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Nov 18, 2010

Blogging Workshop with Margareta Astaman


Have you ever heard about Margareta Astaman?
A 24-year-old energic, powerful, and smart girl who has just released her third book titled After Orchard, a story about the author's experience in Singapore.

Lucky me, on yesterday-Nov 14th 2010-I attended a workshop about blogging where the speaker was Margareta Astaman. "Inspirasi Penulis Muda" became the theme of this workshop which held in order to celebrating 4th anniversary of Kompas MuDA.

Wearing a short black dress combined with red high heels, Margareta, or used to called Margie, began her presentation with “WELCOME TO THE FUTURE!” on the first slide. More than 70 teens in the room suddenly wonder. What does it mean?
To her, blogging is one of way to achieve your future. So, If you’re now a blogger, no matter what you write about, you already go through the way to your future.

A bit flashback about Margareta Astaman, after graduating from Santa Ursula, Jakarta, she decided to migrate to the country side, Singapore, to continue her study. As far as I listen to her talk, she took up Journalism. Blogging, is her main activity at present. she started blogging in 2007 since she felt lonely in Singapore. Margareta is now working for Indonesian MSN as portal executive. It's written on her post

Next slide, she asked us about Have we ever google our own name? About half of the applicants raised their hand. Then she asked for a volunteer that willing to google his name. What she did next is googling the volunteer’s name, and aside from that she also introduced us about this site: http://touchgraph.com. I bet the whole applicants have never heard about it before, including me. Touchgraph.com is the site which we can use to know about our social network in the virtual word by only typing our name! It works, guys! Use the demos version for free.

Well now, I'mma tell you all what I've gained from the workshop.

Ways to Get Inspiration:

Meditating
To her, meditation is an effective way to get an inspiration. But in these hectic days, Do we still have a time to do a meditation? It’s such a waste of time -_-
So she jumped to next choice:

Sleeping
Wishing to dream about something amazing that you can use as your inspiration to write. (Like Stephenie Meyer maybe :D)

Watching TV
That’s true, TV has tons of inspiration. I experienced in this way.

Listening Your Lecture
Listen what your Lecture talk about could enrich your inspiration.

Steps Before You Write:

Collect the points what You will write
for this instance she recommended us to use software like Xmind, or it’s OK to do by your own way.

What is it for the reader
Think more: you write is for the reader, not for yourself.

Balancing Points
Make your writing balance before it posted. Balance in every aspect.

Research
Read a hundred times to check what is not balance in every aspect of your writing.

Lead
*The first 30 words determine the next 30 words will be read or not

Tips to begin your post:

Question
Startle the readers with question so they’ll be curious what’s the answer next.
Anecdote
This for you who has high a sense of humor. But not really, lol
Conversation
I personally think this is the most potential way to attract the readers.
Background
is about why you are writing this post.


Be Aware of

1. Adjectives
2. Transition
3. Words repetitions
4. Spacing
Once you stuck of these 4 things, the readers could be saturated.

Before closing her presentation, she concluded and emphasize about 3 things:
Be an honest, peace-loving, and typical Blogger :)

photo: yanmieonline.com

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