“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Want to be a Serious Blogger?

Want to be a Serious Blogger?

Okay, you set out, you write, but it falls on deaf ears or no ears at all.

You look for advice.

Well, that’s overwhelming.

“Tell stories,” they say. “Everyone likes stories.”
Children hear, “Once Upon a Time,” and know a story is to follow. They sit in rapt attention. (Unless they are video geeks in which case they could care less.)

But wait, we’re talking about blogging, and while one “expert” tells you to tell stories, another says,  "Unless you can go into a bar, tell your story and have the audience stand spellbound, you suck."

“Write long blogs, 1,000 words minimum, 2,000 is better.”

But then there is the iconic #Seth Godin who writes a few lines sometimes, longer blogs at other times.

What the heck does it matter? Put out something of value.

Or create something people disagree with.

Don't be contentious for the sake of being contentious. But write with conviction. You are bound to offend a few. This is an exercise in disabusing ourselves of constantly chasing others’ approval. Pick a fight. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. Just take note of the thrill you feel when you let go of “What will people think?”

According to #Jeff Goins,

 There are five types of bloggers:

1.     The Journalist:
 The Journalist builds his platform on asking questions.
The only requirement for this type of platform is curiosity.
Darren began his journey by asking questions. And as he publicly shared the answers he got, his curiosity attracted an audience of hundreds of thousands of people. Now, he is considered a leading expert on blogging.

2. The Prophet:

 The Prophet builds her platform on telling the truth. The requirement for this type of platform is a passion for authenticity. Jamie Wright authors a popular blog called The Very Worst Missionary, on which she riffs and rants about faith, life, and other stuff that bugs her. She complains and cusses and confesses. In short, she says all the things missionaries wish they could say, and people love her for it. Ask any of her readers why and they’d probably tell you, “Because she’s real.” She tells the truth — the dirty, ugly, nasty, wonderful truth. 

Of course, prophets are not always so popular. They are unpredictable and often offend someone. But that’s not their goal. The goal is to simply tell the truth, whether people want to hear it or not. Another example is Seth Godin, who is an iconoclast in the business world. Good prophets do not only condemn the dark; they also call us into the light.

 3. The Artist

The Artist builds his platform by creating art — whether it be music, painting, or entrepreneurship. The requirement is an eye for beauty. An example of this type of author is Ann Voskamp, best-selling author and blogger. She communicates the truth of her message through the words she uses and the phrases she chooses. It’s a form of prose poetry. The gift of an artist is they give us eyes to see.

4. The Professor

The Professor builds her platform on facts and information. She does extensive research until she has achieved mastery. Of course, there is always more to learn, but this type of person knows more than most. The only requirement is a longing to learn. The Professor loves data. She loves reading, studying, and analyzing.

The gift of the Professor is that they make the seemingly impossible, doable.

5. The Star

The star is perhaps, the oddest type of platform to build.  They are known for being charismatic, naturally likable. They woo and endear us, even sometimes scandalize their audiences, and for the most part, we love them for it. They are doing what we ask of them — sharing their lives. They’re a party looking for a place to happen. An example of this type is #Ashton Kutcher.

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss’ mantra is basically, “If I can do it, so can you.” This is the message of a star: I’m just like you. That’s what stars do best — they attract the attention to themselves so that they can point it towards something ultimately bigger.

What sort of blogger are you?

The Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?” —Dean Kansky, Serendipity
I wrote a semi-long blog, I’m passionate about writing, I desire to add value, I can argue with you if you throw something up to be batted around. I don't know what sort of blogger I am, I drank three cups of coffee, and got to the end even with the cat loving up my mouse hand making the cursor squiggle all over the place.

Live long.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Has This Ever Happened to You?

Have you ever wondered why in the hell you have been writing since the day before God was born yet have no traffic?

If you are cellophane, no one knows you’re there.

Okay, okay, so I need to advertise, become visible, become the peacock.

Are you so focused on writing you forget to publicize?


Are you giving people what they want?

What do people want?

I don’t think they know themselves, unless it is searching the web to fix something, like the refrigerator. Lordy, my husband found how to fix vertical blinds that have a square millimeter hole punched into the top of the blind that attaches to the glider. The amount of plastic above the hole is again about a millimeter, and it’s easy to break that minuscule piece of plastic.

 See, answers are on the Internet.

The song that is rattling through my mind this week is, “Everyone is beautiful on the Internet,” sung to the tune of “Everything is beautiful at the ballet,” from A Chorus Line.

This information came out recently: “People who spend a lot of time in Social Media are less happy than those who don’t.” This is because they compare themselves to those who are spouting their beauty, success, and riches.

I was born a poor white child, but after doing such in such, I now have a beautiful wife, a fancy house and car, make an income of over six figures a month and work less than an hour a day while sitting on the beach drinking a Mai tai’.


Beautiful or not, successful or not, we are still searching.

Why do people buy so many “How to” books?

I have heard, however, that the purchase of How to books is slipping. People are tired of the corporate world and trying to fit in. Now they are taking matter into their own hands, and becoming entrepreneurs.

Being one’s own boss is terribly appealing, even if it comes with hard work and many setbacks.

Through it all, rich, poor, beautiful or not, I believe that people want to fix themselves. Evidence of that is the number of people who throng to events such as Jack Canfield, the “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” guy’s seminars, or my hero #Tony Robbins. We listen to #Zig Zigler tell us he will see us at the top, or #Nelson Mandela who told us we are greater than our fears.

Perhaps the Internet will collect answers for us. As people pour their hearts, souls and minds into content, we will all benefit. I hadn’t thought of this before, that we are assembling a great collective consciousness. And you and I are all a part of that. The Internet is not reserved for the military as first conceived, or scholars, as was their plan, or intellectuals, or “experts,” but folks who have a song to sing.

Just write it all down on paper for Heaven’s sake. Information in computers feels vulnerable to me.

Will the Internet provide answers to life’s persistent questions?

Why am I here? What shall I do with my life?  How can I be happy? How can I lay aside old hurts? How can I have more money?  How do I live more exuberantly, have splendid relationships with mates, spouses, friends, the divine?

·        Am I barking up the wrong tree?

I think not.

I stand by my words.

Oh, this blog is about writing…

I praise you writers, you are telling your story, bleeding on page, wanting to connect, wanting to express yourselves, and contributing to the collective consciousness of the world.

Thank you.

Go for it.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.”

–Marianne Williamson (Often attributed to Nelson Mandela as he quoted her.)