“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
My next assignment from my WordPress Course is to write about my ideal reader, including a new media element
Okay. I looked at the additional information for today’s assignment and see the very extensive list of media element options. As I clicked on each option I realized this was going to take some time.
My initial reaction was to run.
I was and am way out of my comfort zone.
But…not a news flash. I knew I needed to slow down, taking things “bird by bird.”
With my very stern internal voice, I reminded myself this would be an investment of time. Time I’d need to set aside to learn all the tools I have at my fingertips. Each topic has the potential to add another dimension to my stories so I can fully engage my “ideal reader.”
Who is my audience, my ideal reader?
As I think about who would read my writing, I think most people would fall under the category of “seekers.”
My reader is someone searching for information to enlighten his or her life. He or she is a lifetime learner as well as a teacher. They work to learn from their experiences and mistakes and want to share and learn from the experiences of others. They question who they are and what they are here to do. They are observers of life.
They want to do and be better.
They are beginning to understand they are spiritual beings having a human experience.
“Life isn’t always about finding yourself. More often than not, it’s about discovering who God created you to be.”
― David A.R. White, Between Heaven and Hollywood: Chasing Your God-Given Dream