Introduce Yourself Here To Other Bloggers And Grow Your Audience!

So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.

I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first! Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.

Promote Yourself!

Tell folks who you are and what you blog about so people will want to check you out. Also go say hi to others. It is all key to growing your audience.

Frankly I got tired of seeing talented, warm folk like Deborah (go check her out, she’s cool people – tell her I sent you!) trying to get their first audience members to trickle in (or seeing really good bloggers even just give up! 8-O )  And then I saw a good online friend OM was already doing something similar. Great stuff! You can never have enough busy platforms to leave your calling card and those multi-connections are how the internet helps build your reputation and drive traffic.


Have at it!   If you have a social network, share this post as each share shares YOUR story one more time!

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The Modern Art Of Selfie

the art of selfie imgSo what a bunch of narcissistic, pathetic, no life having morons these kids are today eh? Or so certain online newspaper comment boards would have you think. With the Queen of the selfie Kim Kardashian at the helm, people (and not just kids) have been snapping the minutiae of their lives now for a few years. Their breakfast, their clothing…or lack of(!), themselves in bed chilling with their partners… They even snap themselves in front of tragic events such as the fatal coffee house hostage taking in Australia. Or when a man in the US was attacked and left lying in the street, early morning commuters thoughtfully took selfies of him lying there but felt that this didn’t leave enough time to call for help for him, so continued on their various merry journeys to work. Imagine the old story of the The Good Samaritan, but with camera phones!

Ms Kardashian even brought out her own book of selfies called ‘Selfish’ which either bombed or was entirely successful depending on who you talk to. 32,000 sales is small fry for her but big fry for some, considering that she is selling images or similar images that are pretty much available everywhere anyway.

Recently a report came out illustrating how many youngster’s self esteem levels are totally hooked on the validation they get from their selfie comments and how their whole sense of worth can be shattered without that thumbs up from their followers on a daily basis.

But folks disparaging the selfie taking craze in one deft put down fail to take into account the amount of people also earning a comfortable living via taking these selflies. The much mocked Instagram ‘models’ take pics because often they are supplemented by big brands willing to pay for them to do so. Quite simply it pays the rent. If you are one of our Blogging Caucus members we introduced you to one these girls in our last report and told you how it all works.

In their haste to condemn anything modern that they can’t get to grips with, the (usually older) naysayers fail to see how they are starting to sound like their own parents sounded 50 years ago.

They lump every selfie friendly social network out there into one ball of dysfunction and condemn the lot whilst proudly saying that it is because they ‘have a life’ they wouldn’t dream of using these platforms, despite their usage of another social platform to inform the world of their presumed valuable opinion. Surely both platforms merely cater for forms of expression? One is left unsure of what is worse at this point, pride in being both obstinately ignorant and arrogant about new technology or the increasingly (mostly) youthful unattractive narcissism.


1. What a bunch of narcissistic, pathetic, no life having morons these kids are today eh?

2. Nothing wrong with taking (endless) selfies, who is it hurting?

3. I am concerned about my children buying into this look-at-me, me, me madness.

Arrogant Cow!

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Women are not allowed to state that they are beautiful. Fact. ‘How dare she say she is beautiful!’  ‘Arrogant cow!’That’s someone else’s job.’
You can acknowledge that you are tall, fat, Irish, an architect, jobless, useless, even ugly, but there is an unwritten rule that says women (in particular) cannot admit to being beautiful.

To be fair, I don’t know that many men would be praised for saying that they are good looking either, however, it is women who have been lambasted recently for daring to suggest that they might consider themselves attractive. And I mean people got really angry at them. You also get people annoyed if you wear an expression on your face that suggests that you think you are attractive. ‘That one thinks she is God’s gift.’ Oh the crime!

I should add that this phenomenon is a western disease, as I have heard African and Brazilian women state categorically that they are beautiful with no punchline or false self deprecation and the people surrounding them simply nod in agreement.


Why is a (western) woman not allowed to say she is beautiful? Straight face. No irony. No narcissism. No punchline,  just truth. Is this just other people reflecting their own insecurities?

Is it indeed just plain arrogant to suggest that you are beautiful?

Why do women bother with make up and all that gear if the aim is not to be beautiful at the end of it?

Would you like your daughter to be able to state confidently that as well as being well educated, she is also beautiful…or does that sound weird?

How comes you can be beautiful inside without annoying anyone but not beautiful outside?

Is coyly waiting for someone else to acknowledge your beauty a bit like asking for permission to be accepted as beautiful by someone else’s standards?

The Weekly Crazy

weekly crazy goodI love my bat-shit crazy with a cup of camomile and warm cockles in the morning. Octagenarian brothers from Texas Eugene and Corky provide it this week.


The lovely pair take in abandoned dogs. They found that grossoes (my word, feel free to use it) would dump dogs and leave them to starve, so the brothers started feeding them, taking them to the vet for their injections and generally looking after them.

Naturally that developed into the doggy train. But of course! The dogs are taken on a 90 minute tour of the neighbourhood yapping and barking in delight. They go twice a week and have all become quite the local celebrities. Imagine your dog with their head out the car window…yeah that x10!

So School Me

Would you love them as neighours with their furry street gang or hate them as neighbours?!

The Whitney Phenomenon

profile box pics pass 2I have seen The Whitney Phenomenon in so many cases. It was even my own story for about a millisecond before I snuffed that foolishness out.

Folks, allow me to plot out the scenario:

Successful woman meets unsuccessful or less successful man. She loves him regardless and he drags her down to his impotent level and destroys her because of his insecurities about being a man that is less successful than his partner…allegedly!

Let’s make this clear. I wasn’t in the bedroom with the aforementioned, but one could see an unmistakeable downward slide in the glamorous singer following her marriage. A definite dulling of that multi-platinum superstar shine as she tried to compensate for her partner by diminishing herself. It would be hard to believe that a little squashed partner ego wasn’t part of her issues as it would be almost inhuman for Houston’s phenomenal success not to impact those around her.

Oprah: “Was he jealous?

Pause…Looooong pause…Even longer pause.

Whitney: ‘He’s not gonna like this …but yes.’


A Star Is Born

In my case my friend/partner even admitted in an unedited outburst that this was what he was doing. He was actively sabotaging my career. ‘Everybody wants YOU right now! What about MEEEE?!!’ were the exact words raged at me one time.

It is the oft repeated story of a ‘A Star Is Born’ where we can see that just sometimes the man actually loves his lady, but he just can’t kick his underlying jealousy enough to act graciously and humbly step back into the shadows as her silent, stoic support, (you know, the role women play most of the time) and instead precipitates her downfall.

It was so strikingly obvious, even captured horribly ‘live’ as it was happening on a reality show that I named this circumstance ‘The Whitney Phenomenon.’

Has The Whitney Phenomenon happened to you, or (cough!) someone you know? You don’t have to be in showbiz to have a partner, male or female, stifle your dreams, freedom and potential from sheer jealousy.

Have you found yourself beaten into a shadow of your former energetic, brilliant self by someone who subtly undermines you at every turn? ‘Oh you’re wearing THAT today?…What’s wrong with it?….Oh, nothing.’

Like I say, I jettison this kind of nonsense behaviour pronto like it was a bomb on a row boat, but what say you?


Is The Whitney Phenomenon real or imaginary? Justified, unjustified?

If you saw this happening to your son, daughter or friend, what could you say to them that would make them listen?

Houston was her own woman and her downfall was ultimately her own doing, but there were many people in the Houston camp and in the ‘biz’ whose jaws swung wide open on hearing that she was marrying Brown in the first place, presumably because of the reputation he had studiously built for himself. The negativity only strengthened her determination to stay with him as seems to always be the case in these relationships.

What magic words could you offer to someone…or even yourself, to get a grip and move on, or is it in fact the brutal truth that actually there are none?

Meet Another Doodle Bug


Suraj Sirohi adds doodles to everyday pics just for shizz and giggles. Quite fun. Faves? I’m going for dog getting shaved, hypnotised dog having bone stolen and little piglets buffing tomatoes as that is indeed the reality of what happens to your tomatoes. Fact.

Update: Actually every time I look again I have a new favourite! The pineapple taking selfies, or the pencil being mutilated…sigh, can’t decide!

What are YOUR favorites?!

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