The other day I was reading a blog posting about how one of the bloggers I follow on WordPress just got his 11,000th follower on his blog. In July 2013, he only had 6,000. He wrote a brief “success” blog about how and what he did to reach 11,000 followers.
I am a bit jealous of his success. In his humble opinion, he isn’t the world’s best writer or blogger. His blog is so poorly written it is hard to read and gives me a headache. I want to take my red ink pen out and correct it like a murderer/slasher on a 1990’s flick. A lot of his problems are due to the run on sentences, bad sentence structure, and terrible grammar.
Yet, he has some great stories and 11,000 followers so I can pretty much suck it, right? I have measly 400 or 500 followers so I really can’t say how to build up a huge following, can I? Of course, my blog is built on Worthless Advice so maybe I’m killing myself and my blog? He spins his tales like a drunken sailor (his description of himself) and people love it. Imagine what he could do with a ghost writer living on Kauai?
What is the secret to his success? He uses a bunch of tags that the magic internet search engine spiders love and brings in his type of readers (followers). Even if his blog post has nothing to do with those tags, he still uses the same tags and categories over and over again. Now, I’m not sure he is making money online but he has written a book and has self published it.
Oh, and a lot of his terms are about sex, crime, and drugs. His life experiences are downright scary. So we do know what the general public is looking for, don’t we? And I don’t have anything against others blogging and writing exactly what they want to write. I admire anyone willing to throw themselves out there and open themselves and their writing up for the world to see.
I almost totally forgot but it is National Girl Scout Day and it is always celebrated on March 12.
Girl Scout Day recognizes and celebrates the Girls Scouts of the USA(GSUSA). This date celebrates the creation of the first Girl Scout group (troop) on March 12, 1912.
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, founded Girl Guides and was the wife of Lord Baden-Powell (who created the Boy Scouts in 1910), she was born on February 22 (1889).
On March 12, 1912 Juliette Gordon Low started the first Girl Scout group in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls. The Girls Scouts became a national organization, and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950. Today, there are millions of girls currently involved with Girl Scouts. Both Girl Scouts of the past are still involved with scouting and continue to be involved as adults. Heck, even a few dads like myself have been sucked into Girl Scouts!
Currently in the Seattle/Puget Sound Area it is Girl Scout cookie time. In our household Thin Mints are the most popular. The annual Girls Scout cookie drive helps to teach the girls valuable skills about selling, managing money, and how to be rejected by complete strangers and their own friends and family. However, the cookie sales do generate income to support girl scouting activities like camping, canoe trips, summer camp, and horse camp.
Our Troop 42301 has eight Girl Scouts plus adult leaders that keep our troop going. This coming Friday March 14, 2014 we will be headed to Seattle to visit the Smith Tower and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). In fact, we plan to use both the Sound Transit Light Rail trains and the Seattle Streetcar system (South Lake Union route SLU) to visit both the Smith Tower and MOHAI.
I’m not much of a commuter so when I do have to drive somewhere, I pride myself on not being an idiot. I know where I am going and what freeways and exits I need to take. I know where the problems will be and when I should merge or exit.
Today, some idiot decided she needed to merge in front of me without bothering to look. She must have known she had three choices: speed up on the on ramp and cut me off, crash into me, or stay at her present speed and gently merge in behind me. As we know from my present tone that she cut me off.
Now, I didn’t blare my horn, tailgate her, or even get that upset. I just shook my head in amazement. Seriously, it was that important to get ahead of me in your Blue Tahoe? Like it made the traffic go that much faster? And don’t bother to look at me as you merge, the rest of us will gladly watch out for your vehicle this morning.
I did catch up to her as I neared my final destination and she was texting on her phone. I honestly could have cut back in front of her, slammed on my brakes, caused an accident, and gotten a new work truck out of it.
But I didn’t.
And I live to write another day without back pain!