A Partnership in Operations, in the Real World and also on WordPress

My father Peter and I look after operations at Maple Lawn Cemetery, a little graveyard where families continue to lay their loved ones to rest.  I’m not entirely sure between the two of us who thought we should involve our efforts with social media, with https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited … but we do, and I know from the Internet that blogging is an important component of branding businesses of all sizes.  I had the idea to tailor a blog to activities both inside and outside of the cemetery, and I am only these days beginning to narrow its focus so that it is both a heart on the sleeve and also offering some acumen of what we get up to as a two-partner not-for-profit http://maplelawncemetery.org/

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Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word partner… https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/partner/ …and my dad and I have been restructuring the work we do lately in order to accommodate changing experiences we’re encountering as we continue to maintain the cemetery (we began in 2013).  Dad worked for the municipality for many years and much of that time was spent in the office of the municipal cemetery where he played the role of a boss.  Similarly, at Maple Lawn, Peter functions in the role of a boss as we both look after operations which from my point of view chiefly include summertime caretaking and some duties in the disbanded church, Louth United, which is on the street running in front of the cemetery we look after.  What we’re really doing at the present is weighing how effectively we are carrying out duties caretaking the cemetery, and we do that without the benefit of the guidance of a Board of Directors or anyone else evaluating what we’re about, but not without the input of my mother and Peter’s wife Linda, who listens a little to what we have to say about what we’re getting done at the graveyard.

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For about the last three years, I’ve been blogging with relative frequency, and although the theme of the blog probably seems a little unclear, it is like that primarily because I don’t have much partnership to draw upon when I am thinking about what to say for the blog.  I found myself settling upon drawing on the WordPress Daily Prompts and Weekly Photo Challenges for ideas what to say because that other bloggers use the WordPress prompts will be similarly finding themselves challenged to write posts with the spark of inspiration engendered by those prompts.  Ultimately I have found myself beginning to face the need to rewrite earlier posts I have put together so that they remain relevant and with the most direct aspects of the prompts written out as the specific prompts in question have fallen by the wayside.  I think what I have is a blog that resembles an eBook written at random and gradually entering the phase of its life in a state of the “second draft,” which is what I am doing now.

 

If you can relate to what I have on the go here, feel free to “like,” “comment,” and/or “follow.”  I am open to the possibility of looking on at your own blog, and if you do respond I can look at an example of one of your blog posts so I can relate to you.  Above all else, my blogging efforts are fun and are really only useful from the point of view of experimenting with a blog while keeping it grounded in my real world activities of working and learning.  Thank you for reading, and all the best to you.

 

Second Thoughts

Second thoughts for a blogger might include realizing that stock photos, while “free” in exchange for a membership in a stock photo site, could lead to stock photos in blog posts that represent a hurdle for the blogger who doesn’t have original photography.

Second thoughts for a social media marketer might include budget constraints on designing videos that have mass appeal, more than just straightforward infographics which, while somewhat charming in their relative capacity, are not nearly as captivating as excellent video in social media marketing.

Second thoughts might go with investing a significant amount of energy producing various six-second videos for the Twitter app Vine, which are no longer going up. The momentum became a trend.

Second thoughts might go with signing up for Twitter when this year it has made, I understand, nary a profit. If it does become a sinking ship, and I don’t think it will, it could definitely provoke second thoughts… but I think most people knew when to draw the line.

Second thoughts might go with blogging with WordPress if it turns out Wix is the more popular blogging platform of the two. I don’t think so! I want WordPress to vanquish. Second thoughts might go with choosing a losing theme for your WordPress blog… but if you need help with visual design for your blog, I think you will quickly come to terms with how to get it.

Second thoughts might go with your US Election Day voter booth selfie if you don’t know it is a criminal offense to take such a photo.

Second thoughts might result from your decision to blog instead of watching the news if you want to be an informed citizen.

Second thoughts might result from inadequate research if you are on top of what is simply too many topics at one time.

Second thoughts are not “liking” this post or clicking “follow,” or leaving a comment. I won’t have the pleasure of knowing! Thank you.

Second Thoughts

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