Art Of Blogging–IST Update

The news of the day is boring and redundant…..I can only stand so much blah-blah before I go into another universe in my head.

My weekend continues and I have nothing of value to contribute today…..so I will go off the cuff…..

I like to keep my readers up to date on what is happening here on IST…..

I started blogging in 2006 after a nasty fall that crush one of my legs and I needed something to keep my mind busy and off my problem….since I had been a teacher and did lots of writing I figured that I would take up my old vice…..news and commentary.

Things started off slowly…basically I used my blog to cut and paste news articles that I wanted to keep for reference…..after about a year I started getting comments on the stuff I had written….and then I started adding my thoughts backed up by links and facts and my comments improved and expanded…

Originally the title was Studies And Observations and then it went through a period of trying to find a better title and I finally settled on In Saner Thought…the title of a small book of poetry from my youth.

It was always pretty good at attracting people but few stayed around for long….most of the deserters were from my Twitter account not WP……..and then I installed the translation widget and my readership expanded rather rapidly….I am getting many more international visitors than before….I now have regulars from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco…..to mention only a few….and I am thankful for their readership and comments.

I have always contended that I am no expert at this blogging thing….but as things have progressed I feel that IST has become a success….not as popular as I would want…but then we all think we are better at it than others….that ego trip we are all on when we write a blog.

Another aspect that I consider a success is in the comments…..they are great and I like to treat them as if I am speaking to the person directly not just throwing stuff at them.  Also those that comment also reply to replies…it strikes up a conversation between visitors……… I like that aspect also.

In the beginning most visitors were from English speaking countries but these days I am getting regulars from all over the globe…..I am also getting multiple re-blogs since the installation of the translation widget and that helps expand the conversation and exchange of thoughts.

Finally, recently I was contacted by Autumn of WriterBeat.com that asked if they could cross post one of my articles on their site…..I agreed and here is the link……

Source: Is Obama A Socialist?

That pretty much catches everyone up……and thank you guys for all the help to make IST a small success…..I cannot express my gratitude properly other than THANK YOU.

I apologize I just had to toot the IST horn a bit.

So ends another Sunday post….I will go out and work in the garden and get a little exercise in while my leg is feeling better…..may be a little brunch in the garden…..fruit, nuts, cheese and a little wine……enjoy your day, my friends…….

Be well and be safe….chuq

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.