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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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!😀

Look At Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

lt logo So I’ve seen this lady for some time. Her name is Celeste Barber. She re-interpretes images for ‘everyday people’ from the highly manipulated pictures that whizz around the net featuring the same kind of folk usually in bathrooms taking self-loving selfies. Thought she was amusing but also thought ‘Hey, these are (mostly) young fillies enjoying their youth and beauty and creating their art…let them be.’ Then I came across her again and thought ‘actually in her humour she has a point!’

See what you think. I included some of the best ones including her own image comments. What are your favourites??!

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‘When you thought you were amazing and everyone else has real jobs and doesn’t give a shit.’

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‘I love support from all my fans when they are behind a fucking barricade.’

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‘My fur isn’t dead yet and there is not enough duct tape in the world.’

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‘Get angry, get wet, get your best mate take a photo, call it art.’

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‘The struggle is real.’

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‘It’s uncanny.’

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‘Just two average girls in a bathroom with lipstick, a phone and a heap of people who seem to give a shit.’

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‘How funny is salad!’

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‘Road trippin’. Enjoying the wind in my hair!’

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‘My vagina is hilarious!’

 

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Moms Prefer Their Boys!

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moms prefer their boys3In a study carried out in the united Kingdom via Netmums, 9 out of 10 mothers admitted that they treat their sons differently to their daughters. 55% said they had a stronger bond to their sons than their daughters.

When asked to describe their little male bubba’s, the language used overall was more positive for boys. They would use words like ‘funny,’ ‘playful’ and ‘loving’. Girls on the other hand would be described as ‘argumentative,’ ‘serious’ and easily offended.’

That’s not even with remotely taking into account, (with a nod to my friend from India😉 ) the extremes of ‘honour’ killings reserved on the most part for girls.

So Did You Know That?

As mothers what do you think about that? And as daughters did anyone feeeel the discrimination when young?

Here’s my take: my mother has openly said she prefers my brother. Bam! In your face The Ed! Can you see now why I am a psychological wreck??!!!

And what about you pappy’s?? Are your girls your favourites? With honour killings, misogynist trolling, females hating on females, continuous editorial and advertising stealth attacks, does ANYone love us just that wee bit more?

Those Old A-Wandering Eyes!

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I once hung out with a guy whose eyes would always trail after anything in a skirt. Whilst I did not feel remotely threatened by it, I still found it quite annoying. Mainly because I believe he should be free to look at what ever he chooses and yet his eyes never trailed after passing cars or indeed other men out of a general interest in his surroundings. So I found it at best to be quite rude.

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I once stood to the side of a man who had dark sunglasses on and was standing next to his wife in a crowded shopping street. From the front he was looking head on, from the side however I could see his eyes swiveling virtually round to his ears, furtively following every female that went by. It was as if he had just been rescued from an all male desert island he’d been on for 40 years. I found it both funny and bizarre that a grown adult would be doing this. Grow some! Either look openly or stop looking. Is she yo’ mama?!

I recall this because someone somewhere recently said that their father’s eyes never trailed after a single other woman in 50 odd years of marriage. Nice.

So is this a first world issue that needs to be urgently resolved by NATO or is this another male bashing pile of poop?
To help answer that question it should be noted that when I decided to aggressively skope out every sexy, muscle-bound young adonis that went by in the company of the above mentioned, with equal relish, shockingly enough he took deep offence.😯

SO WHAT SAY YOU?

  • Big deal?
  • Get over it!…And that includes the butt hurt males too when women take to scoping out other men in their presence.
  • I do this all the time and feel it is my manly right.

 

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Random Human Weirdness!

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Who even thought this was a good idea? Having said that, the pooch looks up for it.

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Okay, the story behind this one was that the mother’s nose job appointment clashed with the photo opp. Why lose her photography booking?

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Um….whoops!…Anyone?

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Is this poop alarm so wrong or so right? I can’t decide.

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I like a teacher who is open minded.

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Why have just one hairstyle on your head when you can have three?

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Natural and spontaneous.

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Johnny Depp?

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Grandpa needs a slap.

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The story behind this one is that this future torturer was feeding treats to his stuffed puppy in full view of his real dawg…who was locked outside.

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This lady was determined to get an autograph and felt that offering her head would give her an advantage.

 

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This is funny…unless you are car no. 460 in the tailback.

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Glad to see that the educational standards of this council is fairly high compared to quite a few.

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…And you would use this on a boy??!!

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Some pics need no words.

Do you have any favourites?!

Are You Fronting?

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How many of us are ‘fronting?’

I just watched a discussion about social isolation and loneliness and realised that so many of us are probably really lonely. Even those of us who are surrounded by people physically.

How many of us via physical or mental illness, lack of confidence, age, obesity, poverty, or simply being different in some way feel completely isolated? Do you ever look at others and wonder why everyone else is having such a good time…and has it occurred to you that perhaps really they are not? It’s all an act!

Celebrities who seem to have it all… wealth, friends, fame…and yet…why then are they drinking and drugging themselves into a stupor?

I wonder how the numbers would be stacked if folks on social networks also stopped pretending about their lives (#blessed!) and admitted how isolated, disappointed, hungry (re:the women mostly), angry, lost, let down they really feel.
And I’m not talking about Facebook show-boaters who leave forlorn, cryptic ‘notice me everybody’ messages fishing for attention.

How many gamers, hackers, bloggers, website builders etc, revel in that lifestyle because, well, it fits in with the whole isolation thing.

How many people feel quite abandoned by family and friends? Has it been a while since you really talked to you brother or sister for instance…or they to you?

Perhaps that person you keep brushing off at work might be a little boring or awkward because they are lonely because everyone keeps brushing them off.

I think loneliness is more predominant in western culture because of the way we structure our lives, societies, behaviours and even buildings. In (some parts of) the West we kick our kids out at 18 because well…that’s the rule …isn’t it?

I would suggest that loneliness might be less in places like Africa or India with large extended families living together regardless of age and even with the addition of new family members via marriage and birth. I could be wrong of course.

 

So School Me!

Are you fronting? Putting on an act for others?
The big smile when you bump into the neighbour?
Are you the ‘Yes, everything is fine’ person, when it isn’t?
Would it be better if we could all just be honest? ‘No, I’m broke, my partner tolerates me, my job is crap and my life has turned out to be a disappointing heap of hell?’
Would that make us all more supportive of each other or would we get bored quickly and just see it (someone else’s stark reality) as whingeing?
Do you feel isolated and that no one really gets you?

Do you have any answers for people who might be feeling this way?

I could tick a few of those above could you?