Remember that being by oneself is not the same as being abandoned. The world is still there. - Barbara FeldonWhat if the world stopped being there? What if one morning you woke up to the sound of your alarm clock. You start your morning routine and begin to notice how very quiet it is. When you look out the window you can see cars on the street, all the usual things are there but not one person anywhere in sight. Depending on where you live this could see a big deal or no big deal at all. You turn on the radio or the TV to get an update on the news, only it's all just static. Every station, every channel... just fuzz. The water works, you have a shower, brush your teeth. The power is still on you notice as you open the fridge for breakfast. But, it's all quiet. Oddly quiet. You feel cheered up when you hear a bird outside. Things must be ok if the birds are still chirping. But, things are very different today. Without explanation you are suddenly the only person in the world. All the other people have disappeared overnight. Like a mass alien abduction... what else could even come close to explaining such a freak thing. Unless this is all just a dream. Surely that's it. A month or so later you have to admit to yourself the dream theory is not working. Other than the mystery of wondering where all the people went you are doing ok. You have plenty of resources since you don't have to share anything. (The animals don't count, they take care of themselves and don't tend to bother you). The electric power and water are running just fine, no sign of a slow down. It must help that you use so little compared to how much was used when everyone was still here. You've done all the things you thought you would ever do if you had all the time and resources in the world. Because, you do have all the time you want to do anything and everything. No one tells you not to. It's an odd feeling to be this alone in the world. Like driving a massive space ship all by yourself, you as the pilot, navigator, engineer, and everything else. Some days the world feels so huge when you thing of how big the planet is and how small you are. Some days the world feels small when you get into a good book and forget how alone you are. Write about being alone in the world. How does it feel to be the only person on the planet? Describe the feelings of being this alone, create some metaphors to describe how you feel.
From Advice to Writers on Twitter.
Be obscure clearly. - E.B. White.
Why are you adding an image/ graphic/ photo to your blog post? Because someone said to do it that way? Because people are visual and need the extra stimulus? Because the print magazines (or some popular blog you read) does it that way? Rethink that plan. The images added to blog posts for the sake of adding images to blog posts are over done. Unless they really add something, like instructions, or some other practical purpose, they just add to the general clutter. Blog readers are becoming both ad blind and image blind due to the overload of useless stuff thrown at them.
- Your words can (should be able to) stand on their own. If not, rewrite, rather than illustrating something that isn't there.
- Your blog does not need an image just for the sake of having an image. Is adding an image worth a slower load time, a cluttered layout? How many times do you read a blog and see images that fail to load?
- What does the image really add to your post? What does a random image stuck into your post say about you? Does it say you are creative, crafting a well thought out post, or just another blogger following the pack mentality?
- If you are not creating your own images you are giving a lot of time and space to promoting the work of someone else. You also risk having the original artist objecting to the use of the image, or the way it has been used.
- Use your own work. Make your photos, graphics or images a feature, worthy of having their own post.
- Start your own weekly/ monthly web comic. Stick to a schedule that suits you.
- Doodle something. Use your own hand drawn illustration, it will always be uniquely you.
- Take a look at text art. Use your keywords in a new way. Just don't go crazy with it. Moderation in all things.
- ASCII art is a retro text art and takes time to work on. Don't steal the ASCII art you find online any more than you would another image.
- Add an image of yourself, the real person behing the blog to illustrate the posts you write. This is, at least, sincere content and gives readers a real connection to you.
- Go back to basics, give the odd post it's own unique background. Don't over use this either. Think of it as a highlighter pen for your best post of the week/ month.
- Use subheaders to break up the text. Bold a sentence that sums up your post. You don't have to stick to basic black.
- If your blog looks bland to you and you want to add colour change your font colours, try out some jewel tones in blue, green, or red.
- Add a graphic file with your signature to the bottom of your posts instead of using an image at the top of the post.
- Skip images. Christmas is special because it comes once a year. Why not use that theory for images you add as well. Make them something unusual by not using them everyday.
Does your blog feature you, as a person? I'm not one to blast photos of myself on the Internet, or anywhere. I hide behind the camera, as the one taking the photos and don't mind at all that I am rarely in any of them. Yet, people like to hear about people. People like to have a feeling they know who they are reading about, or the person who wrote whatever they are reading about. Why do you think about About section is one of the most important extra features in a blog? Once they read what you have to say they want to know who you are, to connect with you in some way. The fastest way to build that connection is a photograph. Whether they think you're handsome or not, there is a quick fix knowledge of who you are. A lot about you shows in a photo, simple things we take for granted like your age, sex and culture/ heritage. All the things we don't want to be stereotyped by are the very things that make up our identification when someone else looks at us and gets to know who we are from the rest of the masses. Do you have a photo of yourself on your site, easily found or even prominently featured? Brave of you! Is it a recent photo or one from your 'glory days' when you were still young and cute? Try to be brave and show yourself as you really are, in the current year. Let your readers see you as you really are, warts and all. Of course, you can fuss a bit and pick your best side. You might even get a real professional photographer to take the photo, using all the advantages you can to show your best side.
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