The blank Daily Food blog page offers us a chance to tell our own stories, or pay attention to news that may be of interest to the Community. It allows us to share our creative work or call on our fellow community members to take action on something we care about. When our work resonates with the community, we can continue the conversation in the comments. Rockbreakers and tart fights besides, a lively comment section can be a powerful thing when it comes to your work being discussed.
What inspires a Daily Food community member to post their writing or photography here for the first time? Personally, I thought about doing this for a while before I finally clicked on “write a blog post”; one morning I was annoyed by something I saw on cable news, and I posted a quickly written rant. Elenacarlena was inspired to write her first story by one she read on Daily Food. “Just before that first diary I had a [Daily Kos] story by Jen Hayden about an elderly woman facing the prospect of losing her home. As an older woman, I felt for this woman. ” EC used that first story as a rallying cry. “The story ran on the Faux network. And when I commented in a Faux [Fox News] article about her situation, I was given hell in their comments. So I told the people here about it, hoping some would go too [to the Fox News story] and join my side. I also hoped that some [Daily Kos] Michiganders could do something to help her. “
Many of us started by plugging in for Groups, who always want to fill in the gaps in their schedules. Writing and publishing a story by an established group can be a softer, friendlier way of writing for the site for the first time. Regularly publishing groups have a built-in audience of people who are open to that genre of stories, and truly support new writers.
Lostintheozarks just had that experience with the Daily Bucket. “I was nervous, but excited. I see myself surrounded by a multitude of other contributors who know much more than I do about science, but I have learned that everyone here has something positive and unique to contribute, and it’s really gratifying to see new contributors come and take take an active part in this effort. ” KaptBLI also first published by the Daily Bucket. They say about their experience: “I was nervous that I would get everything wrong. Once I saw my words in the draft, I figured out how to publish… My first article was sent to the Community. I was proud to see it there. ”
Going back to the first time I published a story on the site, I was nervous. I actually hit the “Publish Now” button, and when the system asks if I’m really ready to publish, I press “Cancel.” I did this about three times before I finally just closed my eyes, printed that last “Publish” and posted my writing on the site. By talking to a few members of the community about their experiences, I discovered that my response was not necessarily universal. Elenacarlena was already an established presence in the comments, so when she published her first story, she was not worried. “I do not think I felt nervous; By this time I was quite familiar with the general tenor here and made some friends. ”
There was not much reaction to my first Daily Food story, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. When asked about his first story, Alonso del Arte remember that “I got seven recommendations, but only one comment (the point bottle). Maybe I would have preferred to get just one recommendation and seven comments. ”
That first attempt is a learning experience, whether you get little involvement or are at the top of the popular list. You can see how factors like the heading you have chosen and your topic work together to get the community’s attention. As Elenacarlena explains, “I had pretty good answers pretty quickly, thought it had quite a big response then (about 30), so was happy with that for a first diary. [I] then of course did not know how to bring people to my diary. I don’t think I knew anything about Groups then. ” CaptBLI notes that “Every mistake I made on Daily Food was worth learning how to be a better person and writer. To present myself (through words, photos, and selected items of personal interest) “opened me up to new experiences. I would encourage anyone thinking of a first article to do one.”
Do you remember your first time publishing on Daily Food? Is there anything you have since learned that you wish you knew when you started? If you’ve never published a story here, are you interested in trying? Is there anything holding you back?
Saved stories this week-as compiled by grog– includes discussions on America’s willingness to accept universal health care, reflection on memory, a defense of “awake” pop culture, and a Rescued to Recommended look at the ways women internalize and adapt to the threat of sexist violence. Make sure you spend time with the work listed below, and then join the discussion in the comments!
EIGHT STORIES FROM 13:00 PT NOV. 12 TO 13:00 PT NOV. 19, 2021
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Maybe we are ready for universal health care by cmhmd (2007-38-9)
Perhaps the widespread statement that Americans are not ready to accept universal health care is actually not accurate. Cmhmd finds that popular support for universal coverage has grown to a solid majority, and the traditional reasons we have been told that universal health care is unpopular are surprisingly weak. When it comes to this issue, even self-described conservatives share common ground with mainstream Americans.
To know what you know now, if you could go back … by babushka (2021-17-2)
Children’s music lessons can bring back many of our problematic memories. Babushka has such memories, and if they could, they would go back in time to several old, “cranky” piano teachers’ houses, and throw up a big angry middle finger before slamming the door on their way out. Because they are retired, they can now learn at their own pace, in their home and in peace.
There will be no ‘confessions of a misogynist’ (part one) by Boise Blou (2007-153-10)
BoiseBlue begins the process of raising personal awareness as it relates to internalized misogyny. This exercise of awareness causes her to record a history of sexual abuse and violence. She has such experiences in common with many women – leading to the realization that “women from an early age are trained how to adapt to this violent misogynistic society, rather than young men being trained how not to be sexually or otherwise violent towards women to be. “
‘Detox the Vaxx ‘is the new anti-vaxxer script on TikTok by Stwriley (2016-29-4)
Stwriley documents the latest medical quackery promoted by the anti-vaxx crowd to “undo” their vaccines. This includes a “radiation detox” process, which they claim destroys what allegedly activates a COVID-19 vaccine; the use of Borax to “get the nanotechnology out of you”; or even “spray” the actual vaccine with a syringe. The positive side? If they believe they can “get rid” of the vaccine, they can actually be vaccinated – so who cares if “they strip a few layers of skin from themselves in a Borax bath or cover themselves with glasses and small razors?”
‘Electoral McCarthyism ‘: Our Road to Fascism by novapsyche (2006-36-0)
Novapsyche explores the origins of the “communism” label during the McCarthy era, and its use as an insult. They associate it with the later use of the “liberal” label as an insult. In each case, they have seized it, despite obstacles we can scarcely imagine. ” The author shares their feeling that a similar attack from the right is underway – specifically aimed at race – in an attempt to get Democrats running away from the very things they are defending again.
Wake fiction by dom47 (2012-7-2)
Insipid47 discusses how inclusivity in films and comedy injects a much-needed freshness and representation into a variety of mass entertainment genres. One example they use is a Black Superman. Black superheroes did not exist in 1938 but now? Imagine that a young Clark Kent is the only Black guy in his rural school in Kansas. Or Watson and Holmes as partners, in both work and in love. The storytelling possibilities when many of these stereotypical tropics are reimagined bring renewed interest in their characters. Letting our heroes “wake up” is not about political correctness, it is about making better stories.
The good of memories by postdoctoral (2011-7-2)
Postdoc tells of a night he and his sister spent in their 90-year-old mother’s apartment. While she was in the hospice, they went through her stuff and decided what to keep and what to throw away. Explore Postdoc the differences between archives, monuments and remains, before returning to the difficult choice the siblings faced: What to do with their mother’s memories?
IDP policies cause inflation: how to give it a message (monopolies, investor housing speculation, the Fed) by Tweedledee5 (2005-43-2)
Second Member5 provides a topic summary and guide to responding to the latest conservative talking points on inflation. They explain how to frame discussions, through sympathy with people affected by inflation; do not discount its impact, even if it is not widely felt. Second Member5 also encourages readers to point out deeper factors, such as the long-term effects of antitrust regulations, tariffs imposed by the previous administration, vaccine resistance as it affects workers at various points in the supply chain, and how state and local democratic administrations work active in mitigating inflationary trends.
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