Valentine's Day

I Would Never Be a Member of Any Club that would have Me

A good blog on WordPress requires a level of devotion in order to be a reasonable quality of blogging.  Many bloggers, who are pros, brainstorm and research their posts diligently, and, indeed, turn a profit or otherwise benefit in a tangible sense as professional bloggers (self-publishers).

I never prioritized that kind of blogging strategy.  What I’ve found is that with WordPress you can avail yourself of daily writing prompts thought up by the people at WordPress, and also weekly photo challenges which are helpful if you take photos.  While this circumvents the requirement to do a lot of research, it is a short cut, but seeing as how my blog is a hobby effort I think the idea of joining in with these specific prompts (from WordPress) at roughly the same time that other amateur Word Pressers are doing the same thing is worthwhile, in what you might say is a holistic sense.

I also intend to pursue blogging as a sideline to my regular interests, which are being available on social and also helping to direct operations at a local not-for-profit, a cemetery:  http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

This week’s Photo Challenge is an essay on friendship.  Despite being among the many who are active on social, I don’t have a lot of close friends who I can call my own.  I don’t have a lot of girlfriends, in particular, but I do have one who gave me a photo of herself this month which I think I would like to show you as it is both quite beautiful, and it fits into the idea of this week’s photo challenge which is to show a friendship in your blog.

Valentine's Day
This week, share an image of a friend.

The Daily Prompt today is natty.  It means, “smart and fashionable.”  A nickname I had when I was twenty was Natty.

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My friend in the photo may not be the nattiest lady friend, but she is dear to me and she makes clear that friendship is worth it in the long run.  I am a misfit, I don’t fit into most social circles, but I have her friendship and I think it is something to be proud of.

I knew her in high school.  She is a little younger than me, but we were at the same high school at the same time and she was completely smoking.  Being a teenager, I never would have talked to a girl in that league myself at the time.  To this day, beautiful girls pointedly avoid me if I try to start a conversation with them.  I rub people the wrong way, I suppose.  It doesn’t make networking any easier.

I met her again many months ago when a mutual friend reintroduced us.  I soon found we had a few things in common.  I don’t have the same gift of the gab as her, but I enjoy the time we do brush shoulders.

She has suggested to me she would like to market her homemade jewelry with the internet and that she would like me to do that.  I would certainly put in the time as a volunteer for her, as I need all the work experience I can get, and I have a passion for digital marketing.

My blog remains a hobby and it will continue to be a hobby in the immediate future, but I don’t think it is a waste of time as I thoroughly enjoy it, and I take pleasure in the knowledge that other Word pressers are working with the same prompts and challenges which are available for me.  The inclusive policies of WordPress appeal to me and the occasional responses I get with my blog posts please me greatly.  That being said, if you have read this and you want to contact me, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.”  Your feedback is welcome and if you are utilizing the prompts and challenges WordPress offers, good luck to you in the future (and always!).  Bye for now.

Intriguing overseas interview with sly music blogger @toomanyblogs

An articulate and favourite blog site of mine belongs to Manchester, England’s James Hughes, on Twitter as @toomanyblogs and I follow him. James chiefly reviews gigs and artists, and is a student pursuing music in academia.

With @toomanyblogs Manchester, England’s James Hughes takes photos and writes posts which are quite interesting. I had an opportunity to interview him by e-mail Wednesday and Thursday.manchester pinned map

My interest in @toomanyblogs arises from a passing interest in Manchester, England’s James Hughes’ topic of discussion. James clearly takes more than just a passing interest.

Here goes:

1. Who designs your site’s layout? As much as I’d love for the site to be fine tuned to my liking, it’s actually just a wordpress theme. There’s a lot that I’d like to change about it but for now, it’ll do.

2. Did you know starting your blog that you would thrive? How has your reception been? I started the blog as a means of trying to get a foot into the door of the music world. I wasn’t enjoying my career in retail and wanted to try and follow my passion. It was something I was going to try for a year and see what became of it. Reception wise, I mean, I don’t get much feedback what so ever. I’m happy that I’ve managed to avoid any kind of negative feedback but I appreciate any kind of feedback, however it comes. I strive to become better and write in a way that people want to read. I don’t enjoy a lot of music journalism because I feel it focuses too much on trying to sound like an English Literature essay, rather than actually tell me about the band/show/record. Views and visitors are continuously growing though but with no others to compare them to, I’m not sure if it’s in a good place or not.

3. Would you say you’re showcasing UK artists, or artists from your specific region, or are you more simply trusting in the strength of your personal tastes? Region doesn’t come into the question for me. If I like it, I’ll write about it, go and see it and listen to it. If they’re from the UK or from Manchester, well then that’s just a bonus.

4. Are you pleased with the response you get from artists at gigs? Do you mean from if I manage to get to speak to them at a show? I’ve only spoken to three artists so far (in an interview sense) and all three were lovely. Getting time with these people is hard work though, especially as nobody within the online world. Artists that I get to speak to for a couple of moments generally seem interested when I mention I run a blog, but I cant exactly be asking them questions off the bat in that situation. The smaller bands are always really nice. The Barr Brothers come to mind as Brad Barr (the vocalist) agreed right there and then to sit down with me when they’re back in January. I liked that.

5. Is there a specific reason you gave up informing in your site’s “Forgotten Hits” page? Forgotten Hits was ditched because it wasn’t really getting many views from people. I did begin the feature right at the start of the blogs life though and that is possibly why. I won’t remove it just yet because people do sometimes still click through and I’m not sure if I’ll ever bring it back.

6. What do you think the rest of the year holds for @toomanyblogs? The rest of the year is actually going to be a little quiet I guess, we only have two months left and other than a few gigs I don’t have much else planned. I’m actually in university now, studying Music Business, so that will be taking up more and more of my time. Just keep on doing what I’m doing for now I guess. There won’t be any drastic changes just yet.

toomanyblogs_websitethemeManchester, England’s James Hughes: http://toomanyblogs.co.uk/contact-me/