Webster’s Dictionary defines a volunteer as a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.
A few months ago I was web surfing, looking for something to do, and I ran across an article on Technorati that sparked my interest. After I finished reading, my eyes wandered to the right side-bar and a banner that announced "Layllah Therion writes for Technorati. You can, too!" “I can?” I mumbled to myself hesitantly. Writing is an art, a gift from the powers that be.
The right words can move mountains, inspire, or call to action the forces for good. The book has always been better than the movie as far as I'm concerned. My endless imagination can conjure vivid scenes from just about anything I have ever read. Isn't that the beauty of reading? Can just anybody write? Is there a difference between writing song lyrics and a book?
So many questions. Instead of thinking this to death, I decided to dive head first into the world of writing. I couldn't finish the sign-up fast enough. The excitement of a new hobby had my thoughts racing. What do I want to say? Can I get on my soapbox and inspire people to action? Our world needs all the help it can get.
The next day my e-mail contained an approval for my writer’s "role" for Technorati. I received instructions for posting articles, images, and a suggestion from the staff to join the writers’ group. A writers’ group? This was an unexpected bonus. A chance to learn from experienced writers is awesome!
My morning ritual now has a new event: reading the posts on Technorati's Writers’ Group. I’ve had a chance to look behind the scenes at how "what is news" is determined. Admit it, everyone (who is not a journalist) has thought, “How did that get to be news?” Especially when I read some absurd story that is hardly suited to line my cat's litter pan winds up on Page Six of the NY Post.Continued on the next page