I've been attending some courses recently. They are courses designed to help you become a better blogger, well that's what they advertise. The truth is that they want you to use your blog as an advertisement, for someone else. The hook is 'how to make money with your blog'. I checked it out, and after they had spent an hour telling us all how to market products from our blog and how to trick people into purchasing things using our blog, then they asked for money so we can receive more of the same type of tripe from them. I was appalled. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I thought that blogging was something one did to entertain, instruct and express yourself. I didn't know that somehow it had now been perverted into nothing but another marketplace where you lure people in and then get them to purchase things. Now don't get me wrong, yes I know that I sometimes market my own books on this blog, but it is my blog, and my books and my website. I don't send you to some other idiot's website to purchase something, so he can pay me a kickback. That's just dishonest as far as I'm concerned. I don't mind giving a plug to another author, product or website, if I believe in what I am saying, but wow... you should have heard the crap they were selling.
Anyway... there were a few things that made sense to me as far as how to make a blog better. I will be incorporating those things as soon as I can. For one, I need regular feedback from you my readers. There are quite a few of you out there, yet I seldom hear from you. It's hard to carry on a dialog with myself, and even harder to know what it is you might want unless you talk to me.
Of the comments that I have received I have by far gotten a much better response for my out of the box take on some of the world's weirdest questions or problems. I am thinking of expanding this to book form and I am curious if you my readers would find this something that you would find interesting? Please let me know one way or another. I am going to anticipate your approval by starting to compile some of my blog posts into more coherent and certainly better written material.
I have often thought of writing a book that centered around my personal opinions concerning odd things, but have never had much reason to pursue it, now with the scant bits of feedback that I have received primarily for some of those odd posts, I feel that I have a reason. So, to add to the original question, I have this question 'is there a topic or item that you would like me to discuss in my book?' I mean other than what I have already discussed in my blog, because all of those will be in the book. Most of them will be expanded upon and in a much more logical format. I will also be adding any references that I might utilize to form my opinion.
If you are wondering if this bit of banter is something that I might have learned in this blogging class the answer is, yes. It was taught as something else, but I would like to give you my faithful readers something to read other than my blog and my website. So this is why I am asking you if this is something that you might like to have in your little hands.
In other news, my website can now be found on your cell phone if you have internet access. I have yet to really work with it much, but I do know that it loads really quickly and everything is there. If you would like to see more or less of the website on your phone, please let me know as I can add and delete anytime that I like.
One last thing, would you my readers like to get emails from me? That was kind of one of those things in the class that I wasn't sure if I agreed with at all. It seemed like a cheap marketing trick, but I'm willing to give it a shot if you are.
Anyway, I'm supposed to leave you wanting more, but I'm not quite sure how as of yet. Rest assured, I am working on it. BTW, I do realize that I never told you what my niece did at Thanksgiving that out shone my zombie turkey incident, she asked me not to do so. Let's just say that she landed on her ass in a pool of dog water. I'm pretty sure that her pride was hurt more than her tail end. I laughed until I cried... three times. It was classic!
Okay, live well and be good to each other.