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I’m Hooked on a Feeling

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/I can’t fight this feeling, deep inside of me, I’m hooked on a feeling…blogging, you don’t know what you do to me.

I’m not entirely sure how many posts about blogging advice I’ve read in the past couple of years. Some posts were extremely helpful, others decidedly unhelpful, many didn’t pertain to me, and others gibberish. So here’s my best blogging advice that will most certainly change the way you blog forever!

1. Have a blog.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/

2. Write posts that are 300 words to whatever-your-readers-think-isn’t-too-long. Think of each post as a summer hat, you want it to cover your face and neck, but you don’t want to be the one with that Royal Wedding hat.
3. Add pictures and images to your posts. There are many ways to do this – take photos, make memes, scan, find, paint, draw…and please credit them, if possible.

4. Publish the post – this part is way more important than it seems.

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5. Read. Not just books, but other people’s posts as well. If you don’t have time to read, how do you have time to write?

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6. Before writing or posting, don’t think about if people will: Like it, share it, reblog it, tweet it, agree, disagree, unfollow, hate you, become your worst nightmare troll, make voodoo dolls of you, or nominate you for awards. Don’t think about becoming rich and famous. Just write. Write, because if you don’t the words will burst out of you like an alien bursting out of your chest! I can’t guarantee they’ll show up at your blogdoor with flowers and candy for each post you write, but it’s worth a try.

7. Think of the internet as a massive, sprawling, loud house party. Sometimes it takes time, effort, and quite a few trips to the ‘refreshment area’ to find people and have them find you.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/

8. Engage with your readers and other bloggers, be generous, share the works of others, but don’t always expect reciprocation in kind. Think of the blogging community more like a big chain link fence – the links don’t all connect, but altogether they make something strong.

9. Don’t worry about who’s reading or not reading your blog and what they might think, although, you might want to worry if you worry about that too much.

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10. Share your work. Be a shameless self-promoting bloghussy – like me! Be as overexposed as Miley Cyrus, wait, even as I type that, it sounds like bad advice. A little mystery goes a long way. The important thing is to be out there, getting experience and learning.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/04/10/im-hooked-on-a-feeling/11. Most of all, enjoy the process. Never in the field of human communication has so much been written by so many to so few. It’s a massive virtual haystack (yes, sadly, you’re the needle in this analogy), so just sit back, type on, press publish, and enjoy the ride.

12. Ignore all the aforementioned advice. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy. Get whatever you need from the moment.

What about you, dear readers, what would be your best blogging advice, besides Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga?

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307 thoughts on “I’m Hooked on a Feeling

      1. Yay! I really did play it for a minute. 🙂 I’m afraid to fall asleep now. Then I’ll be late for everything, except tambourine practice. My boyfriend is not amused right now. lol 🙂 He is not afraid of the nap. ooops

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  1. Good advice – #1 is my favorite. I would also include find 5 new blogs a day (or at least a couple times a week) to like/comment/follow. This will reward your blog with new followers – takes time to develop, but they will come.

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    1. Yes, it’s true, Cher, if we speak with our authentic voices, people will eventually listen. 🙂
      Thank you for dropping by…best part of blogging is the other bloggers. 🙂
      Hope this day is being good to you – I’m trying to stop from being blown over, feels like I live on Windy Street today, of course, living in Chicago you known exactly what I mean. 😉
      Big hugs, Donna xo

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      1. Thank you, Donna! Oh, *LOL* it’s a windy one there today, is it? There is a lovely gentleman who, when I see him on windy days says, “I need a brick on two in my pockets so I don’t get blown away!” (he’s a short, older fellow, bless him)! I hope you are having a great day my dear! Thank YOU! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  2. Wonderful advice, thank you for sharing. I especially love number 12. Its also good advice for writing in general and certainly helpful as I continue editing my first book. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I #bloghigh and lovin’ every minute. 🙂

      Thank you kindly for the reblog, much appreciated. 🙂

      Oh #proudnerd indeed…is it wrong that I love Guardians more than my teenage son? lol

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  3. I love blogging!! First time in my life where I have been able to say what popped into my head and people agree with me and have similar thoughts. Thanks for the post! Thanks for the song on playback in my head. Here’s one for you – It’s a small world after all……

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    1. Yes, I think I am… 😉 What’s next, ‘Come and Get Your Love’? 😉
      You’re already a blogging goddess, Kate. 🙂
      Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
      Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
      Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
      Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga
      Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga

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    1. Thank you. 🙂
      Sadly, this YouTube video is redundant for me…that song and millions of others are in my mind all the time. But I’m playing it anyway just to see Chris Pratt again. 🙂 Thank you. 🙂

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  4. Hooked on a Feeling has now replaced all the Four Seasons songs that have been in my head since I watched Jersey Boys over the weekend. My advice (if you could call it that) would be to write like yourself; don’t try to write like anyone else, it won’t be authentic and it wouldn’t be any fun anyway.

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    1. Yes, it’s more fun to be you, after all, everyone else is taken. 🙂
      I have yet to see Jersey Boys, but I already have the music in my head. 🙂
      Great advice, thanks for dropping by – hope this day is being kind to you. 🙂

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    1. You’re welcome. I had fun making most of the memes, it’s cool trying to find just the right thing.
      Sorry about the song, it seems to be catching. 😉
      Hope this day is good to you. 🙂

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    1. I’d apologize for putting the song in your head, but the song is too loud in my head…and I’m dancing which makes typing tricky. 😉
      Thanks, as always, you’re so sweet, Tess. 🙂
      Hope this day is being kind to you. 🙂

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  5. Thank you for writing this! I’m relatively new at this Blogging Thing (my daughter, AKA The Child in my pieces) encouraged me to start. She was, like ‘Mom, you have so much to say and you are so funny on Facebook, you really should start a blog!’ My response? ‘What’s a blog?’ So. Anyway. I guess I have lots to learn. I can completely relate to #6, because that’s how I feel about writing! And I really appreciate #11 and 12, because I do feel so insecure at times. Thank you thank you thank you!

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    1. You’re welcome and I’m glad your daughter talked you into it because you do have a lot to say, you’re insightful and funny. 🙂
      Glad if it helped, although obviously some advice was a little tongue-in-cheek, #12 is completely serious. 🙂
      Thanks for taking the time to drop by and hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

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  6. You about nailed it. I don’t think of you as a self-promoting bloghussy but come to think of it, that would make a great tagline! Perhaps I’ll steal it. ; )

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    1. Aww shucks, I’m blushing…please continue. 😉
      Yes, I just saw that. Tess is always so wonderful and I’m in such good company, I couldn’t be more thrilled. 🙂

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  7. #1 definitely! Then #12. Best blogging advice I ever gave myself was just to start the damn thing – and to keep writing on whatever subject works for me at the moment. When I decided that having a few followers might be nice, I also decided to stick to a schedule – and sometimes even my paltry 3 days a week is hard to pull off.
    Great post!

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    1. That’s good advice, Carol and the followers do help it feel like you’re not just talking to yourself. 😉
      Really, that was the most surprising and best part of blogging, for me, the followers, readers, virtually meeting others, comments, etc. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by and I hope this day is being kind to you. 🙂

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  8. Excellent advice. The only thing I would add is to check out the people whose blogs you were following that no longer appear in your inbox. Recently I have discovered several – is this a WP glitch? I feel bad for having lost touch with people.

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      Yes, I noticed that too. I had to go in to subscriptions which is difficult to use at the best of times and try to figure out what was going on – I don’t know how successful I was. 🙂

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  9. I too saw you on Let’s Cut the Crap today and I’m so glad I did! I owe you a debt of gratitude. I saw a production of Guys and Doll last night and Luck be a Lady Tonight has been STUCK IN MY HEAD all day. No more! It has been replaced with More Than a Feeling.

    Great advice here. It should be required reading for bloggers. Well, writers.

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    1. Yes, I love The Crap, er, bad short form, Tess’s blog, Let’s Cut The Crap!, she’s awesome and so glad you found me and hopefully not just for a song replacement. 😉
      Thank you kindly, except…now I have ‘Luck Be a Lady Tonight’ in my head and worse than that, it’s not even Sinatra, I think it’s Dee Snider and Clay Aiken.
      Hope we can virtually visit often – hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

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  10. Great post – I read lots of blogs & the one thing that make me stop following a blog is, I hope this doesn’t come off elitist, is stuff like letting spell check get away with there or their when it should be they’re 🙂

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    1. I admit I’m terrible at editing my own work because I know what it should say…so much easier with the works of others. Now I feel like checking all my posts to see if I made that error…although I’m sure I’ve made others. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Diana, for the kind words, the good karma and the only fun voodoo dolls (I’m sure some people think they’re always fun…). 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by and hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

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  11. The piece of blogging advice that you – and so many others – give to include images is one of my major stumbling blocks. I’m drawn to words, not images, and am leery of violating artistic rights, so I only use personal photos – and I’m not a photographer and don’t use a smartphone. So, I take the out you offered to ignore some advice!

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    1. There are lots of free photo sites, memes, and many artists and photographers that want their work to get out there and be used. 🙂
      Yes, #12 is the most important part, do what makes you feel comfortable. 🙂

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      1. Thanks for the help and that of other commenters in this thread. I do wonder though if my brain is wired differently for images than most people. Unless I am specifically looking at art or photographs, my mind just skips over images and goes right to the words. I am also often perplexed by icons. I do much better with words for labels.

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      2. I think people are wired differently, even with different learning styles. Despite my love of words, I learn better with visuals and songs. So it’s more a matter of what you feel comfortable with. 🙂

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  12. The creative wording of your tips is great, especially #7 to “Think of the internet as a massive, loud house party” – YES! It’s a party and if you’re the host then I’m totally going to be there every week 😀 I hope you are having a rocking weekend!

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    1. Exactly, when I’m writing I think, would I read this? If I wouldn’t, why would I expect anyone else to?
      Thanks for dropping by, hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  13. Comment. Respond to comments. Follow commenters. Establish interactions that way and blog from wherever you are at the time, mentally and emotionally. A to Z has put my blog in a “light” mood for the most part of but if I need to, I use it for my outlet to get through the low points (when I have them)

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    1. Excellent advice from an excellent blogger – I hope others read this and follow your advice (and you). 🙂
      I’m enjoying you A to Z and I admire your stamina. 😉
      All the best, always. 🙂

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  14. Anyone who has as many readers as you do, and people who aren’t afraid to comment, is worth listening to. I agree that you have to write a blog and publish it. That’s the first thing you have to do if you want a blog (right after setting up the blog. If you’re lucky, there will be a friend in your life who will do that for you). When it comes to reading, there’s only so much my text reader and I can handle.

    Regarding being a reader. My sister has shelves and shelves of books. Thousands of books. I have 1 small shelf of books (somewhere in the house) and I write. She acquired one talent and I acquired another. But today I received great news! After 2 years, she finally pushed the follow button and now follows my blog. Did I mention she procrastinates and I don’t? 🙂

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  15. Some of the best advice I’ve read about blogging, especially number 12. I think people get too caught up in perfecting the formula, in getting liked and re-blogged and shared when it should be about what makes you happy. Otherwise, why do it?

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    1. It’s true, it’s too easy to write things that will get Likes, etc., but if it doesn’t make you happy, what’s the point?
      Thanks for dropping by and I hope this day is being kind to you. 🙂

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  16. I have just found that posting whatever can get you readers as long as you keep regular 🙂 I keen meaning to put up pictures, but I am just a bit lazy every now and then when it comes to looking for the perfect image to suit what I am trying to say, or even just uploading them 🙂 I will have to try and do a better job in future!

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    1. Thank you so much for including me in your Friday Free For All, what great company, we merry band o’bloggers!!! 😉
      I appreciate not only the kind and encouraging words, but am honoured. 🙂
      Thank you and I hope this day is good to you and yours. 🙂

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  17. Omg this is filled with so much awesomeness that I cant even! Great, great advice! When I saw Picard I almost squealed (cause Im a Picard kind of gal!) But the Chris Pratt one is also super rad (thats what the kids say, right?) ❤

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    1. Thank you so much. And thank you for sharing. I hope it helps, especially #12. 😉
      Picard is awesome, so I understand the squeal and I’ve been crushing on Chris Pratt for years in ‘Parks and Recreation’ so yes, super rad works perfectly. 🙂

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  18. The advice seems to boil down to self-promote; don’t look like you’re self-promoting. Follow all advice; ignore all advice. Write long; write short. Oh, hell, do what you like and see if it works.

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  19. Great advice on writing out of the need to write and not worrying about how it will be received. It’s more important to focus on the quality of writing than modifying it to meet some standards of acceptable readable material. I mean who defines what’s readable anyways? Might as well keep writing to stop those ideas from bursting out the seams.

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    1. I feel I’m drawn to writing that is genuine, I can feel that the person just had to write and that makes me want to read more. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, hope this day is being good to you. 🙂

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      1. Me too, its not hard to spot unfiltered, genuine writing. Your post encouraged me to emphasize my own voice while improving my own writing 🙂 May the day treat you well.

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  20. Good morning! I’m hosting my first blog party where the guests have to share a favorite post from another’s site! This post was recommended by
    https://princesskickass.wordpress.com/ and I can see why!
    I smiled & laughed the whole time. #10 was hilarious & loved the pics!

    Loved it! Have a great day! You’re more than welcome to stop by too!

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    1. Hmmm, I’ve never thought of that. I’m not sure why, like, so people can see other people’s reviews, I put my link on my Goodreads review so that kind of the same thing but the other way around. Let me know the reason why to link to Goodreads in case I forget to look it up. 🙂 Thanks. 🙂

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