Feeding the Blog

My head it throbbing but not in a bad way. I do have a headache and it is a bit of a bother, but I’m quite sure it stems from a long day of being productive. I’m working on three separate projects. The first is Henry Wood: Time and Again, which is going fine. I have a semi-secret project involving photographs and the third is getting my Twitter and Blogging game back up to scratch.

The last project is important because it will help the first two, when they are ready to be released upon the world. I’ve fallen off a bit on the Twitter front and today I got back into it. There is always something exciting going on in Twitterville and it is easy to be engaging with people, if one makes the effort.

In doing so, I’ve discovered there are a lot more of my Twitter friends who blog than I suspected. This led to the reading of some really interesting posts, some of which dealt with improving one’s blog and social media. So, it sort of fed on itself.

Social Media is a powerful tool, but it takes constant effort. I’ve not spent much time promoting my blog the last six months or so. I rarely tweet the links to daily posts, I just write.  In a post by Soulati from B2B Social Media Market, that she wrote for Spin Sucks, she looked at this very subject. In the Tweet that Gini Dietrich posted with the link, she asked, “Do  you live to write or write to live?”

I commented: “ I didn’t know the answer to the question until I read the post. I guess, I must be in the live to write camp. I spent the first year trying to build traffic and then sort of morphed into writing novels and books. (I’ve written 5 since Jan 2010) I still post every day, but I haven’t checked to see if anyone is reading the posts in half a year. Sometime I get comments, Bill Dormann stopped over a few nights ago, but I suspect my views have dropped to almost nothing.  My mom and dad still read.

So, I guess I write because I like writing. My blog is little part of me that I feed every day and if people want to read it, that is fine, and I’d love more readers, but it isn’t a need.”

 I do like feeding my blog, but back when I was also trying to build readership, I enjoyed that aspect also. There isn’t any reason I can’t do both. So I think I will…right after a snack.

 

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rdopping
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Now that was the best blog jack ever. Mr. Weeks sir! How are you? I have seen you around the sphere and always enjoyed your comments. Just stopping by for now. Will be back next week once I am back in Canada. Looks like you made some new *old* friends. Look out now.

KDillabough
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 @rdopping Look out is right! And you need to turn that "W" upside down my friend:) But all's forgiven I'm sure: we know you're in vacation mode, haha! And as @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  would say...you know we're just kidding with you, all in good fun, right?

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@KDillabough @rdopping @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing I'm pretty flexible on the whole name thing...Weeks, Meeks, many of my friends I've known over the years call me Meeeeeeeks. It is strange how they all seem to feel like there should extra vowels.

rdopping
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 @ExtremelyAvg  @KDillabough  @rdopping  @Soulati Flippin autocorrect. I am blaming Samsung for all my miscues and don't EVEN try to say Apple devices are any better. My wife posted something on Instagram saying I am pooping all over France and meant to say hopping. I think. Sheesh.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
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I'd like to show one of my favorite photos with no PhotoShop ('cuz I don't know how to use it):

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/72820911@N07/8007828677/

 

Whatchuthink? @KDillabough 

 

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You are so important to the blogosphere, Henry. That IS your name isn't it? It would be so cool if you got rid of that Twitter ID; hate that someone with your expertise in what you do ==> writing and photography would denigrate himself to be EXTREMELY AVERAGE. Malarkey.

 

(And, every time I see a webinar invitation from a guy named XX Malarkey, I just laugh.)

 

Eh? @Kaarina Dillabough I know you can support what I just said above...a man with this caliber of expertise needs to shout it from the roof tops. 

KDillabough
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 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @Kaarina Dillabough And I'm bringing along a megaphone for that shout to be heard round the world;) Jayme, I think we should push Henry cough Brian to change his handle soon. To the rooftops I say! Cheers! Kaarina

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 @KDillabough  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @Kaarina Dillabough So, I head off to work and it is a busy day. I decide, after it slows down a bit, to see if there is a comment that might need a response. It seems there has been a party of fun ladies hanging out here. I love it.

 

I love my handle.

 

There is a story...would you like to hear it?

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 @Erin F.  @KDillabough  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing I lived with a guy who won the lottery many years ago. He, my friend Bryce (a real writer), and myself shared this home and were thrilled when Steve's new fiance decided to move in. She was and is very cool.  Mary decided she wanted a dog, so she talked Steve into going out and buying a Treeing Walker Coon Hound. Imagine a Beagle with really long legs. He was soooo cute as a puppy.

 

One night, shortly after he had arrived, Mary had him standing on his hind legs, with his "arms" over her knees. He seemed quite content to stand there. Bryce looked over at this extraordinarily cute puppy and said, "Roger, you are extremely average."

 

It was a fine bit of word play that I loved. So, when I needed a name for the blog, that was my first choice.  Hence, Brian D. Meeks IS Extremely Average.

Erin F.
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 @KDillabough  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  I agree. He should change his handle. I well remember the process of changing mine...

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 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @Erin F.  @KDillabough Henry Wood is my detective friend who lives in 1955 New York. He isn't even my favorite character in the series, that distinction belongs to Buttons, a cat who appears in book 2.  :-) Oh, and Henry isn't the character most like me. He's much taller with better hair.

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 @KDillabough  @Kaarina Dillabough So, uhmm, Kaarina, since the blog owner is conspicuously absent, should we uhmm, introduce a Blog Jack? I'm thinking all the sign are here for a party?

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 @Erin F.  @KDillabough Well, I have a secret project, too! It's only secret because I just bought the domain name and hosting package...hah! And, nothing else!

Soulati | Hybrid PR
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 @KDillabough Yeah, so, Kaarina, how are your plans for any ebooks on the alphabet series? Thoughts on how to capture that amazing blog series you wowed us with? 

 

;-)

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 @KDillabough  @Kaarina Dillabough Oh, man. I put Brian first (then went up to post and said he was working on a book named Henry Wood)...sheesh; sorry, Brian!

 

But, is it my fault you're extremely average and anonymous??? 

 

Just kidding for sure; kinda would like to address you by name without having to search for that...it's how I engage.

 

Please take no offense of my directness; Kaarina should tell you it's all in love.