Writing 101: “The Flat White is made with Kenyan!”


No matter what type of blog you have, it’s sometimes necessary to post updates: from project news to personal messages about what’s going on in your life. One creative approach to an update post is a “virtual coffee date,” as seen on Kate Goes Global, which is like catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee.

In her post, Kate begins each paragraph with If we were having coffee right now… and then adds a detail. You can share any details you’d like and include as many as you want, as long as you begin each with If we were having coffee right now… (or a variation of this phrase, as seen on Girl with the Red Hair).

It’s a simple idea, but offers a bit more structure to your post — and is a lot more fun. So today, write an update post in the form of a virtual coffee date.

If we were having coffee right now: I’d thank you for turning up. I know I’ve been a bit of a flake recently and i appreciate you sticking by me. I’d apologise for  all the times I didn’t turn up or left early or made an excuse. I’d tell you I’ve finally gotten over myself and got the help I need, I’m been suffering from depression for a long time but I’ve finally nutted up and told my doctor. She’s put me in touch with specialists and I’ve started Cognitive Behavourial Therapy. I’d also tell you I’ve done a ton of research on the internet and I’ve got a regime of supplements that are working for me. With the therapy and the supplements and the therapy I feel there’s a good chance I won’t need SSRI Antidepressants which are infamous for destroying the people who take them.

If we were having coffee right now: I’d ask you how things have been going for you now. I don’t have that many people I really know rather just know casually. My biggest weakness is my oversized heart and even though I don’t show it I care about how you are. It matters to me that you’re OK and that things are going well for you

If we were having coffee right now: I’d tell you Amazon just sent me a laptop to review. Seriously a laptop. I’ve had books to keep and review, the odd pair of headphones but this is something new. Thank you most beneficent, most merciful, the Expander, the Opener, the Enricher. I now have something portable to blog on to replace my ageing, creaking Dell desktop which probably won’t survive much longer.

If we were having coffee right now: I’d tell you how I’m trying hard to make writing the centre or my worldy life. How I know I need to be dedicated but it’s easy to get lost in the everyday and how I get why it’s so important to stay on target.

If we were having coffee right now: I’d ask you if saw Ant-Man. I loved that movie

If we were having coffee right now: I’D SAY “I TOLD YOU SO!” This coffee shop in Turnham Green is awesome and who doesn’t love pinball machines!

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