I started to write a blog post about Microsoft Security Essentials. Why? Well, as a writer using a PC I’ve got to do what it takes to protect the half written masterpieces on my computer. For years I renewed my annual McAfee subscription to keep the household computers protected. It wasn’t until a year or so ago that I discovered Microsoft Security Essential.
Looking through My Memory Banks
Recently Microsoft Security Essentials prevented an attack and it made me wonder if I had shared this free gem with my readers. I did a Google search for “No Job for Mom Microsoft Security Essentials.” The search told me I didn’t write a post on the subject here, but instead wrote about it on my Tidbits & Stuff site.
Enter the Lazy Writer
After skimming through the article on Tidbits and Stuff I thought “Wow, I’ve really blurred the lines between writing an article and blogging.” The first person blog/article is the result of relaxing my article writing standards. That piece is not an article but a blog post thinly disguised as an article. It’s somewhat informative but most definitely not an article
Time to Raise the Bar
I guess the downside to only writing articles/posts on sites that you own is you can set the rules. It’s obvious to me that I’ve relaxed the rules to the point where I need to give myself a swift kick.
As a writing challenge, I think it’s time for me to write a few formal (yet still personable) articles. Part of the joy in writing was taking really difficult topics and explaining them in a user-friendly fashion. It seems that I’ve evolved to a full-time blog writer even when the pieces shouldn’t have the blog flavor.
I remember back when I first started writing for Suite 101 we weren’t allowed to write in the first or second person. I liked that challenge. My first few articles were horrible (if I must say so myself), but eventually, I was able to write in the third person and still make it personable.
It’s time for me to challenge myself again. Life becomes boring when we set all the rules. It’s time to raise the bar.
How about you? What’s your writing challenge?
Oh, by the way, if you use a PC and haven’t tried Microsoft Security Essentials, you should give it a try (it’s free).