18 months ago I put this blog – One Spoon At A Time – on hiatus and I truly thought it would never come back. At one stage as I was reorganizing my websites I nearly junked it totally.
But now I’m glad I didn’t.
Because I’m going to start posting here again.
So Why Is One Spoon Coming Back?
When I originally put One Spoon on hiatus I did so because I was moving into other areas not connected to the things I’d been writing about – like video marketing and content marketing and so on. Plus my main business website – my how to play bass site was getting busier and busier. And I just didn’t have the time anymore.
Now I’m still working on my main bass website. And the other main project that drew me off too is still ongoing. And hopefully will always be.
But something happened that has eventually led to this post and the site starting up again.
I Needed To Teach My Friend How To Write
A friend of mine is great at video and audio – but he hates writing. And due to a strange combination of circumstances he has been put in the situation where he can’t record video or audio and can only communicate with his audience by writing.
So he’s needed to learn how to write. (Paul’s Note: by “learn how to write” I don’t mean the physical act of shaping letters and learning to read them, and then combining letters to form words and so on. What I mean is how to write reasonable quality articles and posts for a commercially minded website.)
Like all of us when we need some help we look to our friends and family, see who can provide the help that’s needed, and reach out.
In his circle, the only person he knows who can help him learn to write is me.
So I’ve been creating a series of lessons for him that are helping him learn how to do this. We started with why web content is so important for a small business and then moved onto what’s unique about web content. And then slowly but surely we’ve gradually worked through the need for outlining, worked through turning the outline into an article, worked out how to use the article to direct web visitors to more pages on the business website.
And we’re about to start on some simple editing tips.
That Sounds Reasonably Linear Right?
Only every so often I’ve needed to create a lesson on a topic that detours from the main thread. And some times those detours grow into a mini series that’s four or five lessons long.
And then we circle back and pick up our ‘writing’ strand again.
These detours aren’t always about writing, but they’re always connected to HOW writing affects your business, and how writing is intrinsically connected TO your business.
In writing these series of lessons it occurred to me that:
I Know More Than I Thought I Knew
Not only that. Because of all the years I’ve spent studying deliberate practice and how to use it as a teacher, I’m also good at taking that knowledge and turning it into actionable lessons.
And I thought: if these lessons are helping my friend, they might help other people.
And just like that….One Spoon came back into the picture.
So Who Is The ‘New’ One Spoon For?
In the past I’ve written lots of video articles and video marketing articles. But here’s the truth: video is something that I do because I have to. Writing (and teaching writing) is something that I do because I love it.
So One Spoon is for writers. And folks who want to improve their writing.
There are still video articles in the archive…I’ve left them on the site. Though they are all out of date and someone once said that internet years are like dog years, so they are seriously out of date.
So if you’re interested in writing…stick around because I’m going to start posting some writing articles very soon. If you’ve got any questions you’d like to see answered…you can try posting a comment and I’ll try and answer it. If your question is really good it might get turned into an article.
I haven’t even worked out my posting schedule yet. I still have lots of time commitments, so for now it’s probably going to be once a week. As it’s Monday today…and I’ve written what I need to…I’ll close simply.
See you next Monday.