Day 28: Build On Your Popular Content

Today’s assignment: Find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post.”

On March 29th, I wrote a post as a follow-up to a writing prompt I did about battling the blues. After reading what many other writers had to say about it, I chose one post that resonated most with me and expanded on it. Though I’m not sure if it was my most popular post, I did receive some genuine comments after posting and I got a few “likes” out of it. “Likes” are great but any time I can get a authentic, heartfelt comment out of somebody, that counts as big points in my book.

So today, here is a follow-up to my follow-up. 😉

Similar to how C.G. Jung discovered his own personal myth by recalling what he most enjoyed doing as a child, I myself carry out the same thought process. It’s not so much as to discover the myth I am living by, (I’m still not sure of that yet) but sometimes I do it just to make sure I’m on the right track. It’s source of validation for me, you know? And so far with what I remember, everything is as it should be. I can say for certain that I am on the right path. Though I haven’t reached my destination yet, there have been many signs along the way that have verified my journey and that it is indeed, headed in the right direction.

Here’s a handful of things I tend to think about:

From my youngest age, I always remember being really into music, reading the liner notes of CDs, getting an incredible joy of learning a song on piano, making up melodies, singing in choir, being enraptured by musicals like AnnieMary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. (I’m still enraptured by these musicals, by the way). I mean, come on! I taught myself guitar at age 14 and no one had to even persuade me to practice. (It’s something my dad still talks about). I cried to my parents junior year telling them how important it was for me to take a Music Theory course for my last year of high school, and as many of you know I now have a BA in Music with concentrations in Music Industry and Music Production.

It may be difficult for others to understand the significance of all these little things I recall. But to me they’re more than significant because ultimately, they amount to who and what I am today. All those memories, all those things I did and songs I sang, tears cried, callouses formed, blisters burst – they’re a part of me. The road I chose was never guaranteed to be an easy ride, but honestly the best roads never are nor should they be. All great myths and stories have the same theme of taking the less traveled path. That is where true adventure lies. That is where we discover the true hero in all of us. Because that’s what we are – We are all the protagonist in our own storylines. Fate is the writer (Or Destiny, God, Jesus, Allah, Universe, Unknown Higher Power, etc – whichever you prefer).

Lately, I’ve been getting down about not being able to find a job. It wasn’t even something I was remotely concerned with when I chose my major. I just wanted to learn all I could about what I loved. But now as about a year’s passed since I’ve started Roe Knows Best, I’ve matured a little and realized facing facts is OKAY. I strive to be an independent and personally responsible individual and getting a job is going to be something I have to do in order to attain that. So I’m looking, searching, seeking guidance. And I’ve had some wonderful helpers along the way thus far.

It’s easy to get upset because the unknown can be so daunting; I accept that. But now that we’re in May, I’ve been noticing a common theme in my 2014 horoscope which has been this: Realize the power you have to turn a situation around. Realize the power you have to change your mindset; If you’re feeling negative, think positive. If you’re feeling worthless, remind yourself how much you are worth. If you’re feeling like a nobody, think back to all the things you’ve accomplished and what you mean to others!

And it’s hard. It’s really hard. And this conscious flipping of emotions works better some days than others. But what’s most important is, I have to remind myself that it can’t be done overnight. It takes practice. Even if you’re able to fool yourself for five minutes that things aren’t that bad before you turn back around to seek shelter in your negative wallow, that’s okay. It’s like lifting weights. If you’ve never lifted before, you can’t possibly expect to lift 50 lbs with ease. You have to work up to it: Start with freeweights, than 5 lbs, 10 lbs. Then one day, it won’t be so hard to lift the 50.

And when it comes down to it, you’ll be all the more stronger because of it. Even if it takes a little time.

Today I feel stronger than I did a year ago. And because of that, I think I’ll lift my head a little higher.

The sky is so blue today, the breeze so inviting. Why not take part?


Day 27: Revisit a Task and a Post

Today’s assignment: Pick your favorite of all the tasks we’ve done so far, and revisit it. How can you continue to grow? (Bonus: revisit a post that’s been on your mind, and make the edits you’ve been thinking about)”

I decided to re-edit my About page because, well – It’s just time.

For the record, I like to keep a copy of what I had as my ‘About Me’ before. So that’s here:

Who: Rosanna O’Brien – songwriter and spunky 20-something intellectual with a lot on my mind.

What: I tend to write about my personal thoughts and experiences outside the safety net of academia. I also enjoy discussing dreamsmusic, and books.

When: Free-falling since I graduated Ramapo College in May 2013, I fired up Roe Knows Best a month later needing a place to put down my words,thoughts, and music.

Where: I’m a lifelong NJ native, but I’ve always considered NYC my backyard.

Why: By documenting these post-grad years of uncertainty, I hope one day I’ll be able to make sense of myself and the world around me and find somewhere I truly belong.

How: By the power vested in WordPress, of course :)”

Click the button above to see the new page!

As of right now, I can’t think of a post I’d like to revisit mainly because after I publish, I usually go back to edit at least 10 times before I’m satisfied. A while back I accidentally deleted pictures I had uploaded on here, not thinking it would effect the posts I included them in. So there are some posts that seem super lengthy that had pictures in them at one time. But it hasn’t been worth it to me to go put the pictures back in one by one. I figure I’ll let those posts go. They were a long time ago, anyway. The present is more important to me! 🙂

RKB is coming up on its one year anniversary, by the way! Hooray!

Day 26: Go Mining For Ideas and Start Some Drafts

Today’s assignment: Look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those.”

Well, looking over everything I’ve posted since I began this 30 Day Challenge, I’m most proud of my roundup post regarding Outkast and EDM, my retelling of my Jesse Lacey/Frasier Crane mashup dream, why coloring doesn’t have an age limithow I battle the blues, Star Trek and positive pop culture, “Ups & Downs”, and reminiscing about my first concert experience in NYC.

I have to say the most common threads I’ve been blogging about since this Zero To Hero challenge began have all been about music (with some exceptions of course). Funnily enough, my most popular post was the prompt about how I get past the blues, though I think that’s because I engaged a few bloggers on their own prompts first. 🙂

Today I plan to review these posts, construct some drafts, and maybe post one of them in the future!

Day 25: Adapt a Custom Detail For Your Blog

Today’s assignment: Browse the blogs you follow and note a custom touch you love. Tell the blogger you love it, and interpret it for your own blog”

I was looking to redesign and customize my header, so I thumbed through all the blogs I follow (figuratively speaking, of course) to look for some inspiration. I have to say, my favorite headline was for Music Pro Tutorials. I really like how that image sticks out; It’s so bold and definitive; I like it even though it’s not what I’m personally going for. I also like what my friend Jen has going on with her Chalkboard theme. That I’m kind of going for; The font looks like handwriting and I dig that.

So as you can see, I did manage to personalize my header once again. I dabbled a bit in Photoshop and was able to pull some things together. It’s not what I exactly want but it’s definitely new and more on the path of what I’m going for.. The image did get a little pixelated, but in the future I’ll make sure I learn how to fix that. Maybe one day I can make my own font out of my handwriting…Is that sort of thing difficult? How does one do that?!


Day 24: Visit Other Participants In The New Event You Joined

Today’s task: Visit five other participants in the event you chose on Day 22. Leave at least two comments. (Read and comment more if you can!)”

Today I commented follygirl’s photoworld and Cee’s Photography. They posted such great pictures! (Coincidentally of creatures with wings and both starting with the letter B! – Birds and Bees! Ha!)

solaner, Chittle Chattle, and Ohm Sweet Ohm had cool posts too! 🙂