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My 101st Blog Post…Now What?

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It’s an interesting day outside today in Indiana.  It feels like fall even though the tulips are in bloom and the trees are full and green.  No further adjectives needed; Indiana in the springtime is green.  As I was sitting on our front porch swing drinking some coffee I read through some of the messages I received after writing my last post, my 100th post.  When you write something you never really have any idea of what kind of response you’ll get from readers, if any. Several years ago I wrote a post on my blog Thoughts From the Couch titled Vampire Flowers.  It wasn’t really much of a thought out post, but just something I threw together late at night, much like most of my posts.  I woke up the next day to tons of emails and messages from friends and people I didn’t even know commenting on how much they related to the post.  I’d like to say that responses like that make writing for me easier, but in the past they’ve made me halt and think deeper about my posts.  What I miss most about my early days of blogging was that I blogged often and didn’t really put much thought into my posts.  They literally were my thoughts just translated into words on the screen.  It felt awesome that for the first time in my life people related to my real self.  I could be myself and that was OK.  But now what?  What do I want from my blogging and writing now?

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Peter’s Truly Honest Reviews

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**This is NOT a sales pitch for me to sell you my blogging and social media skills! Trust that!

I am the king of blogs.  Actually, scratch that.  I am the king of starting blogs.  Eight years ago I was first introduced to blogging and since that time I’ve started and ran 10 blogs.  I’ve had several personal blogs, a blog for my dog, lifestyle and fashion blogs and the men’s lifestyle and celebrity interview magazine, raannt.com, that my husband and I started together six and a half years ago.  I’ve helped tons of people start blogs and other forms of social media, including Facebook pages and Twitter accounts and I still help people out on a regular basis, although at this time I’m charging for those services.  (Sorry folks!) And NO! This is not a sales pitch.  I just love to blog and set up social media accounts.  That being said, it should surprise no one, especially my husband Alex who gets tired of my constant light bulb moments when ideas scatter through my mind with no foreseeable actualization, that I have a new idea for a blog!

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The Road to Hell…

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It has been almost two months since I wrote my last blog post.  In all honestly, I’m knee deep in napping, reading books I’ve always wanted to read and watching all kinds of TV shows that this blog, and my writing in general,  has taken a backseat to those more seemingly important tasks.  In one of my last posts I stated that I was going to attempt to write every day for the month of August.  Yet here it is October and none of that happened.  Hell, I didn’t even make it to the fifth day.  “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  Exactly.  I had a client mention to me that I often post things I’m going to do on my blog but I have very little follow through.  This observation got me wondering…

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I Can’t Go Back, Or Can I?…The Real Purpose of Blogging

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On July 28th 2008, almost seven years to the day, I started my very first blog which I titled Suicide Birds and Seahorses.  I still like that title and it actually has relevance to me seven years later.  A lot has changed since I wrote those first words.  In fact, at the time, I had no idea what blogging really was or the impact that it could have on others or myself.  Since then I’ve had several different blogs, a website and written a book.  It’s been a long road and like I said in that very first post, quoting Thelma and Louise, I just can’t go back.  Although at my core I’m essentially the same person inside, a lot has changed and I’m not the same person today.  That’s a good thing, but it also means that an era of my life has faded away.

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Self Righteous Bloggers Bore Me to Death

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Readers either seem to relate to my really sappy posts about something thoughtful or they relate to my more brutally honest posts, of which this one will fit.  Tonight, while catching up on The Following and Jane the Virgin, I found myself floating from one blog to the next.  Some are my current favorites while some are blogs I used to follow on a regular basis.  For the last few years I’ve noticed a growing trend that serious writers are criticizing bloggers as not being real writers because they don’t have any real impact on the world or that they don’t really have anything of value to say.  I think this is quite interesting, as a blogger and author, because every industry PR exec from the fashion world to the tech world can tell you how profoundly bloggers affect the world, even directing the trends to the masses.

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