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Because I Can’t Help It

Yesterday, I went for a hair cut and watched  many people get a variety of treatments. As I looked and listened, I noticed something unusual. I was the only one, whose eyes kept going around the room and whose ears seemed to pick up everything while my hair spa and hair cut was taking place.  I smiled to myself and realized I’ve always been this way – always looking for a story. I smiled again when I thought of a some words I read a few days ago about writers. Let me share them with you:

“A writer is a dangerous friend. Everything you say, all of your life and experience, is fodder for our writing. We mean you no harm, but what you know and what you’ve done is unavoidably fascinating to us. Being friends with a writer is a bit like trying to keep a bear as a pet. They’re wonderful, friendly creatures, but they play rough and they don’t know their own strength or remember that they have claws. Choose the stories you tell to your writer friends carefully.” ― Randy Murray

Now that I’ve shared this, I can see the few friends I have dwindling to nil! πŸ˜‰

Writers never get holidays. We’re either watching, listening, experiencing, reading, thinking about writing or just simply  writing. Charlotte Bronte supposedly said : I’m just going to write, because I can’t help it. That’s exactly what I am doing these days.




Dear reader, get ready for another month of daily posts from me. I’m taking part in BlogHer’s #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which is on every month, but is always so much bigger in November. I’m also participating  in Yeah Write’s November Challenge 2015 (thanks for the heads up on this Parul of Happiness and Food).

I’ve taken the easy route. Other writers are busy with the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), challenging themselves to write 5000 words a day during November. Here’s wishing them good luck with their projects.

Thanks to the generosity of a blogging partner, I am the proud owner of the workbook for Darren Rowse’s course -’31 Days To Build A Better Blog’. I will be working on this and sharing my learnings with you and ask you for your ideas and feedback through the weeks ahead. I hope the questions I ask you in the course of my learning will help you too, if you are a blogger.

Day 1 -Write an elevator pitch for your blog.

I wrote my ‘about’ page some months ago. I’d love you to read it and give me feedback on the following :

  1. Does my ‘about‘ page give you a good picture of who I am and what this blog is about?
  2. Do my posts reflect what my about page says? In other words, is there congruence between what I write and what I say I am about?
  3. Does  Everyday Gyaan’s by-line ‘Keeping Life Simple, Authentic and Holistic‘ come across strongly in my writing and sharing?

Thank you in advance for your inputs.

See you tomorrow.



  1. richa singh richa singh November 3, 2015

    I did not know this Corinne that you are writing this 31 days to building a better blog, I am definitely going to look forward to this πŸ™‚ And yes writers are the worst kind of friends to own. Even worse family members πŸ˜€ *there can never be a secret* πŸ˜›

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | November 3, 2015

      That’s just incidental, Richa. I’m going through the course to review it.
      Yes, family too needs to beware of us!

  2. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel November 3, 2015

    I checked out your homepage and I really enjoyed learning about you and your life. It’s funny how your mind paints a picture of someone and then you get to know them and none of your assumptions are correct and some are spot on. I am very happy to have met you.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | November 3, 2015

      Thanks, Rena. Now I’m curious about what picture your mind painted about me! πŸ˜‰

  3. Eli Eli November 3, 2015

    Hahah – thats is so true dear Corinne – always open to The Story- picking up, listening ….making sentences and lines as I go along – they story of our days I guess. I think your blog is wonderful and reflects what you set as aims for it. Big hugs

  4. nan nan November 3, 2015

    You have a typo in your “About” page – “Despite my non-Indian sounding name (thank my…” is duplicated. I just say this because I know you’d want to know to fix it.

    I find it funny you were in 7 schools before 14 (I had 7 or 9, can’t recall) AND I was an Army brat AND I met and married at 41. Isn’t that crazy? Your About is your voice. Maybe separate your “business” offerings from the Blog About but that’s just me. Otherwise it seems to be what you’re going after!

  5. T.O. Weller T.O. Weller November 2, 2015

    So funny. It used to drive my son crazy during his teenage years — every where we went, I watched, I stared, and I ‘overheard’ things. He was mortified, convinced that the whole world knew I was watching and they were none too happy about it.

    I look forward to watching your journey!

  6. amber amber November 2, 2015

    Good morning! Visiting from the Nanopo blog hop! I absolutely hate going to get my hair done in a salon! I have the worst problem sitting still fir that long! But you are totally write! Bloggers are always thinking of the next story!

  7. Balroop Singh Balroop Singh November 2, 2015

    Loved that Charlotte Bronte quote…how TRUE! This post made me smile and thanks for making my morning so pleasant.
    Your about page is awesome Cori, I liked it.
    Looking forward to your learnings.

  8. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando November 2, 2015

    Like you and Charlotte Bronte, Corinne, I write because I can’t help it! Loved delving into your profile and looking forward to reading and enjoying your daily blogs as you take on this month’s challenge. Sending love and blessings!

  9. Parul Parul November 2, 2015

    I loved Murray’s quote and that is all true. Every where there is a story etching to be written πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›
    Thank you for the mention and let’s do it! πŸ™‚

  10. Gilly Maddison Gilly Maddison November 2, 2015

    This made me smile because it is all so true. As a writer, it was worse when I worked in journalism. Some people would be very wary about what they told me but there were the other types who used to target me and tell me stuff I ‘ought to know’ in the hopes I would do a story. Your about page is interesting, informative and very true to the blog posts I have read on Everyday Gyaan.

  11. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri November 2, 2015

    I liked the Randy Murray quote. Your ‘About Me’ page is authentic to the posts you write. You remind me to streamline my ‘About Me’ page. It was last updated in Nov-Dec last year. It is time to revamp it.

  12. Alana Alana November 2, 2015

    Fodder for my writing – oh yes! It is dangerous to make an enemy of a writer. We have ways…

  13. Anna Welliver Anna Welliver November 2, 2015

    I enjoyed reading this post… The quote was perfect and fits beautifully with your point… Cool

  14. Stacie Stacie November 2, 2015

    With friends like us…

  15. Vinitha Vinitha November 1, 2015

    I know what you mean, Corinne. Sometimes I feel bad when I write about stuff from everyday life or what my friend told me in casual or something that I observed when I visited a relative. I have some stories from real life that I would like to blog but I am not doing it because I feel that it is like pointing finger at someone else and I am afraid of the reaction if they read it. That’s why I created another blog and decided to share it with a few audience. Blogging isn’t as easy as it looks, huh? And yes, your about me is very authentic and true to the blog. πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | November 2, 2015

      I know what you mean, Vinitha. That’s why I created the new column, ‘Anonymously Me’. You’re most welcome to share your stories, any time.
      And thanks for taking the time to read and give me the feedback I needed.

  16. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan November 1, 2015

    I have that book as well, and one of these days will make time to work through it. I’ve always struggled with an elevator pitch for my blog – definitely a challenging thing to write.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | November 2, 2015

      I have loads of resources too that I haven’t made time to use, Laurel. The elevator pitch is difficult to do.

  17. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara November 1, 2015

    I had to laugh– I have friends who regularly say to me, “Don’t blog about this.” As if everything is fodder… oh, it is! LOL

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | November 1, 2015

      I know! I find ways to blog about things hoping no one will guess who it is about! πŸ˜‰

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