a.k.a. What are other participants blogging about?
This first week back into blogging has been a real challenge for me, not by lack of ideas but because I had too much to write. I hadn’t been in this situation in a long time and it felt great to be inspired! Unfortunately, between blogging and other activities, I didn’t have much time to check out what my fellow NaBloPoMo participants were writing about although I really wanted to. So today, I gathered as many answers to this week’s prompts as I could find and decided to share a roundup of my readings.
Everyone is an expert in something. Tell us 3 things you’re an expert in.
My answer: Everyone’s an expert in their own way…
I started with things I am not an expert in; presented myself as an expert at making excuses, spreading chocolate-and-nuts spread on white bread, and counting words; and listed three things I wish I were an expert in, i.e. translation, cooking and nutrition, and drawing.
This prompt inspired many bloggers and the variety of their answers (and skills!) amazed me.
- Arie at KMP Blog restricted herself to running, social media marketing, and blogging.
- Beth at Writing in the Sand has mastered sarcasm, grammar, and a snack recipe.
- Carin at 36 Hour Work Week felt more comfortable listing 10 things she is good at.
- Feathered Arrows selected making spaghetti, sewing pyjamas, and being an elder sister.
- Izz at Cool College Helpers thinks he is amazing at wiring, plumbing, and social work.
- Jackielyn at When My Brain Farts listed typing, SEO, and dream interpretation.
- Kate Kerley chose writing, tacos, Abraham Lincoln, and added boy bands as a bonus.
- Liz at I Kiss My Cat on the Lips mentioned loving her cats, procrastination, and colouring.
- Morgan Marshall has expert knowledge of food, technology, and procrastination.
- Nicole at I PerCyst cited writing, organisation, and being herself, with everything this involves.
- Robyn at Kind Mommy Blog changed her mind as she wrote and ended up with graphic design, empathy, and talking herself out of thinking that she is an expert.
- Samantha at Legendary Mama listed hair and makeup, fashion, and being inappropriate.
- Trease at Transparency could have a degree in cheering on others, listening and reading between the lines, and bouncing back from a life of abuse.
- Finally, Laurel at Alphabet Salad and Dana at Roscommon Acres definitely aren’t experts.
Tuesday: taking advice
Do you prefer to take advice from strangers or from people close to you?
My answer: The delicate art of advising and being advised
I decided to focus on questions to consider when giving or receiving advice: the reasons why others give us advice / why we give advice; whether a person should advise us / whether we should advise others; and the relationship between adviser and advisee. The main problem I noticed was that many people don’t want to talk about their issues and don’t seek advice.
- Arie at KMP Blog worried that her close ones may be too biased to give her good advice.
- Aurora at Cool College Helpers put forward the wisdom that comes with old age and her need for objectivity and truth.
- Beth at Writing in the Sand trusts expert with her legal, medical, and other issues but only trusts her closed ones with personal issues.
- Carin at 36 Hour Work Week explained why she would rather seek advice from a therapist than from a person close to her.
- Dana at Roscommon Acres analysed the kind of advice she received after the death of her son and related good advice to experience and personal connection with an issue.
- Jackielyn at When My Brain Farts cut to the chase and answered that it doesn’t matter who gives her advice – it is up to her what to do with it.
- Nicole at I PerCyst recalls times when her family failed to help her because they were too close – she trusts her therapist instead.
- Robyn at Kind Mommy Blog wrote about the effect of “judgey” people who think others “should” follow their advice.
- Samantha at Legendary Mama tends to only take advice from people who know what they are talking about and have her best interest in mind.
- Trease at Transparency recalled one of the best piece of advice she was ever given and ended with a wise thought on hold to handle advice.
If you could connect one-on-one with one expert, what would you want to learn?
My answer: On catching clients with food
I restricted myself to two areas, one professional (communication and marketing) and the other personal (cooking and nutrition) and eventually decided to merge the two and start an interpreting and catering service. Well, not really, but that would be fun… And extremely complex – I have no idea how one could juggle the two!
- Arie at KMP Blog would like to learn how to be successful as an adult from people who have achieved success.
- Beth at Writing in the Sand would like to learn from the king of horror himself.
- Dana at Roscommon Acres listed ten things she would like to learn how to do, either from experts or through other means.
- Jackielyn at When My Brain Farts explained why she would really like to meet and learn from a famous writer and a talented choreographer.
- Krum at Cool College Helpers not only listed things he would like to learn from experts but three actual people he would like to tutor him.
- Nicole at I PerCyst would like to connect with a rheumatology expert but is afraid she has already met one with no results.
- Robyn at Kind Mommy Blog would need a myriad of experts to satisfy her thirst for knowledge.
- Samantha at Legendary Mama also named three experts she would like to learn from in the fields of fashion, writing, and business.
What is something you know that you could teach another person if given the chance?
My answer: I won’t teach you any language…
I wrote about my experience as an English tutor, the other paths I had considered in the field of language learning, and the idea I had to “teach language learning”, i.e. use my learning and teaching experience to help others become independent language learners.
I was surprised to only find three answers to this question – we all have things to teach and there seems to be lot of experts taking part in this month’s challenge! But maybe I didn’t look hard enough, so please let me know in the comments if you have found or written other answers to this prompt.
- Beth at Writing in the Sand is ready to teach crochet, a fun and relaxing way to unleash her creativity.
- Nicole at I PerCyst has a lot to teach on the topic of organisation and shares four useful tips about this “very logical thing”.
- Rachel at Domestic Mobility has a lot to teach, from household chores to parenting, and also made a list of some things she can’t teach.
- Samantha at Legendary Mama prides herself on being a mom and gladly shares parenting advice but prefers to help rather than teach.
Friday: self-help books
Are you a fan of self-help/advice books? What has been your favourite one?
I didn’t answer this prompt because I don’t read self-help books. Just because they have been published doesn’t mean that they give sound advice, and I wouldn’t want to pick the wrong book and make things worse because of it. There are a number of books I would like to read, though, and having read the following posts, I will make sure to buy them as soon as I can afford them.
I could only find four posts answering Friday’s prompt. I was less surprised this time, as I wasn’t tempted to answer this prompt myself. Still, I would have liked to read more posts on this topic as I am sure there are a lot of good self-help books to recommend, so feel free to do so in the comments!
- Arie at KMP Blog is a fan of self-help books and shares her personal top 5.
- Beth at Writing in the Sand just doesn’t!
- Izz at Cool College Helpers considers self-help books accurate sources and encourages us to spread the credible knowledge they contain.
- Nicole at I PerCyst has never read a self-help book but finds her journal and writing in general to be a great help.
- Rachel at Domestic Mobility has read quite a few of them and loves them because they challenge her and bring her balance.
- Robyn at Kind Mommy Blog prefers self-help CDs provided by her husband and online resources necessary to her job.
- Treasa at Transparency advises us to find the right books, i.e. books that help us with things that aren’t out of our control.
I am looking forward to answering more interesting prompts and reading more interesting posts next week! I will be sure to make another post next Sunday to share my findings if my schedule allows it.