I have a list of things you need to know and things you might not care to know. It is up to you whether to prove you have a longer attention span than a gnat and keep reading or not.
Yeah, I know it is not smart to insult the reader but if you have been here for a while you know I am much more specific in my insults than that.
I know what you look like bald and naked. Relax, I haven’t taken over your webcam or secretly placed spy cameras in your house or office.
Blame it on the Brady Bunch or some show I saw during the ’70s. Way back during the days of my youth I saw something that said the best way to get over stage fright was to imagine people naked or in their underwear.
Apparently it stuck with me in ways no one could have imagined because now I look at your picture and imagine you bald and naked, but not every time. Truth is that if I have done it once I probably won’t do it again unless you are bald in which case I won’t think about it unless you post a picture of yourself with hair.
Sometimes I Blog For The Joy Of Writing
Sometimes I wonder what a bridge over troubled waters really looks like and sometimes I blog for the joy of writing. I get the same feeling doing this as when I work out with weights.
There is an adrenaline rush that comes with exercising my mind and my body and since I want to improve both there is no reason not to do things that help facilitate that.
I don’t know about you but one of the most frustrating things in my life is not being published. Â A ma shouldn’t just write about having 39 unpublished books, he should do something about it.
Ask me to explain why I am unpublished and I’ll tell you I don’t have an agent and I haven’t gone the self publishing route. I’ll tell you that I have stories that can be turned into books.
Why Â haven’t I done more with these? Why I haven’t taken that next step?
I don’t have a precise answer. Maybe it is fear holding me back. Maybe it is something else but it doesn’t matter because I know I won’t be satisfied until I cross that line.
The only person I hold accountable for that is me.
You Won’t Become Smarter But You Might Be Sexier
The blogsosphere is crowded, cluttered and chaotic which is precisely why people tell you to focus on writing headlines that draw people in but I am not good about that.
It is not because I am incapable but because I don’t like all these rules. I don’t like all of the structures and the feeling of being shackled. Unfettered and free is how I do best but then I start to think about whether I would be better served to spend more time playing the game.
Play the game and the theory is you’ll grow your blog faster– more readers, more exposure and more opportunities. Do those things and you’ll have a better chance of being discovered and even if you aren’t there are benefits.
If you are active in trying to find an agent or to engage in self publishing there will only be benefits in having a larger platform to use to promote your work.
Someone once told me that I would find more success if I focused my writing more specifically upon one topic. Be a dad blogger, be a social media writer or be a marketing guy but just be one thing is what they offered but I couldn’t buy in.
It might be my own bias but I see merit in writers having multiple interests. People aren’t just one thing. I am not just a writer and I am not just a father. I am a son, a brother, friend and more.
Why should we limit ourselves.
Maybe it is time for me to take another crack at turning this story into something more.
One Last Comment About Blogging And Some Links
Several months ago I switched blog hosts and somehow I lost a bunch of the pictures from many of my blog posts. So now in addition to having to look for broken links I need to try to fix the posts with broken images.
It is one of those things I just don’t like doing but it makes a difference. Readers don’t care why the image or link is broken they just notice when they don’t work and it can reflect poorly upon you and your blog.
But sometimes the difference between us and them lies in taking those few extra steps forward to improve or so I think.
How about you?
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