Brief tips for keeping up

How is your content doing?  Are you keeping records?  There’s nothing intuitive about being outfitted for killer content.  It’s Internet 101.  There’s engagement and then there’s conversion.

  • Be relevant in a sprawling web environment

You won’t be able to see the horizon on the world wide web.  It goes on and on, and your time can disappear into it the way tree leaves lose their pigment and then fall.  I hope that you have a plan, because, as you should know, setting goals is incredibly important.  You have an uphill battle to face already, and without clear goals for you to pursue, you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere.  I definitely wish I’d tackled it more systematically years ago.  Try challenging yourself by investigating new techniques for setting goals, and see what you can put into effect.  I realize this is advice for a beginner, but if you are new and you read this, please understand that I am doing my best to run over some basic tips that you can put into practice for yourself.  You can prioritize what you want to achieve if you put some planning into what you are about. If you have the spontaneity and creative mindset to be headstrong, I’m sure that’s ok. If you are overwhelmed, and you could be, you need to throw down some controls on what you are doing.

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  • Read success stories and comparing them to yourself

The world wide web is cool, so don’t fret.  You do need a plan of attack.  Organize your efforts so that they resemble the kind of list in which you might write what groceries you want to buy.  It’s a start!  Don’t dismiss the inspiration you find by learning about what people who are achievers did to get where they are today.  Above all else, there are plenty of people with good intentions to who you can reach out to on your journey across the Internet.

  • Find release in a second hobby

The world wide web has a lot to offer, but you probably need a second hobby if you’re feeling troubled.  Something that you can do in the outdoors might be good, to keep your mind active on more than one front (on more than just your life computing).  Maybe you should be writing offline, to keep your engine fresh.  Reading real world books is a good idea, especially if you can learn something from them.  That’s a concrete example of how and when doors will open for you.  Speaking of the real world, interaction outside the digital corridors of the Internet has its place for you, distinctly.  Don’t go too far afield by forgetting what’s out there physically.

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Are you struggling with your brand identity?  Leave a comment for me if you think of something I strongly need to see.  I’m curating this based on a blog post I did the twentieth of October, 2014, which rather needed an update.  I wouldn’t mind hearing of others’ efforts as you keep on descending into the backwaters of the Internet.  I know readers may be reluctant to comment, but you’re very welcome to note here where your online journey has taken you and if you can do relate, and in fact have found help.  You can “like” and/or “follow” as well.  Thanks!

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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.

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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.

Trying To Establish a Productive Rhythm

If you’re a blogger, you may have had the experience of finding out that you’ve been away too long, when you haven’t been posting and all of a sudden you try to return to it.

 

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In the past my blog has had its origins in a few different sources, and I see the point of doing research to try to sound accurate, but the sense of whimsy I have keeps me returning to the WordPress Daily Prompts and the Weekly Photo Challenges, because they are a ready and enduring source of ideas.  I want to briefly touch on the point that yesterday was a Star Wars Day, which was fun because countless man hours were lost to the myriad of Star Wars source material and inspiration which is similarly enduring to WordPress, and definitely a lot bigger.

 

I now have 1K followers on Twitter, which I will work to preserve as that is the voice I have in this world, and I will wield it responsibly and ethically.  Lately, I’m tweeting a lot about Hulu, which I think is the up-and-comer in Internet television, which is where television audiences are going when they want television programming (the Internet).  I’m also touching on content as an idea in itself, which is what you’re probably quite familiar with, the information and material posted on the Internet with the intention to attract attention and interest in it.  Lastly, I’m making a few references to blogging and to social because I feel that represents that I have my hand in these areas, even if I am working on an amateur level.

 

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Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “lifestyle.”  WordPress is a blogging platform which promotes inclusion, and it goes hand-in-hand with social because a ready way to share blog posts is on social, and if you have good SEO you can get traffic from around the world wide web.  I don’t do this for the traffic, but there are times here and there I get feedback from readers that makes my day.  The culture of social and blogging, hand-in-hand with other cultural activities like having an affection for Star Wars, or being part of the video game community (such as taking part in Twitch), are interrelated on many levels, and those are the levels, the levels almost of “consciousness,” really, that I have, which I don’t think are untypical of someone my age and with my background.

 

I don’t want to say too much today, except that I am beginning a new time in my life on social, which is having the 1K following on tried-and-true Twitter (which is somewhat maligned), and also being in the era not just of mobile and video but also of the return of Star Wars in a big way, which when all added up together make me feel like the loose ends of my life to date somehow correlate and make sense to me, when I am reflecting on what is happening in my awareness.  I am basically returning to recap some of what I am doing in my personal life, and if you have feedback for me, the question I think I might put to you is whether to be commenting on fellow WordPress blogs.  I am not sure whether the practice of leaving comments on WordPress blogs is a good idea or not.  To me, there isn’t enough time in the day to do everything that needs to be done, and I know that many, many people are in that boat, too, and there are numerous advisors who have counsel on what It takes to structure more activities in the course of the week.  Occasionally I offer advice, but not all the time.  Mostly I sound what’s on my mind when I take the time to blog.  If you happen to read this, and you enjoy it, feel free to, “like,” “follow,” and/or comment.  Have a nice day and all the best to you.  Thank you!  Cheers.

Nominated to be queried for great young WordPress fun

WordPress thanked their bloggers for everything they did on the platform in 2016, I saw.  It was affirming, which is good if you enjoy ready validation.  I have to conduct myself with a degree of decorum which is necessary for all intents and purposes.  I don’t regret this at all.
Matthew matthew903.wordpress.com/2017/01/15 nominated me for a challenge, and while I am certainly late, I don’t mind posting something that is responsive.  It’s a growing experience, all the more because of what WordPress let us all know, and that is that they are inclusive.
l First, 2016 in 3 words… Disheartening.  Winding.  Dire.  Why do people like to characterize time with little descriptors like those?  They are a bit hard to think of.
l Second, who are the people who most moved us in the year behind (2016)?  I won’t name names, but I would offer up Ashtur-as, who is a bit imaginary and who accompanies me when I am out to count the steps I take.  I’ll think a little about Zop, too, which is a nickname for someone I hurt by mistake.
l Third, where have I seen beauty in 2016?  It’s typically the cemetery where I caretake the grounds.  I’m part of the operations for the spot, and that’s the reason I have to observe a level of respectability which I feel genuinely reflects who I am.
l Best food, ha, maybe my parent’s dinner dessert of chocolate cherry frozen yogurt.  I know I’m round.
l The event, fifth, that most affected my sense of consciousness about the world where I live (the one we’ve got) was Rogue One.  Everybody seems to have a lot to say about it.  I am preparing myself with reading material and the like before I even try to enter that universe mentally.
l The sixth avenue of inquiry, so to speak, is the finest purchase I made in 2016.  I’m not a materialist, I’m part of a not-for-profit.  I think this was the year I bought The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss.  That was a good read that I took on a couple of times.

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My three good intentions, as the questions go, are to keep up the blogging I’m doing and remaining aware of our website at http://www.maplelawncemetery.org and to aim for more tweeting, even after February 3.  I want to get to a local branch of the public library in 2017 and I want to eat a St. Patrick’s Day milkshake again this year.
You’re welcome to like, follow, and/or subscribe if you think this kind of business is solid.  It’s in good fun.

Photo Challenge Entry, Ambience at Our Quiet Church

In the spirit of photographic art, many, many people have their hand in at taking digital pictures.  Life is routinely captured visually in an electronic format, and even if you, like me, are somewhat rudimentary in your ability to take a good photo, it doesn’t mean that inspiration never strikes.  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is a blog series that offers help when it comes to gathering your wits at the sending end of a photograph.  Drawing inspiration from the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenges is useful, because both are you becoming part of a state of awareness surrounding photography and also that you are elevating your ideas to the level of relative expertise.
This week’s Challenge is on the subject of ambience, which is explored as a route to bringing up the mood of your audience by rendering photos which are full of excitement, as with light, for example, that can be enjoyed with the sense of sight and also reflected upon.  This week’s Challenge invites the post of an ambient photo, which for me is ideal as I always feel lucky when something I’ve snapped shows comparative ambience (to something duller).  I’m part of a nonprofit where I take photos of our grounds, because I’m there routinely, and I’m familiar with the place.
There’s a church and cemetery, to get to the point, where our nonprofit handles the caretaking and other duties.  We have a webpage:  http://maplelawncemetery.org
I’m also blogging, as you can clearly see, which is taking in interest in our operation in the capacity that it functions as a small business, and while we’re firmly a not-for-profit, it is the work we do of which we’re proud.  All this being said, I’ve selected a photo I took which is dated October 9, 2013.  Without much more to say, I present it here as part of this week’s photo challenge and it is below.  While I am not exclusively discussing our work as a not-for-profit, I will continue to blog regularly and if you have an interest in this, feel free to “like,” “follow,” and/or subscribe.  Thank you.
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Fortune is the Result of Aim Coupled with Dedication

Today’s WordPress daily prompt is the word, “fortune.”  When you reflect on fortune, you might think of the sixty hours you could put in at work each week, and the money that goes with the right efforts of long hours of effort.  You can make mastery out of your life, if you have the right drive, experiences, and initiative.  It may take early mornings, long hours of study, and perspiration.  However, if you write your own formula for ingenuity, you might find yourself gearing up for sought-after rewards.  It is up to you to make your fortune.
With any luck, you’ve gained some intuition by your education.  You’ve become schooled, set goals for yourself, and become aware of the dictates set by your own heart.  You’ve gone forward into employment, taken on entrepreneurship, begun to accumulate material wealth.  It is the first ties you have to success.  You have the key to the door for future growth.
I’ve become interested in Patrick Bet-David’s channel for videos on YouTube about entrepreneurship, known as Valuetainment.  Bet-David is like a philosopher to the business world.  He has a deep-seated drive to enrich himself and he undertakes a radical approach to business savvy.  His vision for Valuetainment, as I understand it, is to communicate expertise for those likewise amassing countless hours of the single-minded pursuit of achievements of commerce.  What first captivated me about Bet-David and Valuetainment is Patrick’s thoughts on the future of Twitter.  He has clearly reflected at length on what can be done for the future of the ailing social media giant.  I knew then that Patrick Bet-David was a man of excellent character and insight into concerns which personally were aware in me.  I was stunned that the man has such a terrific grasp of questions which were likewise occurring to me, and of course to many others.  You should take a look at what he said.
I will continue to share some of the Valuetainment YouTube videos, to Twitter, knowing that occasionally they will spark an moment of interest in people exploring both popular social media platforms.  It is necessary to put in the hours for success if you want to be like Bet-David.  I’m a lightweight, merely playing; but there will be those for who Valuetainment presents answers.  Do take a look.
Don’t overlooking subscribing to Valuetainment on Youtube, and consider “liking” this post, “following” my blog and/or commenting.  I appreciate you dropping by, and good luck to you whatever you take on in 2017 and beyond.  I wish you all the best.
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Mind the Gap

Bringing your personal brand to social media can be quite a lot of work.

Social media is a seductive distraction. If you aren’t prepared to get down to business, you can find you waste hours and days investigating social media, because it never stops and some people just can’t get enough of it. This means that you might find yourself in a position where you spend much more time just reading and looking at what’s on social media, than actually bringing to bear your personal brand as it’s understood with social media. You don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden the clock has jumped and you don’t know where the time went.

This could well mean that your personal brand hasn’t made it to your social media platforms (and never mind the possibility that your efforts at creating your own brand might be diluted by the numbers of social media platforms on which you’re active).

You need to invest time into researching what it means to show your personal brand on social media. Particularly if you are in business, you need to come to terms now with the idea that you are a brand, and therefore you must evaluate what you need to do to make yourself seem savvy and interesting. It is the best way to handle social media. You need to be a part of it to keep up with the next guy, and you need to do it as well or better in order to seem like a flexible, valuable individual. It’s really not all that intuitive, when you get down to brass tacks.

This is where putting your research skills into effect pays off. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information crafting your social media strategy, and you can take away a few tips that will help you focus your social media output into a brand that proves quality and expertise. The tip of the iceberg is your getting started, and research will quickly bring you up to speed with some guidelines about how best to proceed. It isn’t too difficult, but research will certainly help, and that is what the jumping off point is, when you are expanding your personal brand on social.

This post was inspired by the WordPress Discover challenge Mind the Gap. If you like where I am going with this, feel free to “like” and/or “follow,” and/or to leave me a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

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