Posted in Uncategorized, Writing

10 Tips For a Better Blogging Experience-Revised

I’ve been blogging off and on for about 8 years. During that time, I did not take advantage of the amazing community that WordPress has become to me until the last few years. Don’t make the same mistake. I would like to share some of what I’ve learned with you. If you would like to expand your readership or enhance your WordPress experience, these points might be helpful. I do not claim to be any kind of expert. I just want to share my experience and possibly spare you some of the mistakes I’ve made.

  1. SHARE–The biggest lesson I’ve learned here is to share your knowledge. It will come back to you 10-fold. The bloggers on WordPress are incredibly generous with their knowledge. You should be just as generous.
  2. GIVE CREDIT–Be sure to give credit where credit is due. If you are copying an idea or using a photo, give credit to that person. They deserve it for their hard work!
  3. CONNECT–Step out and connect with other bloggers. As you develop relationships with these people, you will learn from them. Explore!WordPress has a worldwide selection of topics.
  4. ASK QUESTIONS–If you have questions about blogging or writing, ASK! If your recipe for bread dough is falling flat and you want help, ASK! Your fellow bloggers are more than willing to help!
  5. DO THE WORK–Your blog will flourish, depending on the amount of work you are willing to put into it. This is a mistake I made for a long time. Not only do you need to write and post here, but get around to other blogs. Read, comment, follow!
  6. SPREAD THE JOY–If you see a post that makes you laugh, or expands your knowledge, tell that person. Leave a comment! Reblog! It’s important!
  7. USE WORDPRESS–Wordpress has a ton of tutorials. There are also awesome WordPress blogs that will give you ongoing information if you follow them. Take advantage of this free information. WordPress wants to help you!
  8. BE ACTIVE–Be sure to respond to comments. Visit other’s blogs. Read, follow and comment.
  9. BE THANKFUL–Be gracious. Thank those that help you. Return the favor. Spread the love!
  10. BE ACTIVE–This was probably the biggest mistake I made. I do not post on a set-in-stone routine. I try to post a few times a week. If you do not post often enough, people will lose interest.

*I’d like to add a couple more suggestions for a Better Blogging Experience.

1. Be polite. If you don’t agree with something, that’s no reason to be rude. Move along to something that better fits your tastes.

2. Have Fun! Once you spend a little time here, you will begin to really enjoy the community and the connections that you make.

Have fun with this experience!

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson

Posted in Life, Writing

While I’m Gone

I will be out of pocket for about 2 weeks.  While I’m gone, I’ve scheduled a few posts, repeats of some of my older stuff that some of you may not have seen.  

All is well, my friends.  I’ll be back before you know it!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤ 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Empty Pages

Empty pages 
waiting  

Wordless
anticipation

The pages
are much more
patient
than I

I wish to fill them
with dreams
memories
and desires 

They are the depository
for hopes
aspirations
and fantastical imaginaries.

Fingers poised
above the keyboard
anxious to begin

The empty pages
wait   

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson

 

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Shadow

*Another collaborative effort with my friend Chuck over at The Reluctant PoetI hope you enjoy our efforts.
Just out of reach
a shadow of you
follows me
during my days
 
My nights are spent 
in longing
 
Reliving those tender moments
and memories of us
 
Your shadow proves 
you are always near
 
It gives me hope and comfort
to still feel your love 
in my heart
 
As you keep your promise 
to watch over me
 
COPYRIGHT ©2022 PENNY WILSON AND CHARLES ROBERT LINDHOLM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED – 08-13-2022
Posted in Writing

UNinspired

They say “use it or lose it”.  I think this saying applies to a lot of things in life, including writing.

To write and write well, you need to do the work.  Put your butt in the chair and physically WRITE.  Develop a habit of writing, schedule the time.  MAKE the time.

I took about 6 months off from blogging.  In December of last year, I simply had too much going on in my life to focus on my blog.  I’m having a hard time getting my Mojo back!

I make it a point to sit down each morning and spend some quiet time on WordPress.  I read through other’s posts.  I look for Word Prompts, such as the Word of the Day Challenge and others. 

I have a Friend that uses what he calls a “Word Bank”.  I do something similar.  I collect words and phrases that I hear or read that I find interesting.  Such as lines from songs or things I’ve read, etc.  This has reaped a LOT of of my writings. 

I’ve posted a few of my own writings in the past months, but I’m not happy with them.  Nothing seems to really spark my imagination!!   

I’m looking for ideas!  What do you turn to for inspiration when you are feeling uninspired??

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  ❤

Copyright (C) 2022 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

The Thirst Remains

I’m the junkie 
twitching 
for his next fix  

I’m the drunkard 
looking 
for his next drink  

I’m the infant 
crying 
for his mother’s breast

The need in me 
to give life to 
my thoughts 
is undeniable  

My fingers 
are drawn to the keyboard 
searching 
for that release

I long to 
watch the letters 
flow 
across the screen 
as I chase the cursor

The cursor 
is mocking 
me 
today

My thoughts 
will not emerge 
upon the page

Today 
the thirst 
remains

(C) 2019 Penny Wilson

*The original version of this was written several years ago. 
I liked it then, but decided it needed a fresh tweak. I hope you 
enjoyed. Penny
Posted in Writing

A Surprise

A surprise. That’s truly what it feels like sometimes. This is the Best kind of writing. Sometimes the words just flow from my head to the page. What ends up on the page is as much a surprise to me as it is to you! I sit back and wonder, “Wow! Where did that come from?” The end result is a rush. A high. My drug of choice.

Does this kind of thing happen to you? 

(C) Penny Wilson 2022

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Spark

Moments dissolve under my fingertips
meaningless

The spark

oh, that spark
how I chase you!

You tease me
tempt me

I dream of
the other side of the page 

Blissful
virginal world
of my creation

The rush!
Spark ensnared!

Fleeting
elusive

Fingers fly
across the keyboard
before the
evaporation of
the Spark 

Copyright © 2019 Penny Wilson

*Although this was originally written in 2019, I hope you
don't mind a repeat. Lately, I have been having trouble
getting that 'spark' back. I'm in pursuit again! :)
Posted in Life, Writing

My First Spark For Writing

*I originally posted this in 2018, but after coming across it recently, it brought back some really good memories.  I thought I would share those memories with you.  I hope you enjoy. 🙂 

I was trying to think back to when the first real spark for writing happened to me.  In my teens, I would write those, love-sick, heart-wrenching poems to that boy that would never read it.  I never wanted anyone to see what I was writing because it was my deepest, love-sick secrets.  I also dabbled at keeping a diary at different times as a child, but I never stuck with it for very long.

Then in 7th grade, Junior High, I met my English Teacher, Miss Stiff.

Miss Stiff looked Very Much as her name implied.  She was the stuffy, prim and proper school teacher.  She kept her hair up in a tight severe bun and wore dresses well below her knees.  She ruled her classes with an iron fist and took no guff from anyone.

I didn’t like school very much, especially as a teenager.  I was much more concerned with boys and partying.  But I did well in English.  I had always had a love of reading (thank you Mom) so studying English came easily for me.

I had a couple of advantages in Miss Stiff’s class.  I did well, studied, paid attention and got good grades.  Because of this, Miss Stiff looked favorably upon me.  I guess I was a bit of a Teacher’s Pet.  Most of the kids didn’t like Miss Stiff because she was so strict.  But I got along just fine with her.

Miss Stiff had a way of sparking my imagination like no one else ever had.  In addition to just teaching English, Miss Stiff would give us assignments that allowed our imaginations to run wild!  She would give us prompts for story writing and then just let us have fun with those prompts.  She would do things like write two or three unrelated words on the blackboard and have us write a story using those words.  For example:  she might write, “fish, trashcan & toothbrush”.

I may not have had the best story in class, but there was no one in class that went at it with as much enthusiasm and abandon as I did.  I LOVED it when I was given free rein to write whatever I wanted!

Looking back, I was 14 or 15 years old.  It would take me approximately another 40 years before I found that I really had a passion for writing.  I wish I would have paid more attention to that inner spark.

I have no idea what ever happened to Miss Stiff.  I wasn’t the type of kid that stayed in touch with my teachers.  I hope that Miss Stiff can look down on me and know what a wonderful, positive influence she had on my life.  Thank heavens for teachers like Miss Stiff.

© 2018 Penny Wilson