Taking Stock Of Writing With Purpose

I’m half way through the six week slot on writing with purpose, which seems like a good point to take stock of where things are, and what’s what.

Liz Strauss also got me thinking about the value of status reports to let you (friends, readers, customers, colleagues) know what was happening on a blog both on stage and behind the scenes.

This isn’t quite a status report, but hopefully a rapid fire update of where things are at. (Or a snapshot, to mix my metaphors hopelessly.)

Writing With Purpose Theme

Has been going well (I think anyway!)

Some highlights if you missed them:

How To Plan A Month’s Worth Of Posts In 30 Minutes Flat

Using mind-mapping combined with a blog theme / purpose to generate ideas and keep your writing focused. Great to see how many of you have started playing with this and implementing it.

12 Reasons To Enjoy Writing With Gratitude

What happens when you make gratitude or thankfulness your writing purpose

On What It Means “To Blog”: Reader Definitions

What blogging means to you, and how it relates to your sense of purpose

I’m moving on tomorrow with a 4 part series on How To Ask Purposeful Questions. Stay tuned for all the answers… (well, there’ll be plenty questions if not answers anyway!)

By the way if you want to get a digest - not edited, just the week’s worth of headlines from the posts written here, you might be interested in the Feedblitz version of the blog. It comes out once a week (on a Tuesday) to your inbox.

The Next Theme

My domestic plans have changed a bit which means I’m now moving mid August. I still think it would be a good idea to create some space around the move, which includes slowing down a bit here. So I’m going to stretch the next theme out over two months (July & August). This also coincides with the summer months when we’re all (hopefully) off out and about doing more interesting things anyway…

I’m going to adjust the theme to suit the time frame, adding in a new one: Writing With Freedom. The freedom to write, freeing up our words, words that make you feel free, what happens when the words want to run free… something like that. This also looks like a good theme (& time) for some more guest posts, so do drop me a line if you’re interested in guest writing here over that time frame.

Blog Stuff

There are some strange glitches going on with the comment feed (which is ‘healthy’ but not working), categories (which exist but aren’t visible) and posting comments. Some of you have been having problems leaving them. I’m very sorry. Typepad can’t trace the problem, so if there is a glitch & you get offered a button that says ‘tell Typepad about it’ please do click it so they can learn more about what’s going on.

Follow Up To Sob Con

I’ve been talking to various people about learning from sobcon and how to apply the lessons on the business & blogging interface in particular. Each conversation helps me to get my own ideas into sharper perspective which (I hope!) means a win-win learning conversation for both of us.

It’s coincided happily with me writing about purpose here: I think that provides a great framework for thinking about how and why we blog, how different blogs can be used for different purposes and keeping our end goal in mind.

Let me know if you’d be interested in a coaching conversation about how to apply some of the lessons to your own blog.

Writing Workshops In Sardinia

I’m doing a lot of work with Emma Bird to develop our range of workshops in Sardinia. We’ve also just moved the blog to a new (wordpress based) website: Absorbing Writing. We’re pretty pleased with how it looks: a lot easier for people to find their way around and can get the information on the workshops that they’re looking for. Here’s the new feed for updates on the workshops.

Learning how to set up this site has been a lot of fun for me, and is leading the way to another big project of mine… but I’ll save news on that for another week or so. Still under wraps just now.

Guest Writing

Last but not least, some posts I’ve written elsewhere. The Calm Space is also focused on freedom this month, and my piece is on 5 Ways To Let Your Words Run Free.

I hope you get the chance to browse the other material when you’re there - lots of great stuff again this month.

I wrote a post in celebration of’s 8th blogging birthday (yes, 8!!!). It’s called How To Add Colour To A Grey Day. Hope you enjoy it.

Phew! That’s a lot of stuff. Maybe I should do updates more often…?

Back tomorrow with the start of the series on questions.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

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6 Responses to “Taking Stock Of Writing With Purpose”

  1. On June 10, 2008 at 8:01 am Ulla responded with... #

    Hi Joanna,
    thanks for the most interesting background information! Up to now it had never come to my mind that it might be interesting for readers of my blog to read a status report. Reading yours I got new insights on a) your person and b) your blog as a work in progress and not only as a perfect product. Thanks for sharing!

  2. On June 10, 2008 at 8:29 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Ulla, I think blogs, like human beings, are works in progress. I’m glad you enjoyed me sharing some of the behind the scenes stuff.

    I think that’s what Liz was thinking too when she came up with the idea.


  3. On June 11, 2008 at 1:05 am Karen Swim responded with... #

    Joanna, congratulations on the move! Aha! Now the mystery is solved. I kept checking my feed reader yesterday for new posts and this one did not show. Again, this morning nothing new. I check later and there are two new posts. I thought I was losing my mind. Although it may not be typepad but the feeder as I have trouble getting my posts to ping immediately too. I am brimming over with excitement about all the new things. Looking forward to reading and learning over the summer with you. Will also have to sign up for coaching as now I have reached even greater clarity about blog and business. Thanks for sharing with us Joanna! You rock! :-)


  4. On June 11, 2008 at 10:09 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Thanks Karen. Sorry if my feed was a bit slow. Typepad is definitely doing some odd things at the moment.

    You help me to learn, think, reflect, write and teach Karen, so I’m glad you’re going to be with me through the summer!


  5. On June 11, 2008 at 8:10 pm Chris Brown responded with... #

    I so enjoyed getting to know you a bit during SOBcon and have enjoyed learning more by reading your blog.

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips and techniques. They are definitely keeping my mind churning!!
    Chris Brown

  6. On June 11, 2008 at 9:56 pm Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Chris, I enjoyed meeting you too - if only there had been longer, and if only there was more time to read and comment on each other’s blogs!

    Thanks for stopping by anyway.



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