it too!

 

 

 

 


Did this post spark something that you’d like to talk about more? Go for it! Send me a quick note so I can learn about your bumpy (yet exciting!) adventures.

Wait…

Was it was an action!?

Better do that first before sending me that note!

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

Comments: You’ll have to reach out to me via Google+ (click on the hangout button), Youtube (when you’re logged in, and on this page, a ‘message’ button would pop up), or Tumblr (visit any one of my pages, and there would be a button that would make a new window pop-up for you to send me a message) to let me know that you are keen on posting a comment. At the moment, WordPress has this weird comment system that uses cookies from other sites, so until they fix it that only cookies come from within the domain…I am unable to view new comments when they come in.

‘AHA’ Moments (Guest Post #1: Bryan Roth)

“The difference between writers and everyone else? Writers remember what they were thinking about in the shower.”

 

I have no idea where I first heard this or where it came from, but it stuck. The Shower Thought, that moment of clarity where nothing else really exists in the world around you except the flow of hot water, steam filling the room and a clear mind. It’s in this moment, countless times, I’ve been lucky to experience an epiphany of creativity.

 

The hardest part is holding onto that memory, lest you lose a serendipitous opportunity to craft something new, and if you’re lucky, unique.

 

The trick is to not let those thoughts marinate too long, simmering in your brain instead of slicing, dicing and preparing them to share with the world. The easiest way? Write every day.

 

That habit has helped me not just become a better writer, but become more efficient in how I write. Inspiration can be so fleeting, it’s pivotal to get pen to paper or fingers to keyboard in order to hone your moment of clarity into something tangible.

 

Take, for instance, a recent post on my blog from a Friday in mid-February. All week, friends and I had been discussing the topic du jour in the Beer World – an inflammatory article about how one person decided craft beer was dead to them because a style they didn’t like has become popular. There was a lot of huffing and hawing about the usefulness of such a clickbaity piece, so it was stuck in my head.

 

Then, on Friday morning, as I got ready for work, I let my mind wander to all the weird places a companion post might go … Could I write about craft beer being “alive” like a person? Could I take apart the author’s argument piece-by-piece? No – I’ll take the post for face value and think about why *I* would want to write something like that.

 

I’ll “apply” for a job at the website.

 

So I “did.”

 

I kept that thought flowing, never letting it leave the forefront of my mind. I scribbled some notes on paper and as soon as I sat at a computer, I started typing and didn’t stop.

 

In all, I probably spent about 60 minutes working on the piece, but it was that initial spurt of imagination that got me started. Because I let my mind drift in the shower.

 

This is not to say a shower is the only place to find revelatory thoughts. Exercise is a great distraction for the body that I’ve found lets my mind wander, too. The important part is to not let those thoughts drift too much, otherwise instead of being a writer, you’ll just be “everyone else,” letting your shot at creativity float away like the steam in your bathroom.

 

Bryan Roth is a freelance writer and the man behind ‘This Is Why I’m Drunk’. Follow his random thoughts on Twitter at @bryandroth and his pursuit of “beertography” on Instagram at @bryandroth.

 

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

A Twitter Tidbit

It never fails to make me smile when I get these little (pleasant) surprises life brings. One example (that may end up as a favourite!) is how I learned something new about Twitter by noticing Ryan Reynolds‘ profile.

Last week I was looking through the tweets of a fellow Twitter user (who decided to give me a follow recently) and 13 tweets down (I found the tweets interesting..like this!)

then did a double take (I may have said: ‘whoa!’ out loud) when I got to this:

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I took time looking at it, and then attempted to make sense of it. My first thought was: “Why would Twitter suggest someone to follow me…and Ryan Reynolds — what’s the link!?”

Then after a minute…it made sense…when I noticed that we were followed close to each other (I did a test to find out who went first and now know that Ryan was followed first, then me)

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Now I know another additional way my Twitter gets exposure (resulting in me getting to connect with more cool people!) other than just the ‘recommended for you’ section (left hand side when you are on your profile — or right before the tweets of someone you had just followed).

(Looking to find out more about using Twitter?)

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

A Cool Contact Form

If you are thinking about the format of your contact form, you might want to have a look at what Merlin Mann has on his site. 🙂

While listening to his episode on Beyond The To Do List, I latched on to something he said — and was reminded of a book I was reading. Reminded by what Mel Robbins said during her talk (“If you have one of those little impulses that are pulling you. If you don’t marry it with an action within five seconds, you pull the emergency break and kill the idea.”), I instantly clung to the thought of sending him a message — and went straight to Merlin’s contact page.

Now when I got there…I instantly noticed (okay…maybe not instantly!) that this was no ordinary contact form. As Merlin has sprinkled some notes for different sections of the form.

Name (A tidbit from DC and how disagrees with it)

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Email Address (Assuring you that it will be safe…then pulling your leg.)

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Your Introduction (How you know him. My favourite bit: “If we haven’t met, please tell me your favorite thing you ever made. Where I can go to admire it?”)

* Now…I’m guessing my brain is still on autopilot, because somehow…despite having read that. I still had it in my head that I should put in my message (I didn’t expect there was a next page! Sorry Merlin!)

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Message Importance (I really like this one, as it can tell a bit about the person sending the message. Would the content of their message match the message importance they have selected?)

 

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Subject Line (he hints — and slightly dares you? — that it would be good to put some thought on the subject line you go for.)

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Message Content (a limit might be a good idea for first time…message…senders..)

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Doesn’t that make you smile? I did notice that on his FAQ, he mentions that he will likely not be able to get back to my message. Even with the knowledge, that I may not hear back from him…I still find him likable (Isn’t that great? Being able to leave a good impression, even if there is a significant chance a visitor from your site wouldn’t likely get a response from you?).

Have you come across a contact form that you were delighted by? I’m sure others would like to hear about it as well! 😀

P.S. I got another chance to apply Mel’s advice right before I hit send (the thought was: “this would be an interesting post!”)…and the action was to make a note of the structure of the post. I managed to jot it down quickly — and am using it now as a guide. 🙂

 

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. 🙂

 

What the Feed!?

You know how you expect to see something after a certain action…and then suddenly…something completely different happens?

Usually after posting each entry (both here and the WNE Q&A), I look at the tag feed. To check if the post got picked up, as soon as it has been published. What I found is some tags do not pick-up posts instantly — and even if I haven’t found a use for that bit of information…I’m sure my brain is happy to have it on standby!

Right after I posted Josh’s Q&A — I noticed something odd that came up when it showed up on the tag feed:

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Comparing what you see when you look through Josh’s Q&A. The summary on the tag feed doesn’t reflect what the entry looks like:

  • Picture of Josh’s ‘book buy stash‘ (Instagram)
  • Teaser: “Josh shares his journey as a reader, one way he makes use of Evernote, and his approach to find homes for a number of books after he got married.”
  • First few lines of the Q&A.

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Instead what came up was:

  • Photo for my mini-bio (which you can find at the end of the Q&A with a LOT of scrolling)
  • Text from Josh’s Instagram post.
  • More text from the said Instagram post!

 

When I saw the weird summary come up on the feeds..the following thoughts came up:

  • Wow…I shouldn’t put in my picture there (maybe somehow WordPress puts it as a priority?)…and just leave my mini-bio in text format…and just link to my photo.
  • Now visitors might think that that’s how each Q&A looks like! That it doesn’t make sense (I made peace with this thought). 🙂
  • WordPress….WHY!? (Then I thought of a way to send my message of woe through Twitter or one of the WordPress forums. Though after awhile thinking about it…I realise I have two options: wait and check my next post or just post it anyway…just in case it is an issue WordPress isn’t aware of)

 

Have you experienced something similar? Please…please…oh…please let me know! 🙂