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There Are Many Motivations For Blogging

Why do people blog? Good question, not such an easy answer because there are so many different kinds of blogs and so many different types of personalities.

Some people blog as a method of escapism … much like going to a movie or watching a favorite TV program … to escape the rat race for a period of time … to relax … to take a mini-writing vacation as it were. Some folks find comfort and peace of mind in their blogging efforts.

There are people who have fairly great stores of actual experience and knowledge that they wish to share with the world in the hopes of helping somebody along the way. After 84 years of living on earth, and having been almost everywhere and done almost everything, I sort of consider myself to be in this kind of company. There are plenty of sayings in the common vernacular claiming that with age comes wisdom.

There are blogs that are written for the sole purpose of entertaining people and giving pleasure to the blogger in the writing of these missives.

What are some advantages and disadvantages of blogging?

A blog is generally easy to get up and get going … the process might require some folks to undergo a small learning curve ….a learning curve that might (Probably does) require some level of proficiency in operating a computer or a cell phone or an I pad or some such related device.

In most cases, creating and publishing a blog is more or less an inexpensive proposition … unless you really want to go big time and rent time on a special “Server” or actually go to the expense of owning your own server and getting it online and maintaining it … This sort of thing demands a lot of operating capital though …

There are disadvantages to blogging too … one of the most important disadvantages that I can think of is the fact that a lot … an awful lot … of blogs these days contain misinformation, disinformation, alternative facts (Lies), and all sorts of trash. Those with right-leaning political inclinations are probably the best-known group of people who would publish a blog with lots and lots of “Imaginative” treatment of real facts in order to try to persuade the world that their way is the only way in every aspect of daily living.

There are a lot of scholarly blogs on the web too … You can read more about that RIGHT HERE. If you are a nut for education, you will find many many interesting and authoritative things in the ever-growing world of scholarly blogs. I think Egg Heads and Nerds would be fascinated by the world of scholarly blogs… and those seeking higher education, of course.

Then there are bloggers like myself and I have to admit that we are more or less an exclusive group because of the high degree of egocentric self-perception required for membership and for an unlimited love for all things eccentric. There is absolutely nothing “Normal” about members of my group because we are all rugged individualists, tuned to our individualism to a high degree, and we hardly ever align ourselves with the social herd when it comes to analyzing things. I believe the reason we can co-exist with the rest of humanity is that by some means and mechanisms we have raised ourselves above the commonality of the socio-economic fray and are, in most senses of the words, “Literally Free.” (Except for the annoyances we have to endure from the externals that hold our social order together.) Those we tolerate.

Blog Like An Expert From Day One

First of all forget everything the experts have said.  Just go ahead and blog and sooner or later the algorithms will find your material online and will present it for view and somebody will come and read your stuff that you write.

What I just said is all you need to know about blogging …. well not everything …. you also need to know how to stay out of legal trouble when blogging and you can learn a lot of what you need to know about that from the ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION.

But, as most of my blogger friends always tell me, just be yourself.   Do not worry about “Key Words” and topical nonsense.  Just blog your heart and sooner or later you will find a few people who like you enough they will stick with you and you will have built an audience.

Of course, if you are wealthy enough to have your own Internet server and if you can afford to hire the professionals to design your interactive website, that is another story altogether.  If you can do that, you can actually make some money from blogging.  If you have the money to advertise and promote your blog on a wide scale, then that is a definite advantage too.

I, for example, can afford a private server … and I have actually rented space on one at times past …but I have nothing to sell and I finally concluded that it was a waste of money, so I reverted to the servers used by the platforms upon which I blog and I have never missed a thing.

But if you can be satisfied with an average, ordinary blog that attracts perhaps a thousand followers over the span of a few years, then you are good to go with whatever talents and knowledge you already possess.

Just remember that it takes time to build a solid blog and to obtain a faithful following.  How much time?  I haven’t the foggiest idea.  I have been blogging for more than 11 years now and I have about a dozen wonderful, devoted, kind-hearted blogger friends who follow me for one reason or another and I consider them to be more precious than gold.

Be patient and perservere.

If you write it, they will come.

It Works! It Works!

I wrote that post about Unicorns and Blue skies awhile ago, (I think it is somewhere above this one) and guess what — I got 8 “Likes” right off the bat and that is probably more “Likes” than I have ever gotten so soon after publishing something.

So maybe I am onto something here.

Let’s try this on for size and see how many people find it fascinating:

Unicorns And Blue Skies

Free illustrations of Unicorn

Alright, everybody — Here is a blog post about unicorns and blue skies.

My friend and fellow blogger has advised me that if I stop posting political stuff and start posting unicorns and blue skies I too can get 52 people to like it the same as some other bloggers get.

So here is my first unicorns and blue skies post.

So now show me anywhere from 52 to a hundred likes please.  I have done my part.

My Blogging Future

Opinion Editorial
by John

I think my writing style is improving — maybe.  I have had a lot of experience with little neighborhood newspapers, a couple of industrial house organs, one military base newspaper and one published article in the first issue of a nationally-published magazine on the subject of “Safe Outdoor Camping.”

I believe I have the art of “Shock Jocking” down fairly well but I have been somewhat reserved in the last couple of years trying to avoid offending too many people with vitriol and virulence.  Given that, it comes down to the realization that I do not really need to be concerned about offending people because not that many people ever visit this blog anyway so I think I am safe with those who do come … because those who do come regularly have been exceedingly faithful for years now. Maybe I will get a little more raunchy in times to come — we will have to wait and see.

I used to have a number of radical right wing bloggers who loved to troll me and I loved having them do it because we could have some really spice-filled interactions that way.  But a couple of them who openly presented themselves as hyper moralists and super christians got offended with my language and stopped interacting. I think many of you know the kind of radical right winger I am talking about here …. the kind who professes to have known Jesus for many years and who have claimed to have read the Bible through for more than 40 years but who still sit naked in their desk chairs and very libidinally pleasuring themselves  while reading my stuff.  Yes, that kind of radical right wingnut and I am sure there are thousands of them out there somewhere.

For the past couple of weeks I honestly believe I have had one of the more arrogant and self-assured of these rightwads trying to debate me on issues surrounding former president playboy pretender, Trump.  But there is little room for meaningful discussions when people like this guy or gal will never bend on a point of argument but presents himself or herself as the authoritative voice possessing all knowledge of everything factual while belittling and demeaning those with which he or she is “Debating. I don’t even know why a person like that has their comments open because I don’t think that anyone who disagrees with him or her is never going to get anything out of any conversation with him or her except exasperation and fatigue.  In my opinion, This person thinks he or she knows it all but I believe all he or she really knows is the length and depth and breadth of common contemporary Conservative paranoia, lies, deceit and treachery and conspiracy theory shit.

Nevertheless, as much as I appreciate being trolled, I do appreciate this blogger for putting up with me because he or she is good for a laugh now and then as I observe just how fucking stupid I think he or she is and what a front he or she tries to put on with his or her shitty little blog.

Moving on.

I am still working on how to capture useful source material so that I can write interesting shit for the education or entertainment …more entertainment than anything … of my faithful cadre of regular readers and for those who might discover me and come on board at some future time.

I have at this blogging game for about 12 years or so now… and I am still learning a lot of stuff that I never ever knew before.  It is stimulating and I think it is keeping me from going totally senile.

I do believe that for the time being I will continue to do a lot of informal casual blabbing about whatever comes to mind because it appears to me that there are some people who enjoy that sort of thing.

 

20/August/2022

7:23 AM, Eastern Standard Time, USA —– I have noticed recently that Google has started indexing “Liming’s Links. At present, Google has granted me 8 references on their index so that other people, searching for stuff on the Internet can find me. I am grateful for that. I thought Google was never going to start indexing me. It appears that their logarithms must think that I am producing their idea of “Quality” work right now ….. and that is alright with me, I can assure you of that!

At the same time, I have also noticed that my blog is being honored by visits from more countries from around the world. These most welcome visitors include: The United Kingdom, Trinidad, Tobago, Romania, Kenya, India and China. I do note also that my blog has been more popular lately from every other country except the United States. I have more visitors these days from the UK than from the US …. and that is fine with me. I welcome anyone who visits here with open and grateful arms.

Today’s changes to the blog …. and as anyone who knows me can testify, I am never satisfied with how the blog looks and I am always adjusting it ….Today’s changes to the blog are designed to reflect the appearance of the very first blog ever to appear on the Internet … and that would be “Justin’s Links.” I hope that everybody can read the blog now that I have changed it again and I hope that if anyone is having problems reading it, they will surely tell me.

I want to leave a note of assurance to all fellow bloggers who leave “Likes” on my blog posts. I want you to know that I never leave a “Like” on a blog post unless I have read the entire post, word for word. I do not skip read, I do not speed read. I read slowly and deliberately so that I can chew what is being written and so that I can mull over it, think about it, appreciate it. I just wanted to tell you all that because all of you produce what I consider to be outstanding stuff and I can tell you that if I did not mean every word of that, I would never have added your blog to my recommended reading list.

Billy Was a True Genius

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Billy had spent years and years studying every book he could lay his hands on, listening to every news program he could manage to listen to, attending every seminar available on every subject imaginable, obtaining several academic degrees at some prestigious colleges and traveling the world, meeting scores of important and powerful people.

Billy had a photographic memory and absorbed every detail of everything he had ever learned and he knew that if ever there was someone looking for an authority on any of the subjects that he had studied, he would be the expert upon whom to call.

It soon became clear to Billy that there was no one at all interested in the things that he had learned and he came to realize the truth of this in very short order.

Years of studying, learning, cataloging information, memorizing all kinds of wonderful, fascinating and often useful information and still he could not find a single person even remotely interested in hearing anything he had to say about the things he had learned.

So, in a fit of frustrated inspiration, he started a blog and, in a few more short years, proved his assumptions over and over again.

Moral of the story — A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing; a lot of knowledge can be a very frustrating thing. So maybe it is better to raise chickens than it is to learn.