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 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

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

Spring and New Beginnings

With today being the first day of Spring, I thought it a good time to write of New Beginnings.  Spring is my favorite time of year.  All around us, we see new birth new growth and new beginnings.  

My last post here was in November.  Since that time, a lot has changed for me.  In early December, I lost my job.  It was a mutual parting of the ways and it’s a good thing.  I was burnt out and ready to do something else.  So I retired. 

I put my house up for sale and with the equity I had in it I was able to pay cash for a home away from the hustle & bustle of the city.  I bought a “fixer-upper”.  My house is about 100 years old.  It said 1925 in the listing, but looking at some of the woodwork, etc., in it, I’m told that it’s probably older than that and that accuracy of building records back in 1925 were iffy at best. 

I love the house and could drone on and on about it here, but that is not my purpose of this post.  I was speaking of New Beginnings. 

When I lost my job, it was quite a shock to me, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise.  I went through a period of having a self pity party.  I also had a milestone birthday approaching, which did not help my mood.  So I crawled into my cave, quietly pouted and licked my wounds.  

Now, having emerged from that cave, I see life with a different point of view.  A New Beginning with new opportunities and new winding roads to explore.  

My dining room (my favorite room in the house), has the most amazing morning light.  That, I have decided, will be my place to write and create once again. 

Writing is something that feeds my soul, exhilarates me, consoles me and gives me purpose.  I need it.  

You will be seeing me around WordPress more often, my friends.  As I crawl, then stumble my way back into an upright position in life.  

As Always, Thank you for joining me on this journey.  

Penny ❤

Posted in Life, Writing

Ah, the Joys of Publishing

No, I won’t go off on a rant here. Although, that would be easy enough to do, considering the subject.  But, I will spare you. 🙂

Those of you that have your work published in places other than WordPress are familiar with the need to give the publishers UNpublished work. I do have a problem with accomplishing this. 

I’m not as prolific a writer as many of my friends here at WP are. I consider it a good week if I can post something here 3 or 4 times a week. But this doesn’t mean that I was necessarily write what you see here on each of those days. I share quotes or other people’s work as well. 

This brings me to my point. (I hear you saying, “Finally!) I am going to spend more time compiling some UNpublished work in order to submit for publishing. Therefore, you will not be seeing as much of my own work here. 

I have been very fortunate to have had some of my poetry published online as well as in print.  You can check out my Publications Page HERE if you would like to know more. But my efforts have been hit & miss.  

My intention is to be more focused in that pursuit. You will still see me here.  I can’t seem to stay away, even when I want to!

Thank you to all of you that follow me and put up with my sometimes rambling, nonsensical posts!  

Penny ❤ 

Posted in Writing

What the Heck?!

Maybe one of you can help me with this.  

Sometimes when I insert a picture into a post, and then publish that post, I get the strange Icon you see above, rather than the picture I was trying to post.  

What am I doing wrong?  I thought I had this issue figured out, but obviously, I don’t. 

Help! 

Posted in Life, Writing

Likes

“You like me! You really, really like me!”

I don’t think that sweet Sally Fields ever lived down those words.

Thank You, to everyone that took time to visit my blog and like something that you saw here. I appreciate it so much!

Years ago when I first started this blog, I had no idea how big of a part in my life this blog would play. It’s become not only a place to express myself, but also a place I can come to and always be welcomed. It’s a place where I can check in with friends that I’ve made here. It’s also a place where I can discover new talent and make new friends.

My time here has been rewarding in ways that I never imagined. Thank you for being here for me and for joining me on this journey! Penny

Posted in Poetry, Writing

#NaPoWriMo – The Weekend

My participation in the #NaPoWrMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) has been out of step with everyone else. I did the Sneak Peek prompt, thinking that participation would begin the following day, the 1st day of April. But it did not, it started That Day, April 30th. This put my whole way of posting off.

I usually do my writing and then plan on posting it the next day. I write when I can. If I have 20 minutes of downtime at work, that’s when I’ll write. If it’s at 9pm, after my day is done, That’s when I write. I rarely write and post what I write on the same day. Today will be an exception.

I will more than likely participate very little or not at all in NaPoWriMo on the weekends.

If you are interested in participating in NaPoWriMo, go HERE to check out the information. Have fun!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson

Posted in Poetry, Writing

What Have I Done?!!

OMG, what have I done?! I saw Ron’s post about NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writer’s Month) and on the spur of the moment, I signed up to participate! Yikes!

I haven’t been doing much writing of any kind lately. I could say that I’ve been busy. I could say that work has been especially busy and stressful lately. I could say that I just don’t feel inspired. All of these things are true.

But what it boils down to is my priorities. I know this. I need to Make The Time to write. I have not been doing this and because of this, my muse has gone on strike. She snubs me.

So, here I go. Write a poem a day, every day, in the month of April? Sure! Why not? It starts tomorrow!!

If you would like to participate in the insanity, the NaPoWriMo’s website can be found HERE. The rules are pretty simple and the only one you are accountable to is yourself. So Come On! Let’s do this!

Copyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson