365 Challenge: Day 104 – Relevant

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Relevant: appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest; closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered

relevant

People have differing importance on the value of relevance. If something is relevant, you are probably interested and willing to focus on the subject. If something is not relevant, you will often simply pass by it without a second glance. We make these decisions all day long without even realizing it.

  • Sometimes the design, color or shape of objects capture our attention while at others they do not. You miss certain signs on the road but quickly notice others.
  • Images or subject lines capture your attention in newspapers, magazines, blogs and websites while others go by unread.
  • Conversations are overheard and call to you to listen in or participate while others remain as static background noise.

Our interest, or the subject’s relevance, is at the center of each of these situations. And depending on what’s going on in your life at any given moment, it spikes up and down, matching your inner desires and curiosity. This felt like a good topic for today’s 365 Daily Challenge, as I had a few things mulling around in my mind this morning when I awoke. Though I went to sleep around 11 PM after reading a few chapters about Lizzie Borden, I found myself wide awake — unsure why — from 3:15 until 6:15 AM. I wisely used the time to map out yet another outline for a novel that will sit on the side until I find the energy or time to begin writing it. But as I felt a bit more sleepy, I began wondering about my own relevance to the rest of society, asking myself a few questions:

  • Why are you qualified to write this story?
  • What makes you someone to complete a 365 Daily Challenge?
  • What topics are people interested in now and likely going to be interested in one year from now when you are ready to publish?
  • Who is your true audience?
  • What is it that you offer distinct [enough] from anyone else?
  • How does your voice correspond with that of your readers?

I have tons of other questions to consider, but you get the gist. As a writer of either fiction or a blog, we all need to know the perspective we bring and the purpose we have. We need to have a reasonable understanding of what makes us the right person to tell the story or deliver a message. But lining that up with what is relevant with the people around you is not often something that comes naturally or is easily understood. And at times, people make a guess as to what others might be looking for. A key question on my mind: should writers and readers explore things outside their comfort zones to make them more relevant?

One thing I’ve always tried to be or do is not get stuck in a box. I read every genre. I like all kinds of music. I enjoy different types of food. I connect with people from all over the world. I watch very diverse TV shows. I like to sample a little bit of everything. Sometimes I’m way behind on the trends. I’ve not sampled much in the way of anime or fantasy, but it feels like that’s going to be a strong component of the next few years. Same with AI (artificial intelligence) or VR (virtual reality). Neither particularly interest me, mostly because I already have enough on my plate or in my head to worry about adding such huge things to it, but as a reader and writer, I think those will be quite relevant. Others I’ve spoken with recently feel the same way. I wonder if we owe it to ourselves to explore this a bit more…

This opens up the true question on my mind today… and while it took a little while to get there, I felt some background was important before throwing out my thoughts and asking for feedback, as I’ve come to do in these posts… So here it goes:

  1. Do you think writers and bloggers need to make their content relevant to what’s going on around them today, or should they just write what they want to and let their fans and readers decide what to subscribe to or read?
  2. Do you feel the different forms of content need to be managed, e.g. video, photo, words to attract all types of viewers or is it whatever the creator feels comfortable in?
  3. What’s relevant to you right now that you feel isn’t being highlighted enough in any of these industries?

BTW, feel free to answer any question from this post, of even ask a new one. It’s all about the relevance of topics which hopefully bring out our dialogue. So… where this fits in for me… apart from just learning more about those people I interact with, is understanding different points of view other than my own.

Part of me is still a traditional reader. I enjoy books. I prefer physical but have adapted to e-readers. But I am more interested in the story and certain genres, less interested in exploring many of the new relevant things like anime, VR and AI. Will this ultimately hurt me? Am I a transitional generation? Is it based on where you live? Will it change as I age? Do I lose my ability to connect with the generation moving from high school and into college or the work force because of the things I choose or feel are relevant to me?

So many questions… more than a single post… but enough to get us started. Who wants to take a shot at it?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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14 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 104 – Relevant

    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    June 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    My opinion only- I think writers/bloggers should write what they Feel is relevant. I may read the paper and watch the news, but that doesn’t mean I need to expound upon it. The best writing stems from when someone is inspired-and only they know what inspires them. I too cross genres in all things. if you saw my music library you would think I’m six different people because my taste is far ranging. I think people should try new things, but it’s ok to revert back to your favorites. I found out recently that I love Sri Lankan food, but a cheeseburger is still my fave. What annoyed me this week was when I got a breaking news alert on my phone, and it stated a celebutante was going to use a surrogate to have baby 3. If that is relevant to today, I don’t want to be relevant. I hope I made some sense and sort of answered your questions

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 24, 2017 at 12:19 PM

      You made sense. I turned all the notifications for breaking news on my phone off for those reasons. I can’t believe that’s what people feel is important.

      Now I’m curious on this music library. Mine is eclectic too, but sounds like you’ve got a very wide range.

      Thanks for sharing… glad to have your thoughts and opinion on here.

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        wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
        June 24, 2017 at 1:49 PM

        I listen to everything except misogynistic rap and death metal. I just did a shuffle and gotR.EM., Bowie, Stevie wonder, life house, Turnadot, act iii -Alain Lombard version. I recently went to a Schubert festival, and I’m seeing U2 Wednesday But I’m like this with everything. My two favorite movies are “The Godfather ” and “the Sure Thing”. I can go to serious plays and cheesy musicals. Appreciate impressionists and installation art. I’m surprised Amex doesn’t question my charges because my taste is all over the place. Literature too.

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    RhapsodyBoheme said:
    June 24, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    I too believe that writers/bloggers should write about any subject they feel passionate about. To make it relevant, the content needs to come from the heart, it doesn’t even have to be a 100% with grammar and all as long as it is sincere and heartfelt. Personally for me to write about a subject just because it is trending but I’m not bought into is tough and it lacks passion and a compelling theme.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 24, 2017 at 12:22 PM

      Passion is important. Good input. That’s how I am… I can’t really write about anything without feeling a connection and as if I have something worth bringing up to others.

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    Nel said:
    June 24, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    I think ultimately its up to you. You’re going to write what’s relevant to you in that moment in time and your audience will be different. Some people only want to see specific types of content and that’s completely fine. You don’t have to try to conform to the hundreds of other people who try to stay relevant because you’re always going to be different and that makes you unique. You didnt get 650 followers by not being relevant 🙂

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    Rae Longest said:
    June 25, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    As we age do we BECOME irrelevant? Sigh…I certainly hope not, but sometimes people make me feel that way. Then I become ANGRY. I am reading a book in my quest to read more non-fiction, which is not my favorite genre, on anger management and finding I internalize my anger at this which manifests itself in physical symptoms. Thoughts? Suggestions?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 25, 2017 at 5:05 PM

      Physical symptoms, that’s not good. Ultimately not worth it, right? Probably comes down to what is it that makes you angry… and then what can you truly do about it? If you have some control over it, then maybe insert a few check points to see if you’re successfully avoiding it or if you’re letting the problem seep in and affect you. If you have no control, then what’s the point of getting angry. I’m sure you already manage it like your thoughts on “Pick your battles.” If it’s the little things, let it go. If it’s bigger, what can we do to fix it? Hmm… you’ve got me thinking. very curious on what makes you angry enough to internalize it…

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        Rae Longest said:
        June 28, 2017 at 7:25 AM

        Little things get under my skin until they root and bloom into angry blossoms. People treating me as “poor pitiful OLD thing are the worst!

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    June 26, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    I think it has to be a balance of content that is relevant to the public but also content that is relevant to the blogger. Book blogging tends to stay relevant as often times you’re reviewing new books. People who are looking to buy new books will appreciate the reviews. BUT, I also think it has to be something that the blogger is interested in, feels that it’s relevant, and dare I say even passionate about. Otherwise, the blog will possibly come off as forced and the writing unnatural sounding. That’s likely to turn readers away just as much as the relativity question.

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