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!😯 )  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.

THIS POST IS YOURS!

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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Hello?…Er No, Buh ‘bye!

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So singer Adele’s father who abandoned her at the age of 3 did the decent thing and came back into her life – once she was rich and successful – to build bridges. In the process of the bridge building he apparently decided to sell a story about her without discussing it with her and now can’t understand why he is no longer welcome in the ‘Hello’ household…and then went back to the press to cry about it!

…And then there was the father of a member of the pop band One Direction who – after his son’s success – decided that he urgently needed to be part of his son’s life and felt that the best way of achieving this was to apparently threaten to go to the press with ‘stories’ if his son continued to refuse to acknowledge him…probably not the best ice breaker!

A similar scenario happened to yours truly. After some national and international exposure (part of another job) my mother bumped into my errant father after decades. She told me that the wasteman had accumulated tons of press cuttings which he carried around in a briefcase and she saw them when he opened it to give her something. How did I feel about that? What an ass! Creepy eh?

SO WHAT SAY YOU?

If you won the lottery tomorrow or your book did a JK Rowling or the song, blog, cooking, sewing… whatever, afforded you sudden fame and fortune and you had an errant parent or other family member or even friend who you hadn’t heard from for some time come oiling their way back into your lives, what would YOU do or say? How would you handle it? Could you see things from their perspective?

Perhaps you are an ‘errant’ parent that did not bring up your children, perhaps you can you help us (poor half-orphan Annie’s!😛 ) to understand why?

Monday Motivation!

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Imagine yourself as the author of a book called ‘MY OWN DESTINY.’

Would you have written last week as it occurred?

Would that have made great reading from a ‘great things I did!’ point of view, or dull reading? i.e ‘I did the washing.’

If you did the washing and that is what it is all about for you then God bless you.
Nothing wrong with that. Someone has to do it!

But…say you knew that people, including yourself, were going to read your book when you were 70, how would you change next week to make it…and the rest of your life a ruddy good read? Or do you already have enough chapters in it to make it a blockbuster to be proud of?

 

 

Pick 5 Shout Bingo And Win A Fiat Uno!

Apparently according to a survey these are the things we worry the most about:

 

20. Worried about the area I live in/ crime levels

19. Pet’s health

18. If my dress sense is good

17. Meeting work targets or goals

16. Whether I’m a good parent/ raising kids right

15. A friend or family member I’ve fallen out with

14. Whether I’ll find the right partner/ whether my current partner is right

13. Whether my partner still loves me

12. Whether or not I am attractive

11. I need to find a new job

10. I seem to be generally unhappy

9. Paying rent/mortgage

8. Worried about my physique

7. Wrinkles or ageing appearance

6. Job security

5. Financial/credit card debts

4. My diet

3. Low energy levels

2. Worried about my savings/ financial future

1. Getting old in general

 

Now I poo poo’ed the list at first…and then took a proper look and thought, ‘Aha! That’s me…oooogh that’s me too! Oh cripes that’s me as well!’

I know if you go down the list you’ll find at least  3 or 4 things that apply to you (…and sorry, feel free to shout ‘Bingo!’ but there ‘ll be no Fiat Uno!)

But what does this tell us? Well, it’s hardly surprising that we worry about things that are difficult for most of us is it? But here’s the thing…for me, (on a good day!), I would swap the word ‘worry’ for am doing something about.’

We all get caught up in the spiral of concern about the future going round and round in our heads, but I like to check myself with a ‘and how is this helping?’ because we all know worry never solved a thing.

7 times out of 10 it works for me.

 

SO HOW ‘BOUT YOU?

Can you find 5 things on the list that are a no brainer worry topics for you?

And can you see yourself changing I ‘worry’ into I ‘am doing something about’ instead?

Will We Be Playing Today’s Music In 40 Years?

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So we lost David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Maurice White recently (amongst others of course), but what remains are their anthologies of timeless music. Their deaths have made a lot of us re-visit those great old songs, but even without the recent losses you could hear ‘September’ daily on a holiday booking advert in the UK or any number of these artist’s tunes played on radio stations throughout the world. Their songs certainly have mileage. ‘Life On Mars’ for example was released in 1973 and ‘September’ in 1978.

All the big Earth Wind And Fire songs sound technically of their time and yet still so fresh and the production quality heard via today’s advanced tech sound systems is crisp and up there still.
The quality of the songwriting from David Bowie never really dates either, even if there are a few 1970’s production hummers in there. You don’t even have to like his style of music to acknowledge those fantastic melodies and the un-showy honesty in his singing and lyrics. These folk came from a time when it was important to be good at your craft as opposed to be good at collecting hype and followers.

Those who remember these talented cats the first time around or heard parents playing them have to remember that practically all parents say the same negative things about the music their children listen to! However, one still has to ask, does today’s music really have what it takes to be played in 40 years time?

Where are the heirs to these thrones?

I accidentally heard a Justin Bieber song the other day, having been more aware of his antics rather than his music over the past few years. I rather liked it. To be fair I can’t remember either the tune or the name right now, even though I had liked it enough to rewind a few times – which doesn’t bode well for it’s 40 year staying power perhaps?!

So School Me!

What artists from today do you think could stand the test of time?

Tell us who you think below. Chuck up a You Tube video if we need some edjamacatin’.

Or let us know if you are choking with laughter at the possibility of any artist today still being up there in 2056!!!!!!!

Addendum:

Of course 2016 being the weirdest of years for dying celebrities, since I drafted this post Prince has died. But the argument remains the same – if not stronger. Prince’s music has already proven it’s staying power over multiple decades and it was only his own reservations that prevented his music being heard as ubiquitously as the aformentioned. He didn’t buy into the free dispersal of his work. Of course with his death that may change.

 

 

Excuse To Smile!…Hang In ‘Til They Get Video-bombed!

Today I love people! :)  #raw talent #happy #spontaneous

If this doesn’t make you smile…you might have died and no one’s told you!

 

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No link for the off-time clapper unfortunately – but enjoyed his performance too!😀