Last year I started a new blog, creatively named "Rebecca Lang's Personal Blog," on wordpress, with the idea that I could use it to freely express my opinions and write whatever I wanted without the pressure of using it as a tool to create content for my audience or sell books.
That said, I didn't know what to do with my blog and it was mostly abandoned--until this spring, when I started to feel inspired again. My blog entries took on an interesting hybrid of "here's a random thing I've been doing lately" and "tips for how you, too, can do this random thing." This emphasis on action might be because, after 2 years of being stuck in semi-isolation, I have the urge to go out into the world and try new things again. I don't expect these kinds of blogs to be standard (since it would require me to do new activities), but I've been having fun writing them.
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"The Benefits of Keeping a Private Diary"
After spending a year meticulously writing down events and emotions and forcing myself to re-read them, I make some interesting self-discoveries--and you can, too, with my list of trips for keeping a diary.
"How to Write a Poem About a Weeping Peach Tree (Part 1)"
An excruciatingly detailed account of me trying to observe the peach tree in front of my house for the sake of writing a poem, before finally hitting inspiration--with tips on how to brainstorm your own poems.
"How to Write a Poem About a Weeping Peach Tree (Part 2)"
The excruciating process of editing the raw observations of a peach tree into a semi-respectable poem--with tips on editing a poem.
"How to Host a Poetry-Writing Excursion"
I try to teach poetry to friends and family, which ends up mostly being an excuse for everyone to hang out at a botanical garden--with tips on how to host your own poetry-writing event.
"How to Tutor a Preschooler on Facetime with the Help of a Mischievous Stuffed Lion"
As I tutor my nephew on my phone, he suggests bringing his favorite stuffed animal into our teaching sessions, and I give it a try--with tips for how you can tutor a young child online and links to free worksheets.
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To conclude, I hope that you have had the opportunity to expand yourself, try new things, and just have one--in a safe and healthy way, of course. If any of these blog entries, inspired you or gave you ideas for something new that you can try, then it has done its job. Take care everyone, and please check out my new "Girls and Monsters" novel I'm publishing right now online for free.