Six Word Story #120

Six Word Story #120

Our wedding was a jocund event. Too bad our divorce was too.


I know I usually post just one six word story but I really wanted to this to have a kind of twist to it so I decided to write two six word stories instead!

Today’s Word:

Jocund

1. Marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness

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Something New!

Something New!

As you guys know I am a really big fan of art and I really do enjoy all things art. I’m not great at things to do with art but I have been trying to learn and get better. I also really love decorating and I’m always picking up little things from the Dollar Store or Walmart to make my apartment look better. As amazing as those things are, I always felt like something was missing because back home we had some really beautiful paintings in our living room and two in my sister and I’s bedroom. My mum and sister are great at art and had made them. They’re amazing and I remember always envying their talent when I was younger.

My sister and I had already been discussing adding some art to our living room so when I got the opportunity to collaborate with Photowall I thought of it as a sign from the universe. Photowall is an amazing wall-art company that offers a number of amazing products. At the moment, they offer wallpaper or wall murals, canvas prints and posters both with and without the frames.

I looked through their site and was genuinely impressed by the products but one problem became clear. I suck at making choices- maybe it’s the anxiety, maybe it’s the fact that I’m the youngest and very spoilt lol but either way everything looked so absolutely amazing I just could not pick what to get. That’s when I decided to talk to my sister and we decided that a canvas would be the perfect item for out living room. As much as we loved the other products, we really missed home and we thought having a beautiful canvas print in our home would bring back a lot of memories.

So, after that was decided we began going through all the amazing designs they offer and kept in mind that they also offer to create something specialised in case you want something specific that they don’t have on their site. Again there were a lot of options so we took quite a while to pick something but at last we found something truly perfect.

It was this beautiful painting of elephants.

As you probably know by now, I’m Kenyan and one thing that I truly love about being Kenyan is how I am able to have so many amazing experiences with animals. I had gone back home for summer about two years ago and one of the things I did with my family and one of my best friends in the world who is like a sister to me is go to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. It’s one of the best memories I have from that trip and it’s also the last time I was with them since I haven’t been able to travel for a while due to the pandemic and my university schedule.

We both thought this would be perfect and quickly ordered it. You can get them with and without a frame but we chose to get it with a frame. When it arrived I was a little nervous because I have put an Ikea bed together on my own as well as a shelf and neither were fun experiences. Luckily the frame was insanely easy to put together and all the tools we needed were provided so we were able to put it together in about half an hour.

To be honest, the prices on their site very quite low compared to some of the other sites we had browsed (since we were already looking for art even before we knew about Photowall) so I wasn’t expecting it to be the best quality ever. However, I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw the the finished canvas- it was absolutely beautiful and frankly exceeded my expectations. I was so happy to finally have something so beautiful in my living room- it is now the first thing you see when you come into our place! We kind of just stood there staring at it for a little bit.

I think this was one of the very best experiences I have had ordering something online- the site was super easy to use, the order process was extremely simple, it arrived on time and it was incredibly easy to assemble and put up. Furthermore, I was happy that this came from a more ethical company. They plant about 5000 trees every year in the area surrounding Lake Victoria in Africa. They also strive to reduce the waste they produce by only producing products when ordered so there are no surplus products created and then unnecessarily discarded. And their wallpapers are biodegradable. For more on their environmental efforts click here.

The amazing people at Photowall want to give you guys 25% off on any product on their site for the next two months. All you need to do is use this code: lifesfinewhine25 so feel free to check them out and if you feel like there’s something you really like be sure to use this code. I would really recommend at least going through their site and viewing their products because you will definitely be pleasantly surprised. My sister and I are already discussing what other products we’ll be getting- I have my eye on a couple of posters of musicians I really like. So far I am thinking about getting posters of Janis Joplin, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.


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Six Word Story #119

Six Word Story #119

You always derided at our love.


Today’s Word:

Derided

1. to laugh at or insult contemptuously
2. to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule or criticism

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Blogger Interview With Yusuf

Blogger Interview With Yusuf
I want to thank Yusuf for being part of this interview today and if you haven’t checked out his blog already I would definitely recommend doing so by clicking the link below because I’m sure you will find it interesting.
1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.

First and foremost, thank you for allowing me to participate in your series. Well, my name is Yusuf but I go by my pen name TheRhymeRula for my published work. I’m a blogger, podcaster, poet, and short-story writer. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured on SpillWords. Onto the purpose of my blog. Real Free – Flowing Words is my platform to share my unfiltered thoughts on anything as the headline says once you go on my site and it comes in two formats, blog entries, and poems. To add levity I include wisdom quotes, film reviews (which I want to get back to doing one day), and photography.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

I started this blog in the Summer of 2017 and I wanted to have a home for all the writing I was doing and completed throughout my years in college. Additionally, I wanted to connect, collaborate (which I’m glad I’ve done), share, and know I have a place to bestow my work to fellow writers who will appreciate my work and I create rapport with. This will thus lead to them being returning visitors and we can encourage each other with every publication.

3. Some of the topics you discuss on your posts are darker- is it more difficult to write those or is it better to get them out there rather than bottling things up?

Not really, the darker topics will cause me to be more meticulous on how I want to structure and get the message across so the reader can comprehend and understand that I’m passionate about the topic I’m writing about at that moment. Furthermore, even if my stance on the topic differs from theirs, I always respect and acknowledge their perspective. So, is it difficult? I’ll rephrase my answer and say no because I believe even though the topics may be dark, I believe they should be addressed and not disregarded no matter how uncomfortable it might make you feel. That statement might seem harsh but with the “Cancel culture” and Political Correct “warriors” rampant nowadays, unfiltered and explicit content is always subject to scrutiny even if my opinions have facts to back them up.

4. Where do you draw inspiration for your posts from?

It’s an amalgamation of things. I can get inspiration from my past, current events, something I’ve read like a quote or a book, Black History, something I’ve learned and want to share that’s going to benefit my readers, and sometimes I get inspired by something I’ve watched.

5. What are some of your long term goals for blogging? 

My long-term goal in blogging is to continue growing this site and brand that is now going beyond the site. I would like to increase my viewers/visitors and engagement that would translate to followers and a retainment of those followers with consistent content publication.

6. What inspires you to write about topics that others may shy away from?

I don’t like censorship and I enjoy this platform for being lenient compared to other platforms where they can stagnate your content and subjugate it to shadow banning or worse account termination. What inspires me to write about topics other writers might shy away from is my hopes to create a conversation no matter how light or heavy the subject matter is, and that will in hopes attract more viewers. Who knows what I write might inspire them to start writing hard-hitting content.

7. What is your favourite food?

That’s a tough question. I don’t want to exclude something or include something I don’t eat often. As of lately I’ve been cooking my meals and have incorporated a lot of vegetables and fruits in my pasta and rice dishes which have been delicious. If I want something quick I’d make a turkey club or chicken salad sandwich, or go to a pizzeria and get some wings or a chicken sandwich with everything except raw onions (I like them sauteed), ketchup (ew), or mustard. My preferences change depending on my mood. So to be honest I don’t have a favorite food.

8. What was your favourite cartoon as a child?

There are too many for me to name to narrow it down, I can name any from Nickelodeon classics cartoons, Marvel, to Disney, but if I were to choose one that I loved watching as a child it would be Arthur. I loved watching all the cable network cartoon shows but once my parents cut our cable in 2000, I gravitated to that series and other programs on PBS. As I grew older and got cable back I started watching adult-oriented cartoons i.e. The Simpsons (Which my mother disapproved of me watching but I still did 😉 , South Park, Family Guy, and many more.

9. If you could have any superpower what would it be?

The superpower I’d like to have would be regeneration like Wolverine from the X – Men because for one I can heal instantly and will be impervious to diseases. Going through the healing process for any injury minor or major is painful and nerve-wracking so I would want to prevent that at all cost.

10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.

I welcome you to visit my site and explore the variety of content I post every week. If you enjoy viewing it, other than liking it, leave a comment if you found anything I said insightful to you (don’t worry I take positive and negative comments in stride). In addition, I have two podcasts, a history one titled Black History 365: The Throw Down and a podcast that is an audio version of my blog content here titled Real Free – Flowing Words. You can find them both on Spotify or any platform you get your podcasts on. With that said, once again thank you Pooja G (Lifesfinewhine) for having me on your series. Peace and keep it real.


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Six Word Story #118

Six Word Story #118

Your words are my favourite paean.


Today’s Word:

Paean

1. a joyous song or hymn of praise, tribute, thanksgiving, or triumph
2a work that praises or honors its subject 

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Interview With Poorwa

Interview With Poorwa
I want to thank Poorwa for being a part of this interview- she is such a wonderful blogger and a lovely person. I have really appreciated her support on this blog and enjoyed her posts. Do take a minute to check out her blog which as always be linked below.
1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about.
Hii! Thanks for having me! My name is Poorwa. I’m a 15 years old girl, studying in my final year of school, from India. I’m a huge music lover and I listen to music and also sing along all the time. Other than music, I love to draw, play video games, and many more things. I always love to learn new things. Poorwa’s blog is mainly a lifestyle blog. I write about my daily life, things I like and dislike, also on the topics I find relative and attract me. I love to write about music the most, I do song reviews on my blog and I like that very much, my favorite genres are K-pop and Pop. I also love Photography, so I sometimes share glances of my garden in my posts. My blog is open for collaborations, guest posts, and interviews too, so these days I’m working on some fun projects with my blogging friends.
2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?
I had blogging as a chapter in school, and it was interesting. I made my blog on my birthday in December 2019 but I didn’t post anything because my board exams of 10th grade were close. Then suddenly in March 2020, the pandemic and lockdown all came in between, I decided to give it a try. I even gave up posting a few times but I’m glad that I tried again and now I don’t have any plans to stop blogging any sooner, I’m in love with it. To know the complete story behind my blog, read this post: “My Blogging Journey: Why I Started Poorwa’s blog
3. You write about a number of topics on your blog- do you have a favorite topic to write about?
As I said- I love writing about music the most! I believe that music has no language barrier and I never hesitate to listen to new artists. I mostly listen to K-pop and Western Pop, and also the songs in Hindi, Spanish, Japanese, and whatever I like. I do album reviews, EP reviews, and song reviews on my blog and also give song recommendations to my readers. The reason why I like writing about music the most because my readers support me a lot. They are also big music lovers like me so it doesn’t take too much time for me to write a long post talking about my music taste and about my favorite artists. Click here to find my music-related posts!
4. What inspires you to continue blogging?
My readers and the feedback I get! I had never tried writing before I started blogging, but after I find it interesting and started to blog continuously, I realized it is something I needed for a long time. Our daily lives are just too tiring and the blogosphere is like a place that saves me from my real life in a good way. I have made so many friends here and it really feels like they are my real-life friends, there are some things that I hesitate to share with my family or friends but I feel comfortable with the people here. This feeling is all that inspires me to continue blogging.
5. What are some of your long term goals for blogging? 
I recently surpassed 500 WP followers on my blog, so my next goal is to reach the milestone of 1000+ followers. I know it won’t be too easy but I believe that I can do it!
6. Is there something about blogging that you dislike or don’t particularly enjoy?
I don’t like promoting my posts on social media, especially on Instagram. Promoting my blog on social media is much harder for me than writing and publishing a post and I really don’t enjoy it. Other than that, I hate plagiarism. I have even experienced it once when someone copied my whole post from word to word and it was so damn frustrating and annoying. Thankfully, I made him delete the post he copied but I really hate it when someone copies other’s hard work.
7. What is your favorite food?
I love food but I don’t like to eat. I’m very choosy when it comes to food. But maybe my favorite is Indian food. You know the combination of rice, dal, vegetables and all, I love it the most. Then I love spicy food like chicken and also sweets and deserts a lot!
8. What was your favorite cartoon as a child?
My favorite was Ben 10. It’s not that I don’t like it now but I love Pokemon, and other Disney shows more.
9. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
To control the time! Time is something really important in every case and I really wish that I could control it.
10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
Thanks so much Pooja for having me. I really love your blog a lot! And dear readers, if you liked my answers, please don’t forget to visit my blog. I’d love to be friends with you!

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Monsters Out Of Men

Monsters Out Of Men
Clipped wings, our world grips us into a firm hold telling us a decision for our life needs to be made, bought and sold
Like a caged bird we sit and sing
and wait for the decision to be made, In our songs remains a saddened ring
Manipulating their fellow beings, writing upon this canvas for them, stifled, creating monsters out of men, mayhem
These special monsters are nothing more than broken souls assembled amiss
Worn and ground down to the bones by life’s burning; spiralling, submerging, deepening into the abyss
The constant changes continuously confuse their mind till they no longer know right from wrong
Up until a bodhisattva soul extends a hand, tells the monster they are beautiful and to take their grasp, a lasting impact; lifelong
In that one moment everything changes and all the built up negativity starts to seep out
Recollecting who they once were, the Bodhisattva shines a reflection, the mirror leaves no doubt
Once again we are human, we are not just living but truly alive

The shadow self lies buried deep in us all, capable of morphing into angels and monsters; which wolf you choose to feed that is the question to revive.


This poem was written in collaboration with Amber from DiosRaw. She is a wonderful writer, blogger and person. I have been super busy lately as I have taken on some extra work and she was so sweet and understanding throughout the collaboration. Her blog includes a number of very interesting topics such as poetry, spirituality, psychology, mental health, my favourite quotes and proverbs and many more. I’m sure no matter what you blog about and what you enjoy reading you will find something you like on her blog. Seriously, she’s the absolute best so please do take a minute to check out her amazing blog I am sure you will love it! Click here to view her blog.


I’m sure I’ll get some emails about possible collabs but unfortunately I am a bit too busy for that at the moment but I will let you know when my schedule is a bit better and I can do collabs again. Thanks for your patience and understanding!


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Six Word Story #117

Six Word Story #117

Eccentric genius or a bumptious moron?


Today’s Word:

Bumptious

1. presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive

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Blogging Myths Debunked

Blogging Myths Debunked

Blogging Myths

There is a lot of really great advice out there when it comes to blogging but to be very honest there is also a lot of very horrendous blogging advice out there too. I have come across so many amazing blogs here on WordPress that don’t get the traffic and following they deserve. If you feel like you are doing everything right and have done some research and are following those rules but still seeing minimal to no growth it may be because the advice you found online was not exactly accurate.

One major issue I’ve noticed with looking for information online is that because of the SEO Gods, search engines will only push out advice posts that are SEO friendly rather than posts that are genuinely beneficial to the reader. Unfortunately, I can’t do much about this but I would recommend doing a lot of thorough research into blogging before making sudden changes to your blog because articles are not always accurate and even if they are remember that this advice was not tailor made for you. This advice is general advice and although it may have worked for them it may have worked along with other factors they may not be sharing about. So always think about your blog and whether or not the advice would make sense for your blog. Except mine of course, my advice posts are always on point. ALWAYS.

Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot of advice posts about blogging these days and have noticed that a number of them contain some information that may be potentially harmful to your blog. Some of them fail to mention certain things and I feel like they are leaving the advice halfway while others mention certain things about blogging that may not be true anymore since WordPress updates it’s algorithm quite often. Here are three blogging myths that you should not be listening to in 2021:

Myth #1: Use a large number of very specific tags

I have heard people go on and on about using specific tags instead of broader ones and every time someone says this I kind of want to smack them on the head- thankfully I’m a pacifist so I just eat my feelings instead.

Yes, using specific tags is always beneficial for SEO purposes but let’s be honest- when was the last time you searched something super specific like “that annoying lifestyle blogger that whines about stuff and is a history major.” Most people tend to search much broader things like “lifestyle blogger” or “lifestyle blog.” Therefore, if you use specific tags you will probably be on the first page of search engines if someone searches that specific thing but not a lot of people will be searching that specific thing so you are pretty much just cutting down your audience to a very small number of people that search weirdly specific stuff.

On the other hand, if you use broader tags you are more likely to get some number of views even if you don’t make it to the first page of Google. Another little secret I know about broader tags is that tags are not always just for search engines. Your WP Reader has a tags section and a search section and they generally put up posts that are recently posted rather than most SEO friendly/popular. You will see an instant increase in traffic from WP itself when using broader tags.

Therefore, my advice is this- don’t stick to using just specific tags. Use a number of both specific and general/broader tags together to get the best results.

Myth #2: Unethical methods of gaining backlinks work

I have read a number of bloggers talk about certain methods to easily get backlinks on other blogs. They don’t specifically say these methods are unethical but let’s be real- they absolutely are.

The first one is straight up just spamming people with links to your blog. By that I mean leaving comments telling people to visit your blog on other peoples posts. First of all, most bloggers generally delete those and furthermore some will go so far as to report your blog or block your blog. When it comes to spamming people’s comments section trust me when I say you’re doing a lot more harm than good.

Another method I have heard people talk about is leaving a genuine sounding comment like “wow this is really great advice thanks for sharing it” and than leaving a link to their blog below their comment. Every time someone does this I just get super irritated because I get excited about the comment and then I see the link and I’m like “oh they’re just spamming me.” This is such an incredibly shady thing to do and it’s not even worth it because most bloggers delete these comments or edit out the link. If someone wanted to visit your blog they would click the link on your name/profile so there is no excuse to leave links with your comments like that. Leaving genuine comments would probably get you way more followers and traffic than spamming people.

Another reason why you shouldn’t do this, apart from it being unethical and also super annoying, is that the more links you leave the more likely you are to be mistaken as a bot by WP. They may even shadow ban you or worse shut down your blog completely if you continuously leave spam comments.

So to sum it up- get genuine backlinks and don’t be shady about it because people aren’t stupid and they know what you’re doing.

Myth #3: Only write about trending topics

When I used to search advice on what topics were popular or what I should write about when I first started blogging I saw so many people talking about how you should cover trending topics to get more views. There’s nothing wrong with that but I saw some people insist that you should only stick to trending topics and not really write about other stuff which I found really ridiculous. I truly hope such horrible advice is no longer out there but you never know so I thought I would mention this anyway.

Yes, writing about trending topics may get you more views. However, in my opinion most blogs that succeed tend to write about things that are new or unique. A lot of blogs that are popular do tend to cover only trending topics but those are more like online websites and stuff. If you enjoy that kind of thing please absolutely go for it. However, if you want to blog about other things and feel pressured to change your niche to increase your audience take a minute to hear me out.

A lot of people succeed because they are writing about trending topics but a lot of people also succeed because they aren’t. People can find millions of sites that talk about what’s trending but there’s only one of you and you bring something unique to the table. Bring your own voice to your blog, write about what makes you happy, write about things you are passionate about and genuinely want to write about.

As most of you know my blog is a multi-niche blog which means I talk about a number of topics and from all the topics I write about I have found that my audience enjoys more than anything posts where I write about my opinion/thoughts or about topics I feel strongly about. WordPress is like a community and people want to “talk to their friends” and connect with other bloggers on a more personal level.

Conclusion And Your Thoughts

I have a lot more to say on this topic and a lot more myths to bust but I don’t want to make this post insanely long so I’ll end it here. I put in a few jokes so you guys don’t fall asleep halfway through but I have a weird sense of humour so you may just find them more annoying than funny- either way you’re awake and that’s all that matters. Let me know in the comments below if this information was helpful and if you would like me to debunk more myths in future posts. A lot of you have asked for more tips on engagement and I promise a second part of that post is coming soon too.

Have you ever fallen for any of these myths? What are some blogging myths you have come across? What type of myths have you fallen for when you started blogging? Do you think SEO is stupid and needs to change? How was your day? Let me know you thoughts in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi because I love chatting with you guys!


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