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We each inhabit a specific vantage point from which we blog. What’s yours?

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Last week on Discover, my colleague Cheri published an interview with Ra, the blogger behind Rarasaur — and a stalwart member of the blogging community. I loved Ra’s wise advice about building community and finding interesting stuff to explore in the WordPress.com Reader.

My favorite moment, though, came when Ra spoke about the kinds of posts that move and captivate her:

I look for posts unabashed in their deliverance of their vantage point. I look for strong emotional pulls and fragile details of perspective.

I found myself nodding vigorously at these sentences — especially at the “fragile details” part — since that specificity of experience and of point of view is what makes a post alive to me as well.

For this week’s Discover Challenge, let’s focus on perspective: share a post, in whatever style or medium (textual, visual, or something else entirely), that tackles the question of point of view.

What does unabashed mean in this context? That you should aim for a post that’s bold, unapologetic, and fearless in how it approaches its subject matter.

You could experiment with a new perspective — write as if you were someone else, take a photo that highlights your unique position — or reflect about the vantage point you currently occupy (literally or figuratively). Or take the topic in a totally different direction: whatever you do, just be unabashed in your deliverance.

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  1. Hi Ben, I need some assistance. Over two years ago I started a blog on until I became seriously ill. And would like to publish the blog so I could gradually add to it and add to my life is well.

    Although I paid for the support services I do not know how to use them . It would be best if I could talk to the person who is going to assist me and at the same time look at it on the computer.

    There are so many websites with the word word press on them on Google I don’t know what to choose. Could you help me find the right telephone number or someway to an hour to chat with someone at WordPress that we should be giving me the support services. I think you’re in advance for reading this note. Judith Briscoe

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    1. Hi Judith — I’m sorry to hear about the difficulties you’ve encountered since starting your blog!

      It sounds like you paid for assistance services for your blog? We don’t actually offer the kind of service you describe, nor do we have phone support, so it sounds like you may have purchased this service elsewhere — if that’s the case, it’s best to approach the company or organization you paid for those services.

      If you’d like the help of one of our Happiness Engineers with any technical difficulty you’re having with your site, they’d be delighted to help — you can reach out on the contact page for our Support team, here:
      http://support.wordpress.com/contact

      Good luck with your blog, and I hope you get to publish your posts soon!

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  2. https://30andlearningblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/an-extraordinary-life/
    My blog is all about unabashed expression of my perspective on life. This first post is a summary of a series of failures that led me to blogging. I don’t consider these experiences failures though, they are stepping stones to me. But by common standards, a 30-year old with no job, no money, a dysfunctional relationship and immigration crisis can very well be considered a failure!
    https://30andlearningblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/my-voice-my-vote/
    This one is about my views on immigration.

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  3. This is an interesting post! Thanks, Ben! I’m curious as well about the “fragile details of perspective”. I’ve been trying to understand what Ra meant by that, but you never expounded on it in the post, which I was hoping for. I hope someone can elaborate the phrase for me as it’s been nagging my mind, the meaning too elusive for me to understand.

    But I love the topic discussed. It’s a very timely one, especially since it’s the one I’ve been struggling with for the last week while working on my manuscript. It’s also a repeated theme in a recent Q&A session I participated recently hosted by two indie authors (perspective in the context of creative writing and storytelling, of course). I think it works in any type of writing, whether it be blog writing, creative non-fiction, or even fiction.

    Thanks again for an interesting post! Looking forward to reading the next one! 🙂

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    1. I think what those “fragile details” mean will vary quite a bit by person. I’m not sure what Ra meant by that; I interpret that phrase to refer to those details and moments that make a story or a post clearly yours, whether by the language used or the events being narrated. It’s those parts where we expose ourselves our writers, which is (again, to me) what makes them “fragile.”

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  4. https://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/canadian-contrasts-or-ignorance-3-cities-3-solitudes/ Since I’ve lived, biked and still visit these 3 cities. 2 of them are my home….

    I made and embedded an infographic (it was free template) and also additional commentary on facts about each city of these 3 Canadian cities in 3 different Canadian provinces, that only locals might know.

    It’s proof that you have to live in a place for 1 year or more, to unearth things you never knew before.

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  5. Thanks for every other excellent article. Where else could anyone get that type of information in such an ideal way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the search for such information.

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