5 key tips to blogging after my 100th

Bridge the Gap

Been really busy this weekend but I had to stop in and talk about this because I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and now after just passing my 100th post it seemed the perfect time.

Let’s get straight to it. Maybe I’ll look at this at 500 and go what was I thinkin, but here we go…

1) Use an image.

Everything I’m about describe is used right above this by the way. Yes, you need some images and it’s pretty easy even on a phone where I work each morning. On your bottom left is a little plus sign. Make sure you leave some space so you can type under and then look for a photo connected to your idea. If you’re really crazy you can do photos the day before so that you’re not going ahhh.

2) Hook.

This is a Sol Stein’s trick. By the way, get Sol Stein’s on writing and devour it. That book rules. But in that first two sentences create a question or something that would make someone go “well, now I have to know what happens”

Ie. A character going “do not tell anyone what I am about to tell you.”

3) Hashtag

Before publishing go in post settings and scoll down to where you can put in relevant tags. Between 5 and 8 are best and range from specific (your town) to broad (like “writing”)

4) Prompt lists.

Lots of these to Google out there if you look. Not all are great but sometimes they will jog another idea you had.

5) Post lots.

Sorry if that’s obvious but yeah, it’s like anything. My girlfriend’s way more successful at live.me than I am and that’s because she works that puppy daily and makes connections all over the shop. Same here. If it’s your first post ever these tricks will help but it’s probably not going to start in triple digits just yet

6) **bonus** ColorNote App!

Thought of this one just now. Get a note app like ColorNote. Mine is filled with just pages of random ideas and you can just load on the go through your day and then have a boo just before you work. McCartney mentioned songwriting like this and uh… he’s pretty good at it..😉

Have an awesome Sunday!

Cheers!

Tom

And I just saw this :s

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Oh..

     I use WordPress mobile for just about everything you see here.  I swear to your preferred diety (or favorite bovine) this is not a grumbly go at the set up of that because I have really enjoyed working on it up until now and I want to say I really appreciate the support I’ve had since I started on this site as well as my work on Journal by Max, Ollie and Emma, and now the new Closer to Heaven blog.  I just got my first 100 likes which was a great milestone.  I’m not great at getting the screengrab photo thing, but trust me, it’s there.

I do wish though that the wordpress app told you that there was other comments that it had screened you from seeing.  I was just on the way back from my Cookeilidh show at the Highland Games when I actually went to the online version and found them.  I was looking up how the Ad thing works.  Not sure if I’ll do that yet, and don’t have the money to go premium but there you go.

What’s critical and freaked me out is that there is a thing that screens comments for suspected spam.  I didn’t know this and you wordpress users who don’t know this should maybe check too.  I had a chance to see the first 4 and only one so far is spam.  There around 50 of these!  I have a busy weekend with the Games, getting ready for our new Emma Mandy shoot and getting the Bravo fact pitch together so I will go through them when I can.

I absolutely apologize for not seeing this until now.  Please don’t anyone think I’m ignoring you because I’m not.  I do that on Twitter mostly.  I get lots of “gain 1000 followers” and other such actual obvious spams.

I managed to see two of them on the bus home and the messages looked really positive so I am really grateful for that 🙂 

But yeah the new one is called Closer to Heaven and it’s kind of my attempt at a straight fiction love story.  I kind of like where it’s going but I find it funny I can’t just do an absolutely normal love story.  I’ve been making lots of notes and prewriting behind the scenes of that (behind the scenes like…I want to bring in more local shots for those.  That’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed about the entire process of working on the Ollie and Emma promotion.  I came in a writer and bassist and I came out still that but one who likes taking photos and reading about what’s on Vic.

Having bit of a post show, then post post meal crash.  It has me falling asleep while typing so I suddenly spring awake and see I have written “ğjhh” which is a clue.

Clues…clues go good with fries..and bacon.  Yup I should go.  Have a great rest of Saturday on this long weekend!

I will read your comments soon.

Cheers,
Tom

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