WHY THIS: I have dropped out of daily posting, well not really, I have two blogs and post on each two or three times., but I also take a break on the week-end. Now that I don’t do the postaday, I am not sure where I belong according to the Word Press gurus. When I post, I post on postaday, anyway. Those who know me, know I do not always obey instructions.
Word Press has sounded the trumpets for a new challenge: a theme of the week. That I can do. Well, maybe.
This week the theme is sound.
I will post about going deaf. Something that has been part of my life for ten years. No hearing in the right ear, fading rapidly now in the left ear. Partly it will be a Cranky Old Lady rant. Maybe a poster about the Ten Top Things I Hate About Going Deaf. There have been some blessings–being able to tune out my Grumpy Old Man for one, so I might do a poster from my Polly Anna side.
Do you know who Polly Anna was? She was the role model of my youth.
She embodied the rule, “Don’t say anything if you can’t say something nice.”
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Here is the post about the challenge for those who haven’t read it.
No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is always more to learn. As part of the Weekly Writing Challenges, once a month, we’ll be highlighting a feature in the WordPress.com Dashboard and challenging you to incorporate it into your blog. We want to help you take full advantage of all the tools available on WordPress.com to make your blog the best it can be — and to make your friends jealous of your web wizardry.
To participate, tag your posts with “DPchallenge” or leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight the week’s best posts on Freshly Pressed each Friday.
Sound plays an important role in writing. Rhythm makes a story flow; alliteration and rhyme have long been used to add variation and interest to literature. Anyone who remembers their high school English class has had lessons about iambic and dactylic pentameter drilled into their writing repertoire.
For this week’s writing challenge, highlight the role of sound in your posts through writing about a sound that’s important to you, or by experimenting with different tones and styles. Want some ideas to get started?
What was the best sound you ever heard? Are there any sounds that immediately stir up memories for you? If so, what is it? For example, I grew up near the beach, which means the piercing squeak of seagulls conjures both the joy of summertime and the tragedy of having endless snacks snatched by the overly aggressive birds during my childhood vacations.
Remember this Freshly Pressed post about tone and text messages? Tone plays a significant part in any type of communication. After all, who hasn’t walked into work and wondered if the, “G’Morning” coming from your coworker was said in a sleepy haze, gruff anger, or sorrowful groan of a day pre-caffeine. What does tone mean to you, and how can a simple note in speech change the meaning of an exchange?
Instead of adding sound, what about removing it? Some of the most challenging writing prompts involve limiting what you can and cannot use. Have you ever tried writing a sentence without the hard sound of T’s butting up against your teeth? Better yet, that should read, “Have you ever pursued scribbling sans the sound of one symbolic figure we call ‘T’?”
For an intermediate challenge, think of creative ways that you can incorporate sound to enhance your story, using this guide to embed audio files into your posts.
For an advanced challenge task, try WordPress.com’s Post by Voice, which allows you to literally phone in an audio post to your blog. The full instructions for setting up this feature are available here. If you’re not seeing the Post by Voice column on your My Blogs page, be sure to check that it’s been enabled in your Screen Options.
Right now the Word Press editor gave me a chuckle there were blue and green lines on Word Press’ post. Gotcha Word Press.
AND YES, I AM GOING TO PHONE A POST IN
I am deaf, but not mute. I might do the phone in post tomorrow, perhaps another day this week. Don’t wait for your phone to ring, but keep an eye on your email.
If you know someone who might like joining this challenge, share it. Three people will benefit. The person you shared with, you and me. Sharing is caring, caring is kindness, and kindness circles back.