Resources for Bloggers

I am one of those people who likes to give something back (without sounding self-righteous) to the people who have followed me so far on this journey . There are just over twenty of you and well, thanks for following, commenting and liking.

Having entered the blogging game quite recently some would probably think who is he to give advice. But here I am so shut up and take it*.

*What ‘it’ is I don’t quite know , and I am sorry for telling you to shut up.

This is my version of a clip show, recapping over the last entries and reflecting slightly.

First of all, no matter what you write about, people will always read about a popular subject. For instance Episode 7 of my first series : Winter is coming. At the time was my most popular entry. Why? Because Game of Thrones is so damn popular, people will want to read about it and particularly what I have to say.

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Example 2: A recent entry about another potential Harry Potter book . I read this on a rather weak news entry online and put my own opinion into it. The results were comments and more followers.

Blogging is becoming a more common thing and anyone can do it. My sole reason is to build a following that will one day buy my first book when it gets published. There is no IF in that statement.

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Continuing with advice, I would suggest that blogging to begin with should be kept to a weekly occurrence. That’s just enough time so that people won’t forget you exist and allows time for you to think about putting together meaningful blogs.

The last few weeks material for me has been few and far between, but sometimes a short blog is enough. My previous outing earned me a bigger following and it was pretty light, but people commented and people clicked follow and for that I thank you all. Some even interacted and I am truly thankful for that.

The hardest part when it comes to blogging is staying regular and staying readable, they are my two pillars. They hold up my Hall of Information!

When it comes to titles, most of the time they are pivotal to who will read your stuff. Last week my title contained the word ‘Porn’. Much like rain and wet, porn and the internet will always be best of friends. Something so simple will make or break whether or not an entry gets reads.

I will adapt some of this post and place it in the resources section. If any one from the class would like to add anything then do comment.

 

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I found a thing : You should check it out (it’s isnt porn, lol)

So I have found a thing! Unlike sky news when there isn’t any news I don’t make any up. That’s just my style/procrastinationy way of life, currently I am editing my first book yet again and there is no news. But back to this thing, it’s a cool thing, it’s a funny thing, it’s an interesting thing. More about this thing in a minute.

Last night I was driving home and listening to the radio (its only taken me my third car to have this relatively modern function in working order) and a man was talking. He spoke of this thing and about how fun it was to visit the website this thing was on. Ok I have used thing enough (yes I am really trying to draw this out). And no it isn’t porn *

* I have to put this disclaimer because people will worry and many people sometimes don’t read my title,  this especially applies when I cryptically describe something I have found online, most of the time it is porn, but not this time.

I am talking about a website called yougov. A questionnaire/ poll website. They have a feature or thing called profiler. Now this thing is pretty cool, type in a key word. Such as a TV program you like or a favorite food and it will profile you. Go and try it, this thing is fun.

 

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My result highlights were as follows:

Key word : Buffy the Vampire slayer

Apparently I am between 25 and 39, correct!

I am female , no

Hobbies and activities : Using the internet , video games and writing, see this thing is pretty good.

It even tells you who you are likely to follow on twitter.

 

So now I have talked about this thing, go and try it. Tell me the results via the comments and tell me what you used as the key word.

Here’s the link : https://yougov.co.uk/profiler#/ or you can click on the large picture of yougov up there, yes I have the technology to do that!

They will be Remembered

At this time of year in the UK you will see many people with a small red flower pinned to their chest. This poppy represents and serves as a reminder to all those who gave their life in conflict since 1914. The use of a poppy to remember was inspired by the World War 1 poem ‘In Flanders Field’.

I am a big fan of history and to me it is vitally important that everyone who left us in conflict are to be remembered. No matter what level of history it is, we look back at it so we can learn and use this knowledge for the future. The debate on whether or not War is the ‘right’ thing to do has no place for remembering the fallen because they died to create a world that we live in today.

Two minutes silence is served at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year in the UK. It is the least we can do to nod towards those who have helped shape this world we live in. Conflict will always happen wherever the human race goes, and we should never measure a man by his conflicts but by his resolutions. That is what makes us superior to every other species in this world.

#LestWeForget   

 

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The Problem with Wrestling : The Wrestling edition

This week were pulling on the Lycra and stepping into the ring.

“The following contest is a wrestling themed blog…….”

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Chris Benoit performing his famous diving headbutt

As a prolific wrestling fan during the last decade I remember exactly where I was when the shocking news became apparent of a high profile death with in the business.

I am talking about an accomplished Canadian wrestler who in 2007 was found dead in his Atlanta home along with his young son and wife. (later to be a confirmed as a murder suicide)

It was a Tuesday evening when I put in my VHS that recorded Monday night raw and was met by the chairman of the world wrestling entertainment standing. There he stood in the ring. But the surrounding arena empty. Something was wrong, very very wrong. (to me at this point was my world)

As a trembling Vince McMahon announced that Chris Benoit was dead I immediately said out loud “No”

Here was a wrestler that I had come to like and seen him achieve the greatest of feats within his organisation. Entertain and captivate so many, but then he was gone, and would never be seen again.

The wrestling industry has always interested me on many levels. Whether that be the whole pageantry of the show or the politics behind the scenes. As well as being pure theatre there was something I always admired about it and there were many instances I considered pursuing a career that way. But the most intriguing thing is also a deterrent. That is the amount of wrestlers that have died.

You don’t have to look that far under the surface of this industry to see that so many of these people that have died were under the age of 50.

A worrying statistic is that the Ultimate Warrior who passed earlier this year (heart related) is the 12th wrestler who competed at WWE’s annual show Wrestlemania VI (1990) to have died.

To compare, the Superbowl held that year between the 49ers and Broncos, only one of those players is dead (reference here).

I did speak about this in a podcast earlier this year (off the radar).

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The Ultimate Warrior earlier this year before his passing

So why is the death rate alarmingly high?

Is it the combination of drugs/rock and roll life style plus a gruelling schedule? Even more worrying so that the WWE is now in a ‘PG’ era. Meaning more and more kids are looking up to these superstars. I do remember a year or so ago I caught an interview (youtube) with Rowdy Roddy Piper who said back in the 80’s everyone was on drugs, whether that be to pick you up before a show and take you back down afterwards.

My favourite wrestler when I used to watch religiously was Jeff Hardy. Even he and his brother have had drug problems in the past, and resulted in his sacking. But they are both still around and working.

More to the point many of wrestler deaths occurred after their tenure in WWE. Of course there are exceptions such as the late Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. So does that leave Vince McMahon with or without blood on his hands. Even after the investigation of Chris Benoit, the findings stated that at the time of his suicide and murder of wife and child he had the brain of an 85 year old alzheimer’s patient. The common factor with both of these deaths was indeed steroids.

McMahon publicly said he didn’t support these findings but to me there is a large amount of blood on his hands.

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Jeff Hardy atop of a ladder in one of his last WWE appearances

Since some of these higher profile deaths a wellness drug policy has phased into WWE but it still isn’t enough. Yeah sure you can pay for someone’s Rehab but once an addict always an addict right? So they acknowledge there’s a problem but it seems the policy is there to protect the game and not the player.

Until Vince McMahon and the WWE start introducing a retirement health plan, wrestlers will keep on dying young.  I hold a great amount of respect for people who step into the squared circle but they do so at a risk. Not so much of injury but of being consumed by the lifestyle it provides.

A good documentary about this can be found on youtube and it centers around Chris Benoit’s story

For all of Chris’ achievements which are many there is never a mention of his name once in WWE programming since his untimely death. I would like to see if that would be the case if someone like Triple H met the same fate.

What do you think? Wrestling fan or not, there is definitely some level of problem.

 

 

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have signed up to follow my Hall of information.