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Message In A Bottle me, blogging is
a version of the
old-timey message
in a bottle.
The blogging world
is a vast ocean,
we throw our
message out there
and hope against hope
someone finds it.
Some of us are trying to
connect, share, find others,
teach, or maybe even
send out an SOS.
So how do you start
your own ‘message in a bottle’
and make it reach others?

1. Don’t think about if your readers will love what you write or you’re going to be discovered, just make sure you love it, then hopefully, they will. If not, there’s always chocolate.

2. Remember as you send these bottles out, those you’re trying to reach are never far from the madding crowd (hearing people mispronounce the title, Far From the Madding Crowd is actually more fun than the book/movies, is that wrong?). People are busy, so when they open their email to see a hundred billion bottles washed up on their shore, it can be overwhelming.

3. In this same vein, posts can be vampires, sucking away time. Or maybe sometimes a vampire is just a vampire.

4.  Posts can also be zombies, shuffling into our readers or mailboxes, taking bites out of the day. I don’t know if I Fear The Walking Dead so much as opening my email, in other words, know your audience…it can be a grave error to write long or many posts if your readers don’t have time to read them. You make your readers snooze, you lose.

5. Adding images to posts amuses me, makes me laugh, makes a point, or just makes me happy. Hopefully they resonate with others.

6. Sometimes readers won’t get what you’re saying or don’t agree. Sometimes your jokes fall flat. Maybe they haven’t read the same books, watched the same movies or TV shows…Some are trolls, actively dislike you, perhaps even use your Gravatar at which to throw darts – the internet is built on people being offended, appalled, shocked, and downright grumpy. Just do what you do.

7. How can you expect people to have a deep relationship with a shallow person? Be real, write your own stuff, if that makes people think, learn, laugh, smile, cry, or even spit their coffee out…they’ll want to read more.

8. Like it or not, successful blogging has a degree of popularity. Let’s jump back to vampires, they depend on brooding, pouting, sparkling, hotness, intensity, and overacting with a penchant for black clothes, especially black leather, but blogging can’t all be about flash and no substance.

9. Get out there, enjoy other blogs, find those messages in bottles and answer them, don’t be timid about liking, sharing or commenting – let others know you’re out there. Make them feel like they’re not alone in being alone.

10. Most of you are part of a large, sprawling, at times dysfunctional, human race family, so you’ll be part of the blogging family. Like vampires, family can sometimes be a pain in the neck, but still we hunger for the connection.

11. When the unexpected or unwanted happens, say, your computer breaks, you have a dental emergency, you can’t get a song by The Police out of your head; out of town company; Fibroflare; anxiety about a coming event; a sinus infection and the list goes on…um, write a blogging advice post?

12. Wow, that advice is bloody awesome…or terrible, depending on your point of view. Forget all of it, just do whatever feels right to you.

And I hope that someone gets your…I hope that someone gets your message in a bottle. Here’s mine.



Very me

394 thoughts on “Message In A Bottle

  1. It’s funny to think that using the message in a bottle analogy someone might actually read our ‘messages’/blog posts a hundred years from now. I bet in the future things like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest will seem like The Pony Express, Steamboats, and Horse and Buggies. Thanks for sharing. #MidLifeLuv


    1. Yes, we might wash up on some future digital shore…I wonder what they’ll think of our blogging efforts? 😉
      Thanks for dropping by and hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂


    1. Wow, thank you so much, not only for finding my bottle but throwing it back out there for others to find! I’m so happy we found each others bottles. 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you well. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, for finding my ‘bottle’ and then tossing it back out for others to find.
      And hey, it’s an awesome song to get stuck in your head, right?
      Hope this day treats you kindly. 🙂

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  2. I love all of your pictures and of course, your advice! Looking at blogging like its a message in a bottle is an interesting way to look at it, especially when one feels lost. Another great post!


  3. This was informative and funny. Thanks for the advice. And I am taking your advice about when something unexpected hits and going to post a blog about just that! Thanks! Happy New Year.


    1. So glad we find each others’ bottles, Jonathan and thank you for tossing this bottle back out there for others to find!!! Hope this week is treating you kindly. 🙂


    1. That sounds painful, kidding, thank you kindly. 😉
      So glad you stopped by, I wandered over to your blog and wow, found another blogger to follow and share! Hope we can virtually visit often. 🙂

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  4. LOL! I never thought about it this way, but you’re right! Even looking back through my own posts, I’ve got some zombies and a few vampires, but mostly just smiles from memories past.


  5. Very fun post :0) I like to share pictures I’ve taken and its from my week before I segue into my children’s book reviews. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it makes me happy. Have a beautiful summer!


    1. I think the best thing about blogging, besides the readers and other bloggers is that everything is someone’s cup of tea. 🙂
      Thank you and you as well. 🙂


    1. You got it, Jess and cats, they were created to be too cute, it’s their gift.
      Thanks for another amazing #FridayFrivolity and hope the week ahead treats you kindly. 🙂 xo


    1. Thank you kindly, Carol and to you as well. 😍
      I’m so glad we found each other in this giant virtual haystack; I can’t imagine not having you in my blogging family. ❤️


    1. Thank you so much, Ian, I’m behind on my comments, but my sentiment remains the same, I am very grateful so this reblog and your kindness. I hope this weekend is treating you well so far. Any ideas for a new title for my bio? 😉
      Best wishes today and every single day. xox


    1. Thank you kindly, Ian, I don’t know if you’re getting these comments, sometimes WordPress plays tricks (no treats) and says No!
      Hope this finds you safe and sound. Thank you for the lovely reblog! How delightful!
      Stay safe. Stay connected. 🙂
      Big non-contagious hugs xoxo


  6. If you write what you feel, people will feel what you write. They can’t feel you personally because there’s a computer in the way. 😉 Sometimes, that’s a good thing.

    You have a unique style, and humor people enjoy.


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