I give myself very good advice … — Robbie’s inspiration


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10 Tips For a Better Blogging Experience


I’ve been blogging off and on for about 5 years.  During that time, I did not take advantage of the amazing community that WordPress has become to me until this past year.  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.
  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.

If you are not following the people on the list below, you should be.  Please check out their blogs and Share the Love.  In No Particular Order, this is a PARTIAL list of bloggers that have been incredibly helpful, supportive and encouraging during my journey on WordPress.  (I say this is a partial list because I’m sure I will forget someone and for that oversight, I am truly sorry!)

Trent’s World (the blog)

Harsh Reality

Poesy plus Polemics

Booknvolume

Robbie’s Inspiration

Minnesota Prairie Roots

Everyone Else Has the Best Titles

Jessica Bakkers

THANK YOU to each of you and those that I missed!!

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson

What a Blabber Mouth!


WordPress tells me that I have 200 Posts!  I had no idea.  Who knew I had so much to say!  I consider myself a pretty quiet person.  What a Blabber Mouth I am!  🙂

I enjoy my time on WordPress and have made some good connections and what I consider friendships.  I enjoy checking in on my Favorite Bloggers to see how they are doing.

I’ve been doing my best (although it seems incredibly slow, I am making progress) to spend more time on my WIP novel.  So I don’t get here as often as I used to.  I know that I miss a lot as I scroll through the Reader.

So if you wonder why you haven’t seen the Likes or Comments from me that you used to, that’s why.  Please know that I’m still here.   I’m a little further in the background.  But I’m still here, cheering you on!

THANK YOU to all of you that follow me.  I’m a little overwhelmed and extremely flattered that you would bother to look in on me and my life.

Keeping Up


I’ve spent the better part of this past weekend writing and submitting a couple of short stories online.  The writing that I did has been Long over due.

I’ve been trying to post something nearly every day on WordPress.  While this has been a terrific exercise to stretch my writing muscles, this and other activities have taken me away from my novel.

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Real Neat Blog Award


I have been nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Jess at https://jessicabakkers.com/the-written-word/ Jess has a Wonderful blog that is as Varied in it’s Writing as she is!  You should check her out!

This award is designed for people who have a ‘real neat blog’!  Thank you Jess!

Those participating should: 

Put the award logo on your blog. Thank the people who nominated you.  Answer 7 questions by the person who nominated you.  Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.  Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.). Ask your nominees 7 questions.

My answers to Jess’s questions: 

  • What is your main inspiration as a writer?  Which writers inspire you?  

My main inspiration has been my life experiences.  I also delve into that fantasy world of my mind that is so fun to play in!  The list of writers that inspire me grows almost daily, especially since becoming more involved in the WordPress Community.  It’s amazing how many talented people there are here!

  • What is your favorite scene from a book/movie/any other media?

It’s pretty hard to pick just one, but I love this:  During the Sex and the City sitcom, Carrie Bradshaw is telling Mr. Big “I am someone looking for love.  Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-you love.”

  • What is your favorite book genre?

It varies, but for the most part, I like crime/thriller type of stories.

  • What motivates you to write? 

At first it was strictly my life experiences that i wanted to retell.  But any more it’s more than that.  I’ve realized a creative side to me that needs to have an outlet.  Writing is that outlet.

  • What’s the best book you ever read and why?

Hands down, the book The Stand by Stephen King.  I’ve read the book 4 times, I think and discover new things every time.  It is such an amazing story of good verses evil.

  • What is the worst book you’ve ever read and why?

This book was so poorly written, that I could not make it all the way to the end of the book.  I know there are many of you that will disagree with me, but the book 50 Shades of Gray had such poor spelling and use of grammar, I threw it down in disgust.  I will have to see the movie I suppose.

  • Which character (from any media) would you be best friends with?

Although there are many to choose from, I think it would be great fun to be friends with John Grisham.  I would love a peek inside that wonderful brain of his to see what inspires him!

My Questions:

  • What person in your life has been your biggest supporter and why?
  • What person in your life has been your biggest inspiration and why?
  • What person dead or alive would you like to have coffee (or beverage of your choice) with today?
  • Why did you start a WordPress Blog?
  • Do you have a ritual or routine when it comes to your writing?  What is it?

My Nominations:

Please note:  It is in NO way mandatory for you to participate.  If you wish not to participate for any reason, I won’t mind, I promise!

https://charmedchaos.com/

https://kim153.wordpress.com/ 

 https://katcarpita.wordpress.com/

https://therobinsnest2017.com/ 

I hope you have as much fun with this as I did and thank you again Jess!

PennyLane

 

May was a Great Month!


I’ve been away from WordPress for a few days and I miss it!  It’s amazing scrolling down through the Reader, how much I’ve missed!

The month of May was a great month for me.  I have so much to be thankful for!  I set out to post something every day in May and although I fell short of that, I still feel very good about what I accomplished.

What I wrote during May was certainly not Shakespeare.  But I WROTE.  That was the goal.

I had a yard sale that was fairly successful and that money will go straight into savings.  My sweet brother was kind enough to come help me with the sale.  He worked his butt off and I am so grateful that he was there to help me!  I love my Big Brother!  ♥

Everyone here at the WordPress Community has been so helpful and supportive of me in whatever I am trying to accomplish.  Thank you my friends for hanging in there with me!  I am blessed and grateful to have all of you!

I’m looking forward to the upcoming months!  I have some personal goals to shoot for and I now feel that I finally have some direction and can see the goal at the end of the tunnel!  I’ll keep you posted!

Writing about Writing


I find that my time here on WordPress has become therapeutic.  Those of us that write have this inner voice that pushes us to the keyboard.  I do.  For me it’s a need, an itch I must scratch.

What I write here doesn’t amount to a hill of beans and there are times that I am surprised by the people that still follow me.  (kind souls)

What I write here is an extension of me.  It’s a way to express myself and to tell my story.  MY story.

Writing affords me the freedom we mortals do not normally get in the real world.  In my writing world, I have the power to do anything I wish.   I can fly, sing, die and rise again.  People are created, perish and do as I please them to do.

As a child I devoured books.  I always had my nose in a book.  It was my entertainment.  It was my way to travel and experience the things I knew would never really happen to me in the real world.

I think this love of reading and love of books (thank you Mom), is why Writing is so important to me.  I am now the one on the other side of that book cover, providing the escape, the entertainment and the fantasy to any who care to look.

Those of you close to me, I do want to caution you.  What you see here is written For Me.  If you don’t like it, fine.  I didn’t write it for you.  🙂

This post has taken shape in a way that I did not expect.  It always surprises me at what actually ends up on the page.  I started out thinking about going down a very different path.  But that’s alright.  That “different path” can be another post at another time!

 

Writing in May 2017


I set out to write a post every day this month and so far I’ve been able to do that.  I don’t know if the “exercise” has strengthened my writing muscles, but I’ve had a good time doing it anyway.

Since I’ve been spending more time on WordPress, I’ve been poking around and looking at different tutorials & things.  I’ve submitted some writing  to other bloggers and I added a Contact Page to my blog.  Just in case you wanna chat.  🙂

So I guess my exercising has done me some good after all.

I’ve been looking at different Themes and Headers.  So you May see more changes to my blog coming up.  Don’t hold me to that.  I like what I’ve got and the last time I made a major change, it was like turning your back on a friend!  So we will see…

I thank each and every one of you that spend a little of your time here.  The WordPress community is filled with a lot of wonderful people and I’m so glad you’re here!                     — Penny Lane

I Need a Fix


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When I get inspiration for something to write about, it is usually just a small “ping”.  It’s just a wisp of an idea.  The exception is my longer pieces, stories.  These I usually have at least the basic plot and flow of the story in mind before I start.

I had a real “ping” today.  http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/ RonovanWrites has a wonderful blog that you should take a look at.  He did a poem yesterday inspired by a picture.  You can find it here.  http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/truth-in-a-picture/

Not only is the poem beautiful and thought provoking, but today, Ronovan went into explanation as to how the poem “wrote itself”.   http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/how-i-wrote-a-poem/

This train of thought is what gave me fuel today.  That “ping”.

When I sit down to write, most of the time I am completely swept away by the story or point I want to make.  I fall down The Rabbit Hole.  My journey is usually one that is unexpected.

I have heard other writers make the same type of reference.  I had no idea how true it was until recently.  What may start out as a humorous story may end up being a real tear-jerker.  I just never know where my keyboard will take me.

The world falls away and I am carried to that magical, mystical place that only few know.  When I am completely immersed in something, I don’t want to pull myself back into reality.   The feeling is exhilarating and powerful!  It’s something I have come to crave.

When I don’t get my fix; when my keyboard is on strike, I feel let down, disappointed somehow.

I am not as prolific a writer as many of the wonderful people I follow on WordPress.  I want to be, believe me.  I need my fix.

Picture courtesy of Freeimages.com 

Kicking and Screaming!


Alright, alright!!  I changed the theme up on my blog.  I have resisted for a long time, but after getting some feedback that said my blog looked “generic”, I decided I better try to spruce it up.

After looking over about a Zillion themes, I settled on one.  🙂

What is this new thing with WordPress, About.me?  I had to sign up with them in order to create an “About” page?  Maybe more revenue for WordPress.  I don’t know.  But After several failed attempts, I finally figured it out.  Sheesh!

I hesitate adding too many widgets to my page.  I think it just clutters things up.  But I will tweak the page a little bit here & there.

If you have any feedback for about the new look, I would appreciate hearing form you.

BY THE WAY, I would also LOVE to hear feedback regarding the CONTENT of my blog as well.  I’m tough, I can take it!  Bring it on!

Thanks all!

Penny