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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
Host a giveaway or contest on your blog
This advice, in addition, is common to read.
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.
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.
What are the steps to creating backlinks?
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.
b) Finding out who is linking to you is step two.
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.
Keep introductions straightforward. Assuming you take a stab at composing a presentation for a title that as of now has one, you are likely best to allude to what’s as of now been laid out about that title.
Understand what a publicist does
A publicist generates and manages publicity for companies, brands, or personalities – such as celebrities – as well as for their work, such as books, films, or albums. This can entail a website, often, that is your client’s publicity and work that they contract you to manage. A celebrity would have tremendous reach on social media, typically.
If your clients include celebrities, that’s fabulous! That would mean real squirrel.
How to manage your PR
a) Social media is a great way to connect with other thought leaders
noun A person whose views are considered authoritative and influential on a given topic.
People who do the same as you are a good bet to try to network with. If you are respectful and confident, it is possible that another thought leader with greater reach could help you extend the reach you have yourself.
b) Create your content and share it with relevant hashtags
? Google Alerts: My go-to service. I don’t believe that I’m required to be a brand, but many users feel that way. Google Alerts are invaluable to me for discovering how brands that matter to me are discussed with references back to Google
c) Respond to timely topics in the news
Many YouTubers, as I’ve observed, create videos based on news stories in their niche that people are talking about. I imagine the same is true on other platforms. If you can do good work in the short time following a timely news story, you may get further ahead than you thought.
d) Consider using free trials of content marketing and social media tools
I did this by starting with DrumUp six or seven years ago. DrumUp finds trending web pages based on keywords you provide. It’s been exciting to feel that I can be a voice on Twitter and Facebook.
e) Your brand’s social media strategy depends on the platform you choose
For example, how you use hashtags is much different on Facebook than it is on TikTok. This is a major theme to cover- – you will need to practice.
Sometimes only two or three platforms for social media are enough for a business. You can do more with less.
f) Social media is tremendous
You know that of course, it is. I worry about the future of it, but I want everything to work out.
g) Google Analytics
Google Analytics is one of the most popular digital analytics software. It is Google’s free web analytics service, that allows you to analyze in-depth detail, about the visitors to your website. It provides valuable insights that can help you to shape the success strategy of your business.
Despite not having the kinds of responsibilities before me that would require Google Analytics, I may have to work on learning how to use it.
Why you need content promotion strategies
Your engagement is significant in that people should be responding affirmatively to your content. You should build a mailing list of people you can reach by email, even if you ignore this advice. If you have a product for sale, like an ebook, for a small price, you can make a bit of money if you advertise your ebook to your audience with a mailing list.
Get your audience to do the promoting for you
Empowering perusers to share is extraordinary.
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
There is another piece of this article to go. AI played a major role in generating this article.
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 does the contract work?
No Keyword Research
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.
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 free stock photos includes lists of 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. 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.
6 months later: Indexed pages are low and bounce rate is high; try to do better for next time.
It will be most worthwhile for me to blog if my 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 that are 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 1996. I can remember learning about them in school. They seem intuitive, but something tells me that they are not.
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. A “problem” I’m having is that 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 other feedback.
This article I’ve written will continue soon, in two more parts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Why Free Speech is Sexy
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
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.
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.
One of the most effective ways for TikTok users to go viral on the app is by getting featured on TikTok’s own “For You” page. People start to wonder if they will have any control over which posts will be featured in this area or if they can do this themselves. It turns out that there are still many tactics you can use to get your content onto your targeted audience’s For You page, but it all comes down to a larger audience.
You want more traffic coming from your For You Page than your profile or following if you make TikToks for the public. I have a case study in mind that might be relatable. The kind of changes I would personally like to see is an increase in the availability of creators on other platforms, Bandcamp-style, but influencers and the like in addition to those who are struggling musicians.
Others may have an interest in that same dynamic, for money when someone listens to their music.PhoneArena.com reports TikTok has announced its all-in-one music platform, SoundOn.
Quick hint: listing a ko-fi link in your profile may get you a few bucks.
Although the pandemic shook my confidence in my ability to predict the future, I remain of the opinion that social media generates positivity.
I mean, if you’re inclined to start faking Tourette’s Syndrome because of TikTok’s algorithm, okay. My understanding is that Meta (“Facebook”) is aggressively competing with TikTok with Instagram Reels, but I haven’t seen that service, so I’m not sure how it works.
TikTok at the end of April 2020: Remixing ideas
Meet Bella Poarch. In addition to having over 66 million followers, Bella Poarch is one of the most popular TikTok creators of all time. She joined TikTok in April 2020, and a video of her lip-synching went viral. Her career has been fraught with controversy at times, and she just released her debut single “Build a Bitch”.
Originally from the Philippines, Bella Poarch’s birthday is February 8, 1997. She experienced childhood in the Philippines and later moved to Hawaii. On August 17, 2020, Bella Poarch uploaded her “M to the B,” lip-syncing Millie B, which caused Bella’s popularity to explode.
Did you know that?
Rapper Millie B is from Britain. A fellow grime artist, Sophie Aspin, is the target of the song’s joke. In 2016, Sophie Aspin and Millie B changed the grime scene forever in Blackpool, a large town and seaside resort in Lancashire, England.
A grime song features a very low-pitched bassline, a minimal rhythm, and a vocal by an MC. Here’s the point. Half a billion people watched Poarch’s face bob up and down for what reason?
Quite simply, these are the logical endpoint of the entertainment algorithm on TikTok, which is young people who focus their conventional attractiveness in easily repeatable formats.
Your TikTok may do well if you engage with commenters and encourage them to continue commenting. By the by, assuming that your video is becoming famous online on TikTok when you are answering, do not go excessively quick, or the algorithm will impede you.
Bella has a Bible verse, “Love drives out fear, but perfect love does not fear,” tattooed on her chest. John 4:18 says that “perfect love casts out fear.”
The whole verse says this: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
I am not sure if God sent Bella to TikTok, but she definitely outgrew her circumstances. Bella is reportedly single.
Viral TikToks are confidently followed up: Bella’s curls
Bella debuted her curly hair on Instagram at the beginning of 2021. Alongside two selfies showing her long curly hair, she wrote, “My natural curls.” Social media is flexing at its best.
People generally signal others to convey status or to influence them. A thing like Bella’s hair, before she straightens it, is exhilarating for her audience because she is such a grand influencer. She additionally showed up in the music video for “Cirque,” by American vocalist Sub Urban.
In the video, Bella plays Sub Urban’s love interest in a 1920’s era Burlesque bar. Traditional burlesque combines comedy and provocativeness, featuring choruses of female dancers, singing, and slapstick humour. But since its invention in the 17th century, it has evolved.
TikTok is making social media so successful for so many people. It is alternately cute and funny. Of course, TikTok has now become under scrutiny for reasons similar to the inquiry of whether Facebook is hard on young people’s mental health.
A whistleblower, Frances Haugen, made national news when she revealed that Facebook had conducted research into the subject of its potential for addiction and harm to children and younger users. It made an unpleasant reality for Facebook, and the ripple effect (negative, in my opinion) continues.
While TikTok may remain a champion of short-term videos, it is still a competition that will improve for user-created short videos. It’s kind of trendy to be anxious and weird on the Internet, at least among young people. However, I can manage that quota competently by myself, so I don’t have to compete there.
TikTok users come in all shapes and sizes. Good luck, whether you pursue YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels, TikTok, or anywhere else. Let this not be God’s Final Message to his Creation.
If this case study was useful for you, you’re welcome to let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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.
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.
Today is the thirty-first of January, and this month I’ve taken my cue from WordPress writing prompts called bloganuary. I’m using up all available time, and I am behind, so I am getting here with a thought that bloganuary for me might run a little while into February.
I like to exercise my ability to reason, which is part of why I blog. In addition to interacting with other bloggers, there are other things I like about blogging, but writing prompts like bloguanary make me feel like I’m learning from others’ ideas and applying my own understanding to them. I appreciate it, which is likely a similar thing numerous different bloggers appreciate. I know a little about blogging professionally, but I’m not sure I would ever try that. A small hobbyist blog is easier to manage, and if money is not changing hands, there is a little less to worry about.
My love of reading helped challenge my instinct for the intellectual back then, and I enjoyed school because I was asked to apply my own skills to instructional activities, but I don’t think I ever developed the study skills to become an academic myself. As a result of my godfather asking if I would be interested in assisting him with his research, I was able to gain some insight that a ninth or tenth grader might not otherwise have.
I observe these plunges into my own mind to see what I can incite in myself and how I can address it on the page. Bloganuary has been fun this month. As for now, it’s been a strong month for my blog, but I’m hoping to return to my usual kind of “studied foray” in the future. Thanks to WordPress for organizing the prompts.
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.
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 🙂
When I was young, when a girlfriend and I went to the regional butterfly conservatory, I took a photo of her smiling and seeming happy while seated in the semi-tropical environment. I took it with an old-fashioned camera. The negative is likely lost, and the photo has begun to curl. I was happy to think of it, though, when I read the prompt from WordPress.
Nowadays, I have a Sony camera that I take pictures with, from the time of Windows 8. Looking through the photos app on my desktop, I remember a photo dated the afternoon of one Wednesday in September 2014. It’s a photo of the field near the building that used to be a church, and which belongs to my dad, most of it being maintained by him and a few others. I had a FinePix Z1, and it was easy to get the photo. You can see the clouds peeking through the trees are a little bright, and the sunlit grass of the field is a little bright too. By then, I’d had a couple of years’ experience of being self-employed. The riding mower in the background is how I cut the grass every week.
It meant a great deal to me, and I’m afraid some of my enthusiasm has waned. I surmise I’ve run into burnout. I do enjoy maintaining a tiny presence on Facebook for the cemetery. It’s the core of my dad’s business, and I do a lot of other social media that isn’t all geared to Maple Lawn Cemetery, which is our cemetery, or about Catholicism, or anything else like that. For example, I am participating in these January writing prompts because they are fun for me, and they are making January more fun than it would have been.
My better half nowadays is magnificent. It’s not the girl from the butterfly conservatory, but what can you do? I don’t think she characteristically wants her photo taken, but maybe I’ll ask her again.
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.
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.