Her- A Short Story

I usually write blogging advice but as you probably know if you read yesterdays post I accidentally burnt my fingers and hand while cooking so I can’t type a lot right now and my blogging advice posts are quite detailed so they tend to be much longer. So, instead of writing a blogging advice post I decided to do something that I have wanted to do for a while now which is write a short story. I will save the blogging advice post for later on in the week when my hand/fingers are a bit more healed. I really hope you enjoy this post and if you do enjoy it please let me know in the comments below. It’s been a while since I’ve written a short story so I am very nervous about sharing this but I hope you enjoy it. I was inspired by Shweta Suresh who always writes really amazing short stories on her blog!

I quietly lie in the closet waiting for her to come home. I still remember the first time I saw her at the bookstore. She walked in with her friends, the biggest smile on her face. Her eyes eagerly moved from title to title as she looked at the books one after another. Her friends seemed bored but she just grew more excited with every summary she read. Her eyes were filled with longing as she assured her friends she would only be a few more minutes. She kept looking and I kept staring at her in awe of her beauty. She hadn’t noticed me yet- I mean why would she notice me? No one ever noticed little old me in the corner. But then something happened. Something that changed my life forever- she actually looked at me. “Well, hello there,” she whispered with a grin on her face.
Since that day I have been waiting in her closet. Waiting for her as she leaves and drinking in her beauty whenever she comes home. Sometimes she brings friends over which I always find annoying. They don’t know her like I do. They don’t love her like I do. Sometimes she brings new friends over which is even worse. They spend a couple of days together, sometimes a couple of weeks but it never lasts longer than that. They can never appreciate her like I do, they never seem to see her true value
I can hear her opening the door, she’s talking to someone on the phone. No she’s yelling at someone on the phone… “I never want to see you again, it’s over between us, ” she yells into her phone. Goodbye Jonathan who likes sports, energy drinks and something called monster trucks. She sobs for a while on her bed and goes for a shower. She comes back in her towel and I can see her approaching the closet. She’s coming towards me, I can see her long hair dripping with water, I can smell the scent of her shampoo. I can’t take it anymore. I want her to find me, I want her to notice me, I want  to hold me instead of those worthless fools she calls boyfriends. The closer she gets the more frightened I get and yet I feel excited at the same time. She open the doors and looks directly at me.
“There you are,” she sighs looking down at me. “Time to finally read this book I guess,” she mutters to herself. And now I am content because everyone knows that people come and go but book? Books are forever.


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Blogger Recognition Award #8

Thank You!

I want to thank Maja for nominating me for this blog. They have an amazing blog about mental health and self help so be sure to check it out by clicking here.

Rules

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

How I Started My Blog

I started blogging because I needed an outlet for my feelings and a friend suggested I start blogging which I did and I haven’t looked back since!

My Advice

Be patient- A lot of people expect to become famous or start making money over night. I’m not sure why but people kind of expect blogging to be an easy way to make money. However, it is absolutely the opposite. It takes A LOT of time and hard-work before you start making a decent amount of money. So be patient and make sure you remember that it takes time- but it’s all worth it in the end. 

Be active- WP is a two way street. If you want your blog to grow than you need to be active on other blogs as well. Don’t expect likes, follows and comments if you aren’t liking, following and commenting on other peoples blogs. And by commenting I DO NOT mean spamming people. 

My Nominees

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in please consider yourself nominated and use the same questions I did- I would love to read your take on them! And if you don’t want to do an entire post dedicated to it you can leave the answers in the comments below.

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4 Ways To Beat Writers Block

As a writer you Will encounter Writers Block. Anyone that says they haven’t is ultimately a liar.

What Exactly Is Writers Block?

Well writers block is when a Writer is Stuck. It’s when they can’t form the words in their heads, or come up with topics to write about.
If your a freelancer it may just be the death of you… not literally of course, but it will be hard.

Step 1: Great TV

The best way (Read: Easiest) to get Creative Juices Flowing is by watching Great TV. What Defines “Great TV” is Shows with amazing in-Depth writing.
For me the best show to defeat writers block with is Game Of Thrones. Other great options are:

  • It Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  • Lost
  • Mom, And
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

You’ll notice that these shows either fall into thevDrama, or Comedy Genre. That’s because Drama’s are often the most well-written shows, but Comedy’s tend to build stronger more relatable characters; A skill that all writers need.

Step 2: Read A Great Book

The only thing better than watching a well-Written TV Show, is Reading A Well-Written Book.
Not a Little Kid book like the Magic Treehouse, but a more advanced book such as The Great Gatsby, or Farenheit 451.

Step 3: Take A Bath

Epson Salt is optional, but it helps.
Believe it or not but I do a lot of my writing in the bath. Have I dropped my phone a couple times? Yes. But my writing is more… Relaxed. Just as I am.
Relaxation tends to help beat writers block, that’s why you can also take a Walk, have a picnic, Meditate, or do whatever relaxes you. They’ll all work the same.

Step 4: Take A Break

On average for every 5 Posts I publish on my blog I have one post kept in my “Vault”.
My “Vault” is a place where I keep some posts that I Publish when I take a break.
When it comes to SEO (Site Engine Optimization) it can hurt your blog, and cause a decrease in Rankings of you break your Schedule. Yet when it comes to writing if you don’t take a break you develop writers block, and your writing gets Bad.
So I have some backup posts for when I need a break, but so that I won’t break my schedule.
I suggest taking a 1 week break at least every 5 weeks to replenish yourself.
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Creating A Game Blog In 4 Steps

The fact remains that most people play games, and most people want to make money doing so. But YouTube–the most common outlet–takes 40% of your earnings

Not to mention the fact that hundreds of hours of streams are uploaded every minute. Your videos, your reviews, all that just gets washed down the drain.

On a blog your lucky to get 4-5 views a day, on a YouTube channel your lucky to get 3 views a week.

That’s where a gaming blog comes in handy.

You control everything! You make more money, views are worth more, and your not getting lost in the ocean of Videos that is youtube!

Click Here For A 4-Step Guide To Creating A Game Blog

5 Ways To Set Up Your Blog

Blogging is more than publishing a story, an article, or a Photograph on a site. So many people forget that blogging is also about the site itself. You need to set-up your site so that your articles are accessible, people can easily subscribe, and so that it reflects you.

1. Setting Up For Subs

One of the most important parts of blogging is subscribers–your audience. That’s why you want to make it easy for them to subscribe. Do this by adding an email subscribe form in your sites widget footer area.

If you have a WordPress blog than you can also place an easy blue one-click subscriber button for other wordpress members.

You can also, employ the help of MailChimp. Aka set up a pop-up subscription form after someone has been on your site for a set amount of time. 10 seconds; 10 minutes; that’s up to you.

2. Article Visibility

So this here can get more tricky than it should be. Let me just ask you a simple question: How do you want your articles to show?

  1. Do you want people to see lists of excerpts of your posts (the first paragraph or two), and then see a “Click To Continue Reading” embed (Showing featured photo is optional)
  2. Do you want them to see your posts listed your featured Photo, and the post title, again with an embed that says “Click Here To Read” (That’s what you call a “Card”)
  3. Do you want the same thing as number “2” except for you also want them to see the first sentence or two, of your post? Or maybe a short description of said post?

These are the 3 most common, and professional ways to show your posts.

You rarely see a blog, or site that shows their posts other than like those 3 ways. So choose one.

Next decide if you want people to immediately see your posts when they visit your site. They can see:

A. A Posts Page, or

B. A Homepage

A Posts Page Is a page that displays all of your most recent and/or features posts.

A Home Page Is a page that shows your sites services, description, or really whatever you want.

If you run a buisness, and this site is for that we suggest having a Homepage. However for blogs we suggest just having a normal posts page.

Now after you’ve made your decisions as to what you want you just have to find a them that supports the format you chose.

Now available themes vary depending on your website host, whether it be GoDaddy, WordPress, Weebly, WIX, or whatever. But most web hosts offer you hundreds of free themes that will allow you to build your site to your liking.

3. Pages

Are you just googling photos for your posts, and using them? Congratulations! That’s illegal, and you could get sued for Thousands of dollars.

Now personally I suggest not using random photos for your posts, and instead using Pexels or other Stock Photos. (Stock photos are photos that you can use freely), but did you know that in many cases a simple page for your site could help protect you again lawsuits?

It’s called a “Disclaimer”, and it’s not the only essential page for your site. There are also “Terms & Conditions”, and “Privacy Policy” pages that can help protect you from lawsuits. Now of course these pages can take a lot of time, or to be safer you may have to pay a lawyer, or some other professional to write one up for you. But it’s worth it, if at the end of the day your not homeless. Right?


NOTE: A “Disclaimer”, “Terms & Conditions”, and “Privacy Policy” page will NOT protect you from every legal liability. It is suggested to avoid any images, or anything else which may be subject to copyright.


Pages Can Also Be…

  • About Pages giving your sites history, and other fun facts about your site
  • (Only if you) If you have a Homepage, then you need a separate page for your blog posts
  • Contact pages so that people can contact you
  • Guest Post pages which tell people about how (if you do) accept guest posts, your Guest Post categories, rules, and how to contact you.

And more! Pages can really be whatever you want!

4. Logo

Your sites Logo is very important for growth, and recognition. Like did you know that Targets logo, is just as known as the Target franchise itself? When most people think of starbucks they imagine their logo. So what’s yours?

A logo can be anything, but there are some things it should not be. Like:

  • A Picture of yourself, a selfie (Unless it’s a collage)

That’s all.

You need a logo that represents your site. Take my site Brightleigh’s logo for example:

It’s simple, and it let’s you know that my site is about animals. Primarily dogs.

Then there are also logos that are just random, simple, elegant, and unique like the Walmart Logo. It’s just a couple lines really. Again look at my other site Darkleigh’s logo for an example of this:


NOTE: Me using my own sites logos goes back to number “3”. You see Starbucks, Walmart, and just about every big chain retailer has copywrighted their logo. So its illegal for me to use it in my blog. This is just an example of being smart, and not infringing copywright.


These logos are easy to remember, and the Darkleigh one you’ll never see elsewhere. Because its unique. Just create a logo like that for yourself.

5. Personalizing Your Blog (Optional)

There aren’t many ways to personalize your blog, and several themes dont offer ways to personalize your blog. That’s why this is Optional. But nonetheless I’ll still telly ou how to of it’s an option.

Here are many of the ways which you can customize your blog, or site so long as you have the correct theme:

  • Your Logo (We already talked about this)
  • Your Font. Hey, Maybe instead of basic font you want one that’s thicker, skinnier, or heavily italicized.
  • Your Font Color. Blue font, pink font, green font, blue font. (Yes, I know I said “Blue Font” twice) preferably use a font that goes well with…..
  • Your sites color. You could have your site be black, or grey instead of white. This actually can be very good in some cases, like with my site Lichen. Now Lichen is green, so I made my entire site green with grey font.

These are some of the most common ways to personalize your site. Mainly because their aren’t many other ways… but the Wonderful World Wide Web is always improving at a mile a minute. I’m sure theirs gonna be a thousand more by the time 5 years Flies  bye.

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