I heard that the lions at the San Diego Zoo are so prolific that they have put IUD’s in the lionesses.
I heard that Australia is run over with rabbits…one rabbit, two rabbits, three, four thousand–that would keep some undergrad student busy.
This blog has nothing to do with lions or rabbits, that was just a fact that stuck in my brain and I dislodged it onto this page.
I’ve gotten some inquiries about blogging, so I’m putting my ten suggestions here.
Blog Rule Number one: Begin with an attention-getter.
I ran across mistakes I been making blogging, not just typos and redundancies, those happen, I can’t help myself, but suggestions from those super-duper bloggers who say they make six-figures blogging.
Is that money or doodles?
Number Two: Post on Schedule, Not Just When You Feel Like It.
I pay attention to blogging gurus only when I feel like it, for who wants to sound like everybody else? However, those smart bloggers have large audiences and big bucks. (I have a super audience, not big numbers, but my readers are choice.)
Regarding income, around here it’s more like yesterday at the Fair, I sold one book for $10.00, bought one for $20.
I had fun though, mainly visiting with other writers. It was a slow day. Perhaps this afternoon will pick up, today is senior day. Seniors like to read, don’t they?
Regarding a schedule, I have circled around Thursdays, although I have been throwing content on my sites whenever I feel like it, a'though today is Sunday, from now on, I will try to make Thursdays POST DAY.
I want you guys to count on me.
Three, Pay Attention to SEO’s.
It took me a while to know what a SEO was, and I still know little, but the gist is that it is keywords that google notices. SEO = Search Engine Optimation.
Four: Scatter Keywords throughout your post:
Keywords? That’s another thing I gave little attention. Who are we writing for, readers or google? However, I know if people don’t find you, you won’t get read. A simple fact.
Five, Write a Good Headline.
That’s like “Knock my socks off,” that every contest MC tells their participants–as though they aren’t trying.
And use a word from your title in your first paragraph. (That would be hard in today’s post wouldn’t it?) I did finally did place a title word into the first paragraph of my last blog, Christmas was in the title and in the first paragraph.
I don’t like to be manipulated, and I figure neither do you. So, I will do whatever I damn-well please, and so will you. (Do I have an attitude or what? But then, I encourage it.)
Six: Write Short Paragraphs.
Okay, I know that. It is no longer what we learned in school, “Develop your paragraphs.” Now the rule of thumb is to write only one or two sentences per paragraph. It does make for easier reading online. People are busy, they read fast. We want to make it easy for them.
Seven: Use Contractions.
I have to laugh at Royal Caribbean, their monitors would mark-down their email responders for using contractions. I guess they wanted to sound formal. But emails and blogging is informal, and we ought to write as we talk.
I saying all this for I have gotten some requests for blogging advice.
Eight: Write Blogs of 1,000 to 2,000 Words.
It used to be that the ideal word count was 300 to 400 words. Now for some reason, I don’t understand Google likes long blogs. (Yep, I’ve mentioned this before, it’s a peeve of mine, for I have trouble hitting 1,000 words.) People skim, but Google gives preference to long blogs. They think it makes the material sound more important. But you know me, just say it and get on with it.
Mine usually fall under 1,000 words. Write at your own peril.
And remember that Seth Godin write a blog daily, short posts, and he is perhaps the most popular blogger—maybe it’s because he knows what he is talking about, and has established himself and a marketing/business expert.
Nine: Include links to Other Content on Your Site. We do want to make our website easy to use.
Ten: Publish Consistently.
I could have titled this post Blogging and IUD’s, and as I wrote that, I thought of the comedian Phyllis Diller who said her IUD opened garage doors as she drove past.
He son said she died with a smile on her face.
Much love from Jo
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All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay...”
Have you ever had one of those days—like mine today where you have been rejuvenated from the day before, you're anxious to get home and to work and what happens? Your brain freezes up. And its 88 degrees in this room with the door open.
And you’re depressed.
Yesterday I read that I ought to write an “About Me” page. Maybe that scared me, or it could be that I’m experiencing a let-down from a three-day vacation.
We rented a cabin in the woods—out where the big trees live.
Have you ever sat or walked among the old-growth forest? There is a serenity there like no other. Some say it’s the silica present in the trees that causes such a feeling. Since the grandfather and grandmother Douglas Firs have had years to pull silica into their systems, they offer calmness, like a room full of crystals. Do crystals affect human systems? I don’t know.
It could be that we forest dwellers were experiencing the benefit of all that carbon dioxide the trees were transpiring. Whatever the scientific explanation is, I prefer to think that their serenity is contagious.
Friends joined us at the cabin, along with daughter and grandson, so all of us soaked up the grandeur that is the forest.
I had been wondering if I could live in the tropics. I can. I did, but I thought as the cool of the evening settled in—you know that time when the earth calms her hectic day and prepares for nightfall. Even the people calm, and the earth is quieter, and dusk comes tip-toeing in like baby kittens following their mother.
When I had a horse, that was my favorite time to take a trail ride. Now it’s still my favorite time, (We had no baby kittens in danger of horse’s feet.)
Today I was moaning the lack of comments from my blog. I’m embarrassed to mention it, but there for a while, I was getting about 100 a day, and then silence. Guess they didn’t like what I was writing. I didn’t expect people to gravitate to a couple of blogs, but when silence dropped, I felt that my playmates had all gone home and taken their toys. (That was https://travelswithjo.com)
I’m discouraged with my blogging and wondering if my book is selling. I have no numbers, so don’t tell me unless it’s good.
The day ten years ago as I stood in the horse paddock and asked my poignant question, “Where would I be happy?” and the idea of Hawaii popped up, I decided to write of it. Of course, I didn't know, as the case of all adventures, how it would turn out. Two years ago, Regal Publishing Company and delightful Jaynie Royal decided to take a chance on me, and The Frog’s Song was born
The book was released this past June—cast of eight, including two dogs and two cats.
I’m telling myself to follow what Andy Warhol said, “Make art, and let the world decide if they like it or not, in the meantime, make more art.”
So, this is my “About Me” page. Tomorrow it will be a different story.
I wrote this long-hand for I have heard that there is a stronger bond between hand and brain in cursive opposed to typing. And I figured that perhaps I would get to the bottom of my melancholy.
Outside helped, the plants helped, seeing happy chickens helped, for I went outside and pulled some weeds and set the sprinkler, and freed the chickens from their pen for some good picking and scratching and dust bathing before I sat down to write this.
At the end of yesterday, the end of our vacation, hubby dear and I went to the theater to see "Yesterday."
What would you do if you were a struggling musician, and the world took a blip, leaving only you to remember the Beatles music?
And how was your day?
With love from
Sweet, Yesterday sung by the young Paul McCartney
The Frog's Song by Joyce Davis
For more information on The Frog's Song, I invite you to click on https://thefrogssong.com
Joyce's travels have taken her beyond the shores of her native continent, but she's back where she started, in Oregon.