After enjoying a two-part eye-opening interview of freelance writer Kiril Kundurazieff with answers given by Kiril himself, we began to dissect Kiril’s writer’s voice in yesterday’s blog post. Today is the conclusion of this 4-part series on Kiril Kundurazieff with discussion on some possible next steps within Kiril’s writing career.
Suggestion: Resurrect Groucho! Write a Book!
As a result of many fruitful and pleasant offline conversations with Kiril over the last few months, I am convinced more than ever that Kiril needs to resurrect the fire he first lit when he first began blogging, which was in 2002, I believe. Having blogged actively and continuously for approximately ten years in three distinct subject areas, including cat blogging, the adventures of a cyclist, and a mixed bag of potpourri, Kiril, I strongly believe, has more than enough experience and talent to relight his fire in modern day.
The Internet is vastly different today than it was ten years ago, and to keep up with the changes in technology trends, Kiril needs to jump on the bandwagon by branching out into book blogging and e-book publishing territory.
One of the easiest ways that Kiril can take his writing and blogging to new heights is by repurposing the blog posts that he has already published and converting them into a book. The proper term for this is called “blogging a book,” a phrase explained beautifully by freelance writer, blogger, and life coach Nina Amir in her blog and accompanying book, How to Blog a Book.
I believe Kiril has great potential to package his already published writing and gain a new audience and subsequently, newfound appreciation for his unique stance as a “cat blogger.” This is because I continue to be intrigued by the phenomenon of using one’s pets as a writing muse to the point of writing and blogging as one’s pet, by simply acting as the conduit. So amazing!
Despite the existence of a surprisingly huge community of critter bloggers and an accompanying convention of like-minded adults who write as their pets, I think Kiril could be a great spokesperson for the critter blogging community as the premier cat blogger, perhaps as the first in his genre to blog a book. His larger-than-life personality and genuine zeal push through the surface of his writing, making Kiril’s writing fun to read.
Writing Obstacles to Conquer
However, life outside of the synchrocatity of the Kundurazieff household is not exactly the cleanest litter box, if you can read between the lines. There are some strays that could use some cleaning up. Admittedly, the quality of Kiril’s writing on his blogs is not as strong as it could be. Kiril needs to strengthen his sentence structure by creating whole, full paragraphs, minimizing an overzealous usage of capitalization, and practicing a more formalized manner of editing his work before publishing each blog post.
The biggest obstacle in Kiril’s writing lies in the tangling of sequence of events within his life and career, leading the reader through confusing twists and turns. Kiril can work on this by following the logic in his statements more carefully by describing points A, then B, then C, and only then, mentioning points D and E before jumping forward to points X and Z.
The leaps within Kiril’s logic, in my opinion, are nothing more than the excitability within Kiril to write every single thought that comes to his mind as quickly as possible before the thought escapes. Because Kiril is indeed an extraordinarily passionate writer, he writes off the cuff, wearing his heart on his sleeve, no matter if the sleeve gets a bit of ketchup on it. That makes for great authenticity, but poor structure, unfortunately.
Kiril can easily fix the leaps in logic by learning to harness the power of his passions in a more controlled writing environment by writing, sitting on his writing for some time, beginning new writing, and returning to the original writing with a clear head and the humility of editorial changes. I’d like to see less ketchup on the sleeve and nice, crisp creases on the shirt, as hallmarks of a dedicated writer and blogger.
I feel comfortable putting these suggestions in print on my own blog only because I’ve had the opportunity to discuss these suggestions with Kiril beforehand. I’ve been providing advice to Kiril on his writing style for some time and to my amazement, Kiril has accepted my advice with an open mind and full heart.
Humility Comes with Acceptance of Writing Advice
Kiril writes often that he is humbled by many things, including my featuring his writing work on the Creative Idea Gal blog, but little does Kiril know that it is me who is humbled this time. I have my own issues in self confidence that I am struggling with; dealing with deeply personal things that prompted me to start writing a book on faith. So when I get a complete stranger like Kiril Kundurazieff to accept my advice at face value and even digest it and consider it, that is the humbling part. I’d like to publicly thank Kiril for listening to what I have to say.
Kiril is no longer a stranger. I wrote this 4-part series on Kiril Kundurazieff partly as a profile on a freelance writer whose work I admire, and partly as a new friend who I believe deserves a boost to his platform and visibility on the web. Sometimes, it takes another person to view your work and provide a different perspective, to motivate us to greatness. I hope I have managed to entertain my readers by profiling an intriguing blogger while simultaneously giving that blogger a different outlet of expression.
Write for one’s Audience by Thinking of Their Needs for Understanding
In addition to improving the quality of his writing, Kiril also needs to think about his writing differently from the perspective of his readers and think carefully about who he wants his audience to be. If Kiril wants his audience to be the community of adults who refers to themselves as “critter bloggers” and do what Kiril does, to blog as their pets, then he will do fine continuing along the path he has taken up to now.
If Kiril wishes to broaden his audience and gain new followers on his unique method of blogging, Kiril would do well changing his perspective and starting to categorize things a little bit differently. I believe my perspective is helpful to Kiril because I am on the outside of the critter blogging movement. Because I am not as intricately involved in critter blogging as Kiril or his other critter blogging peers, it is easy for me to pinpoint a few helpful suggestions that can help Kiril reshape his writing and tend to the needs of his audience, whoever that may be.
All the ingenious blog posts I’ve read from Kiril, as written by his cats Nikita and Elvira on Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussy Cat, are really fun and touching and endearing, but quite often, frustrating. The reason for my frustration is that I don’t understand much of the terminology and expressions that Kiril uses. Hence, my many, many questions for Kiril which he has patiently and gallantly answered, with plenty of hee hees thrown in for good measure.
From my perspective, I see that Kiril’s choices in vocabulary and expressions indicate the same problem I see with many other professionals who don’t communicate as clearly with the outside world as they probably should. Doctors, attorneys, mechanics, insurance salesmen, and most egregiously, those who work in any technology-related field all share the same frustrating habits – - they speak in jargon that confuses the rest of us who struggle understanding what they are talking about.
A better approach is for Kiril, like the other professionals, to describe things more clearly the way that others would likely understand them, and add their own special jargon in quotations with full explanations.
Lots of Reading Inspires Deeper Appreciation of Cat Blogging
After having read numerous blog posts of Kirl Kundurazieff’s Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat, I now have a much better perspective on Kiril’s fascinating writer’s voice as a cat blogger. I have also broadened my appreciation of this unique writing style and have done my best to get used to leaving comments to Kiril’s two cats, the actual writers and bloggers, instead of Kiril himself. It has been a strange, but interesting experience.
Now that I have a deeper appreciation of Kiril’s writing, I feel confident in presenting my own assessment of what Kiril’s repurposed blog posts would look like if I were tasked with turning them into a book.
The following is a basic framework for how I would categorize Kiril’s published blog posts into a new book. Note that I started off with a handful of blog posts only. Meowsings has, I believe, 1000 blog posts, which Kiril would have to review and decide which ones belong in a new book.
I would begin by neatly adding the blog posts into specific chapters, adjusting the slots as needed, and adding introductions and explanations where necessary. At the bottom of the framework is a list of blog posts that I feel would not be appropriate to include in a new book, along with reasons why those repurposed blog posts would not work.
Suggested Book Framework for Kiril Kundurazieff’s New Book
(Working Title) Cat Blogging: All You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask Written by: Mr. Nikita the Tabby and Miss Elvira the Tortie, as guided by Daddy Kiril (Author) Kiril Kundurazieff
Chapter 1: Naming my Cats Origins of Nikita:
Chapter 2: Understanding Cats Observing pigeons http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/05/seen-heard-1-how-much-do-nonfelines-obsess-over-cats.html Observing dogs http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/10/seen-and-heard-15-back-in-action-at-long-last.html Observing goats & sheep http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/10/seen-and-heard-16-the-elusive-meowslimreal-or-imagined.html
Chapter 3: My Cats, the Observers of Nature Earthquake http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/tortie-thursday-earthquake-tuesday-report.html Park http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/seen-and-heard-25-garden-grove-park-revisited.html
Chapter 4: My Cats, the Reporters “World Mews Report” and “FNN” “Feline News Network” http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/world-mews-repurrt-20.html
Chapter 5: Watch out, World. The Cat Bloggers have Arrived! (This section should be large enough to include the history of Kiril blogging, history of the cats blogging, the actual blogging, and inspiration to be creative) Blogging Beginnings http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2011/02/meowsings-400-introducing-the-elvira-factor.html
The End of Morning Pages http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/a-bedtime-story.html Chapter 6: My Cats, the Witty Grammarians & Wordsmiths “Pussy” and Felinity Assembled http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2011/02/meowsings-400-introducing-the-elvira-factor.html Meowslims http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/10/seen-and-heard-16-the-elusive-meowslimreal-or-imagined.html Synchrocatity http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/07/a-bit-of-synchroncatity.html http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/07/synchroncatity-2-author-finds-meowsings-inspiring.html
Chapter 7: Short Stories (Technically, the subject matter of short stories belongs with the blogging and writing section, but it’s ok to list them separately.) Creation http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/a-100-word-cat-story-7-at-the-start.html Nip Blankie http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/01/a-100-word-cat-story-6-the-author-.html
Chapter 8: Imagination Jiminy Cricket http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/01/jiminy-cricket-evicted-from-disneyland-then-reinstated-in-2008-our-encounter.html
(Chapters 9 – 19 – Kiril must fill in the gaps as he sees fit…)
Chapter 20: The Next Phase: Moving to Texas Announcement http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/the-eyes-of-meowsings-will-soon-be-upon-texas.html Cat Carriers http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/08/traveling-in-baggage-requires-something-new-and-something-blue.html
No – Do not include in book Donate (good for blog, not for book) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/07/the-support-the-pussies-fund-facebook-like-buttons-networked-blogs-and-more.html Auction Listings (irrelevant to book ; not current) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/auctions-felines-humans-helping-those-in-need.html Cat declawing sources (these are just resources; not written by the cats) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/declawing-the-straight-nip-educate-yourself-and-your-human.html Carnival of the Cats (these are just resources; not written by the cats) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2012/07/carnival-of-the-cats-433.html Expose on So-called “Healthy Living” (too repulsive; different voice used here) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2010/02/healthy-living-thru-cats-an-expose.html Written by Daddy Kiril (different voice used here) http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2011/08/daddy-kiril-at-large-cats-for-cats-of-musicals-and-meet-ups.html http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com/2011/08/daddy-kiril-at-large-cats-for-cats-introduction.html
I have now given you, my wonderful blog readers, plenty of good information about the wonderfully complex and fascinating new topic of cat blogging, as described by Kiril Kundurazieff in two parts. Yesterday’s and today’s blog posts comprise parts 3 and 4 and the grand finale of this 4-part series on Kiril.
What lies ahead in Kiril’s future as a freelance writer and blogger remains truly in God’s hands, particularly as Kiril prepares himself to move to Houston, Texas along with his two cats, and begin a new chapter in his life.
What I do know, with certainty, is that no matter whether Kiril chooses to delve into the new and exciting world of book writing and publishing, he has already proved to his own respective audience that he knows how to entertain the masses with his rich, descriptive, engaging writing. Irrespective of the professional path that Kiril chooses for himself, I believe the Mad Macedonian, humorist, essayist, pundit of sorts, cat blogger will do a great job in continuing his legacy of writing, through his own voice as well as through that of his cats.
I wish Kiril, along with his cats Nikita and Elvira, a basket of unlimited hope that brims with success and overflows with catnip and plenty of fodder for great writing to come.
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