Rhetoric is the identification or description of a situation that needs to be addressed, "exigency", and the means to go about addressing the need for a resolution. I thought I had a vague notion of what rhetoric was, but I was misinformed. I believed that rhetoric had distinct overtones of deception, or perhaps being an argument to pressure or force others into a behavior they otherwise would not choose. Modern media usage of the word is usually negative and implies deceitful use of language for nefarious purposes. (Please forgive, I use any excuse to use the word 'nefarious'.)
I use my blog to record interesting experiences in my daily life. I just completed a 365 Project which took 2 years to complete. I'm kind of maxxed out on it right now, but I'm sure to get back to it. It functions mostly as a personal journal with photos. The other use I make of it is to post the entries to Facebook to share with my friends. They get an entertaining short snippet of 'a day in the life' and I don't have to tell the same old stories over and over again. In my entries I'm targeting those friends who choose to read it and my future self. The word choices are simple and friendly and the tone is light and positive. https://thedonandlisashow.blogspot.com/
It's exciting to see that I've already been using rhetoric in blogging, storytelling, writing tutorials and giving my friends technical advice. I always rehearse or edit what I say or write, depending on the situation and the audience. I agree with the WPA Outcomes that it's the most important part of writing or performance.