Another Day Another Blog Post

 

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First I pondered

The fact is, there has been a long gap since the last time that I blogged.  I had a burst of blogging that lasted for a few weeks and then it petered out and for a while I didn’t feel that I had as much to say so I just stopped.

Over time, I watched the stats to see what happened and pondered this whole matter.

Why do I do it?

The reality is that my blogging is “holistic” which is another way of saying ‘hodge podge’ and off-base.  My blogging often fails to perform like the purely professional blog of an author.  It also fails to be purely personal.  In some respects this is healthier but for professional purposes it doesn’t seem to help.

Let’s face it, some days I just want people to buy my novels or short fiction stories instead of not.  I am so sick of people not spending to buy and read my fiction and non-fiction.  I don’t have a gigantic advertising budget and am not harsh enough to make you all buy.  My purse and bank accounts would appreciate it if I or personal henchmen of mine would make you all buy my published fiction and non-fiction that is for sale so I can get *&^% paid for working!

Other days, I blog because I just want to connect with other real people.  I’d rather do so in person, but either due to spending issues or laziness or loving being at home, I try blogging to do it.  This is also OK but is an entirely different motive.

There are also many times when I have blogged hoping that it would actually help others, with a secondary motive that someone might hear of me and some day it might lead to landing a job or selling copies of my novels, or making friends or all of the above.

 

 

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Blog History

I think it’s true that someone hired me to ghostwrite at their real estate blog as a pro. prior to my ever writing a blog of my own.  That was way back in the previous decade…and here are near the end of the next one.

Aside from that, I mainly remember that just as I started to get into structured blogging and advanced zhan Zhuang qi gong, I somehow suffered from a setback which made it so that I haven’t made any definite progress in those directions since.

I blogged for years; then began to get more professional and more structured about it; then had a setback; then did less, and then resumed some kind of undisciplined, wild blogging.

Today

Today, I suppose I picked ‘interactive’ motivation in that I didn’t know what to blog.  So, I read a couple of other peoples’ posts.  After that I just wrote this.

Value / Lesson

Maybe this will reach someone.  I guess the best result for any readers would be that whole “motive awareness” aspect of it….but I can’t guarantee that it won’t be the amazing photo of the solar eclipse.

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Structured Blogging

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Pretty Horses  (Schoene Pferden)

The Past

In the past I tried blogging.  In fact, I think that I have done some personal blogging for more than 6 years, including 2 old Uranian Fiction websites, this blog and also Wealthy Affiliate websites that use my name miriampia.org and .com rather than using Uranian Fiction.

After 3 or 4 years of effort, I just started to write a blog with a structured weekly schedule but then suddenly, something else happened which undermined that whole effort.  I don’t even remember what it was now.

The Present

Now, this is also blogging.  I did a little professional blogging in the past – mostly for a Atlanta Real Estate, about a decade ago, but I think I have blogged professionally elsewhere.  I realize that sounds whacky, but if you meet enough professional writers it will seem less crazy.  It is a volume & mind set issue as it relates to memory.

I do believe that structured blogging can make sense.  In my own case, I may have to start all over again.

Topics

The truth is that I like the idea of being able to blog to readers on various topics and even in multiple ways.  Some days I want to produce professional copy as I do write professionally but other times I just want to share my personality with readers.  Not only that but there are also days which are more like ‘wow’ days – to share spontaneously, whether about some new facet of German culture or another travel location or something else.  Maybe it would be about hair and fashion rather than culture or delves deeply into my mood one day – out of nowhere: what some people would describe as ‘random’.

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About Blogging the Best Way (is that like deciding whether or not to buy guest soap?) 2014

Wow, it’s June.  Earlier today I read another person’s article about how to write a great blog.  During these first couple of years there have been many days when the only reason that I blogged was to be consistent.  When I reviewed stats for the blog it sometimes seemed as if Life wanted to play kick the can with my ego, yet again.  Despite being in my 40s it was “Dear old Dad” as my main reader.  Now and then another woman would look at it.  Occasionally “the system” would persuade someone else to read one post. 

A couple of years ago now, I had a bit of a shock when I went out one evening to a group meeting and someone I spent time in person now and then in Germany told me that she was up to date because she had read my blog.  I was very flattered – it was as good as when someone one hopes will turn up to their birthday actually arrives and even brings something the host/ess wants.  It is a flattering ego boosting ‘stroke’ of sorts. 

I know that I am not the goddess of blogging.  If I were, they give me the impression that I would be rich from it by now.  A few years ago I found an 18 year old in an African nation who was earning more blogging online than I have earned yearly even with 5 years of higher education, maybe more depending on how you count.  Recently I began to get a little more complex but then I began to suffer from inconsistency.  Hm, what a puzzle. 

As always, thanks to those of you who bothered to read it and liked it.

Writer’s Advice – mixed bag February 2014

There is a lot of advice out there for amateurs and for those aspiring to be professionals. It does seem to be true that when the successful are polled although they did all have to write well and make the right connections the ways that people connected the dots, so to speak, is not the same. It seems the individuality does have a real influence on the best methods for how someone can find their own greatest success.

For those really just looking for a steady job there are ways to do that as a writer but the whole approach and ambiance may be different from that of ‘the writer as artist’ or ‘big, huge star author’. The most published writers are often the journalists, advertising writers. The other mos published do so as part of their daily jobs that may make some writers uneasy. As previously mentioned: grant proposal writers and people working corporate documentation.

Other prestigious positions as writers, are the academic realm and in the arts.

Nonfiction books often sell more easily than fiction although passionate readers of fiction may find that hard to believe.

Together Time & Alone Time

Today’s post is about amounts of togetherness. Most people like to feel ‘not alone’ at least sometimes but also like to be able to ‘be alone – by oneself’ at least sometimes.

Over the course of a life, there are those of us who get the balance right most of the time and others who cope with either too much or not enough alone time over the years.

One activity that people can enjoy to be on their own but still feel at least somewhat connected is reading.

Some of you already know that I write. Most of what I have written professionally does not have my name on it: I have no control over those and am not really involved with them much afterwards. Most of you also know that there are works of which I am the author. It is a real pleasure to find customers. I know that it is challenging: as someone who has been irritated by sales people but who has also spent happily and willingly on items I really wanted or needed, it can be strange to hawk one’s wares.

For nonfiction – if you have ever wondered about the meaning of life or how to tell right from wrong, or even how we have anything like knowledge at all, please actually buy http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354910525&sr=1-7&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Integrating Feedback 2013

Before I wrote today’s post, I read someone else’s.  The system is set up that way.  It happened to be the blog of some publisher or a novel – but it was someone else’s, not mine. 

The stats do matter to me: right now, it still looks like one day in February in 2012 was the day the most people ever read my blog on the same day of all time so far.  I looked at the blog and don’t feel I understand why that one was so much more successful.  Maybe I went out in public that day and interacted more or something like that.  Maybe that is the day that Five Big Questions in Life, a little self-help pamphlet was actually released by a publisher.  Maybe I wrote the most FB posts of my life or applied for the most jobs and writing contracts in one day, but don’t remember exactly what I did that worked so well.

It does make me glad when at least one reader clicks on like, but I feel that if it was just someone the system forced to acknowledge it, then it is more of a scammy illusion type of thing than I had hoped or intended for it to be. 

We’ll keep going and see if it works.

Indianapolis, November 2013

Welcome to any and all readers.  So many of you have had times when your life when you live someplace and then have to or choose to move away.  In some cases people move back to a place they used to live.  Sometimes people visit and of course there are times when people just get out and never even try to go back. 

Everything changes and we all know that, but sometimes we notice it a lot when we go to an old place and we find that it is not that anymore, or we are not like we used to be or others are not the way they used to be. 

Lately, I’m experiencing that kind of thing. 

The setting of The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead  http://sbpra.com/miriampia/ is Indianapolis.  Like every city, for everyone who lives in the city, that would mean the reader would have that in common with the characters in the story. 

You can get your copy right there at the website.