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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
Big Fish is so emotional and so sincere, depending on the place you’re in, it can be almost difficult to watch, but worth every minute.
Tim Burton directed this after losing his father and mother between 2000-2002. Although not close to either or perhaps because of that, Burton is able to meticulously highlight the pain, sorrow, regret, and joy of the story; each are woven through each shot with a texture only loss can weave.
There is no way to explain this movie except to say watching it is an unmitigated pleasure that you will want to call on again and again.
The cast is exceptional in so many ways: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Marion Cotillard, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, Robert Guillaume, Matthew McGrory, Steve Buscemi, Alison Lohman, Deep Roy, and Miley Cyrus (credited as Destiny Cyrus) among others.
The 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace gives us this fantastical tale of a man who has an astonishing gift for storytelling. On his deathbed he and his son try to reconcile.
John August follows the same path, but brings the tale onto the screen with words and images that wrap you in soft, warm blanket where you want to sip some tea and press replay.
The son thinks he can never trust his father because he obviously wasn’t as his tall tales portrayed. The son had never looked past his own disbelief to his heart where his father’s stories had nestled, where he learned the stories were true in many ways, if he only believed.
A film of rare proportions, with just the right mix adventure, magical storytelling, the glory of life and love, and raw emotion.
And music by Danny Elfman. Never forget that.
When I read the book I cried.
When I saw the movie I openly wept.
And still I never fully understood…
Now, sadly, I do.
British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee distributed his “informational management proposal” concerning a World Wide Web at CERN, March 12, 1989. As a Christmas gift he released the code to the public, Christmas Day 1990.
20 years ago eBay was launched (still waiting for those Beanie Babies).
20 years ago The White House launched it’s website (if users typed .com instead of .gov they got a porn site – kinda makes Obamacare glitches look boring).
16 years ago Google was launched.
Thank goodness, what did people spend all their time doing before they could search for:
What colour our poop should be.
Is Netflix watching me?
The Walking Dead,
The missing plane.
Game of Thrones.
What if your cat looks like Hitler.
Removing massive blood stains.
Why do old bands keep copying Glee songs?
How to use Google.
What does Daryl Dixon’s hair feel like?
Are rhinos just obese unicorns?
Can puppies read minds?
Can I be an alien and not know it?
Do zombies cry?
Kittens that look like Miley Cyrus.
Can Jesus marry?
Can Jesus marry Miley Cyrus?
Is Lena Dunham a ballerina?
And of course, more kittens.7 years ago Estonia holds first online parliamentary elections.
Chinese is the dominant language of the internet.
We sure have accepted this technology blindly; hope we’re not sorry.
So thank you Tim Berners-Lee. After 25 years of connecting the planet, a majority of time online is still spent watching porn, looking up celebrities, playing games, hooking up, clicking on kitten pix, and whining.
So the Department of National Defence has said it’s a matter of National Security to expropriate prime farmland that was gifted to a soldier into infinity to build a training center for CFB Trenton. Prime farmland is the best choice, after all, why grow food here in Canada when we can import it from well-trusted countries like China.
Frank Meyers is 86 years old and he’s tired from fighting the federal government who have been trying to steal his land for 7 years. He finally, after being threatened and bullied, signed over 200 acres of land the government, land expropriated from him and his family. Heritage buildings torn down like they were nothing.
Frank Meyers is a direct descendant of Captain John Walden Meyers, a Loyalist war hero and founder of Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
The farmland Frank and his ancestors have farmed for almost 216 years was given to Capt Meyers in May 1798 King George III of England for his service and loyalty to the Crown. It was given in perpetuity, that means forever, into infinity, for always.
The incongruity of this story? They need to build a facility to train elite forces which is what Capt Meyers was – the special forces of his time, during the American Revolution.
Back in the day, this guy was a spy, recruiter, soldier, and commando. Patriot parents used him to scare their children into going to bed or eating their veggies with this guy as the bogeyman.
And the King gave him 1000 acres of land for his great service. This government doesn’t care.
Just as they refuse to Honour The Treaties with First Nations people, they also refuse to honour this gift given for military service. Land has been stolen from people for many reasons over the years.
What I can’t figure out is why people aren’t outraged about it? Maybe if it was about cell phones or Miley Cyrus twerking or Justin Bieber or the Kardashians we’d care more.
Maybe this is allowed to happen because of the secrecy surrounding government business.
Maybe it’s because Canadians know the history of others better than our own. Canadians make jokes about Americans being overly patriotic, but if this were America, we’d have all seen at least one cool movie about Capt. John Meyers by now, if not more.
But hey, here in Canada he has a plaque.
It’s paradoxical that our Prime Minister and a couple hundred other Canadian politicians and businesspeople are in Israel right now, on the taxpayers’ dollar talking about how Israelis and Palestinians have a right to their land and sovereignty when we take land from our own people. In this case, land from an elderly gentleman, land that was given to his ancestor, a veteran for service to his country.
Wow, they really have it in for vets, even ones from the American Revolution.
I’m not impressed by celebrities, maybe because I’ve met a lot of them when I was younger and I discovered very quickly they’re just people. Some are nice, some mean, and/or snobby, drunk, high, deep, shallow, weird, sweet, tortured, confuse, fascinating, angry, boring, bored, frustrated, happy…just people like everyone else, but better known.
I suppose my issue with music can’t be helped, it’s in my head all the time. I hear a song and it’s there, usually forever, that can be annoying with a massive amount of songs. I tend to pay some attention, if only passing to music, awards, etc.
Last night was the AMAs. I guess besides the tedium, my only real complaint is that they’re not representative of all American music, just Popular American Music. I did watch some of it in between watching other things, reading, and cleaning my house. There was a lot of hair product going on there…
Lady Gaga and R. Kelly’s reverse Scandal was mind-numbingly lacklustre.
Justin Timberlake was ok, although I tend to like his comedy more than his music.
Katy Perry was certainly very, er, Geisha-themed.
Thought Miley Cyrus doing Wrecking Ball in her Flashdance sci-fi kitty costume was hilarious with the kitty on screen behind lip-synching, but I just kept thinking, well, they’re just a meal for Rob Ford.
All in all, I could have missed it and just saw the highlight reels…have to remember that, but on a cooler note, The Walking Dead was awesome last night, but hard to believe next week is the mid-season finale.I guess zombies don’t have gobs of Christmas spirit.
It was sad to see Breaking Bad ending, but luckily there’s another show out of Toronto about a Mayor involved with drugs. Sounds unrealistic, how could a Mayor not get caught doing all this stuff? Maybe he does, denies it and they keep him in office. Hence the reality ‘Purple Haze’ show Toronto lives in.
The Mayor of the largest city in Canada, 4th largest city in North America, and personal friend to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has had one scandal after controversy after scandal after controversy after scandal. Yet he stays. Like The PMO/Senate Scandal, we can’t seem to get politicians to tell the truth, or be accountable for their actions.
When the Mayor said he wanted to get drugs off the streets of Toronto, perhaps he really meant off the streets and into him.
And some people were worried that Miley Cyrus twerking might corrupt young children…