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Friday, January 18, 2019

6 Ways to Get People to STOP VISITING Your Blog


“Step right up and don’t read my blog!”


Would you ever write that on your blog?  You just might be if ...

1.)  Make it hard for me to find the comments box:

If I am taking time out of my day to read what you have to say but have a hard time finding the comment/reply option,

don’t expect me to comment.

Knowing I am unable to interact with you, I might not return.

Make it easy for me to find your comment/reply option.



2.) Keep the load time at its absolute maximum:

If your blog post/title catches my eye, but once I click to get there,

your load take takes what seems like forever, I might not come back.

*) Want to avoid this?

The more images, videos and other multi-media you have on your blog the longer it will take to load.

 However, images and other multimedia are important to attracting users to your blog SO

Decrease the size of your images or use thumbnails that link to the full-size image.




3.) Post content sporadically or rarely:

Do you like getting your news current or just now and then with no order to it?

 Most of us like up-to-date information.

Once your readers know your blog exists, take time to nurture and craft a blog post with regularity.

Even if you decide to post once a week, don’t stray from that.

Consistency breeds loyalty.



4.) Ignore Your Readers:

Don’t engage with people and neglect reciprocating on their blogs to ensure minimum repeat visitors to your blog.

Seriously, the first word in social media is “social”—

it’s a two-way street.

Talk to your readers, visit the blogs that visit you, engage with your audience.

Content is king but interaction rules the online social media universe.




5.) Have lots of WHINE to the cheese of your posts:

You might be one of the greatest new writers around, but if you whine continuously then expect a drop in visitors.

Depressing life-events dumps itself on my doorstep daily

so I really don't have to go out of my way to your blog for the experience!


6.) If you hawk it, they will come:

Ever been to those blogs that has tons of advertisements that shout at you?

How did you feel?

Having some advertisements is alright but crowding your blog with banners and links would turn off your readers.

Moreover, blogs with lots of advertisements usually take a long time to load,

which I’m sure you know, is not good for SEO purposes.

What do you think are ways to get people to stop visiting your blog?



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SJW Culture_When Did It Begin?



When did it begin?  
Most experts believe about 2011




The phrase originated in the late 20th century as a neutral or positive term 

for people engaged in social justice activism.

In 2011, when the term first appeared on Twitter, 

it changed from a primarily positive term to an overwhelmingly negative one.




Perhaps "SJW" movement isn't the right term... 

I can't think of any other that would identify it as well.. modern social progressivism movement

You can tell its members by their lack of a sense of humor ... 

they would not be able to find the humor in the above image.

They count coup by calling out someone in the spotlight for offending them and their standards.

They gain prestige in the eyes of their peers and you pay in external cost for not living up to their ideas of what is right.   

They search for faults in others and not in themselves ...

failing to realize they can only change themselves not others.

The Puritans only embedded the sin in a person they put into stocks not erased it.

When you point a finger at someone, three more are pointing back at you.



Safe Spaces. Micro Aggressions. 
Bias Response Teams.
Hate Speak. 
Trigger Warnings.

Teachers used to use as their guide for writing
their lectures
THE REASONABLE PERSON 
STANDARD

Would this offend a reasonable person?


Now, they have to write
their lectures using
THE MOST SENSITIVE PERSON 
STANDARD


In the past, 
good teachers challenged
 their students
to think for themselves
by presenting ideas 
that forced them
to think outside 
the safety of their 
preconceived notions 
of what was reality.

Now, they are no longer free to present
the Matterhorn to them.

Only mole hills of thought are acceptable.


There is no longer room for nuance
 in the classroom.

Only Stark Black and White .


HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

There are several social trends that started in the 80's 

and later that shaped children in that time to be hyper-sensitive.



OUTDOOR PLAY SHELVED 
FOR SAFETY

The 80's  and 90's saw an increase in the headlines of children outdoors being at risk for abduction.

But outdoor play, besides the needed sunshine and exercise, also provided

opportunities to negotiate with others, to toughen up their feelings, 

learning the world does not revolve around what they wish.

It's called Socialization:

Children need to learn how to work together. 

They need to learn to make friends, how to share and cooperate, how to treat other people. 

If they only interact in very structured settings,

 such as school or sports teams, they won’t — they can’t — learn everything they need to know.



RISING POLITICAL POLARIZATION

The political parties never really liked each other.

But in the late 90's and especially after 2000, 

the disparity and snark grew vicious until you have the toxic atmosphere you have today.



IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES 
GONE FAR LEFT

Those faculties had always leaned to the left.  

Forget Lean.  

They have now leapt to the far left and are passing off their surmises as certainties

 onto their impressionable students.

This at a time when political tensions are higher than ever.

So it has devolved from the Truth Seeking Path to the We Have to Beat the Other Team! Path.

We know what we believe!  

Don't give me Data!  You change!  

We're right; you're wrong!


LOST IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA ZONE

Children born after 1995 

were snatched to the safety of the home right at the time Social Media started taking off.

Instead of having to learn to handle conflict constructively, 

these youngsters could cocoon themselves in a safe cyber-womb, 

surrounded by like-minded souls who reinforced whatever attitudes they found appealing.



END RESULT

You put all these social trends together,

and you get young people who are much more anxious, fragile, and depressed, 

coming onto campuses with all the super-charged political and social propaganda 

being delivered as truth from every professor to whom they listen.

Those few students are the vanguard of the Social Justice Movement.



FREEDOM OF SPEECH

    FREEDOM OF DEBATE

        CRITICAL THINKING

have long been the cornerstones of our democracy.

Without them, how long before our nation devolves into a Civil War between Ideologies?


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE 
SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

WIDE-EYED


In the science of body language
  
1.) Raised eyebrows often indicate discomfort or insincerity.

2.) Lack of crinkles around the eyes suggest a fake smile.

3.) Real smiles cause the eyes to close.

 One of the key ingredient in a genuine smile is the movement of the orbicularis oculi muscle. 

 The vast majority of people that fake smiles will show no movements in the upper face area.

 4.) See their bottom teeth?

      Another way you can tell if a person is fake smiling is if you can see the bottom teeth in her mouth. 

It is called The Duchenne Smile, named after the French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne 

who conducted pioneering research into the science of electrophysiology.

      In true smiles the bottom teeth are totally absent.

5.)  This is because when you smile and you mean it, the mouth muscle, the zygomatic major moves upwards.


WIDE-EYED ...

having or showing a lack of experience or knowledge. 

See the full definition for wide-eyed in your dictionary

"If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress ...

 Uh, rather all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House."


How do say this in a PC way?

Miss Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old democratic socialist, 

is a young, ambitious, and outspoken Hispanic woman, 

who suffers occasional bouts of hyperbole and verbal imprecision.

Sadly, we suffer along with her. 


She is the Non-Thinker's Representative
 who likens her election 
to the first Lunar landing.

Narcissistic much?



Yes, I know that President Trump
has his own issues with 
hyperbole and factual imprecision.

Yet, the line that attacks him
for it goes around the block.


 Miss Ocasio-Cortez
seems to be made of Teflon.


When asked whether she supported 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi 
for House speaker .

Her answer:

“We gotta take a look at what’s going on, and how the U.S. would pay for multi-trillion-dollar universal healthcare,

 why we don’t consider “the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died” because we don’t have universal healthcare." 



Instead of asking if Miss Ocasio-Cortez was sober, the interviewer simply nodded along thoughtfully. 

She used the tired route of answering the question she wanted to be asked, not the one she heard.

Or more frightening:
 Did she actually hear that question?

No one challenges her directly on her wild, fact-challenged, narcissistic statements. 


This is how terribly unsuited individuals 
achieve positions of power 
to which they are woefully ill-prepared.

Yes,
she has two degrees 
and won in a race that
seemed impossible.

After her father passed away 
from cancer in 2008, 

Miss Ocasio-Cortez worked two jobs
 in the restaurant industry 
to help her family make ends meet.

It just seems odd 
her words do not reflect
her accomplishments. 



WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Besides that I am about to lose a ton of followers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

HOW TO GET A MILLION HITS ON YOUR BLOG_ And yes, it includes SEX




HOW TO GET A MILLION HITS ON YOUR BLOG?

You get them just like you get a million readers for your book.

You get them one at a time -- like you write your book one word at a time.

And you get them by giving them what they want to read, what they can get at no other source.

{I will, indeed, tell you how to get a million hits on your blog further on down in my post.}

Talking about giving readers what they want to read ...

What do writers want to read on a blog on writing?

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A WRITER.

I. KNOW IT IS ATTITUDE OVER TALENT.

     A. What key factor will you find in every successful writer?

           It's a desire to succeed as a writer  mixed with the
           right attitude.

          You have to pick yourself up and keep going. Because
          you know in your heart
          you're on the right path and you won't allow those
          nasty people derail you.

     B.  YOU ARE WHAT YOU DO.

           Each day your butt should be in the chair and
           your fingers typing.

           If not, you're a dreamer not a writer.

II.  Failure Shows You How To Get Better

     A.  CASE STUDY:
Bob Dylan was booed off the stage in 1967 when he went electric.

He was booed off the stage in 1974 when he went Gospel.

He’s been booed off the stage since then and yet he still fills theaters.

The Monkeys, on the other hand, have never been booed off the stage and they’re just an oldies act. Being booed off the stage is a key part of being an artist.
     B.   Don't write to please everyone. If you do that
            you'll please no one, starting with yourself.

           Write authentically.  Write honestly.

III.     Now about how to get a million hits on your blog ...

      A. Some writers work smart.  Some writers work
           hard.  Others are lucky.

           I can't help you with the luck ... but with the smart
           and hard --

      B. Write stuff people might want to read, doing so
           with humor and kindness; and
          
Compulsively e-mail your posts to bloggers who
           might possibly consider linking  you.

      C. If somebody's throwing you traffic, you should either
          (a) give them a link-back update, or at a minimum
          (b) keep them in mind for future linkage.

      D. Aye, Matey, I'll be showing ye where the treasure
           be buried!

           The easiest place to find blog fodder is Memeorandum,
           which has an algorithmic formula that
           automatically updates to tell you
           what the hot topics are in the 'sphere.
           Along with http://www.wesmirch.com/

     E.  SEX SELLS -

          Once upon a time Stacy McCain was blogging
          in promotion of the book, DONKEY CONS.

          Because the subtitle of the book was "Sex, Crime,
          and Corruption in the Democratic Party,"
          
          he got lots of traffic from people Googling
          donkey+sex.  

         Sex sells.

    F. A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME and other hints --

          One: have a cool name. Something
          memorable. Something different.

          Two: make lots of friends. Pretty self explanatory.
          Friends link you. Friends click over to read you. 
          Friends put you in their blogrolls.


          Three: post about celebrities. Preferably the
           good-looking female kind.  
           People google-searching for GAL GADOT may
          very well come here because of her photo.

          Four: Enjoy yourself.
             This is the most important thing. A blog can eat
             your life.
             Blogging can become addictive.
             If you’re going to do it, you’d better do it in some
             way that you enjoy.

           Elizabeth Craig spotlighted my post on A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS sometime back on Twitter.  Thanks very much, Elizabeth!!

Friday, January 11, 2019

BLOGS_Behind the Curtain



Recent studies have found people take about three hours and sixteen minutes to write a blog post. 

That's a 26 percent increase 
over the same surveys last year. 

However, the studies also found that “twice as many bloggers are now spending 6+ hours on their average post.”


THAT'S QUITE AN INVESTMENT.

ARE WE GETTING AN APPROPRIATE RETURN 
ON IT? 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Research shows the average blog is dead 
after a mere 100 days.

OUCH!

That number also means that the average blog 
that launches in the next couple of weeks 
will already have died by July 4th!

Yes, that’s a depressing thought.


But don't quit!


Make connections where you can.

Look for forums related to your topic. 

Look for active Twitter chats about blogging.


As I've found writing my novels ...

 a funny thing begins to happen as you continue doing something you enjoy, 

even when no one else is watching quite yet: 

 you get better at it. 

The quality of your content improves. 

Then, as people slowly do find you, 

you have a growing body of work that’s getting continually better, 

which encourages those first-time readers to become multiple-time readers.

 It’ll take work, and it’ll take longer than you expect to get noticed.

But it’s worth it when it happens.

What do you think
of the return of
your blog efforts?