If Your Blog Dies, It’s Your Own Fault, Not Ours

I failed to write anything yesterday. In my mind, I came up with several ideas, and even some opening sentences. The problem is, in my perverse pursuit of perfection, I wordsmithed them to the point of useless drivel. Call it writer’s block if you want; I call it fatigue and frustration.

When I started this blog a few weeks ago, I did so with two simple goals in mind. One, I intended to use this as a platform to improve my writing. Two, I wanted to learn the ins and outs and ups and downs and everything in-between of WordPress and blogging. I didn’t intend make it a new chore. I still don’t.

This morning I ran across a blog post entitled 10 Reasons Why Your Blog WILL Die Before Its First Birthday on thebacklight.com. Marcus Sheridan of The Sales Lion wrote the post a year ago. Since I am brand new to the blogging world, it was new and worthwhile reading for me.

In fact, I thought about this a lot today. Here are the ten reasons and my thoughts on the steps I need to take to get this blog past its first birthday.Continue reading “If Your Blog Dies, It’s Your Own Fault, Not Ours”

I Can Write Some Good English Now Today

Let me set the record straight.

I am not no English expert by any stretch of my imagination. I can write some good English when I can have the time. If you are the English teacher you will find wrong my English grammar with the rambling sentences and some of the run-on sentences this is the sentence I mean is the run-on. Or maybe some fragments. I use my spelling check but sometimes their wrong two.

Pure rubbish, isn’t it? Pure, unadulterated tripe. That’s the beauty of the blog. It is a medium of freedom and expression. I can think what I think and write what I write. I’m writing for me with a profoundly selfish idea that if you, the reader, read this and are slightly amused or entertained, then I got more than I bargained for when I strung these words together.

So what does it mean?

If you stumbled upon my tiny place in the world wide web-o-sphere, I hope you stayed for a minute or two – I truly hope I gave you some small reason to stay. If you smiled about something, or maybe paused briefly to reflect, then I have served some purpose.

Ya’ll come again.~

Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.

~ Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi

Write Something Today (A first post)

Maybe you’re a little like me; you’ve been curious about blogging – maybe even thought you might try your hand at it one day. Maybe you fancy yourself a writer or an author or a storyteller or a journalist or a novelist or a bard. Maybe you’re a bit more like me; you’re too busy with work, school, kids, sports, clubs, church, chores, vacations and life in general – but you’re really just lazy, undisciplined and not all that sure what you have to say. Maybe, just maybe, you really are a lot like me and you’re tired of wondering.

One single thread of advice is repeated over and over in everything I have ever read or heard about writing – “just write!” Get started! Write something today, and tomorrow, and again and again. Today, that is what I am doing.~

The laurels of authorship are worth the winning largely because there is no primrose path leading to them.

~ Frederic Taber Cooper