Flatter Me With Cash and Fame, or…Something that Feels Like That

I really love all the attention my blog has been getting lately. I’d love to tell you it’s from my amazing poetry and short-stories, but it seems like diet and fitness are still the big draws to my blog.

I’m available to write for any number of genres, for any number of publications, and while I am certainly not cheap, I am quite reasonable. Contact me any time!

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Remember When You had to Be Published to be a “Writer” ?

Those of us who remember life before blogging, and even the P.C. understand. You could sit up in your room or study writing until the cows came home, but if you didn’t have a book published, or at least some stories in print, you were a wannabe, not really a writer. Your friends and few fans might call you an ‘aspiring writer’, but really, that’s about it. You may even earn the accolade of ‘promising up-and-comer” from your peers, but were you a writer? Of course, as you continued to indeed write, you were a writer. But now, with instant publishing at the click of a computer key, or with self-publishing available over at Amazon, for instance, just about anyone can be ‘published’. You don’t really need talent to be a writer, nor the endless persistence and dogged determination required to break through the innumerable rejection notices to finally make it into the realm of the gods- publication.

I think the process of getting there is what causes great authors to hone their skills and to become amazing, seasoned writers. However, I also wonder if that process stripped some authors of authentic expression. How many authors were forced to change their genres and ‘voice’ to please the market?

Now, we who blog and self-publish have even less chance of getting paid, becoming recognized, or being taken seriously as writers. But, as we know, some break through to fame and fortune through blogging. Some by their writing, but others simply through connecting with a certain niche of society that needs an outlet of expression, and doing it well enough that it becomes a life force of its own. Jimmy Moore comes to mind. The author of livinlavidalow-carb literally saved his life by losing 180 pounds. His success propelled the popularity of his blog. Now, he has several active websites, and last I saw, books, podcasts, special guests, etc.

What is it about the most popular blogs that catapults them into mega-stardom? Why do some very well- written blogs get disregarded? If we look at the number of followers a particular blog has, that can clue us in to who the most popular bloggers are. But, there are so many genres of blogs. The who’s-who in business blogs cannot be compared with the most popular personal or cause oriented blogs.

I’ve also been reading about those claiming they are making big money from their blogging. Can I please have an honest account from anyone who has done this without being involved with some sort of MLM ‘opportunity’?

Finally, there’s just some very fine writing out there that’s not getting enough attention. I find that a sad aspect of blogging. On the other hand, I hope that those who are very skilled writers will find their confidence and begin to submit their work to publications or publishing houses, because I don’t think it’s very likely that they will be ‘discovered’ by various writing talent scouts out there. I am sure it may happen. Has anyone reading ever been contacted with a legitimate writing job because of someone reading their blog? Has anyone gotten a job offer of writing from submitting a sample of their blog writing? Or, are we all just hobbyists?

Nothing Screams like Silence

I usually get at least a few likes for every blog post I make, so nothing screamed more loudly to me that my fiction writing sucks than the absolute dead silence it has received. I would be open to constructive criticism, even outright booing, but the silence really hurts. Anyone who would please review/ critique ” Unbroken” for me would make my day. Thanks!

Why do you Write?

For glory, for riches, for happiness, fame-

to have everyone, everywhere knowing your name

to be thought of as clever, inspired, and wise

Each morning, wake smiling, with stars in your eyes

jump out of bed , and you’re  blogging by eight,

coffee in cup, low-carb breakfast is great

with thousands or millions all waiting to see

what your clever mind cooked up while counting your z’s

All the clamor and laughter, and followers galore

all your research and magazines piled on the floor

the missed calls, and the messages- yes, you’ve got MAIL!

then the offers from publishers, TV- you can’t fail!

Reflecting at day’s end on your lasting legacy

to leave something worth keeping for generations to see

but it’s ashes to ashes

and dreams of magic beans

and your words are worth only

their weight on the screen

all the sacrifice, worthless

like the mountains you scaled

you’re

out of fashion, in the

trash can

forsaken

impaled

Extolling Virtues- not in the mood…

I used to like writing ‘deep’ and ‘profound’ things, wanting to show my substance as a person. Everything I wrote was like a botched and poor cliche`d book of quotes, with erroneous punctuation. Everyone has already heard it. “Make your life count every day”. Really? “Happiness is a choice”. Yeah. “The end is never justified by the means, but by the means we may hope to be at peace with our end”. That one was actually pretty good…hmmmn.

Anyway, I want to write funny things, marketing ads, scripts for voice overs that I want to be the narrator of. I want to inspire, but not by trying to be inspiring. Somehow that seems to elude me.

I want to rejoice over the successes of others, while not discounting the successes of my own. A happy family, good health, another day with a fresh new beginning that says to me NOW is the time. You can be anything and anyone you want to today. Right now you can make a choice that will change your whole life. “Make your life count today”. 🙂 I just had to throw that in.