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6 Ways to Find New Blog Ideas

I need 6 ways to find the time to blog.

Marty F. Nemec

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“Content is king.”

That is a saying that holds true for the online operations for any industry, whether it is a blog or a social media platform. What makes a blog different is that a 140-character sentence or a single picture doesn’t cut it as a post. Since most blogs are focused a particular niche, industry or hobby, it limits the amounts of things a blogger can write about. I doubt I have to say it, but a marketing blog posting a review on “Despicable Me 2” would raise some eyebrows and probably open the exit door for some of the blog’s followers.

Readers also like regularly posted material, which is where the problems arise. Some bloggers post every other week, while others post every other day. No matter how often you post, you eventually will sit down at your desk and find no “great ideas” in your…

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Things that make me happy: Jersey tomatoes and technology that works

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I took this photo of the first ripe tomato from my garden using my new phone camera with the “cartoonify” effect. It makes it look like an illustration instead of a photo. (Nevertheless, it still looks delicious, doesn’t it?) I love my new phone. Its my first smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Note II. And it really is smart. It lets me dictate text, and it gets it right most of the time, and when I use the keyboard, it even knows what words I want to type and presents them for me to choose,

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No excuses now

My last post was almost exactly a year ago. It started out with the statement About how I was going to start tending to my blog again. That turned out well, didn’t it? It’s not that I have not had anything to say all year. It’s just that I have not had a convenient way to say it. You see, I’m always thinking about things — while I’m driving, washing the dishes, feeding the dogs, whatever — my thoughts could be brilliant blog posts. But if I’m not in front of a computer, well, they just aren’t going to be recorded.

But now, now I have something new to help me blog more frequently.
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The Most Unique Blog Title (is not mine)

It’s a new year and I’ve decided to go back to tending my blog after a very long hiatus.  I was telling someone at work about it and told him he could just google the phrase “everyone is entitled to my opinion” — then I decided to google it myself to make sure it came up in the search results.  Well, it did, and on the first page too, but not at the top.  It looks like there are several other bloggers out there sharing the title, “Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion.”  So I guess everyone is entitled to my opinion and my title.  What’s more, I am not the only Lindarella on the internet.  Google it and you’ll see.  Apparently everyone is entitled to my name too!  I’m not greedy, but I’ve got to draw a line somewhere.  Therefore, I am declaring my dog’s name off limits.  At the moment, there is only ONE “Candy Mona Lisa La Puppaluppas” in the entire universe.  Google it and you’ll see — cute videos.  So to all of you dog owners (or cat, or lizard, or squirrel, whatever) out there, don’t even think about borrowing that name for your pet, or I’ll sic a pack of Dobermans on your butt!

Clever, but stupid spam.

I was going through the contents of my spam comments (those that were automatically filtered) in order to see if there were any comments that were not spam, when I found the following lengthy, but hilarious message:

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“For some, the vicious cycle of teen drug abuse begins at familiar when they are influenced by the addictive behaviors their parents exhibit. For example, children of alcoholics (COAs) are a party of individuals who suffer the plight of their parents’ alcoholism.

“As a teenager, the likelihood of exposing to drugs and alcohol is genuine high, and there is a congenial chance that you testament effort drugs and alcohol.

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“However, the deed of addiction to drugs and alcohol can conclusion in some appealing undesirable consequences, such as loss of friendships, health problems, behavioral problems, alienation of family, and a loss of care in sports, academics, hobbies, etc. Substance abuse and addiction can emphatically modify behavior, and a latest preoccupation with drugs can assemblage absent activities that were formerly important, adore sports or academics.

“End this is a discreet and non-invasive way. Always enshrine that teenagers can be fully protective of their privacy. Instead of asking your babe about his or her friends, launch a barbeque organization and interrogate your baby to invite some of his or her friends.

“Inviting your kid”s friends over to the apartment is the ace conduct to shop for to apprehend them better. You may further embolden the kids to hang environing the co-op every instantly and then so that you can inspect them without truly appearing as well nosy or something. Duration busy in some worthwhile activities can cure grip your girl elsewhere from drug addiction.

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Okay, that’s it.  NOW — you might be asking why did I reproduce this crap in my own blog entry in the first place.  Well, I did change the two links that would have taken you to the spammer’s site — I replaced the drug name with a description of the drug in the link in the fourth paragraph, and I replaced the text in the URL above with another descriptive, but bogus address.  I certainly wasn’t going to send any business their way.  But the rest of the comment is unretouched. Continue reading

Hey! I got my dashboard back!

Are you wondering why I haven’t posted in so long?  Well, for one thing, I got busy when I went back to work.  No, it wasn’t writer’s block.  In fact, I’ve had quite a bit to say about many things, but no time to write.  Then there were technical problems.  Many times, I couldn’t even log in — I don’t know why.  Last week, I asked to reset my password.  Then I was able to log in, but there was no dashboard.  I did some research and apparently, others have had the same problem.  I was thinking about installing another browser (I use IE 7), but then I just got aggravated and decided against it.  I had been getting emails letting me know I have comments to moderate, and tonight I decided to try once more.  Presto!  My dashboard is back.  And so am I.  At least for now.

Upcoming Topics:

I’ve made a list of topics to write about.  These topics come from two categories:  observations about life in general (my life, of course) and observations about television.  Here are some examples from my list:

  • The bigger the purse, the more that gets stuffed into it:  How to keep your shoulders level.
  • New surprises in the laundry.
  • “So you’re 46, huh?”
  • A review of the literature on shaking hands — what literature?
  • On emotional intelligence.
  • Dangerous pets.
  • Oh, the irony of it all!
  • Why we love those pharmaceutical commercials on TV.
  • Does Steven Tyler really drive a Lexus?  Dream on!

Set your dial right here for these exciting essays and more!

Writer’s Block

If you’ve been reading my earlier posts, you already know I’m living with a sports fanatic.  You should see how his face lights up when he’s telling one of his baseball stories or blabbing out statistics — he’s clearly into it.  But since I was getting tired of hearing it all, I turned him on to blogging so he could find a wider audience.  I didn’t realize I was creating a monster!

Two distinct traits of my sports nut’s personality make this possible.  They are a craving of competition (in any form possible)  since he’s not pitching anymore, and becoming obsessed with whatever he’s into at the time.  Last weekend, it was the new Harry Potter book, but I’m sure he had a lot of company there.

Now he’s back to blogging compulsively:  comparing his stats with mine, obsessing over checking “the score,” and making sure he blogs daily to keep his numbers up.  He expects me to do the same. Continue reading

Harry Potter Withdrawal

 

“Withdrawal, also known as withdrawal syndrome, refers to the characteristic signs and symptoms that appear when a drug that causes physical dependence is regularly used for a long time and then suddenly discontinued or decreased in dosage. The term can also, less formally, refer to symptoms that appear after discontinuing a drug or other substance (unable to cause true physical dependence) that one has become psychologically dependent upon.”  (Wikipedia)

Would someone like to edit this Wikipedia entry to include symptoms that appear after finishing the final Harry Potter book?  My last entry focused on blogging addiction, but this is something else entirely.  The Sultan set aside his entire weekend to listen to the HP audiobook (17 CDs).  He holed himself up in his office with his laptop CD player until late Saturday night, slept briefly, and then got up Sunday to do more of the same, without watching “Meet the Press” (without any TV at all, which is unbelievable in itself), without talking on the phone, without eating, except for a few bowls of cereal, and most amazingly, without pestering me every few minutes with the number of views on his blog.  Thank God he finished the novel (approximately 22 hours total listening) by Sunday night though or he would not have made it to work on Monday! Continue reading

A new addiction?

It’s been a while since the last post.  In my defense, I’ve been working on another blog.  It is focused on one topic only and one that is dear to my heart:  Doberman Pinschers.  If you like this breed or you’re owned by one of them, you’ll probably like the blog.  It’s at www.cadillacofdogs.wordpress.com.

Is it possible to become truly addicted to blogging?  I think so.  It all started when I finally got sick of my jock-o, sports freak boyfriend sharing with me his opinions on baseball players and football teams (oh, no — fantasy football year 3 is fast approaching), and other assorted details and statistics all the livelong day.  Continue reading