A friend of mine is curating a Zero to Hero blogging workshop for the UU Blogging Incubator. I told her I would participate so here we go! From February 1st until March 2nd WMAA will follow the prompts offered in the Zero to Hero workshops. If you’re interested in participating, send her a message and get writing!
Day 1: Introduce Yourself
Hi, I’m Justin Almeida. While you can find a little more about me on the “about” page of WMAA, here are some other interesting tidbits not found in the official bio:
Ok, so now you know some of my deepest, darkest secrets. Please be gentle; with great power comes great responsibility.
Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal?
I started WMAA more than a year ago, because I wanted to see if I could actually keep up a public blog. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I am a horrible procrastinator. I would have an awesome idea that I’d want to write about and then make excuses not to do it. The most common excuse would be: “Oh, I can get to it later today (tomorrow).” Ad infinitum. Creating WMAA and promoting it through social media gives me the small kick in the butt needed to get words out of my head and into the blogosphere.
What topics do you think you’ll write about?
WMAA has always been about spur of the moment inspiration. The topics jump about from religious discernment to restaurant reviews. I’ve found that some of the best blogs I’ve written on the site touched people on personal levels. Whether it’s acknowledging the evils hidden within our consumer supply chain or finally coming out and declaring myself a Unitarian Universalist to my family, I’ve never known what would strike a nerve or inspire someone to share a post with a friend.
Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
I’d like to connect with people who want to have meaningful conversations about life. This doesn’t mean deep philosophical debates about the existence of God (all the time). It means sharing what I love, how I feel in the moment, or what I believe deeply. Hopefully my stories will resonate with others and inspire them to share their own opinions. One thing I want WMAA to be is a safe place where people can feel they can agree or disagree; the most important part would be having the conversation.
If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished?
If I can write at least one blog post a month for 12 months straight, I’ll consider that a huge accomplishment in breaking my habit of procrastination. I had a gap in 2013 where I didn’t blog from March–April, and it was hard to get going again. Maybe blogging follows its own rules of dymanics? A blog in motions tends to be in motion; a blog at rest tends to stay at rest. In any case, I feel every post is an accomplishment because I’ve sat down, done the work, made myself a little more open and vulnerable, and perhaps even learned something about myself in the writing process. At the end of 2014, if I am a deeper, more authentic human being (and perhaps a better writer?), WMAA would be doing its job.