Ideal Blogging Tips

In his journal entry for today, Rory has given us his list of ideal blogging tips. I’m reposting his list with my comment on each one.

Find the right location to create your content with very little stress

As someone who blogs exclusively on my iPhone, anywhere I have my iPhone with me is “the right location.” And since I always have my iPhone with me….

Make the ambience right to ‘write in’.

Hmm. What does Rory mean by the right ambience? Low lights? Barry White on the phonograph? Burning a fragrant incense stick? For me, since I can easily compartmentalize, the only ambience I need is my iPhone.

Identify your readership and keep them in mind when writing

I don’t have a specific niche for my blog, so my “readership” consists of anyone who reads my posts. Most of all I write to express myself. At the same time, I try to write engaging posts that anyone who stops by my blog will find interesting, informative, witty, and/or provocative. And that’s what I keep in mind when writing.

Find the right time of the day that works best to create content and have the time to spend on it.

I find that first thing in the morning before I get caught up in whatever the day has in store for me, or last thing at night before I go to sleep are the best times of the day for me to write.

Have a rough mental template in your head of the content you plan to write

When I respond to prompts from other bloggers, they — whether words, photos, songs, or other prompts — establish my “mental template.” Most of my other posts are more stream of consciousness posts.

Take the time to proofread, review and edit, spell and grammar check, and format you post before publishing

I always take these steps in an effort to make my posts both readable and error free. Unfortunately, my eyes often see what my brain expects them to see and my efforts to post a highly readable and error free post will occasionally fall short.

Ensure you have the ‘right’ headline, especially if not part of a series

This is, indeed, a challenge, as a strong “headline” (or post title) can be the difference between someone stopping to read my post or skipping over it. I often write my post before deciding on the title. But sometime I forget to go back and end up publishing my post without a title. That’s not good.

Use images where and when relevant

I concur. I generally include at least on image in every post.

Fandango’s Story Starter #20

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing.

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

We had planned to meet under the bridge at midnight, but…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Hazard


Welcome to November 16, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “hazard.”

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. Please 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.