Blogging Insights — Good Bloggers and Their Trade Secrets

Blogging insights In the #16 edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya asks us, What, in your opinion, are the characteristics or qualities of a good blogger?” And in the #17 edition, she asks, “Do bloggers share all their tips or trade secrets and should they?”

With respect to the first question, that’s like asking about what characteristics or qualities make anyone who creates an art form good. It could be bloggers, painters, sculptors, authors, musicians, actors, comedians, chefs, journalists, and even leaders. The honest answer is that it varies, depending upon one’s tastes and preferences. It’s all about “eye of the beholder.”

For example, there are those who think that Donald Trump demonstrates great characteristics and qualities that make him a good President. And there are those, like me, who think that the characteristics and qualities of Donald Trump make him totally unfit to be President.

So I’m not going to tell you what I believe to be the characteristics or qualities of a good blogger. Because that would be my own personal opinion. And you know what they say about opinions, don’t you? Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and they all stink. Well, except for mine, of course.

That said, I haven’t been a very good blogger lately. Other than my several prompts that I’d scheduled two weeks in advance, I haven’t had the time to write a whole lot of creative posts due to my move from San Francisco to the East Bay. And no doubt I’ve missed a lot of the comments and pingbacks you folks have made on those posts that I have published. And even worse, I haven’t been able to read most of the posts all of you have published over the past couple of weeks. I will try to do better now that things are finally settling down a bit.

Next Tanya asks about tips and trade secrets. My tip for bloggers is to do your thing, whatever your thing might be. Write posts about whatever it is that interests and fascinates you and you just might find that others share your interests and are fascinated by what you write, too.

Trade secrets? Are there blogging trade secrets? I don’t know that there are any such secrets, but then again, I write posts about this, that, and the other — or whatever pops into my head on any given day. So I supposed, when it comes to blogging, that makes me a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Fandango’s February Expressions #15


Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, I will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.

Please tag your post with #FFE and create a pingback to this post or include your link in a comment on each day’s post.

Have fun and be sure to read what others have posted in response to this prompt.

FOWC with Fandango — Debate

FOWCWelcome to February 15, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “debate.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.