SEO for Small Business Owners in the Digital Age – Part III of III on Local SEO 10 Ways to Establish Yourself as an Authority

Today is the tenth anniversary of this blog. I registered ten years ago today.

It’s been something else. I am not sure how pro it seems, but as a hobby, it’s provided me with quite a bit of satisfaction.

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SEO is search engine optimization, which is how I’ve guided search engines to my blog. According to SEO, authority refers to a site’s importance or weight relative to a search query. When determining the authority of a webpage, modern search engines such as Google consider many factors (or signals).

There’s no denying that there’s fierce competition in the blogosphere for high-ranking placements. However, the “reign of terror” is over. It used to be that you had to outsource most of your content production because you didn’t have time to write it.

Here are some guidelines for what you need to do to get reach at your site.

  1. Create great content

I wrote for a content mill some years ago. It’s terrible. That’s the most money I made, however, solely from writing.

  1. Start with a high-quality domain name

I put two words together, finding environs, added the number 1, and made that my domain name. They are random words.

  1. Use social media platforms wisely

You want to be appropriate, and also well-situated. For example, why build an echo chamber on a site that has pulled dissatisfied users away from Twitter, when you could have remained on Twitter and got remarks from both sides of an issue? That doesn’t make much sense to me.

  1. Build an email list of subscribers

It is critical.

That said, I didn’t take this advice myself. The reason is that I do this for a hobby, not to be taken more seriously than that. I have good intentions–I like to feel well-versed in the topics I think to discuss.

I am hoping that I may find something more by doing this that will interest me.

It could be you! 🙂

  1. Host a giveaway or contest on your blog

This advice, in addition, is common to read.

  1. Interact with other influential bloggers in your niche

If you want a leg up on the competition, offering to write a guest post for a more influential blogger may contribute to your success, if it goes well. The exposure you gain may ultimately serve you.

  1. Provide free resources to visitors such as ebooks, guides, etc. (content upgrades) to encourage them to subscribe for more updates from you.

There was a gold rush for ebooks on Twitter years and years ago. I think a lot of Twitter users are interested in whether the deal to sell Twitter to Elon Musk will be successful. It could be a gigantic success.

Musk could back out, as I think bogus Twitter accounts are an issue to him. I don’t think he will, however, in the end. The story is too big to end on a negative note.

I doubt that Musk has much patience for failure.

  1. What are the steps to creating backlinks?
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a) The first step is to find out what people link to. To get great backlinks, you have to find sites that already have fantastic backlinks and examine their link profiles. Perhaps you’ll notice some patterns or learn how they operate.

b) Finding out who is linking to you is step two. How much traffic is your website getting from social media?

c) The third step is to find out why people are linking.

When you uncover your relevance in the big picture, you have an idea of how you fit in and where to go next with the work which you’re doing. Doesn’t that seem cosmic? Proper SEO and a mailing list are two tips that seem to me to be invaluable.

I generally am satisfied enough that I want to keep doing this. You should be, too. The future is hard to predict.

There is quite a bit of anticipation for Web 3.0 and the metaverse. It may be soon for me to turn additional attention to these matters, but I am already reading about the metaverse, of course. It is exciting.

Can I believe that I registered this blog ten years ago? I wonder if there will be another ten.

Good luck, readers. Of course, you’re welcome to like, subscribe, and comment.

SEO for Small Business Owners in the Digital Age – Part I of III on Local SEO

  1. Understand what a publicist does
  2. How to manage your own PR
  3. Why you need content promotion strategies
  4. Get your audience to do the promoting for you
  5. Drive traffic to your website by providing quality content and by being an active commentator on blogs, social media sites and forums where your target market hangs out

What if there were a way to get the press and media outlets all over you?

Growing your small business’s website traffic can be tense. Thankfully, SEO is a challenge that you CAN overcome! Small businesses look for many things when searching for an SEO company, including Features and benefits of SEO services; What are the best features or tools?

How would a business contract work?

  1. No Keyword Research
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I am referring to how successful you will be without keyword research. Lots of people know that Internet traffic is invaluable. Your reach depends on how you use SEO.

SEO is search engine optimization, which means keywords that help search understand your page. The best SEO will help search engines to rank you favourably.

You aren’t interested in using SEO to impact news on the Internet. You want local influence so that you are a “go-to” guy.

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a) Write a blog post with the wrong keyword, then write another one incorporating the keyword at least twice.

For years I deliberately utilized “wrong” keywords. Let me clarify.

I had some idea of what made proper SEO, but I liked the idea of borrowing keywords. I was able to do this because the website where I download stock photos includes keywords.

When I finally decided to conform, what got me on the path was a free tool I discovered that can search the text for relevant keywords, called YAKE! I love it!

Did that solve my problems? Well, no, because my blog became somewhat of a fail even with an improved approach to keywords.

Why was this? The search engines must have detected my attempts to rank higher. A bias was clear.

10 years later: Indexed pages are low and the bounce rate is high.

It will be most worthwhile for you to blog if your blog has a relevant theme. I do this for fun, not to bring home the bacon. I put the time in at it here and there, thinking the outcome may be interesting.

b) After July 24th, 2018, Google AdWords became Google Ads.

There are three distinct campaign types available today under the Google Ads brand, including Search, Display, and Video. Search ads are text ads displayed among search results on a Google results page.

Display ads are typically image-based and are shown on web pages within the Google Display Network.

Video ads are between six and 15 seconds and appear on YouTube.

With Google Ads, you can find out what searches are happening on Google, and how you can capitalize on that web traffic. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not a business guy, but I know if you are trying to earn profits, Google Ads is a tool that can help you out quite a lot. I’ve only looked at it enough to gain a layman’s understanding.

c) Plug in some keywords that relate directly to your content in the search

Keywords interest me, and I’ve been interested in them since I was taught about them, in 1996. I can remember learning about them in school.

An SEO company will offer to put your business on the front page of Google. They help customize a client’s website so that its SEO makes it attractive to search engines like Google. I’m having a ” problem ” because my SEO isn’t great.

In fact, if you are reading this, maybe you have an idea of what I could do to master some traffic to my blog. At the end of this part of my exposition on SEO, you could leave me a comment if you have a suggestion or feedback.

This article I’ve written is continuing soon, in two more parts.

World Economic Forum – Are They for Real?

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), to successfully create a digital ecosystem, organizations need to adopt three core principles: becoming open, interoperable, and decentralized. Now, why would they claim this? What is their reasoning?

Before we can even begin answering that question –

  1. Why do you need to listen to the World Economic Forum?
  2. What is a Global Risks Report?
  3. Is it that important? Do I have to read it?
  4. Can it help me in my business and life?
  5. Are they making all these big moves based on data compiled from surveys or reports from some “experts” as they claim on their website www .weforum .org? That’s Davos Agenda.
  6. Why do you need to listen to the World Economic Forum?

On YouTube, Russell Brand made the point, a few days ago, that you weren’t invited, was you? He was illustrating that the conference doesn’t have your interests at heart, even though your leader in the world may have been there herself. Don’t you and everyone else pay state tax revenue?

Russell Brand works hard of assembling the 10,000-foot view.



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Russell Brand: Society is collapsing – BBC News
  1. What is a Global Risks Report? The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its Global Risks Report 2022 recently. For seventeen years running, each year the Global Risks Report series tracks how risk experts and world leaders in business, government, and civil society perceive global risk.

The world’s best risk experts examine risk in five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological. I can remember learning about risk management in economics 101 in college, and my brother Josh once was heard to joke around about its significance. He’s also told me not to joke.

An example of an economic risk might be a nation’s gross national product losing value. About environmental risk, we’ve heard a lot, but it is how endangered species, for example, literally die off and no longer exist, which is not something everybody likes to acknowledge. All of us are men and women, and none of us are gods.

Those animals that cease to exist do matter. Everybody should understand that. Next, geopolitical risk has a clear example, right, in how Russia decided that Ukraine belongs to it.

You know it’s a nightmare. Societal risk, the next risk, is like Covid-19 killing people. Technological risk is like ByteDance giving teenage girls Tourette’s Syndrome, by addicting them to scrolling through TikTok.

Examples like these could be, I am guessing, in the WEF Global Risks Report. If I had more time, I would read it, other than looking over this year’s preface this week, but I’ve heard about it from a few thinkers. It could change the lives of everybody.

  1. Is it that important? Do I have to read it?

I don’t think you want to read that any more than you want to read the Terms and Conditions of Instagram or TikTok. My sister, Kaitlyn, I’ve heard make a point like that clear, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think about it. You probably want to know that there is a powerful alliance around the world, with an interest in the new world order.

Did my sister and her husband know that? I don’t think they did.

  1. Can it help me in my business and life?

Not really. It means that the new world order is structured something like Dark Ages fealty. If you are a street vendor, you might make more money, because you’re potentially given additional authority to provide shoppers with distinct and necessary goods that they want.



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I am not trying to worry people, but the writing’s on the wall. If you don’t want to work, you might accept universal basic income, free money to spend on renting commodities that you want or need. Merchants will have a role under this structure where they control people’s buying habits.

A problem is that they will be reporting everything you buy, compromising your freedom. Rather than involving you in the decision-making process, state assessments will be defining and predict what is going to happen. That is one way it resembles the Dark Ages.

Until the Renaissance, scholars sought to periodize history and influence how future generations would remember them, I have read. I’ve heard talk about the situation that has got me feeling like I should be a little concerned.

  1. Are they making all these big moves based on data compiled from surveys or reports from some “experts” as they claim on their website www .weforum .org? That’s Davos Agenda.

It’s countries surveying what is happening all over the planet and making expectations. It would put the government better in control. Russell Brand has, lately, again reminded his viewership that we’re supposed to be democratic.

Politicians should take their cues from citizens, Brand helps point out, not this potential for a new world order where everybody is dealing with undue government measures. I guess it should be clear that Brand is a successful comedian on YouTube whose channel might get us out of a mess.

In any case, Brand’s point isn’t exclusively to go against Davos, which he has been accomplishing for a long time.

I think Brand’s thing is that ordinary people can make intelligent decisions the same as people working in government (for example, politicians), and Brand doesn’t want a world bereft of qualities that lend themselves to being a decent place to live. Like if we let art stop, music and theatre come to an end, and we begin to live in a fealty-oriented Dark Age, it would not be a great civilization to be a part of. It would mean things like literature getting pointless, as nobody would be in a position to add to it, and media becoming state propaganda, instead of the assistance that digital media provides to things like democracy, human rights, and journalism.

I don’t think it would be a good idea. We would have the industry beneath Big Tech, and we wouldn’t be able to use it, even though it’s cheap to run, and as powerful as astronauts at NASA taking a shuttle to the moon. In 1969, contrasted with what even our youths naturally grasp, everyone with a cell phone and Internet access can explore enormous data momentarily.

You don’t grasp what Russell Brand is saying or talking about when you think of him as a comedian and (probably) a sex symbol. That’s fine, but it’s worth taking an interest in what he does, as Brand is dismissive of the World Economic Forum and critical of many discussions that indicate corruption or unfairness for the poor, or advantages that Big Tech and Big Pharma exploit to control people. He is on YouTube, and his videos are monetized, so that’s his career these days, but as a populist voice, he’s funny, and he’s good.

Brand’s interest in knowledge kind of grows, but it’s always going in the same direction, and his perspective, which he might deny he is giving you with his channel, is always in favour of a social change in a direction completely different than the Davos Agenda. From the fact that he has only one YouTube channel, you can infer that he has to distance himself from being the leader of a social movement. He will not be let off the hook unless he keeps mostly within the rules of the YouTube community.

I’ve never heard him say that a video of his was taken down, and I don’t think YouTube would want to do that to him, since he and his team are only a few people doing YouTube. He’s a virtuoso. Wouldn’t you say?

Thanks, Mr. Brand.

I started with the subject of this story, about associations zeroed in on being open, interoperable, and decentralized. I arrived at this question with the help of AI. Open means authentic, transparent, and inclusive.

These are good principles to follow. However, I am not sure that the WEF is sincere in saying that. I’ve provided above an idea of what Russell Brand says the agenda of the WEF looks like.

It’s open like thieves hiding in plain sight. Interoperability is conceivably a legend. Do you know who made that point loud and clear?

Mutahar, the YouTuber behind someordinarygamers, alluding to Meta’s metaverse, said in a recent video about whether Meta will prevail that it is basically not going to be interoperable with rival metaverses. A comparison was made between the interoperability of video games between rival systems. The metaverse is being discussed more and more every day, and I think there are two general realities in the metaverse that are relevant.

One is Meta’s metaverse, which is probably at least a couple of years away before its potential is realized, and the other is, I think, sort of Web 3.0. The basics of Web 3.0 is that it’s the Internet of Things. Neither of these accounts of the metaverse is comprehensive, but I suspect since I’m learning a little about the metaverse every day, which is just a drop in the bucket, that the best way to anticipate the heyday of the metaverse is to consider both Meta and Crypto.

I am not just not sure that there won’t be an endgame for either foundation of Big Tech. Decentralized is a buzzword that applied to bitcoin. I don’t think cryptocurrency is going to wind up decentralized, but nice try.



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Jack Dorsey’s exit from Twitter illustrates how innovators in the cryptocurrency space will likely succumb to frustration and exhaustion, as he possibly did. The long and short is that the WEF is lying. They are borrowing from the best of the technology industries and laying waste to its potential.

That’s really what Russell Brand has picked up on and is critical of. Those kinds of lies could do a lot of harm to people who are lucky enough to live in the free world.

Free Speech and Hate Speech #WordPrompt

I had a pleasant Easter. By the way, a great thing is that the WordPress blogger Beauty Beyond Bones announced on Twitter her engagement to her man. You can find her blog here:

https://beautybeyondbones.com/

Now, for a blog post, I thought this up with StoryLab.ai, an AI service that can assist with a blog story post…

Having the right to free speech is not a privilege. There will always be repercussions when people express their opinions. The truth is that watching in silence while others voice their opinions will also have repercussions.

The effectiveness of Twitter as the town square is that, although everyone with an Internet connection can contribute, Twitter, while I enjoy participating, tends to highlight the voices of only a few. The collective voices on Twitter tend to belong to those on the left.


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Who Invented Twitter?

These voices often belong to writers, politicians, actors, artists, and musicians, but they can also be anyone imaginable. Years ago, I felt I was doing great having a modest Twitter account, and I’ve seldom felt like giving it up.

Good information flies on Twitter. However, Twitter is criticized for its lax approach, disturbing content that litters some users’ accounts, and for its algorithm’s ability to bury tweets that would be favourable for the right. The situation is complicated, but here are some thoughts about it.

  1. The Debate

Elon Musk, who founded Tesla and SpaceX, believes that, for the future, Twitter needs to be a town square where all speech should be permitted. Twitter needs a lot of change before that can happen, according to Musk. At present, Twitter has a reputation for favouring tweets from leftist-leaning microbloggers, amplifying those voices, while restricting voices who are right-leaning.

This is probably because many Twitter employees are liberal-leaning. There is a suspicion that Twitter has a bias towards tweets from a leftist perspective built into its algorithm. The best example is that Twitter was the first social media platform to issue a permanent ban against Trump, who was formerly an advocate for Twitter, before the charge of insurrection came up following the riot at Capitol Hill when Trump added fuel to the fire.


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What is Capitol Hill and where is it?

Elon Musk, one of the biggest shareholders now at Twitter, wants to make changes to help free speech flourish on Twitter. In reality, he may hurt the value of the Twitter stock if he decides to take the position that Twitter is a poor investment, and he goes on to sell his majority share. In other words, he is pressuring Twitter to buy it.

  1. Hate Speech

Many people charge Twitter with being nasty. Hateful messages are often started on Twitter, before being carried over to rival social media platforms, such as Gettr and Parler. Using computers, people can tweet a liturgy of extreme positions that can include attacks on people who are different from them, as well as criticism and a culture that seeks to convince people that a particular view is correct.

The idea of tweets like these makes them hard to direct because there are lots of them, and the guidelines for discourse ought to, in an optimal world, be material in all cases, not only for tweets calling for savagery and other outrageous positions.

  1. Free Speech

Free speech refers to the right to form opinions and express ideas without interference. Remember George Orwell’s famous book, 1984, looking at a communist society where free speech has been abolished. Even in 2022, there are a tremendous number of controls leveled at speakers on social media, because the twenty-first century is the first time in history that we have had social media.


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We are still seeing social’s power over people, and some seek some common ground to keep it fair, but you are not prevented from speaking your mind. Sounds great, right? It is muddled, be that as it may.

Elon Musk believes free speech is for the best, but some thinkers believe that out-of-control social media poses a threat to democracy, rather than lending it insight. For example, widespread lies about a specific subject could weigh a majority down, giving them disinformation they believe to be accurate. Disinformation is a problem where opinions that have little or no merit seem normal and commonplace.

According to those who accuse social media platforms of disinformation, there are “correct” perspectives to take, which cannot be associated with disinformation. I don’t think this is so, as people have a right to support falsehoods if those are significant to them. On Twitter people argue back and forth.

As long as a substantial number of people believe in a lie, it is good to treat it as a potential truth. That is why people debate. While most people accept, for example, that the Earth is round, there are to this day flat-earthers.

We have seen Earth from the vantage point of space; we know it is round. To flat-earthers, those space voyages are fake, and the Earth is as flat as it was believed to be in ancient times. That said, perhaps there are unrecognized realities where a flat Earth exists that we are unaware of.

There is the possibility that the Earth may at times be flat from other perspectives; why shouldn’t this be conceived of as a possibility?

There is no doubt that there is disinformation on social media, including on Twitter. How much damage can disinformation potentially do?

  1. Hate speech is harmful and must be fought against

If we let hate run wild on social media, hate will not take much for its flames to fan. I am begging the question, but if you give the haters an inch, they are going to take a mile. A herd mentality is in evidence in social media, which means that there could soon be additional subsets of the world population with hate in their head.

In 2022, on Twitter, as hate speech became more and more part of ordinary life, there have been attempts to stem the tide, like banning hatemongers, and reducing visibility, via the algorithm, of tweets that have the flavour of hate. When I was young, I was all about free speech until I got confused in college. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so smart.

I didn’t know as much as I thought I knew. A responsibility to the truth is difficult. There are so many bad people in a world that many would like to view as “good.”

We should not be separated by hateful ideologies when everyone should be able to live a decent life regardless of race, gender, income, etc. Hate has, at times, been such a horror that it is difficult to relate to it in any capacity. Victims of hate, like people who are bullied on the Internet in a way that erodes their mental health, need protections that a decision like opening Twitter to additional free speech may not afford them.

The Internet, as it’s understood, as on Twitter, will continue to be a jungle, a dangerous place. The right to free speech is a good idea, but the way the issue will be handled concerns me.

  1. Why Free Speech is Sexy

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Sexy Tech

Tech changes so fast that there is a perception that we are making change by aligning ourselves with like-minded people on social media. Users without the same level of a network, watch out. According to these beliefs, we similarly interpret our reality.

We often fight to keep our values at the forefront of many conversations. Twitter debates are often dominated by one side. The perception of Twitter is often that it is a town square.

It appears that the voices we hear on social media, as I have read on the weekend on Big Think, usually belong to only ten percent of users overall.

10% of people are dominating social media. What if the other 90% spoke up? – Big Think

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://bigthink.com/series/collective-illusions/social-media/&ct=ga&cd=CAEYByoUMTQzMTk0MDY4NDMzMDk5NTY0MTYyGTNkZTBlOWUyZmQwYjYyMzc6Y2E6ZW46Q0E&usg=AOvVaw3mTmIeYPCmBTzB6KgrjhQJ

This is an echo chamber. Those ten percent are the loudest, and deafen opposing points of view. In disputes between the right and the left, the Twitter algorithm favours the standpoint of the left.


VOX – Pol

That sounds like one smart algorithm, but it is sophisticated enough to understand the idea of the topic. Twitter may act differently if Musk purchases it, and rebrands Twitter in possibly undecided ways. That is why the drama with Musk and Twitter is so compelling.

With Twitter, they gave us something that we could access we didn’t have previously. This month’s word prompt is the word green. I started the year 2022 doing a daily blogging exercise called bloganuary, where, for as many days as I could in the month of January, I posted according to bloganuary prompts.

Presently, posts from the WordPress Tavern blog incorporate a month-to-month word brief. By the way, my Twitter handle is https://twitter.com/findingenvirons

Privacy is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution as freedom of speech is in the First Amendment. Larry Flynt

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How to create video content that makes you more famous

Some of my favourite personalities are YouTubers. And some of them want the fame and fortune of chasing the dream of being a big influencer!

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A blogger writes on a website or a social media service (microblogging), and a vlogger video records presentations. Vlogging is the hotter of the two. There’s nothing better than a taste of Hollywood nostalgia, and it’s great to hear a TV journalist discuss what is going on in the world.

While a good vlogger can routinely (and sometimes casually) go viral, a smaller influencer or several may be better for you than someone towing a line. Consider referring to modest sources, instead of solely big ones, the big guns, such as Warner Bros, or CNN.

With the pandemic, embracing video content became all the more normal a pastime, when health care shuttered public destinations. I am not blogging the point of view of the creators. I want to pick up on how you can enjoy YouTube and feel supportive of your favourite vloggers.

They’re trying to live a dream! Making videos for a living on YouTube means you will only succeed if people watch the videos. If a YouTuber doesn’t have an audience, that creator will be unable to support a lifestyle solely through YouTube.

If you like video content, you should deal with a few realities. YouTube’s algorithm will give you recommendations that will waste your time if you are not attentive. Looking back at what I wrote in 2019, I saw that I complained that YouTube was beginning to become a platform only for mainstream entertainment, such as cable news and Hollywood filmmaking.

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When YouTube creators upload a mixture of original and copyrighted content, this can be flagged as a copyright violation, making the video inaccessible. YouTube is an extraordinary place for anyone who enjoys transferring recordings to the Internet, but that does not mean making a living at it is simple. That’s the nature of the beast.

The creators that you most enjoy should be people for whom you are loyal, supportive and careful. There is a good chance that a creator will produce more videos if their work gets attention. If you want to watch more of their stuff, watch your favourite creators’ videos from start to finish, and also consider watching the YouTube ads on their videos.

I am willing to speculate that those tips will make whom you chose in vlogging to enjoy watching even more prurient. When you join in with others who want to watch the same thing, you’re making money. Your creator’s fame is your fame.

You are part of a great, loyal viewing audience. You ought to watch your perusing propensities, on the off chance that you don’t need your inclinations met with advertisements on YouTube. Many tech services show users ads inspired by real-life habits.

With antiSpyware freeware, you can remove cookies that track your browsing habits. Tracking cookies report to businesses to place ads to appeal to you.

Fans deserve credit for the creator’s success since they are the ones who cheer when it succeeds. That should make you feel triumphant!

Let’s use Star Wars as an example. The greatest challenges faced by Star Wars Last Jedi director Rian Johnson were largely for his indifference to making good movies, in contrast to the feelings fans have for Star Wars Force Awakens director JJ Abrams. It isn’t a scientific correlation, but Abrams recreated elements of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope and accordingly made Force Awakens into a billion-dollar box office success.

Star Wars IV A New Hope is a favourite for many who fondly remember it. Borrowing from the film’s pool of goodwill was a good idea for Abrams. With the eighth Skywalker film, Lucasfilm again earned a fortune, but many fans were unsatisfied.

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The Last Jedi was hastily-constructed in some areas. Despite Rey’s history as a Force-sensitive heroine, Force Awakens did not explore her backstory with the emotional heft of the original trilogy. Abrams, tasked with directing Episode IX Rise of Skywalker, attempted to return to some of the story elements Johnson introduced in Episode VIII while bringing back the spirit of the original trilogy that comes across in Force Awakens.

Without a fandom to get the word out, the controversy of The Last Jedi would have been moot. Instead, we heard many opinions on the Disney sequel films from the fandom, often negative, often on social media.

That’s what a good YouTube supporter should do. Provide your perspective. It’s your unofficial responsibility!

A person dancing with fame is under pressure. The image of an influencer must be tight. Somebody should put me in charge! 🙂

Perhaps I should make another objective, of trying to turn into a force to be reckoned with.

You can like, follow, comment, and my contact details are on the About page. I had a blast last month doing the bloganuary challenge, which involved prompts and loads of posting. I am pleased with the current direction of social media and Web 2.0.

In my professional role, I manage a Facebook page for a family business, and I am watching to see if Facebook and Instagram will make good on their announcement that they will cease serving Europe unless data regulations remain favourable. Maybe that will be another blog post from me.

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Write about what motivates you. #bloganuary

Since I understand that social media is the reality for most of the first world, I am reasonably immersed in social media. My favourite YouTubers, whether they’re creating content specifically for YouTube or bands who are bringing out new material or old material from the old days when people like that did something fantastic, make me feel strong. The love for tech is naively formed, perhaps, but keeping in mind that the biggest firms, like Meta and Alphabet, would like your data, if not every single tech company, watching favourite creators become YouTube stars makes me feel strong most of the time.

I feel strong when a savvy TikTokker post turns out to be a great video, scored with some piece of music I’ve often enjoyed.

I feel solid when a companion or relative accomplishes something advantageous, since I like great choices, and not terrible. I can be a useful individual.

I feel strong when nations and their people stand together. Although I usually feel as though I am the spy in the back of the meeting of revolutionaries, heading for the gallows if I am caught redhanded for my true allegiance, I do enjoy when people with a common background come together. That can make for an extremely strong encounter.

A smart piece of writing, or other great content, makes me feel strong. It feels good to share trending web pages to Twitter and Facebook when I think they can provide food for thought. I feel strongly about posting on the Maple Lawn Facebook page for my father’s business.

Hi, it’s Patrick, Maple Lawn Cemetery’s Facebook page operator.

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I feel strong being with my girlfriend when she is happy with me. A relationship like our own strength is the main strength I have, considering that life is not a practice run. I would rather not hazard losing her warmth and care.

Taking part in a blogging challenge like WordPress’ bloganuary makes me feel strong 🙂

Are there any causes you’re passionate about and why? #bloganuary

It wasn’t until I wrote the bloganuary writing prompt for January about being inspired by someone that I realized how highly I regard Russell Brand’s social criticism on YouTube.

Who is someone that inspires you and why? #bloganuary

Writing my viewpoint made me see that some of Brand’s observations are making sense, and must be to a lot more people, too.

I think Russell Brand sees a transition to a world of smaller and better-knit communities, a more ideal world where the individual flourishes and the community meets the needs of all. When Brand refers to his understanding of how such a world might look, I start to think he’s onto something.

Brand’s other channel, Awakening with Russell, is geared to meditation and devoted to helping people look inward at themselves to begin to recognize what’s there.

It would be perfect if we lived in small communities where our wants were satisfied, yet we could rest assured that people everywhere else likewise have what they need. There would be no warfare. The world is a little like John Lennon described in the lyrics to his song Imagine.

I don’t think Brand wants a tough commute and a grind behind a desk with only hazelnut coffee or the like and a donut or danish to start the day. I’m sure he doesn’t.

It seems like his values are that of a gentleman who holds others in high regard. His videos praise his viewers, and he makes fun of concepts like the metaverse, Mark Zuckerberg’s creation for remote workers. Brand doesn’t think that’s the right direction for people to go in.

Oftentimes, Brand pokes fun at established institutions and is cautious of totalitarian-leaning change that right-wing speakers employ in an attempt to control individuals more efficiently.

I think Russell Brand represents a cause I could get passionate about.

What does your ideal day look like? #bloganuary

What’s extravagant is an incredible night’s rest, perhaps nine hours to re-energize.

Morning coffee is excellent, typically several cups. Taking a look at my YouTube menu in the morning helps shape my inner world. Watching videos, whether for entertainment, information, music, or an intersection of all these stops (!), is a great way to handle the early hours of the day.

I wouldn’t be satisfied without making time for TV entertainment. I enjoy single episodes like people would watch in the golden age of TV, before home videos and streaming video took over. I like, for example, an episode of Riverdale on the Netflix service, or another series that happens to have my fancy. While I don’t live on Netflix, I often make Netflix a go-to for streaming entertainment.

The BBC soap Eastenders has had a long, rich history going back to 1985, so I like to watch it if I want traditional television. My eighth birthday was that year, a time in life when family and friends are especially important. Since I’m now an adult and more prepared (than an eight-year-old), I appreciate following the stories in Eastenders. My rule of thumb, though, is only one episode per day.

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Many days I like to put an hour into Twitter to get a fun peek at people’s hot takes and trending news. I even automate tweets, when topics I am interested in exploring come to light in the hands of capable writers. I occasionally edit the Facebook page for my dad’s cemetery business, which we run together. Sometimes I am specifically required.

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I check a few TikToks, likely of the more original variety, often at least twenty of them. They are usually only a few seconds long.

Perhaps best of all, I chill with my girl. Having that bond is important, I think. Even if I devote a lot of time to technical pursuits, a human element can be supremely important.

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What emoji(s) do you like to use? #bloganuary

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I enjoy emojis.

I think that savvy Internet users communicate effectively with them.

I remember the classic 1994 film Forrest Gump showing Tom Hanks inventing the smiley face. 🙂

Forrest Gump: [Narrating] another time when I was running along somebody had lost all his money in the T-shirt business, and he wanted to put my face on a t-shirt, but he couldn’t draw that well and didn’t have a camera …some years later I found out that man did come up with an idea for a T-shirt and he made a lot of money off of it.

I usually favour one emoji at a time, but I will employ one often. Unless there is a good reason not to, which, generally, is the disposition of the recipients of the message I’m posting. One emoji for a Facebook post, whether for business or pleasure. I think, why not? One emoji goes on a tweet, except when I am scheduling it automatically when I then content myself with a hashtag or two, and the username of the creator of the content. Less often on TikTok, where extravagant hashtagging is the order of the day.

Less often do I include an emoji in email messages, unless there is the intention to add additional flavour to a message, by which I mean highlighting what tone you mean the writing to be taken in. So that’s yes to emojis on Facebook, sometimes on Twitter, and seldom on TikTok, or in emails.

An emoji is a convenient way to add a tone to your writing that may not otherwise be as apparent. While including humour in the written word on computers and other technology is not always a great idea, if you are doing that, with an emoji, you can help convey that you have the idea that what you’re writing is funny.

😉 Have fun with your emojis.