Zero To Hero – Day 2 – Edit Your Title and Tag Line
Noooo! Please. Its been such a thorny issue! It took us long enough to figure out what we wanted. And we are happy with it, thank-you very much!
Seriously though, it took a fair bit of soul searching to decide on both the title and the tag line for our blog. And then one day it just dawned on us – what we wanted to do was write about everything that inspired us to words. And try and capture on camera some of those wonders that sometimes defy words. So – Pen & Shutter. As for the tag line – well its our explanations for what we perceive and its from our perspective. So – Perceptions & Perspectives.
We are sure that there are as many stories behind blog names and tag lines as there are blogs. Much like book titles or movie names. (Yes, we can see a distinct lack of imagination in the “part 1 / 2 / 3”, the remakes of films … but that, fortunately, is severely limited as yet!) But since this blog is not going to be restricted to linguistics, photography, wildlife, Africa, cookery, painting, soap making, Multi national companies, or any other specific topic, we found our title to be comprehensive and evocative.
Looking over the comments on Mark Deeble’s page, I saw your post and followed the link. I am so glad I did. Your blog shows that you have a gift for writing. The expressions that you use and the sentiment that you are able to invoke inspire me.
Your appeal to Mark touched my heart and I had to write to you.
There is a difference in writing and editing abilities. I don’t know if Mark has an editor but many, many blog writers do (and all big company published authors do have all of their books, articles, etc. worked on by one or more editors).
I wish I had your ability to write – to create from scratch. For now, I edit. If I continue editing good writing, perhaps some of the writing techniques will rub off onto me and maybe, someday, I will try to write.
Long story, short version: Africa has had my heart since my visit to Kenya in 1995.
I have done a fair amount of editing for published authors.
Not working because I am on disability now, I have a little time I can give (not a lot as the grandkids just got out for summer break and will fill many days and I am on schedule to start on my doctorate in July).
Most of the edits I see that are needed are easy fixes, such as an apostrophe in the contraction “it’s” (vs none needed in the possessive form “its”).
Your blog page looks very professional. The writing level needs to be brought up to the same level of profession.
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will, for my love of Africa, donate a little time to edit your blog posts.
This has been a quick and unedited comment, so please overlook any errors today,
: ) Jenny
Hi Jenny, I have been meaning to write to you and thank you for your so kind offer! I have just been occupied with other things for a while now. In fact I did not even complete the courses on blogging, though I am hoping to finish the exercises for my own satisfaction.
I think you write very well – from the sample of your letter to me! Just start!
For me writing is all about feeling intensely enough about a topic. I need to be compelled from inside me to pen thoughts. And one of the things I do feel strongly about is English as a language and where its going … the internet, schools today, everyone seems to accept that communication is sufficient unto itself and vocabulary, grammar and composition have no intrinsic value! I do try to keep my posts “correct” but I am more than happy to have mistakes pointed out! And I would certainly appreciate all help in improving my writing.
Its always a pleasure to meet a fellow Africa lover. Please do keep in touch. And I look forward to reading your own writing soon!