Quality

Quality

Some weeks, my mind gravitates towards one focus. Other weeks, a different niche grabs my attention. Recently, kindness was my focus, but this week the concept of quality has sat with me.

What is quality? It depends upon the context, but here’s some examples from my world. For me, it is proof-reading your work before hitting publish. It is making time for clients, but more importantly for friends. Quality can be seen in the way you give back to your community and to those less fortunate than yourself. A mark of someone who cares is in remembering special dates, big events, and important happenings that touch someone else. Just a few words asking after a person can mean so much.

Taking the time to put in your best effort is important. It might take longer, but in the grand scheme of things, is worth it. A half hazard attempt shows in so many ways and speaks volumes of the person behind them. Do you want to work with or be associated with someone who doesn’t put in their best effort? That is often questionable.

And as I cannot let it go, I reread my words before sending them out into the universe. I add thoughts here, take some away there. I reread the above paragraph three times and changed the wording to make the paragraph more succinct and less repetitive. And gosh darn it, I had to look up how to spell succinct, not to mention double-check the definition to make sure that was the correct word for my meaning. Took away another few words again…

It feels like I am getting away from that definition now, but it is all part of the process. What marks quality for you in a person or someone’s efforts? Is it in perfection or compassion? Thought or details? Brevity or depth of information?

succinct – marked by the use of few words to convey much information or meaning

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Appreciation

I just need to share. I have said it before, but I love what I do. I really do. Life seems to be giving back to me and I am tickled beyond belief. I hope I’m not tempting fate, but my happy dances just keep on coming and I’m thrilled!

So what’s going on? I have connected with three new clients since the spring, all of whom I consider quality companies who care about their communities, their employees, and the world. What’s not to love about that?! A long-time client has expanded what I am doing for them. Works for me! And they came up with a neat idea for some blog posts, which will get me out and meeting even more great people. They would like me to interview some of the companies whom they work and network with.

Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to meet more people whom someone you admire thinks highly of? I did. And I met with the first company this week. Today I published a post on local business Hedley Bennett Truck Parts for CLC Tree Services. I had promised the owner I would send a link to the article and promptly emailed it to her.

This is the part that made me proud to be a writer. This evening I received a heart-warming letter from the Hedley’s wife Pattie, which I have to share;

Dear Katherine       
As I write this I wipe tears from my eyes.   What you wrote is wonderful.   God your good at what you do !!!!!!!!!!!!!    I hope our paths cross in the future.  If I have the opportunity to refer you to someone I certainly will.   Please know you are always welcome and it was a pleasure talking with you. 
Hudsonly  Pattie

I am glowing. There are no other words. That level of appreciation touches me to the core. It makes me so proud and brings a hint of a tear to my own eye. I do my best when I write and apparently, my best is pretty darn good. Writing for a living seems like the best thing in the world I could do right now.

Thank you Pattie. You have made my night.

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A Picture of Quality

I like to write. I always have. While some of my favourite pieces are often poetry, over the years I have created short stories, travel adventure series, spotlights and many, many general interest compositions. When I discovered that I could sit at the computer (for hours) tapping away on writing projects and people were interested enough to read them, I was thrilled.

Yeah, for discovering blogging!

Yeah, for writing!

Yeah, for Me!

As time went on, a few other people noticed that I churned out quite a few words over the course of any given day. That word got out and the phone rang. Then there was a knock at the door. All of a sudden, business people, many of them friends or acquaintances, were interested in what I was writing. And they were interested in whether I could do the same for them!

Wow!

My writing took on a whole new vein. I still sit at the computer for hours, but now the words that I write are often crafted for other people.

Why me, I wondered?

Well, it’s really quite simple . I took the time to delve into the world of blogging and figured it out. I did it for me, but in so doing, I became a bit of an expert. Maybe not the biggest, brightest expert known to the web, but certainly far more knowledgeable than the folks who turned to me to write for them on a regular basis. They recognized the power of social networking, but had companies to run that already took up all their time. Dare I pat myself on the back by thinking that these folks also recognized that the quality of my writing was good, consistent and in line with an image that they wanted to put forth? Apparently that’s the truth! Even when clients have left my writing fold, they have sometimes come back or sent others my way with notes of praise.

That is the power of quality my friends. No amount of advertising buys that. I attempt to do my best in every piece that I write and I believe that it shows. I constantly re-read, edit and scrutinize every letter on the page. I read aloud, to hear if the words flow smoothly or leave me flat. I preview all articles before posting them, to ensure that they look as I want them to on the page. Sometimes aesthetics count more than the words themselves.

Insert the adage for what “a picture is worth” here – …

I may not be a wildly famous, published author (yet), but when a former client calls me up wondering if I can fit her back into my schedule, that lets me know that I am doing a pretty good job. Thanks for the confidence builder Maria! I am happy to offer my words to your cause once again…

Artwork that inspired my First Post back to the Budding Artists Studio