I've been following a Facebook page for bloggers who want to go beyond their blog. It's a great place for support as well as challenges to grow yourself as a writer. And the latest challenge I saw was one that involved reading. Reading your own work, that is.
The written word is a great way to get your thoughts, feelings, and knowledge out to the world. The problem that I'm sure we've all seen is that tone is not easily communicated with the written word. Many people have gotten in trouble by writing a sarcastic comment that was taken seriously, or been hurt by heartfelt words that were interpreted in a derisive manner.
The challenge here was to take a post that you had written in the past, and read it aloud, so that your tone would be interpreted comparably across the board. I chose a post from July of 2013. The Frazzled Parent Solidarity Signal started as a response to a mom I saw at Target. The funny thing is that at the time, I didn't know that mom. Since then, I've met her in person and gotten to know her. My feelings about that day haven't changed, though. She was simply a mom having a tough day and I wish I could have helped her.
Any tips on a hand signal we could all put to use?