30 Day Play Project

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Following more good advice from John Williams and Selina Barker, in Ignition, I’ve done as they suggest and started a play project…

What is a play project?

Well, I am committing myself to 30 days of, basically, playing at something I enjoy doing and I’ve decided that, for me, playing will involve starting a blog/ web site dedicated to good, clean, healthy living: a subject I’m very passionate about.

I’m sharing it here now, in its very early stages, so I can chart my progress over the 30 days.

Throughout the project I will, mostly, be playing around with writing, research and food photography: all activities which I’m drawn to…

So, without further a do, here it is:

this blog

Read more about Play Projects here.

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M.I.A

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So, I have been missing in action for a little while…

I made, probably, one of the biggest mistakes in blogging and let my busy life get in the way of maintaining and updating my blog. However, as I’m still in the very early days of my blog, I doubt anybody really noticed I was gone. Did you notice?

Anyway, I’m back to start the New Year with renewed vigour and fresh motivation to really see this ‘Screw Work Let’s Play’ thing through to fruition!

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A couple of weeks ago, after much deliberation, I signed up to Ignition, the multimedia career development programme, a follow-up to John William’s original book Screw Work Let’s Play. So, I will continue to tell the story of my career, via this blog, in conjunction with working through the Ignition programme: giving my feedback and real time review of this promising new programme. My decision to purchase Ignition was no doubt helped along by my alphabetti spaghetti picture being featured in it but, considering I was so inspired by the original book; I have high hopes for this follow-up career development tool! 😉

I have mentally decided that my return to blogging is going to involve more activity with shorter more regular blog updates, which will hopefully provide a greater insight into how my journey towards a more fulfilling career is progressing. I have been guilty of wanting to make each and every post a finely crafted piece of literature which makes keeping it fresh and up to date almost impossible: It’s not often I have the time to sit down and produce such an in-depth post. There will be times when I want to talk about a subject in detail and in turn when a subject deserves a more in-depth post but, I will also intersperse these longer posts with shorter insights and updates, as and when they happen.

Although I have been away from the blogosphere, my journey has been continuing and the ‘being away’ itself has been a very interesting learning experience, all of which I think has been a necessary step in moving towards more fulfilling work. For a short period, although I was supposed to be contracting and keeping my life as ‘free’ as possible, I fell into a couple of traps, which I will talk more about later, namely in no particular order:

– the ‘job trap’

– the ‘money trap’

and,

– the ‘lack of confidence in your ability and what you should be charging trap’!

Not to mention,

– the ‘taking my eye off all my other balls trap’!

We live and learn.

I’m not getting paid for this, I’m just playing…

I just wanted to point out that, although I have been waxing lyrical about John William’s and his book Screw Work Let’s Play, I am in no way connected to them and am not getting paid to write this blog. I’m simply ‘playing’ and teaching myself ‘how to write a blog’ while I’m at it.

I think the idea is, once I finally manage to work out how to operate my Amazon Associates account, that should anybody wish to click-through and purchase John’s book, after reading my review, then I will be rewarded with a few pennies for helping to expedite that process. However, unless millions of people around the world suddenly decide that they like my slightly cynical tone of voice (my mother doesn’t) then I am unlikely to be up there hob-nobbing with Bill Gates any time soon.

Should anybody wish to pay me, to do just about anything, please forward your enquiry to francescajroll@gmail.com. Thank you, please.

Learning to Blog…

I’m new to blogging. I understand and can appreciate the benefits from a marketing perspective but the technological aspects – I’m learning on the job!

What I do know, three posts in, is how much I’m enjoying it! I had a moment this morning where I just had to write but, with a dead mobile phone, all I had was a pen. The urge was so strong that if it wasn’t for fear of being arrested I would have written on the train window or on the back of the anorak of the old lady sitting next to me. My mind was so full of ideas I nearly missed my station, on two separate occasions, day-dreaming about subjects I want to write about…

That is, what I think they call, being in ‘flow’.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow Theory

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