The creation of an ideal pro blog

. . . . . . . Hello, my lovelies. Today’s entry is going to be about writing pro blogs. A pro blog is not an ordinary blog. The creator of a pro blog has a vast breadth of knowledge and erudition and is additionally fun to read. The avg. blog falls woefully short in these criteria. {cont.}

. . . . . . . I always feel lost on blogs. The gush of positive approval from all sides is like standing in a room with rising water levels. Lukewarm water, but water you know is going to hit your throat and keep going.

. . . . . . . I’m very used to being a square peg in a round hole and recognize that my best work — that which goes over best with my audience — is middle-of-the-road vanilla spiced with abit of danger, abit of edge.

. . . . . . . I like to believe my blog, the Cradle, is a pro blog that will only snowball as time goes on. Why do I feel this? Because there’s a power and invincibility to my writings.

. . . . . . . Blogs are high school to newspapers’ university level writings. There’s more fun in high school because less serious things are at stake. Also, you develop more in high school than you do at university.

. . . . . . . Blogs follow these patterns because they’re a rich man playing a poor man’s game.

. . . . . . . What gets oneself writing? There’s small-m motivation and big-d Desire. Motivation for writing ultimately has to come from deep within and that’s actually a desire. Writing is for the long-haul and transient motivations just won’t cut it. The desire to express oneself, to feel one’s wings spreading and taking flight, is the primary seed of all great writing. Motivations tend to be shallow. I’ll go with a strong desire any day of the week.

. . . . . . . To be a writer you must forget about money and concentrate on the work at hand. That’s why blogs are so useful: the majority are not monetizable and you write for the love of it. There are traces of self-importance and narcissism in any blog, but book review blogs (to quote 1 example) tone it down because they tend to get out of their own space and into another intellectual’s head, which is a good thing.

. . . . . . . I’m not a big fan of photography blogs. To me, they smack of laziness. You take out your Canon and snap a few photos of your cukes and tomatoes in your garden. Or maybe a wildflower or two. Where, exactly, is the talent in that or in photography in general?

. . . . . . . I also have an antipathy towards poorly written blogs. WordPress gives you tools to improve your spelling and structure. Misspellings are highlighted with a squiggly red line underneath the suspect word, and the PREVIEW button allows you to re-read your entire work from scratch, from start to finish. These tools should be utilized.

. . . . . . . The world is chaos. The pro blog is neat order. One counterpositions the other. We are trying to slog our way through the messy business of life to a calm place where we can put down our thoughts on what just went by. There are butterflies of beauty pinned to the corkboard of understanding & comprehension.

. . . . . . . The most necessary part of writing a blog is the readers. Readers are not sticky; they fall away like leaves. You want to cultivate the repeat viewer, who comes time and again. Don’t mind the silent lurker — he’ll come out of his shell if you give him reason to.

. . . . . . . There’s no reason for most lurkers to talk. They’re satisfied being in their little shells. Don’t disturb them — they form a vital part of the visitor stats, probably the most vital.

. . . . . . . WordPress, as a platform, allows for Followers. These are people who automatically get your content without having to return to your pro blog again and again. I’m not sure how I feel about Followers. They seem to be lurkers who have their own WordPress blogs but are too lazy to flesh out a comment or two for your blog. And comments are ultra tres mondo important.

. . . . . . . Why are comments so crucial? Because they give the creator of the pro blog a sense of completion and accomplishment, and they offer the initial glimmerings of a community in the birthing.

. . . . . . . The best blogs have double-digit commenters for every entry. At the present time, I’m struggling to hold onto the dozen or so different people who have replied at one time or another to my not-so-humble abode.

. . . . . . . Catxman’s Cradle was deliberately designed to cover a wide variety of ground. In addition to being interesting and fun, it was supposed to hit the sweet spot in a number of different ways. Thus: fiction and non-fiction. Music and graphics. Corporations and War. Society and the personality. And more. I was never shy about being a generalist because that’s where my strength lies. I’m a synthesist at heart. I combine from multiple different worlds to product a shocking revelation. That’s because I love the power of emotions at their purest. I’d almost rather take a good emotion over a great idea, if you know what I mean.

. . . . . . . Emotions are undervalued for men. They define our lives. From the birth of our first child to the first time we cross 1,000 visitors in one day on our pro blogs, our emotions are the walls that give us support for whatever roof we choose to construct. Maybe the roof is a family-future. Maybe the roof is a captive audience for a book you’re pitching. But you want those emotions. You want those visitors.

. . . . . . . My pro blog is aimed at scratching an itch you never knew you had. My pro blog is chemically balanced to be an addiction. In the final analysis, my pro blog is solely for myself and my pleasure. I don’t really care about viewers or comments or money from some book I haven’t written yet. Each entry is a treasure, a reward in-and-of itself. It is for the future that I write, because I live mostly there. When your life is mediocre to okay, and you were meant to live spectacularly, the future is your natural home, after all. ALL HAIL THE FUTURE!

Fin

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