Networking and selfish acts(free advertising tips) | Thoughts From a Mind Full of Dreams

Networking. I have indeed found interesting blogs–those I enjoy visiting again and again following a chain of likes from those I do not like. So often have I clicked along these lines: “Hmm… let us see what other people follow this detestable individual…. Oh goodness me!! Look at this!!!”

I could indeed be more actively involved in this process, but I go through periods wherein I am rather withdrawn and reflective. Still, out of 100 followers one has, a few find that they positively cannot live without ones work, and these would not have found the work had there not been a chain of follows and/or likes (or even dislikes) to lead them to it.

Since I do not have a blog with very wide appeal at all, I am always gratified when someone who likes what I do finds me. And the more clicks and links and likes and follows, &c, (as well as all the other types of things you rightly suggest) that I put out, the more people (among the very few who actually enjoy my work) will find it.

The more widely one spreads out this activity the more likely one is to find such people. Just using wordpress alone is not very reliable in and of itself. The reason for this–I would say the main reason–is that bloggers are writers wanting to be read; and writers are for the most part not normal readers. It therefore is beneficial when someone who only posts pictures of cats on facebook happens to like whatever it is you do. That is a real follower, most often, not just another abnormal reader (aka a writer) and someone who might actually share your work with similar people.

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David Emeron says:

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August 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

And one more thing to add to your arsenal is to turn off moderation. I found more enthusiastic followers once I did this. I keep meaning to try opening up comments to everyone and anyone. I will no doubt get more spam comments, but more openness seems to help the process along. In fact, now that I think of it again, I am going to do just that. In about five minutes, I will have the comment section completely open.

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9 responses to “Networking and selfish acts(free advertising tips) | Thoughts From a Mind Full of Dreams

  1. I have shut off log in credentials, I think, but everyone must have one pre-approved comment, for spam reasons. But hope you do gain more ‘normal’ readers…lol. You’re right, we are not the most reliable readers are we George. :) and yes. No one returns to notice your edits so move on. Lucasing is for editors. Create. Don’t edit.
    Have a wonderful day Emeron.

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    • To lucas or not. To moderate or not. To unrestrict or not.

      This is a very strange topic. I would not have expected you to take note. Very true regarding creating/over editing. Still it is a rather strange and immediate medium we have here. In the 1800s, one might spend a year or so reworking and otherwise going over a book of poetry before even submitting it to a publisher (for even more re-edits.) I see this current process as a way to watch a work evolve–if anyone might be interested.

      You may find this hard to believe, but I do not do that much lucasing–not nearly as much as you might guess. I am not obsessive with it. But when I find an error while reading something aloud (usually to Mrs. Emeron) I take advantage of my notice. There is something about a change in modalities that brings to light things one may have missed. For example, I can go over and over and over a new piece in the editing mode (black print on white) and then look at the published post–even just a glance (white print on black) and I will find things I will have missed before. Reading aloud has a similar effect. Even reading either to myself, or to Mrs. Emeron or to a colleague–all three of these are like different modalities and cause me to see things I did not see before.

      I do change things when I notice them, or when the light goes on above my head and I exclaim “Eureka! Why did I not see this before!!”

      I do feel a bit lonely for writing as I have been working on other things and using that hiatus to reformat what I already have written. It does please me to fix my excessive punctuation and give my works titles and streamline and fix my “sequences.” But very true, apart from some edits that I perform it is mostly digital grunt work. It is a way I can keep my hand in with what is now very limited time.

      Still, I hear that appeals attorney Dr. Alan Dershowitz writes TWO sonnets every day and has for many years–even given his very full schedule. However, Google, Bing, &c. find no mention of it. When looking around to see if any are published, either in book form or web form somewhere, I find nothing, so perhaps the individual who told me this made it all up. One would think one might find at least a few hits on it or a mention of it in wikipedia, but I can find nothing.

      If I were, for example, a marxist operative I might tell a poet something like this if I wanted to stop him from writing in the hopes that it would dishearten his attempts. Still I find it hard to believe that anyone, marxist or otherwise would notice, let alone care about, my four hits a day–which is what I receive if I am not actively engaged in the back and forth of the blogosphere.

      In any case, my point is that one may write one sonnet every day–or two–no matter what one is doing. One might have to resort to a trick or two–speed writing techniques, I mean. I have, in fact, experimented with these. They do work. I can write a well-formed sonnet in under 10 minutes. But even though they read nicely and one might not be able to tell that they were that quickly written, still, there is no substitute for the type of sonnet that takes days of research and meditation and revision and experimentation to write. Both can be nice to read, but one can generally tell one from the other.

      Partly, that is what the “Etudes” series is about: namely concentrating on types of writing and types of sound without worrying too much about what is being written. It is an interesting process because one sees in such cases what simply pops out of ones subconscious.

      So in essence, I may spend 10 minutes when that is all I have and longer when I have more time to spend. Still, I admit I have been enjoying the re-editing process, most of which is cosmetic and functional rather than content modifying.

      If I had my site hosted elsewhere, I could fix some things more quickly by writing shell scripts. I despair whenever I think that now that I have merged all three sites into one, all the internal links mentioned in posts or comments need to be fixed. There is no way I can do this easily. I simply fix deal links when I notice them, or if someone else brings them to my attention.

      Ye God! But I do go on!! I think I should repost this as a regular entry.

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  2. I took the moderation thing off ages ago…mainly because I get all reflective and blahblahblah and three weeks later, I go back into blog world. And that poor soul who commented is left in moderation limbo.

    I haven’t found I’ve gotten any more comments than before the moderation was on. I wished folks commented more. I lam always happy when someone “likes” but even more so, when they comment.

    Ah yes, the detestable ones. To paraphrase my mother, “it’s a pity the things you read when you don’t have access to a virtual gun.”

    I enjoy your blog so very much. I love the romance between you and your fairy princess bride.

    And what else can I say about your blog? Ahhhhh….渋い

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    • I feel most gratified that you enjoy my work.

      Turning off all restrictions is mostly an experiment to see what happens. I may regret it. I may not even notice it. But as you stated earlier, I can always turn it off if it causes some kind of problem.

      It is the same thing with random likes and follows. And, in fact, it is the same thing with those blogger awards, except they get you outside the wordpress realm, so to speak. And, I would not hesitate to use them as well if not for the fact that I have a problem with awards to begin with. If I received an award from ARI, or some kind of Romantic Renaissance Individualist organisation, I might consider such a recognition to be valid enough to acknowledge. And of course I know that blog awards are simply pyramid/chain letter type schemes, and as such, should not be considered in the same way as, say the Nobel Prize–which I definitely would not accept under any circumstances, even if I were down to my last 50¢.

      (I have conceded that provided I have a book of poetry on Amazon by that time, they are more than welcome to purchase $1,000,000 worth of them if they like–at least then I can be entertained by the thought of an enormous bonfire at some gala marxist book-burning shindig. I would even call that a “win-win,” so to speak.)

      In any case I get around 4 hits a day unless I really participate in commenting, answering comments and visiting blogs I follow and finding new ones. Then, it gets up close to 100 per day. And, as I have mentioned in the past, unless the fabled “Matt and Trey” decided to do a Southpark episode making fun of my sonnets (for some unknown reason) I doubt very much whether that will change any time soon ; )

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  4. I love to see the comments because that means I can flirt with a clear conscience and light heart, my dear, not worrying that your fair readers will mistake my billet-doux as meaning the thread is only for our personal expressions of endearment.

    When I see that I am the only one commenting on a particularly sublime piece …

    Of course, I can hardly be expected to contain my words of approbation, can I?

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