Delight is one of my favorite of A Ranchwife’s Slant’s core values. Because the goal is to get readers to read my column, I feel that delighting them is the best way to get them to come back. People feel good when they read something thatâ€™s real, funny, or something that they can relate to.
My personal mission is to be the best part of every readersâ€™ day when my column comes out in their paper. I also try to blog about things I think people would find interesting enough to come back to but I try the hardest with my column.
I think about the columns, columnists and stories Iâ€™ve read or heard that make me smile and feel good after reading. I think about those articles that I find myself pondering over for hours or days after Iâ€™ve read them. I try very hard to consider my readers. Theyâ€™re always on my mind when I am drafting a column. I imagine how they might feel or what they might think about after reading my column and if delighting them doesnâ€™t come to mind or doesnâ€™t make me feel delighted reading it, then I work on it some more.
There are plenty of columnists out there covering the politics, trends, foods, parenting and various other topics of interest. I try to be the positive columnist that makes people forget about the worldâ€™s problems for a little while and focus on the little things in life by delighting them any way I can.
When I read my final draft out loud I imagine readers reading my column; maybe reading it out loud at the table or easy chair. I enjoy delighting readers through the foibles that go on here and my perspective on things. I prefer to imagine my readers smiling and feeling happy after reading my column. Those kinds of thoughts help me find the â€œdelightâ€ to put in my writing. It makes my writing and ranch work more enjoyable.
Of the five core values Iâ€™ve established, delight is one that I consistently strive for with every column.
Entertain will be the next core value I will talk about.