Blogging: Passion

It’s almost impossible to write with passion unless we have something in life we are truly passionate about; being dedicated to something you love doing.  It could be mountain climbing or embroidery.  If you’re passionate about it, you can covey those emotional moments of triumph and defeat, as a translation of the written word.  We can always draw from experience as well…

When I want to write about something I’m passionate about, I need to place myself within a situation, so I prefer to blog these kind of stories late  into the night, where silence and solace are my allies!  I’m one of those very fussy writers who must have complete silence, someone to bring me a snack, or I’d starve to death…  I hear we tend to think more clearly on an empty stomach; must be some extra alertness survival method that kicks in.  Anyway, I find it works for me!

Ever have an argument, and after, write down all you can remember that was said?  That’s just journalism in action!  Journalists do sugar coat the facts to make events sound more exciting, more dramatic!  So if you find you need to beef up the excitement,  shore up the details, and inject more mystery, more questions!  Some things must be left to the imagination of the reader.  So it’s good to impose a sense of question-ability at times.  We don’t want anyone guessing the ending now do we?

Character descriptions must flow with some sense of continuity, to get the reader involved!  They are most important to provide a hero and a villan, a climax and an anticlimax.  If it isn’t working you up, you won’t work up your audience!  They are your objective; the ones you must hold captive to the story line!  What plot twists and moral questions do you wish to impose? 

When writing about a boxing match for example, you’re not writing about technique to work someone up.  It must be about pain; the fight to get back up when you have no strength left to do so!  It’s the crocked business, confrontations, a real behind the scenes look, the boxing audience doesn’t see!  That’s what we wanna read!  What life shattering event have you come through?  How did it change you?  What was the final result?  These are the questions you need to be asking!  Become whom you are writing about.  Embody their charactor as a living being on the written page…

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Blogging for Beginners (Part#1)

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Introduction

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?’

In Conclusion:

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

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Go Away!

Humans Naturally Do The Opposite Of What You Tell Them To Do…

I’ve bet you my left foot, that if I had entitled this post ‘Come Here!’ instead, you would have went away!  So a good idea when you’re posting, is to have a good idea when you’re posting!  Rather than being so concerned about how the person on the other end is going to take what you say, pay very close attention to how exactly, that you word things.  Then you can say just about anything…

Dissecting a post is easy; you have a main theme, suggested by your title, and then you elaborate upon it, using various sub-titles, all the while building your theme to a crescendo, until, oddly enough, you reach A CLIMAX!!!  LOL!  I know this can all sound very em.. sexual…  And in a very real way, it is;  Are you not attempting to move your audience emotionally and get their entire brain involved?  Are there not magazines that fill the shelves of convenience stores, just for that purpose? 

Do you not have the ability to make someone laugh or cry; to enrage them or calm them down?  Do words not have the power then to move a person in any direction you choose for them. Do they not carry the power of persuasion?  Let’s look deeper and explore how we may harness that power to our best advantage to post, rather than concentrating on placing all your 5000 reference words in order.

When Should We Consider Using An Anti-climax?

What exactly is an anti-climax (Boy! could I play with this!).  An anticlimax, is just as the name implies.  It’s a way of calming your audience back down, summarizing what you’ve said before, and in the case of story telling especially, it’s a way to twist the plot with a surprise ending.

Encapsulate What You Have To Say!

Methodology may well be one of the most important aspects of writing; what good’s imagination if you don’t know the proper words to express it?  You might try to first simply the even in your mind, from start to finish, so you may get a clearer idea of the over-all picture.  Never use a long word when a short one will do.  However, the question then becomes?

‘When do you use long words then?’  It’s when you must describe a very graphic, or complex thing just using one word.  There, long words will include all the permutations that short ones can’t cover in complete graphic context.  Saying it more concisely saves your Readers time, and they don’t have a lot of that…  I’m not saying that posts can’t be long; only that they have to be more succinct and to the point.  and, they have to be more than just plain, old, interesting, they have to be captivating and about something more controversial.  And give up a little white space to relax your Readers eyes…

Don’t give them everything!  Leave some things for to the imagination of The Reader.  They too have a brain, and it’s a way that they can become more interactive.  And interaction, is a very powerful tool.  I used to get word games out, and have the people play along.  You want to interact with your Readers?  This is the perfect way to scoop them up, because you’re giving them something they’ll enjoy to do. 

Ask questions!  How would you expect comments if you don’t ask for peoples opinion?  If you were looking for a job, and they didn’t call you, wouldn’t you then call them?  Well how is this situation any different?  Because its on-line and nobody  can see your facial  expressions?  Hog-wash!  Real writers express themselves; and their demeanour throughout, will be made perfectly clear to you…  Be honest.  Speak from your heart, and things should go well for you!

 

Here is a short list I’ve compiled in order of what gets the most hits and why!

 

  • Artists: Our Artists among us employ so many skills!  We all know it’s just plain, creative genius; A picture really does paint a thousand words, figuratively speaking of corpse!  It could say 10,000 words.  There are no boundaries in a creative mind!
  • Story Tellers:  These people have the most latitude to write.  That’s why they tend to do so well; they can easily become involved!
  • Lists:  Then most popular blogs, is a great one to start out with because, they have great influence, and if they like what they read…
  • Poets:   By appealing to our emotional side in such a logically constructed way, we can better see how to organize our thought patterns.  These are the Philosophers of our little group of 30 million; each with there own interests, so you should have no short of people to explore.
  • Designers:  Designers make things others can use on their computers, and are generally treated like free-bees, but everybody enjoys a steady stream of tangible, creative gifts, so we flock to them like bees to flowers!  If you’re a man, like a Cheetah to a dead carcass!
  • Photographers:  They record the world around us, and that, is beautiful, mysterious, complex and informative!
  • Instructors:  People still like to learn and that’s a good thing…  Don’t get too overly technical though; we’re just Laymen…
  • Reviews:  If it concerns something lots of people would be interested in, why not?
  • Rants:  Generally opinionated, we are drawn to their logic and methodology for coping.  They tend to complain…  We like to complain though!

 

  • Romanticists:  Now we are entering the group that seams to experience problems attracting readers;  Romance is dead and buried now unfortunately for the romantic at heart.  Generally we prefer to argue and put someone’s eye out instead…
  • Cults:  It’s not that we’re not interested in what you’re doing, it’s just that we don’t have the time to join up!
  • Stylists:  Your presentation is wonderful; only the women are really interested.  How about a nice, Garage Sale Bolivia watch for men?
  • Analysts:  Your dilemma is simply this; by the time you finish analysing something, it will have changed…
  • Holy Rollers:  Please don’t recite platitudes, unless you’re prepared to back them up!  And for something as impotent as directing our lives up to now, we want to see credentials!
  • Commercials:  Oy Vey!  Aren’t there enough of you on TV, and down just about every street we walk?  We’ll make up our own minds.  Sound fair?