Art Of Blogging–Personal Touch

From time to time I write about the “Art of Blogging”…..and NO I do not consider myself an expert by any stretch…..but I consider my blogging experience as a success so I decided to give my thoughts about the this form of communication….

I believe that anyone that visits my blog deserves my attention…..yes, I want as many followers and readers as I can get…just like most of us that are doing this experiment……and by attention I am talking about a personal touch.

By personal I mean when they comment I answer each one as uniquely as I can…there are NO canned replies….and when I get word of a new follower I go to their site and leave a thank you message and will follow them as a thank you also….I also try to read their posts…I mean read the whole thing not a title or a paragraph and then comment…..my followers deserve an honest comment/reply……I do not block any comment unless it is disgusting or after requesting more civility they continue being rude or insulting.  And I do not consider those that do not agree with as trolls to be chastised…..I enjoy substantive comments and replies and these deserve the same in return.

Some of my comments may be short but that is because I believe….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do?”….something my grandfather told me many years ago….if you can make your point in 5 words why use any more?

Plus I do not just follow someone to try and improve my stats….of course not everyone thinks this way and that is fine…I do what I think is best for IST….so far my hard work is paying off.

Again I am by NO means an expert at blogging…..the stuff I write about is stuff that seems to work for me and not all of us are the same so “what is good for the goose may not be good for the gander”….all we can do is try.

On a side note….I recently added the translation widget to IST….and since then I have received at least one new follower a day….I cannot say for sure that the widget helped this but I will because it suits me….LOL

Enough said….time to leave the keyboard behind and enjoy my weekend…..I suggest you do the same…..I wish you well and be safe……chuq

Closing Thought–23Jan17

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Translate this…….

We bloggers are always in search of new readers and commenters…..some choose different methods to secure these visitors….my feeling is if visitors cannot read the post why would they continue to visit……that is where I have made a bit of a change to IST.

I have been blogging for 10 years and have got many foreign visitors……almost every country has stopped by IST and in all that time I did not consider that there might be a problem with my non-English speaking visitors…..

I am fortunate enough to get visitors the world over…..and with this widget I may get more if they can translate what I have written…..and then maybe get more comments which will help in understanding and promote a valid conversation….

I apologize for the inconvenience…..and I apologize for not thinking of this sooner……

I have added the translate widget to my site…hopefully this will help my visitors get the gist of my posts…..

Again I apologize and hopefully this move will help….I look forward to my international readers gaining better access to IST.

Well my friends that is it for this day in history…..I shall return tomorrow and hopefully so shall you…’til then have a day and be well and safe….chuq

Closing Thought–27Dec16

Today I celebrate my 10th anniversary of blogging.

Ten years ago today I started my blog as a way to fight the depression that I was falling into after badly screwing up my right leg after a fall…..I had learned that I would no longer be able to work that took physical exercise since my leg was only about 70% and painful all the time……so I was put out to pasture as they say…..

In the 10 years I have made some amazing friends here on IST…..I been able to get 1900+ followers and an outlet for my opinionated ass.  In these years I have made few adjustments to this blog….name changes and series that just did not generate much interest…..for the most part….what you see is what you get.

This short post is to say thank you for all the people that have chosen to visit and to comment on IST…..to me it is a success maybe not by some people’s definition of the word….but to me it has been an amazing trip…

I hope to continue for as long as I can and hope all my followers will stick with me and help me make this even more successful……and a great journey.

Thank you, my friends.

Closing Thought–20Dec16

From time to time I make small adjustments to my blogging schedule…..sometimes because I am teaching a class or in the middle of some research….but this time it is the time of the year.

As we draw closer to the holidays the amount of visits seem to shrink a bit…..people have important stuff to do and blogs are just not that important at this time…..

I try to post 5 or 6 good articles for my readers  but at this time I will cut back to 3 or 4….that is unless something major comes up and needs attention.  Right now about all the news is about Trump’s attempt to put together a working government and most everything else falls by the wayside.

Since I think that most of his picks are horrible…let me say here before I get some irate Trump worshiper that I basically said the same thing about Obama’s attempt to put together a government…..Obama did what Trump is doing…..went to the elites to make the government work….

I am trying to spend a little less time at the keyboard so please do not get concerned if my replies are tardy and I will not visit my followers as often as before….but it is nothing serious just that time of the year….please bear with me.

I apologize to my readers if they are disappointed at the posts that I offer and I will gladly accept any suggestions or criticisms that anyone would care to make.

Should I Enter The 21st Century?

My Sunday begins as usual I would like to post on something that is not the same dismal stuff we all hear daily….but first….

Have you noticed that the nose picking, ass scratching Right can only handle one issue at a time?  Must be a hard life when your mind is that slow.

The staff after a day of reading Right wing flap-trap……

I guess they will be NO help in today’s post…..

Shall we talk about something interesting?

Recently I wrote a post about reading where I explained why books and reading are important to me and in closing I stated that maybe I should do a podcast called “Breakfast And A Book”…..my small attempt at humor…..apparently very small for most never got past the title……

Well my daughter read it and came by the house and told me that I should start a podcast.  I have been told numerous times that I have a face for radio…..

Not being the sharpest pencil in the techno babble box and being that I am an old fart….I had to ask….what the Hell is a podcast?

In case there are other old farts with a limited knowledge maybe this will help….

Podcasting is a form of audio broadcasting on the Internet. The reason it became linked with the iPod in name was because people download the broadcasts (audio shows) to listen to on their iPods. However you don’t have to listen to podcasts only on iPods; you can use your computer with some music software such as Windows built-in Media Player or iTunes for mac (which has a podcast library), or your smartphone, or even in your car. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you have some way to play music on your computer you will be able to listen to podcasts.

Or maybe this one will help……

But in short, a podcast is an audio and/or video recording made available on the internet, for which some mechanism of subscribing exists so that new ‘episodes’ can be automatically downloaded or the user automatically notified.

Their usage is limitless: News discussions, interviews, political debates, tutorials, etc. If there is a potential for a series of audio/video recordings on a specific topic or type of topics, podcasts are an option to be considered.

(c/net)

Now that we got the niceties out of the way……I would like to ask my followers and readers to weigh in on this situation…..would you guys be interested in a podcast from IST?

I was thinking a half hour show with discussions on the day’s stories…of course the stories I think should be talked about…….I would like for my readers to offer suggestions if they would….

If I do start a podcast it will be after the first of the year, 2017….time enough for me to get my stuff together to see if I can make it work…..

Please….let me have your feedback…it will be appreciated….

The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow

This “press” is of an article, an op-ed, written by a loyal reader and friend of IST, The Ripening Wanderer……we may not always agree but in this case we do….I also see a loss of true conservative thinking…..replaced with issues that have NOTHING to do with governing.

I feel that his thoughts should be widely read…..we live in a partisan nation and that will NEVER change until more people understand the real differences in the political thinking…..

I do not see socialism hiding behind every liberal and I do not see fascists behind every conservative….what I see is a serious lack of understanding by the people of political philosophy….nothing will change until the people realize their differences and stop insulting each other and learn to work together….

I do NOT see any of the two parties working in the interests of the people….that must change or nothing will change….change that thing that all Americans vote for but never get……

My Dad was a staunch Republican all his life but if he were alive today I doubt he would give them the time of day. —– You see my Dad was a Conservative Republican and from what I have …

Source: The Tragic Failure Of Real Conservatism In The Republican Party And The Best Hope For Tomorrow – THE RIPENING WANDERER

Again I do not see Trump as the hope that is needed….but I guess anything is possible…..especially in the minds of the voters.

The Art Of Blogging–Style

My Sunday begins with the weather being high 90’s and muggy….there is so much moisture in the air I feel like I am suffering from “black gill disease”….enough bitching…..let’s see a few observations on this late Summer’s day.

From time to time I offer my humbling reflections on my blogging experience…..I am not the most popular blogger but I have learn a wee bit from my years of writing and posting…..

There are many things that go into a successful blog….but I feel the most important is style….giving your readers something that they may not have access to in their blogging circle.

By style I am not talking about the look of your blog but rather your writing style and/or subject material.  Most of my post are between 350-500 words….I try to keep it short and to the point….my grandfather once told me….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do”…..that was good advice…..at least for me.

Too many bloggers spend all their energy trying to find that magical theme that will force readers to show up….there is no magic theme….instead of paying attention to the people that visit their blog they cannot be bothered…….searching for that magic combo of theme and font…..

Comments…I try to answer each and every comment because I feel if a person took the time to read my post and comment then they deserve an answer.  I try not to ignore anyone that visits my blog….they took the time so at least I can do is return the favor.

You could just regurgitate the ramblings of others that have the same political outlook as yourself or you could look for another hook.  I mean there are millions of blogs (so I am told) and yours needs to be something that people would like to read and consider what you have written.

A one dimensional blog is just flat boring……but for some I guess that is all they have….they cannot go beyond a single issue or situation.  Personally I think that a blog should offer more than one idea…..I try to keep IST up-to-date and I even offer differing opinions and thoughts….I believe that is what a serious blog should do.  A one dimensional blog is too damn predictable.  It may work for a photo blog or one dedicated to poetry…..but is not a blog builder when addressing current events….

I am not saying that a one dimensional blog is wrong….just that I find them tedious and boring……but that is just me.

That does not mean that you will be a complete success for that depends on what you want success to be.  If you are blogging just to see your name up in lights then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

A blog should be fun and entertaining and educational…..if it becomes a chore then go to Facebook with the rest of the dullards.

Like I said…I am NO expert….these are just my observations from the last 11 years of blogging….it has been a joy and I have met (electronically) some real great people.

That’s it for me today……I need to back away and smile a bit….you guys have a wonderful Sunday and we will be back hard tomorrow…..