This part conveys information about blogging materials or ideas about what to blog about, to hopefully dispel some of the road-blocks to blogging that many experience. Part #2 will concentrate on the inner workings behind your new blog: how one may go about customizing it and utilizing the space available to them, for their advantage.
I got curious enough to enter into Google: ‘Blogging Definition’ and got back 18 million results. Seems there’s no shortage of opinion as to just what blogging is all about, so I chose the top one which states as follows:
‘a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. 2. a single entry or post on such a website: She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine’s website.’
I believe there’s a lot more to it than the above encapsulation because one might blog about little known facts, poetry, songs, other peoples blogs, health, recipes, science… You name it, we blog about it. Yet how does one consider just what most people are interested in reading about? That’s as least as important as techniques one might use to compose a blog entry. Those are the two most important questions I shall answer for you here:
- Topics of General Interest – Obviously ‘Blogging’ is a topic of interest. Believe it or not, even experienced bloggers sometimes grapple primarily with what captures the interest of their peers. What’s spooky, is that we’re all interested in each others social interactions in general, and sometimes we’re a little hesitant about presenting the awkward side of that coin. The hard part is, that’s the side of the coin we’re all intrigued about. Chances are, if it’s about something easy to handle, others can handle it easily as well, and won’t be interested.
- Captivate your audience – If it is about an experience, it had better be intriguing! It had better keep your audience guessing about the outcome until the end, or why need they keep reading? It ought to contain a climax and an anti-climax. That is, it should gradually build to a crescendo, and then be summed up with an object lesson that everyone can gain from this ‘unusual’ experience.
- Start at the beginning – A lot of people complain that they have a topic in mind, but don’t know where to start. Start with a subheading called : ‘Introduction’. Generally and briefly explain what your blog entry is going to be about. Do this by answering the five W’s of all journalism: Who, What, When Where and Why. Then use your post to elaborate on them. This will not only give your audience an overview to follow, it will also help you to set up how you intend to explain the order of events and prioritize your approach.
- Condense and confide – Try not to be to wordy about any one thing. Always get to the point, and don’t forget to ask your readers what they think about your conclusions and opinions about the matter. This allows the reader the confidence to comment, if they believe you have an open mind about it. Most people don’t have a lot of time. That’s why it’s good to mix up your entries with, picture quotes, recipes, poems, songs, short stories and humorous antidotes: because they’re short. Some people buy books for the pictures? No! You can compose some long posts as well, as long as they concern complicated topics designed to instill confidence, such as blogging…
- Be controversial – No one’s going to care about the ins and outs of tying your shoe laces! Talk about how you handle, sex, murder, ignorance, injustice, community affairs, prejudice, world shaking events, what’s wrong with what’s right… Make bold assertions, and suggest solutions. What do people like to watch on TV generally? Blood, guts, intrigue, survival, humor, war, intrigue, mystery, suspense, violence, a good horror shtick? Or how well little, johnny did on his essay? Just be sure to be unbiased that’s all. Do you think black Americans have too many special privileges? You can say so without calling them dirty, or saying you think they have a low I.Q. or commit all the crimes on Earth: arguments of the closed minded… People will agree or disagree with you. But at least it won’t be boring milk toast! To pose pertinent questions, you’re just going to have to shoulder some amount of risk.
- Take full advantage of point form – And use ‘Bold’ on the points you expound upon as I did here, to give your audience the option of quickly jumping to the part of the post that interests them most! It saves them time, and you aggravation for lack of likes. In other words, don’t underestimate the value of properly formatting your entry… Examples of point form posts may include: ’10 ways to overcome fear’ or ‘The 10 best movies of 2014’… If you’re not sure, you’ll be surprised how quickly they come to you, once you begin.
- Find topics over The Internet – That’s what it’s there for! Don’t copy it word for word. Make reference and give the website if it’s extensive. Or, read through it quickly, and write about it, developing your own opinion. Since we all crave pictures so much, I start a lot of my searches with ‘pictures of’ and ‘picture quotes by’ famous people that tend to captivate audiences, such as: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman etc.. They didn’t get famous by sitting on their butts all their lives! They’re hard working, intelligent people who usually have something worthwhile to say.
- People enjoy ‘How to’ posts – Em… As long as it’s not about how to tie your own shoelaces… ‘How to comment’ or ‘How to avoid sarcasm in 3 easy steps’ etc.. Something that’s going to grab peoples attention.
- Feature and reblog other people – But don’t just concentrate on that alone, or you’ll loose your own identity. To many people just concentrate on one subject in an attempt to write very little, and therefore narrow their audience to people who like to read very little about you!
- Don’t knock yourself out – Don’t build your life around blogging or you’ll become a Drone! On those days you don’t feel like blogging, those are the days you can just through up a quote, or jot down a spontaneous 5 minute poem.
- Don’t forget The Reader – Post first. Then go to The Reader. Comment often in a sensible and helpful manner if need be. Commend them for their efforts, give them likes if they deserve them, and chances are, they’ll reciprocate on your blog
- Build upon your followers in other ways as well – Become involved on other forums such as: Facebook, Twitter and Google+… Leave comments and pictures there as well. Build up a rapor (STINKING DICTIONARY!) with them, and make some friends before mentioning your blog and include reference to a post, only about once every two weeks or so. This is a case where: ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ really DOES apply. If you keep bugging them to come, they’ll purposely avoid you.
- Believe in yourself – If you don’t believe in yourself, how do you expect anybody else to? You must exude an air of confidence, encouragement, kindness, humor, whit, make suggestions, composure, promote ideas, lead the way, and set it by example… Look at what everybody else does, then don’t do it! Be unique. Stand apart from the crowd and walk the road least traveled. It’s a lot less crowded there, brings people’s attention to you, and causes everybody else to quip: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’
This is the anti-climax I was talking about. Be free spirited, observe others blogging techniques, and learn from them! Speak from your heart, yet don’t forget to back it up with common sense and reasoning. Don’t be overly religious or political. I know I’ve said before that those are the two things that control us and therefore should be talking more about, but you can’t fight City Hall. People set up huge road-blocks against that because they choose to decide for themselves, and that’s the name of that tune… And it IS cheesy to pedal your goods over a basically free forum. The people who do that, can be found in your spam queue. Give stuff away freely! The Internet used to be like that once. Keep in mind people have to pay for a connection in the first place, and own computers that essentially come to them broken and vulnerable. It doesn’t mean you’re a Sucker! Well, if you’ve gotten this far, at the very least, you’ll read a lot of blogs. ‘May good fortune smile upon most of you…’ – Spartacus
Ya know? I’m not bothered in the least, that you didn’t find my soft backgrounds useful. Nor does it phase me that you don’t have the back bone or moral up-bringing to even thank me for the extensive effort I put in to bring them to you. I’ve long come to expect that. What does bother me is how very much your loosing out on to not even imagine the improvement or originality they could bring to your blog, or your blatant refusal to even acknowledge my concern for your success on WordPress! It’s just this kind of CRAP that makes the world what it is today!
No matter… I’m not one to hold a grudge. They’re slimy, dirty, and as un-kept as the stench of snobbery that infiltrates this forum like that of a dirty litter box! You ‘cats’ aren’t behaving all that impressively as you think you do, apparently. Don’t let that fool you! I just so happen to know, that ‘soft backgrounds’ are one of the most highly sought after, and rarely found items of interest on The Internet. It’s good to know there are still some friendly, honest people around!
As for what you call: ‘spam’, they have shown me much more than mere courtesy. In point of fact, they have commented extensively on my blog, with kindness, appreciation, timely advice, invitations, taking my feeds, as well as asking politely for permission on many occasions if they may re-blog my material to their own groups and have expressed the highest of gratitude for the: ‘superb’ quality of my posts, and visit me often. Posts like: ‘Dinosaur Extracts’ ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and ‘Do schools kill creatively’, to name but a few… So you see? In point of fact, I don’t really need you! Nor do I need your arrogance, silence or general lack of knowledge and wisdom on your own behalf: not that you’ve ever shown any in the first place… Enjoy your day!
Changing things up
On Don Charisma’s blog, he has a saying up right now that fits me to a: ‘T’, not to mention all the other letters of the alphabet… It goes something like this: ‘You can never explore the ocean, until you have the courage to loose sight of the shore’ – Muriel Chen. I’m just that kind of crazy hair pin that always wants to change things up!
Perhaps that’s why you’ll find me laying out instructions for you from time to time. It’s not to boss you around, but to liberate you! This entry must go into depth because it discusses braking free from a paradigm about blogging. Now you can change up your backgrounds as readily as you do your shirt, but people seldom do, and always choose plain colored backgrounds so as not to distract the reader with fancy, deep colored backgrounds that distract the reader from the text.
This is largely because very soft backgrounds are hard to find, and most of us work all day, so we just don’t have the time to hunt patterns down, download pattern files which all come in their own zipped folders. Then place them all in Photoshop’s ‘Patterns’ preset folder, mark them all down so you don’t get them confused with the sets you already have loaded. And then sift through them, deleting out all the frumpy looking ones, and finally changing them to very light, non-assuming web sized pages you can use. Some even have to be cropped so they’ll tile vertically properly for you.
Well I’ve done all that stuff for you, and it takes about 3 full days of work: and by full, I mean about 14 hours a day. I’ve gone to great pains to make absolutely sure these will not distract from your writing at all: in fact, to make your blog look more crafted yet too subtle to be distracting at all! Only the classiest have been chosen, and I have very good taste I might add!
Same old, same old…
Now I don’t know about you (Yes I do!), but I’ve been looking at the same, old theme on my blog for two years now, and I’m getting pretty tired of it! So not only am I asking you to make the leap, I fully intend to do so myself. Everything you have on the side of these, like categories, awards, links, feeds etc.. will stand out just fine.
All you need to know, is that they’re color coordinated, are all the regulation 1024 pixels width, and only 560 pixels long because you can choose to tile them vertically, which makes for very small files that load up lightning fast! I fully intend to change them up as fast as my underwear (About every two weeks…). Most hover between 50 and 85k which is next to nothing, and are high quality visually.
I started making these originally, to be unobtrusive backgrounds, screen size, in my case 1920 x 1080 for a project I’ll present to you later, also no charge. Now these web backgrounds are all public domain, and even free to sell as long as you refer back to the designer. They do the work, so I will refer you to the site I got them, at: ‘Deviant Art’. This way you can see how obtrusive they start out as… Others, I made myself and are not all that difficult to do, but that’s a separate tutorial altogether I’ll provide at a later date.
How to change your background
Go onto your Admin page and from the left hand column choose: Appearance/Backgrounds. From there, you must first delete your original background: don’t worry, it’s probably still in your media folder. Then just choose the new background from your drive, choose: ‘Center’ and ‘Tile Vertically’, and that’s all there is to it. Think you can manage that? It’s all pretty straight forward…
In another blog, I’ll give you the splash pages I’m making with these. Well you wanted them, so at long last, here they are! Be sure and download them all from the gallery so you’ll have lots of change ups, because I worked hard at them to get them just right, and because they really take up very little space. Enjoy! I know I will… Here are your soft backgrounds… And if you’re nice little, girls and boys: cute little kiddies, I’ll even through in some matching Headers with some jazzed up quotes :O)
You’re gonna love this! I always try to give you the best that I can give. Sometimes though, the best is given to me. The information given to me was from a faceless person who showed up in answer to the post: ‘Do schools kill creatively’ in my ‘ideas’ category. You might wanna give a boo there at all the fine comments from warm and giving faceless people.
There’s far more to this site than meets the eye! It will help bring visitors to your blog if you set it up well. It’s very user friendly, so that should be easy to do. Just Google search: ‘about me’ and you should easily find your way there. When you’ve got yourself all set up, choose: ‘add apps’ at the very bottom of your page. Click on it. Then fill in your blog site URL in the dialog box it gives you, and a WordPress icon will appear beside it that leads people straight to your blog. You’ll have to work on ‘collections’ there which you can create yourself, if you are adding someone’s page to it right away. Else wise it won’t work. I found that out…
Under your name up top, you will find a choice called: ‘Edit Page’ There you will find a variety of tabs. Choose the biography tab to say something about yourself, pictured in white on the image above. The next tab over has three sections with a kind of fill in the blanks parts. These are important because everything you put in there will be clickable and leads to pages from that topic that people occupy. Only put in from the pop up list that will complete your entry as you start to write it in.
Typing in: ‘London’ for instance, will bring up a pop up list that has the selection: ‘London England UK’ there. Choose it, and it will appear in your list, with the green writing in the image above, with sites from all people in London that belong to ‘about me’ to choose from. The important thing to remember, is to always choose: ‘edit’ from the side of each category before you make your entries, or it won’t take. Hit the ‘enter’ key after each one. Explore the other tabs at your convenience, to change the color of your font for instance. You will literally be revamping my page to make your own! You can create your own login or use your Facebook login and a couple of others…
Once you have added the page to a collection, you must click on it to go to their site. This page for U.S. citizens is just the place to go to to help you pick out the right University for the career minded among you. It’s all simple enough to understand it once you explore your options…
This is just a beautiful picture of Earth from space! If you don’t already have it, Stumbleupon is a unique web app that takes you to random pages concerning topics that you’re interested in. It’s a fast way to surf the Net for what you want. Once again, you may log in using your facebook account. I always use the: ‘sRGB’ color space for web site pictures, and usually use medium for picture size, saving space for more… My sincerest anticipation that you will find this all of worthwhile use to you. I told you you’re gonna love this! Cheers!
Finding a Happy Medium
No, I don’t mean you should set up a Weegee Board (This Dictionary is CRAP!). There’s a real dilemma here! If you trust people too much, you most certainly will be deceived. And if you don’t trust them enough, you most certainly will be alone. LOL! You would think there is no solution to this kind of problem, yet there is!
You’ve heard the saying: ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!’ And why do you think people say that? It’s because some people catch on to deception right away, and because they’re this clever (Street wise), they set about deceiving the deceiver, not to stop them from deceiving others. Not at first. This is just a sprout to catch a Mackerel.
You do this so they will have to approach you in an honest matter, or they will get the same treatment. If they run away with they’re tail between their legs, they’re not ready, though at least you’ve taught them not to kid a kidder… If they stay, now you have a student you can teach better ways to achieve their goals and then release them back into the sea of humanity, with a buddy (Snitch), so you can monitor their progress. If it sticks, you have a new friend. This may sound like a lot of trouble to go about changing the world, but it’s fool-proof, and it works :O)
Funny how you want to here the truth when it serves your needs, but not when it means you should work on your faults so that you might become a better person toward others. There’s always room for improvement, and I have news! That’s the kind of world we’re presently developing, so you may just as well take that look inward, and trust me, As do I, all the time, you’ll find lots about yourself that does need work. Now what’s the problem with this type of outlook and how can we see this in a light that improves upon our own Judgment of other people and their problems? Or is it that: ‘YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!’ Hmmmm? No one here is perfect. You know?
Humans are too easily mislead…
We can’t judge one another. Our sense of Judgment and fair play is warped somewhat; a law for the rich and a law for the poor, is a very fine example of how we have this annoying, tendency to twist facts, exaggerate the truth and rationalize that lies are the REAL truth… That most certainly are NOT!
So how can we improve upon this very backward play of human nature? Quite simply, we need to take a much deeper look at ourselves. And once this tendency to over-react or under-react will disappear and allow your mind to understand what is or not being said, more clearly to improve upon your comprehension skills! And here’s the good part. As we change ourselves, so too will society.
I know it sounds so painful for you to hear, cuz it’s all so negative to you and all that CRAP! We are living in a negative world so you’d better grow up soon to dealing with this fact, before it comes up and bites you on the ass! OK? You know no paradigm ever changes unless more than 50% of the populace agrees… I’ve yet to even here a yawn from you! It just shows the shear tonnage of ignorance I’m dealing with here!
There’s strength in numbers!
Look, we’re all a bunch of Luna-pics anyway! You should be expressing your fears about this world and how we might put our heads together to solve our mutual problems. And you know there are many! Or you can go on ignoring this and have more people invade your PC’s until we all don’t feel like owning a computer at all anymore. OK? See how they all look the same yet different? <Hint!>
You pick at the gnat, and avoid the Camel! OK. I’d rather be a Lama… Still, you’ve got to swallow that big hunk of pride in yourself and get off your high horse! OK. If that horse is too high for you, then get off your low dog! (I’m dyslexic)… All of this is nothing more than The Truth! If you don’t want to play, don’t come here… This is a blog, not a Museum!
I can’t make you respond of corpse… You’re getting very sleepy! Zzzzzzzzzz! Zzzzzzzzzz!
took my love away.
Oh they’ll regret it someday-ya-a-hay-hay!
If this blog, gets you back again!
Isn’t good for you.
Though it may want you too-who-who-whooo-who!
This blog, wants you, back agaihayhayaaaan!
Oh and this blog;
would be happy,
just to love you!
But oh my-high-high-high!
won’t be happy, ‘till it sees you cry-eye-eye-eye-I-I-I
wouldn’t mind the pain.
Would always feel the sayee-ay-hayhayaa-aim;
If this blog, gets to back a-gay-ee-ay-ain
This blog… This blog… This blog…