By: Anonymous and Entertained
We’re giving Adam, our curator, a break on one of the only remaining open days each month. Keeping this short, below are a few of my observations from reading the first month of ONCEeveryTHIRTY posts.
First, a confession. Contrary to the goal of the forum, I don’t read the entries every day. I’m more of a once per week person; letting posts pile up, then binge reading. This approach does have the benefit of allowing for comparisons in writing style; plus forces me to carve out a few hours of uninterrupted time to soak in the stories.
I’ve been very impressed with both the quality and breadth of the posts thus far. This forum has trended much more towards reality than anticipated (by me). Clearly there are stories that people want to tell no matter how difficult they are to put on paper; be it depressingly honest or upliftingly inspirational.
I’ve pulled out several repeated themes for better or worse: teaching, children, food, health, and equality. These topics are fundamental to our society; if the goal of this blog is to serve as a forum to educate and inspire it’s a glowing success.
Editing and grammar have been excellent. I attribute this to 3 factors: attention to detail by the writers, improved word document technology, and Adam/Adrienne’s diligent proof-reading. Regardless of the source, please keep it up since there are way too many typos on e-mails and other forms of electronic conversation these days.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to individual authors on WordPress, social media, or via other contact platforms as needed. Often, the key to continued writing endeavors is the thrill of others finding your work engaging and worth the read. We can all get better, and everyone enjoys kudos.
Also, if you have any thoughts/suggestions on the current blog format feel free to reach out to Adam; he’s kindly set up an e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for comments and will have plenty of free time considering school just started back up.
Thanks to all who have contributed thus far, please keep the varied and compelling content coming.
Postscript: “Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind of ‘man1’ could invent.” – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
1: Sexism clearly noted, this passage was written and published in 1891 in the Strand Magazine in London so we’ll give Mr. Doyle the benefit of the doubt. Based on the content to date it’s clear and refreshing that we have a diverse group of writers in terms of race, sex, religion, and age contributing to ONCEeveryTHIRTY.