The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’
The Walrus and the Carpenter .. Lewis Carroll
The Time Has Come for me (along with Patti) to look at my current slump here on dot.net and make some decisions on its future and in fact its very existence.
This I know : On August the 16th we will reach the end of a ten year run and begin a second decade of ‘For What It’s Worth. I am currently in a slump. I have not been out of the country now for over a year and a half, so I haven’t any new and interesting travel experiences to write about. But all things considered, I am not ready to discontinue this website.
What to do?
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The short version.. We will begin to publish pleasant sayings in lieu of doing nothing at all.
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The long version..
Blogging and Websites and Book Writing.
When Andrej and I began this website (back on August 16th 2011) my own personal top priority, my main mission, was to have a platform (this website) where I could share my International Travel adventures.
Just in case you personally have never had a website (or if you prefer a blog), online, or for that matter if you’ve tried to write a book, there are many MANY suggestions on how to blog / write your book. These suggestions begin with how to write (the style), what to say (the content of your undertaking), how to say it, along with many do’s and many don’ts.
I have always winged it. Stream of consciousness writing. I sit down and write. Sure I have some idea of where we will go but you get the idea.
With a website, one of the cardinal, and most important, suggestions is that you absolutely must have a certain degree of consistency. Stop writing for too long and you lose your followers. When you lose someone you may never get them back.
Once upon a time..
MAY 29, 2012..
I wrote a post.
It wasn’t until NOV 20, 2012..
Just a few days shy of six (6) months later..
That I wrote my next post.
This poor little website ‘died’ during that six (6) month time span.
I don’t want this scenario to be repeated !!
Consistency is one of the most important things that bloggers tend to forget. It’s much easier to lose your readers than it is to get them, so make sure you consistently blog.
Here are (but a few) other suggestions:
Write for yourself first and foremost. Ignore the fact that anyone else will read what you write; just focus on your thoughts, ideas, opinions and figure out how to put those into words. Write it and they will come.
Stay true to yourself and your voice. People don’t care to follow sites so much as they care to follow people.
Writing isn’t about picking the right topic; it’s about finding the right voice. What matters, what readers really resonate with, isn’t so much what you say, but how.
Writing is like a Mini-Skirt ! It has to be short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject.
Somewhere, sometime (and I can’t find it now for the life of me) I read that readers are not interested in you per se, but in what they can take away from your site that is of value to them.
So as I approach the conclusion of ten (10) years of hosting this website (along with Patti) I am stuck in a creative impasse. Not that I haven’t previously experienced slumps because (along with probably everyone else who has hosted a website of ten years duration) I most certainly have had more than a few of them. As we all know, life itself has its ups and its downs, its highly active phases and its quiet times.
So I have reached into my bag of inspirational ideas and came up with this, one of my all time favorite inspirational writings by Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one,
I AM one.
I cannot do everything,
I CAN DO SOMETHING.
And because I cannot do everything
I will NOT refuse to do the something
That I CAN DO.
Edward Everett Hale
I will focus upon : Although I am stuck, what CAN I DO?
This I CAN DO.
Instead of sitting idle, I CAN share A Quiet Thought with you.
I feel that publishing something is far better than being idle because, once you lose your readers, you do not easily get them to return.
So here we go.
In a few days (to allow some time for this Post to be read) we are going to (once a week or so just to keep myself and things active here on dot.net) post some writings titled : A QUIET THOUGHT.
Oh-By-The-Way, this is not a new idea here on dot.net. If you are interested, please see one or two of the below links.
See APR 21, 2012
See MAY 12, 2012
See MAY 28, 2020
Smiles and Hugs ..
Cap and Patti
- JUL 11, 21 .. NOW A PROMISE MADE (TO DANNY 48073) IS A DEBT UNPAID
- JUL 16, 21 .. FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH .. MY REPLY TO A COMMENT MADE TO YESTERDAY’S POST