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.

 

A Reflection of Where I am with this Blog

I have decided to begin curating blog posts which I wrote in the past, starting with this first entry originally published July 10, 2014.

 

Blogs are commonplace for many.  Mine has provided a good deal of insight for me as people have seen and reacted to it.  If you do any writing, a blog is a very helpful way to establish one’s name as a writer.  Sometimes it goes with a change of direction.  For example, a fact may have come to light of which you were unaware.  If you have fears about becoming known to the public, a blog may not be the best way to talk on the Internet.  Or, perhaps, if you have run out of time, and have new responsibilities emerging in your life, or simply new interests being cultivated, making a blog has become less of a priority than you thought it would be.  However, the decision to blog is a significant one, and making the choice to blog from a unique angle may work in your favor as you develop your blog for the Internet, and get you the result you desire.

 

My head these days is busy, all the more so what with social media.  There is a wealth of information on the social media phenomenon, long in the running and with little sign of stopping.  Although blogging is a popular hobby, trying to inject for yourself your entry to the mix while remaining professional (and therefore detached).

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/daily-prompts/

For quite some time now, I have been taking advantage of the prompts WordPress offers, both their daily prompts and their weekly photo challenges.  The Internet is a wonder of our time, and it would be amiss not to present a helping hand to others.  It is often a normal part of day-to-day living, and taking a look into the realm of digital communications pays off in various ways, which I will leave to your imagination.  At the very least, the activity of writing in this blog is a soothing balm for me, when I write for this blog.  I hope that you will give me the benefit of the doubt.  If you enjoyed this post, feel free to, “like,” comment, and/or follow my blog.  All the best to you.

August 7, 2013
Disbanded in 2006, Louth United Church stands in front of Maple Lawn Cemetery, the not-for-profit we maintain

Thinking I Have Been Misguided

An Internet newsletter I read included an interesting 2007 interview I read last night with filmmaker Werner Herzog

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The films the writer of the article points to include Nosferatu the Vampyre, Aguirre the Wrath of God, and Fitzcarraldo, three which I viewed quietly when I was in college, specifically in the year 1999 when such things were far less frequently available. One of my college essays included a few of my observations about Herzog, and, perplexingly enough, my teacher mentioned the last day we spoke to each other that he was planning himself to write a book about Herzog, to establish the young man who taught me himself, as a writer. The interview included a peculiar observation Herzog made in the 2007 interview, in which the filmmaker is quoted as saying: “Adventure! I cannot stand the term adventure nowadays—I lower my head and charge—it has degenerated into such an obscenity that you can go to the travel agency and book an adventure trip to New Guinea, to the headhunters, to the cannibals.”

I was reminded of my blog post two days ago:  findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/what-might-have-been-adventure-can-show-the-rust/ which included in its title the unfortunate word Adventure. I think I must correct the impression it left, but, to the blog post’s credit, it did receive the attention and interest of a blogger with a much, much larger profile than I have, beautybeyondbones, who compared to me you should read, and you can find her most recent post at the time of this writing at

beautybeyondbones.com/2017/06/22/the-exploitation-by-to-the-bone/

Compared to me, she’s very good.

That being said, today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word, “Local,” and I think how hard it is to be by and large confined to the area which is local for me and still to feel like there is a contribution I can make. I am not easily discouraged, but I think compared to someone like beautybeyondbones, who has gone through tremendous suffering and come back strong, I wonder what kind of insight I can conjure. I think again, however, and I remember it is true that if you have any interest in doing business in 2017, you should definitely have a blog and update it regularly. I sometimes tweet links to articles that argue for the importance of blogging, and, I feel the odd person who clicks through what I share on Twitter about blogging sometimes must resonate. You can find me on Twitter here

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It is nearly ready for a summer update, but that must by necessity and for scheduling reasons be left for several days from now, which is what I’ve decided.

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There is a plentitude of blogging advice available on the Internet, but the best advice I know of is this tidbit. You should generally not tell people what to post. Any passion, any recipe for inventiveness or what is usually referred to as authenticity, should not be filtered out of an individual’s content for the sake of conveying expertise. It is not a good idea.

The WordPress photo challenge this week has been an essay on the subject of Transience, and while I expressed an interest in the essay in my previous blog post I did neglect to include a link to the actual essay, in case you wish to read it. It is here

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I shall include another photo, which I think implies transience, simply for the oversight of not actually linking to the essay which inspired the blog post which beautybeyondbones briefly evaluated, impressing me greatly. If you are of a mind that a post like this is favourable to you, feel free to, “like,” “comment,” and/or, “follow.” I seldom know what this will turn up, but I was moved by the response to the previous blog post again and also what the Werner Herzog interview turned up (and that too you should consider reading in its entirety).

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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.

How Not Knowing Thrillers Makes You a Rookie

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Markus Spiske

Gaps in your knowledge can be a roadblock.  You need to learn continually, in my estimation.  Otherwise, you’re making a scattershot effort, briefly fun but getting thinner.  Reflecting on what you can do to demonstrate credibility, here are a few life lessons I’ve gained from experience, that I’d like to touch on here.

• Look before you leap.

Without a vocation, it isn’t much good to declare yourself “in the game,” no matter with how much positive thinking you direct yourself, and the level of enthusiasm you have to proffer (such as with to write).  Gaps in your knowledge can easily set you back.  For example, consider being asked to submit a review of a current film, for example.  If you focus solely on one film genre, such as thrillers, for example, you will look better in the eyes of whatever readers you have.  For example, a thriller I remember enjoying is Vantage Point.  It’s a film where William Hurt appears as the President of the United States and the target of an attempt on his life.  Dennis Quaid appears as a FBI guard and part of the President’s enclave.  This one movie alone could have easily spanned dozens of opinions.  Also, a review could have included references to as many other films.

• Don’t gauge there will be excitement when developing something mundane.

You can’t count on being blessed with adulation for something trivial, particularly when you are uninformed.  I know a lot of amateur film reviews can read as uninformed.  It doesn’t generate a lot of positive feedback, I feel, if you are merely waxing poetic on the flick you sat through at the mall.  There is so much competition to get through the noise that I don’t think you will find it particularly satisfying to be hurling nonsense at the world… unless you are a genuine nut.  It’s lucky in this day and age that we have a surviving film format in the commercial sense because not only is the written word pining away for attention, there is a lot of rival video to traditional film that require performance analysis.  A substantial level of dedication to the interpretation of media is essential.

• Your best friend might just be your mother.

If, after you’ve sewn your heart on your sleeve, and the most telling response you get is from your mother, you might know in that moment that you’re beat.  Mothers sometimes know best.  If you get the message that you seem bonkers, you may have to acknowledge that your personal opinions on social might not be a successful strategy on any level in your personal journey.  Gaps in your knowledge can be your undoing.  No matter how much grindstone you’ve hewn, or how much enthusiasm and joy you mustered keeping it real, you may fall short if the lights dancing in your eyes are causing you to need sunglasses.  Even if you did your best, I know in the long run that if things don’t work out, the pain won’t be forever.  I assure you, it won’t.

If you like this post, let me know by following my blog.  Thanks for reading and stick to what you want to do.  Just exercise caution where caution is due.  Thanks.

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The Best of my Blog

My name is Patrick Coholan and I am a Canadian who blogs as his hobby. I mean it to be handy for people who take an interest work on and off the Internet and I hope that the readers who find me enjoy what I have wrote for them. Many of the photographs accompanying the blog posts I have taken myself. I do quite a bit of informal research that I bring to the table with my blog. I am also a content writer with occasional part-time work coming to me from India. I am most comfortable blogging and writing from afar.

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Luis Llerena

These links are my own blog, the best of which I am presenting to you as part of this week’s WordPress Discover challenge #DiscoverWP
Participants are invited to draw inspiration from a number between one and ten. I decided on the number ten, and I was able to identify my ten most important blog posts out of them all. I also include a brief note after each post which is what I reflect I have done with the relevant blog post.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/work-the-more-the-better/

This explains my work ethic.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/at-times-tweeting-is-an-uphill-battle/

This explains how I feel about promoting my blog with Twitter.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/boundaries-challenge/

This draws inspiration from healthy boundaries in more abstract language.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/the-ornate-and-the-slumbering/

This explains what I do when I am on our job site.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/division-a-force-for-good/

These are my thoughts on the word, “division.”

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/narrowing-my-blogs-focus/

This is how I decided to specific a direction for my blog.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/coming-together-in-the-age-of-the-internet/

This is a touch of philosophy on our lives and the Internet.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/action-is-essential-if-you-want-your-aims/

This is motivational advice.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/whether-sincere-or-can-we-challenge-ourselves/

I was trying to be heartfelt here when I was reflecting on my social media efforts.

https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/second-thoughts/

This is a discussion about second thoughts which have come up for me.

If you enjoy this post, please “like” and/or “follow” and comment on my blog. Have a wonderful time!

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Being Artificial on Social Media

Transforming your mind state into something for the Internet is rampantly common and has been for a long time. With social media, you get to craft Internet content that reflects who you are as an individual. When you post to Facebook, or to Twitter, or to Youtube or to any other social media platform, you have an opportunity to make artificial something that is real in your life.

Evaluating your everyday life experience, and translating it into Internet content that you make available for others, is part of your life and that of many others. By thinking of creative methods by which you can translate aspects of your life into social media, you have the ability and the freedom to craft Internet content that is representative of real world aspects of your life, yet artificial in the format you render it. Your life is real, as real as you experience it, and with social media, you can tap into real world experiences for something which is suitable for the consumption of others. You communicate moments in your life into social media posts that reflect who you are as an individual.

There is nothing completely real about posting on social media, yet it generally grows out of real life, because you are inherently human. Therefore the urge to render your life on social media means that you grow your content out of experiences you have in real life. It wouldn’t be artificial if it was really happening, yet however interactive social media becomes, you are translating your experiences into content that others can digest and reflect on, to understand who you are as a human being. The WordPress Daily Prompt for today is the word “artificial.” With social media you form content that is grown from your life experience, yet rendered as artificial as far as it is only a representation of what has happened to you in your life, a bloom of the seed of real life.

Feel free to “like” this post and to comment, and/or to “follow” my blog if you found this blog post thoughtful. I hope you that your own social media posts continue to go well for you and that the best moments in your life are conferred to social media as though they were vitally important, which they are. You are an individual and you have the opportunity to write social media content that reflects the best of what happens to you.

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