Your SCA experiences, the history you learn and the items you re-create are what the Society for Creative Anachronism is all about. If you are like me and want to share these with others you might want to blog about it, too.
Since I enjoyed writing class handouts and competition documentation I thought blogging would be easy. But there's a difference. Your blog is your story. It is like writing a lengthy letter home while visiting another country. You're excited and want to share what you've seen, learned and do. Your enthusiasm shows in your friendly words.
When I blog I "show and tell" the details of what I see, hear, and feel. My curiosity, obstacles, and end results, whatever they are. Occasionally I post a "rant" about a personal experience or viewpoint, letting readers know it's my opinion. That's important because everything posted is public and permanent. I only post what I want the world to know now and forever.
Scribes-My Ideal Readers
My number one guide is to write for you, my readers, whom ever that may unwittingly be. Without readers, I might as well be writing a paper diary. While I'm not perfect, as I write I consider my readers' view point and what my post means to them. I includebackground, project or situation information to draw the reader in. Although difficult after 30+ years in the SCA, I limitjargon to necessary terms. Blog posts are commonly 3-6 paragraphs, plus set-up descriptions and thoughts on your experience. I also like to vary their length, writing more when the subject demands it. I verify information and cite the media or link to the sources. I also include at least one relevant photo.
Depending on your purpose for blogging, it is a great way to share your thoughts, opinions, and knowledge. The payoff is reaped by consistent effort and patience. I consider it time well spent learning, creating, and watching my blog grow. Prior Related Post: My Blog Writing Quest 4 Calontir Blogs That Will Inspire You