Benefits of Blogging

“I guess my point is, if you’re one of these people considering giving up on blogging in exchange for paying more attention to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, or whatever they throw at us mere mortals, bear in mind you are giving up on something rather unique and wonderful.” (Hugh Macleod)

When I was in the hospital I kept wishing I could access the internet and go to my blog. I wanted to get caught up on all the great blogs that I follow. Think me strange, I felt like something was missing.

Blogging does so much for me, it is cathartic, for it has allowed me a medium to speak about those things that I care about. Things such as; mental health, healing of the mind, and also healing of the soul. I have read many times from other bloggers that it gives oneself a place where they belong, a community. This for me cannot be found in other social media platforms.

In high school I loved English, well maybe not Shakespeare, but in general. I love to read and for quite some time I did not consider myself a reader. Blogging has provided me a venue to stretch my capabilities in writing and has brought back parts of my education that I had become sloppy.

It is also a window to peak through to learn what is happening with others near and far. It also gives others a chance to read about how I am doing and also feeling. I have found that I do not stand alone in my struggles, there are many others who are, or have, faced the same type of struggles. It gives me courage to grit my teeth and power through to the other side of those struggles.

Communication, I love to engage in healthy conversations. The push and pull of talking to others and have educated debates about all the issues of life that we go through or face. It doesn’t mean that we will agree on everything because doing so would be cookie cutter humans.

Blogging brings diversity and I learned to love diversity growing up in a city of multicultural. It was the ability to learn how others live, their customs and also their beliefs. When I live in Toronto I loved going and eating foods from other cultures. My one favorite was a “Meat Patty” which I believe was from a Jamaica culture.

So dear readers, these are some, not all, of the benefits I find in blogging!

What’s Been On My Mind Lately…

“The things you think about determine the quality of your mind.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Besides working on my rehabilitation with my hip replacement, I have been thinking about some other things.

Here are some of those thoughts:

Vocabulary:

It could be my age, or maybe I am just not clueing in on tall the changes that are happening in today’s social culture. I am just having a difficult time with all the new words that have emerged. Words like, “cancel culture”, I still am clueless of what it exactly means. Does it mean that we cancel something like we would with a streaming site? When we cancel our subscription of the daily newspaper being brought to our door?

Then lately there is the term “woke”. I have no light going off in my head to let me know what they are talking about when they use this term. Woke to me is what defines us being conscious with our eyes wide open. Wikipedia defines the word as such:

Woke (/ˈwoʊk/WOHK) is a term that refers to awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice.[4] It is sometimes used in the African-American Vernacular English expression stay woke.

In the light of that definition it is somewhat understandable. I guess I would be considered “woke”, for I feel I am aware about social and racial justice. Those would require several new posts to deal with those issues.

Blogger Shock

When I left high school I had obtained five English credits, far more than what was required to graduate.

I heard about a certain person having a blog, so I decided to give it a look. I was shocked, it was one long rambling paragraph. There were no breaks when the thought changed. There were many grammatical errors and also wording. I thought to myself if this was to be turned in to be marked as a homework assignment it would received a failing grade. I can normally look past all those things, but this blog post was beyond the pale. I didn’t even bother to read the whole post and I cannot tell you what the writer was trying to convey.

Rebranding

After this shock I began to think about my own blog. Thoughts about how I could change things up, give it some cosmetic surgery, leading to maybe changing the structure of the blog. Thoughts about dedicating each day to a specific topic, but I am not sure I am willing to be that disciplined. Which topics would I use and on what day?

So dear reader those were some of my thoughts which was rambling around in my almost sixty year old brain!

New Observations About Blogging


“Successful blogging is not about one time hits. It’s about building a loyal following over time.”David Aston


I am probably the last person you would ask about the intricacies on blogging. I really don’t understand the nuts and bolts about WordPress. My journey in blogging has basically been trial and error.

However, once in a while I have little things pop up that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Things like this:

The other day a thought came to me about blogging. It was this, “do the work, then let the work work”.

Here is how I would define “the work”

a. Be yourself

b. Try to be consistent

c. Interact with other bloggers. When I interact with others I try to stay within the subject of their post. I do my best to be respectful and courteous. One blogger has had to take down the comment section because of some being rude and outright asses.

d. I try to step out of my universe, the bubble that I usually read or comment. I use the section of “Search” and “Tags” found on the left side. I like to enter a topic on either the “Search” or the “Tags”. I have found some great posts and have even added them to blogs that I follow.

So dear reader, it is because of you encouraging me along this blogging journey that has kept me going. For that I say, “Thank you”!

Amazed Again!


“Embrace the social media and utilize it wisely to promote your brand. When you optimize the social media, you may go offline, but your brand will never go off-track.”
― Israelmore Ayivor, Shaping the dream


I am not sure how others think concerning their stats, but every once in a while WordPress gives me some great news. Maybe it is my stupid pride, or maybe I am a bit naïve. The other day I was looking for a certain post and found it hidden in the archives dating back to 2011.

Here is the small gem that WordPress gave me:

During those early years I didn’t see much movement on my blog. I was a newbie in WordPress with no experience or knowledge on how to start and maintain a blog.

November 2020 was the best month ever in the life of this blog.

These numbers were the shot in the arm that I needed. Fresh adrenaline to jump start this brain of mind. Fresh air to clean out the dust bunnies in my head.

Someone once said, “be careful of the little guy while going up the ladder, for you may meet him on your way down”.

I am always grateful for all those times people have written words of encouragement, those who offered insight on how to achieve certain things, and it is because of all those who read this that makes this blog work.

So dear reader as one opinion show anchor says, “watch this space”!

Ten Percent Challenge?

 “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” (Michael Arrington)


I have been observing other blogs, their likes and the comment section. The one thing that puzzles me is very seldom do I see in either place a number that is equal or greater than ten percent.

I Googled the term about, “what is a good percentage of likes” for a blog post. I came across a conversation on the forum section in WordPress. Here it is:

What is a Good Percentage

Question: I am pretty new to wordpress and blogging full stop, I am wondering what people think healthy daily/weekly stats are say if you are posting a couple of times a week.

And what do people find the best free way to up stats.

The blog I need help with is glutenfreeadventuresandme.co.uk.

Response, Staff Member:

This one’s tough to answer. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now and post three times a week. I have three hundred followers (most of whom only followed me so I would follow them – I didn’t) and get about 30-40 views a day. Other people have been blogging for a month and post once a week and get thousands of views per day. It all depends on what you’re blogging about (your niche), who your target audience is, how good your content is, etc.

The best way to attract others to your site is to leave meaningful comments on theirs and to link to their posts when appropriate. At the same time, make sure your content stands out so people will visit your site and will want to share your articles. Set your reading settings to only show a summary in feeds so people have to actually visit your blog to read posts – if you don’t they can read the entire thing in their feed reader and you’ll never get the page view. And of course promote your blog on social media.


I realize that there may be some bloggers around that do reach the ten percent challenge. Their thoughts on the matter would probably go over my head.

Then there are those who have a better understanding than this writer of “Search Engine Optimization(SEO)”.

Maybe, I wonder if having a paid site is the secret ingredient for reaching this ten percent challenge.

I have experimented with different styles of writing and content. Things such as, Guest Post, Re-blog, Mixture of personal and Research, Personal stand alone, Research alone, writing in a style that draws the reader in, causing the reader to interact via the comment section. But that nasty little voice echoes throughout the chambers of my mind, constantly wondering what can be done to see the achievement of reaching that ten percent challenge.

So dear reader, maybe I am chasing a pot of gold over the rainbow, the elusive ten percent challenge!

The Progression of a Blogger

“You are your biggest obstacle, but you are also the change that you seek.”
― Freequill


It is coming around to that time of the year where media will be doing their “year in review” newscast. They will be broadcasting them till ad nauseam.

That brings around this post and my thoughts of my progression of this blog. I remember my first post, now deleted, was something totally stupid like, “it is spring out”. I really did not know how to start, I had an idea, but, no idea how to go about it. I did not give any thought about a format and for the longest time I would change the template of the blog. My subject matter also changed about two years ago to the present topic of “Mental Health”.

Things went slower than a slug. My writing wasn’t consistent for there were long stretches of idle time. When I did write I did not know about the two powerful tools contain with “Category” and “Tags”. I learned just over two years ago.

I can remember how excited I would become just receiving a like or a follow. For each I would click on them to see who they were. I made it a habit to read their “About” page, something I still continue to do to this day. For those who are new I would invite you to read “My Code of Honor“.

I have begun to filter my Categories and Tags. I was shocked how many times I would put everything under their own Category. I have learned that one Category can cover a multitude of many thoughts, such as, “Mental Health”.

I am still not sure what the maximum number of tags a blog should have. I just try to use the ones that are totally relevant in the post.

My writing has grown over the years, it has taken time, but I find it comes with greater ease and fluidity.

So dear reader I will close with a quote!

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”Brian Clark

The Perfect Blog Post?

Don’t try to plan everything out to the very last detail. I’m a big believer in just getting it out there: create a minimal viable product or website, launch it, and get feedback. ~Neil Patel

I have to admit that sometimes I am envious of others blog posts. They way they are organized, for others how they have a theme for every day. Then they are those who can rant that leaves you feeling their anger.

Every once in awhile I get to thinking how I could change my blog, maybe give it some spice, but that just wouldn’t be me. My style is the result of many years, yet there are those times I feel like I am in a rut.

There must be something that is working within my blog posts, something that I am not grasping. There are those posts where when finished I think I have nailed it only to receive minimal response. The ones where I feel should have been throw in the trash are the ones that surprise me. They are the ones that seem to have something that speaks to the reader.

So the question arises, “What is the perfect blog post”?

Could it be the writing, not necessarily so. I am not the best of the writers, but, I am not surely the worst.

Is it the beautiful images that are posted? I love great pictures, I can barely point and click with a simple camera. So, images are not it.

Would it be the in depth knowledge that the writer brings to an issue? There are many who do this, I love that because I can read their post to the benefit of my learning. For me research is something I lose interest in. I never received great marks in Science class.

So dear reader let me leave you with another quote that sums up what makes a great blog post.

“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”Brian Clark

They Still Reap Dividends

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“The currency of blogging is authenticity and trust.”

Jason Calacanis

I am not a leading authority when it comes to blogging for a keep learning new traits with it. Yet I find that many things about it are always gaining dividends. Here are a few:

  • Interaction – You cannot go wrong when it comes to interacting with other bloggers. It does not hurt to even interact with bloggers who you do not follow.
  • Tags- The tags you use when writing your blog post is effective.  This blogger has learned something new about tags. I learned about that you can follow tags. It is found on the left side of the reader. Type any tag that you may be interested in. A list of blog sites will appear in your reader. I found this is a great way to find other blogs for myself to read. Recently I read a blog post and clicked on “Like”. That simple act saw a dividend of a new follow for my blog.
  • Rhythm of Writing – I have noticed that every blogger has a rhythm of writing in their blog posts. If you read many blogs you will find that each blogger has a rhythm.  You can recognize this if you read enough of a blogger’s post.
  • Categories – I have come to realize that the less categories you use the better. Over doing it within the categories can cause confusion with those who a reading a post or doing a subject, tag, etc., search.

So dear reader these little actions on writing a post still pays dividends!

Mystery Blogger Award

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I would like to say thank you to Cherie at Chateau Cherie   for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Her blog focuses on Bullying. If you have never read any posts by Cherie I would encourage you to check her blog out.

Also, to the creator The Mystery Blogger Award, James A, Best.

…Doing what it takes to pull you into each and every blog is something I take serious and respect your time to read what I write. Most of the time I admit to knowing what story I want to put forward for your eyes to swallow up whole. Those experiences were the most fulfilling for me. Each word just tumbled out of my mind and soul. It was weird in a way like I had actually went through my fictional blog.

The Mystery Blogger Award Rules :

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2.Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.
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3.mention the creator of the award and write his words out.

4. Answer the five questions you were asked.

5.Tell the readers three things about yourself.

6.Nominate 10 to 20 Bloggers for this award.

7. Notify your Nominees by commenting on any of their blog posts.

8.Ask your nominees five questions with one weird or funny one.

9. Share a link back to your best posts.

 

My 5 Questions for my Nominees :

1.What is your favorite past time ?

2. What is your favorite book to read ? Why ?

3. Who do you think will out smart the other the Road Runner or Daffy Duck ?

4. What would you be doing on a rainy day ?

5. What is your favorite type of music to listen to ?

6.  What advice would you give to someone new to the WordPress community?

My Nominees are:

  1. https://getthemysteriousblogger.com/
  2. https://passcodelove.com/
  3. Peter Springer @: https://petespringerauthor.wordpress.com/
  4. Mark Wester @:  https://over-coming-ocd.com/
  5. Ashley L. Peterson @: https://mentalhealthathome.org/
  6. Leola Durant @:  https://leoladurant.com/
  7. https://consideringthebible.com/
  8. Vincent Ehindero @:  https://vincentehindero.wordpress.com/
  9. Bella @https://bellasbabbles.com/
  10. Vee @: https://millenniallifecrisis.org/

 

Don’t Worry, They Won’t Bite…lol

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“Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge.”
― Ana Monnar

There is one area of blogging I would love to see used more, the comment section.  I love the back and forth that it creates.  Sharing our thoughts openly without worry of being rejected.

I sometimes receive more likes from comments I have made on other’s blogs.  Some comments are light banter, some serious, and some just thoughts about the post I just finished reading.

So dear reader, go ahead, share your thoughts, use that comment section.  Don’t worry they won’t bite!

A Wannabe Journalist…

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A blog is the unedited voice of a person.

The lack of editing is central, because it’s one person who’s responsible for every word. When you click the Publish button you should feel butterflies, at least sometimes, because there’s no one to pass the buck to. If someone else wrote the headline, or did a copy edit, or even reviewed what you wrote and critiqued it before it went out, it’s still writing, but it is not a blog.  Dan Kennedy – Medium.com

I believe I was living in Kitchener, Ontario when I saw an advertisement about looking for people who are interested in being on radio, etc., This was still in the age of Commodore 64.  I answered the ad and they setup an interview with me to do a test with radio script.  They told me I had the right type of voice to do radio.

Everyone once in awhile I look at the idea of doing some type of podcast, an internet radio station like what Shoutcast offers.

Just over two years ago this blog was barely breathing, I was thinking about just closing out the account.  I am not really sure how I came to start writing about my struggles with my mental health.  So I started to write about my journey.  It went slow for quite some time, but then I started to see some movement with the blog.  I was totally flabbergasted on how it started to go.  I knew nothing about “Categories and Tags”, then somehow I connected with V. She was gracious and explained how they worked. 

I have often thought that being a true journalist would be a great career, I had the English credits on my High School transcript.  I love reading, yet I really never thought of myself as a great writer.  I am starting to notice a difference with my writing. I believe it is because writing is like a muscle, it needs to be used, strengthened. 

So dear reader, this blogger is a wannabe journalist. It is you who gives me wind to continue writing on this blog!

THANK YOU!

Write, Right, Or Read First.

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Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” 
― William Faulkner  Quotes About Writing

I have been doing some reading.  Read a best seller about “Trump the stable genius”, one about tyranny, and now reading George Orwell’s book “1984”.

I honestly love to read, prefer hard copy, but sometimes the price dictates for me so at times I have to use the Kindle E-Book.

Somewhere in my memory is the thought that conveyed that if a man reads he can self educate.  I have looked to find the exact quote so I can give it the proper author.

I still use the methods learned in high school about how to structure an essay, etc.,  The other part of me is still to tie in the ending with the beginning thought. 

Then, there is still part of me about ministerial pastoral to leave a message on a positive note.

I can understand for some taking time to read would be such a luxury.  They have such a hectic life with many activities the whole day.  So, maybe if one can, steal away some time to pick up a book and read.

Reading allows me to escape into a world other than my own.  A time to forget the pressures that are on me day and night.  It allows my brain to switch focus, gives my mind something other than bi-polar information.

I write for it is for me in many ways that curbs my random, scattered shot thoughts.  I can express my thoughts in an orderly fashion.  Yes, there are extra benefits, when people read they can click “like” or share their thoughts in the comment section under a post.

I write that shapes my focus away from the news of the day.  At the moment there is only so much a person can take about how many new infections, or how many died during a twenty-four period.

Writing is a release valve on depression, like the valve used on pressure cookers.

So, here it is the ending to this post!  I just wanted to give you a bit more insight of what truly makes me tick!

 

Let Me Introduce Myself

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To all my follows, welcome to my blog.

This is now my journal on my journey through all aspects of being a man dealing with being bi-polar.

When I started this blog in 2011 my objective was to write about Biblical things, Scriptures.

It changed almost a year ago, cannot believe it has been that long, when I began to share my story.

A short time ago I created what I call “My Code of Honor“.  If you have not read this I would encourage you to take a moment and read it. Just click on the link above in this paragraph.

I appreciate everyone who share with their comments at the end of each post.  It is cms-265128_640through this conversation that we build relationships with one another, also other bloggers.

 

 

 

 

For my last comment let me just say,

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I am Overwhelmed!

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I was just overwhelmed today.  I took a look at some of the numbers concerning this blog. 

  • Seventy six follows
  • One Post received eighteen likes

My extended family and friends has grown exponentially.  As I read the posts on the blogs I am following I have begun to understand each and every individual, it feels like I have known them for an extended length of time.

My taste and interests in the blogs I follow are wide and various.  I have met fellow Canadians, Clergy, Marketing Experts, and beyond.

There have been days when I could feel depression settling within me, then I would turn to all my blogger friends and find words that mean something to me, they also uplift me.

There are two words that a person should always say to those who mean something to them.

THANK YOU!