Day 2: What’s Your Name?

♫”Oh, na-na -“♫

Just kidding, Rihanna fans.

Today’s challenge is, What’s Your Name?. The assignment: To edit the title and tagline of my blog and make a text widget summarizing what my blog is all about.

Well I didn’t want to change the title. I like “Roe Knows Best” a lot. It just has a nice ring to it. Since I’m kind of floundering about my daily life with my indifferent expectations and unknown future ahead, I guess that’s the kicker – What exactly do I know? The darker part of my psyche says, “Nothing! You know absolutely nothing! What are you doing? Get back into bed and bask in sublime unconsciousness forever”. But another voice, no louder than the whisper of wings, tugs back and replies, “You are figuring it out. This is the beginning of your journey. The longer you keep at it, the more will be revealed to you. All in good time”. And maybe that’s my goal: To eventually have the answers to my many questions, blogging about my experiences and realizations so it becomes knowledge others can utilize when they find themselves in the same boat as me. I like connecting and sharing stories. One of the many joys I get out of performing live is having the few listeners approach me afterwards expressing their exuberance that I sang about something they’ve known too well, something they’ve been going through too! “This is what happened to me. I can’t believe it happened to you too!” Connections. It feels good when that happens. I feel like I’ve successfully contributed to something; I’ve made contact somehow.

I did ponder the tagline though: “23-year-old college grad in a constant state of curiosity and (self)discovery”. I feel like I’ve evolved since this past June when I began the blog. Not to say I’m not still in those constant states, but now that I’ve written a few posts I wanted to redefine the scope and rephrase what I’m all about. So I changed it to,”23-year-old college grad surfing the tidal wave of Life”. Now, I don’t surf. Never have. Maybe one day I will, but I cling to that surfing metaphor; I feel its accuracy is profound. Because isn’t that all what it is? Us trying to keep our balance through our respective thrills and terrors, trying not to wipe out and fall off the board?

I added the text widget, as you can probably see on your upper right. I may change the words around, but I figured that was the best way I could summarize the blog. Like a piece of dough being flattened by a rolling pin, I am still working myself out and trying to figure what I’m all about. It’s a process, but writing helps me put things into perspective.

And I thank you most graciously for reading 🙂

ZERO TO HERO: 30 DAYS TO A BETTER BLOG by The Daily Post | Day 1: Introduce Yourself

30 day challenges usually don’t sway me, but I think I’ll do this one. It seems fun – and I like writing.

The folks over at The Daily Post have created a 30 day challenge to better your blog and perfect your WordPress technique, if you will. It definitely wouldn’t hurt to check it out. Let’s do it together!

Today’s challenge is, Introduce Yourself. When I started this blog in June, I created an About page briefly highlighting why I created the blog in the first place. But let’s go more in depth!

Who I Am: Rosanna O’Brien a.k.a. “Roe”. Self-nicknamed because of the common mispronunciation of my first name (It is Ro-SAH-nah, not Ro-ZANN-na) and the chosen spelling is not after my fondness for caviar or as a reminder of the famous abortion case, but because after sporting “Ro” for awhile I decided that aesthetically, it looked naked and added the E for good measure. Three letters seem more complete to me than two. Go figure.

Why I’m Here: Tumblr got old. Or rather, Tumblr became more about posting memes, pictures, .gifs, and the occasional video. I felt any time I published anything with words it went unnoticed. (Neil Postman would probably have something insightful to say about this were he still alive. The movement of a text-based culture to a pictures/image based culture. Seems as though mankind is reverting in a way, no? i.e. Paleolithic cave dwellers, ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, etc.) Not that I’m getting loads of attention here or anything, but the WordPress community seems to be more encouraging of words and the site is better formatted for active blogging and not the picture spam I was assaulted with via Tumblr (IMO).

What I’m About: Many things. I’m a complex woman. To start, I am a songwriter. You can check out my ongoing Twenty-Four Seven project or my soon to be defunct Song Shop project for starters. I also have a Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube if you care to peep those as well. I don’t like being overbearing in promoting my projects, but I do like it when people are aware of them – even better if they genuinely enjoy them. 🙂 I’m always open to feedback.

I’m very much about music. After all, I did get a degree in it. But I’m also very much into reading. I try to switch it up between fiction and non-fiction every time I finish a book. It’s astonishing how many people are aliterate in the midst of our technological avalanche. It’s a skill I try not to take for granted. I love discussing myth, dream, and the psychological implications of our society. I could go on and on. But why give it all away here? You have to get to know me to see what I’m all about 🙂

Why You Should Read My Blog: If you are an unemployed, floundering twenty-something like me this would probably be a great place to bond and help each other through out respective struggles, talk, and discuss things! Aside from sharing my many musings, I squeeze out the occasional poem or write-up about an artist I’m into. I’ve even written a few little articles about something funny that happened to me or something that piqued my interest – That sort of thing. You should most definitely read my blog if you’re into any of those things or just generally enjoy it and want to read it. No obligations, no pressure, no offense taken if you don’t.

Why I’m Blogging: Sometimes I have so much to say and don’t know what to do with it. Certain emotions rise up with me and I just need to get things out, whether negative or positive. It’s a way for me to organize my thoughts and keep them in a place I can look back on later. Spoken words can be so fleeting and are gone as soon as you speak. Written word lasts longer. I also think it’s healthy to write on a regular basis. I really wish I minored in Journalism in college because now I realize how much the written word binds everyone together and informs us, whether we realize it or not. Once you know how to write well, so many doors open. This is a way for me to stay on my toes knowing I’ll get better with every post I write. Practice makes better.

Topics: Aside from the ones I mentioned above and have already done, I’ve been thinking about doing more music writing. Perhaps even profiling some of the lesser known artists I know via Facebook and giving them a voice and a platform to be heard. It’s just a thought – I haven’ t pursued anything yet.  If you have any ideas, please reach out to me!

Who I Would Love To Connect With Via My Blog: Anyone who is interested in anything I have to say. I try not to limit myself to write about just one thing so there is definitely variety, but if you’re on my wavelength I’d love to hear your feedback! And again, if you’re a girl or guy in the postgrad rut with millions of existential questions, I’m in the struggle with you. Thus is life sometimes. I’m still trying to make sense of it all.

What I Hope To Have Accomplished If I Blog Successfully Throughout 2014: I guess the most I can ask for is to come to a dawning realization about the things I struggle with. Every time I blog or write, I feel like I’m working out the problem – I’m stretching the muscle, if you will. I hope at some point that muscle will become stronger and stronger so I can work out the dissonance I feel towards the world sometimes. And if it’s not too bold to say, I wouldn’t mind writing for a larger site or blog and contributing my efforts there whether it be for music or something else. I think that’d be a lot of fun to do. I hope blogging independently will refine my skill and build my confidence.