Everything I Need I Found in my Spam

Spam is bottomless. Like the Tardis in Doctor Who, it is much larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

If you found a bottle of spam washed up on the beach and you cautiously reached in your hand to see what you might pull out from inside of that bottomless bottle… Your hand would come out holding one piece of paper. Your hand would also be coated in a ton of debris, some of it sticky, some of it squishy and some of it might even be kind of tasty if you really, really want to try licking your fingers clean.

What would it say on that piece of paper? Or does it say nothing at all, was it really just another useless tease of a sales tactic after all? Or does it have all the knowledge and secrets of the universe all on one small piece of simple white scrappy looking paper? With my luck it would all be there but in some weird code that never makes any sense no matter how I try to decipher it.

Looking for a Link Exchange?

Want to trade links with me? Let’s not do it the old fashioned way. I don’t want to have a huge list of sites I don’t really want to endorse by giving them a link here. I don’t want to check each link to make sure the content has not had a sudden change of topic. I don’t want to test each of them for link rot either.

Instead, the new way to do link exchanges is by using a network like CMF Ads. Join the forum for a look around. Join your sites to the advertising network and set up your account with a 125 x 125 square image. You don’t have to buy a thing. But you can if you want to speed things up.

Using CMF Ads lets you exchange links the easy way. Someone else has the headaches all you do (once you set up your site to run the widget) is accept or deny ads. Placing ads on other sites is also just that easy.

Graveyard Posies

Graveyard posies
Graveyard posies

In a cemetery: “Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own grave.” Found in a local print newsletter this week.

Have you ever taken flowers from a cemetery? I have. Shocking? It isn’t really. Plastic flowers blow around and end up being dumped into the trash. They can’t be recycled unless someone comes along and reuses them. I did find it hard to sort through and pick out flowers that were still in good shape. I used to have new flowers once a month in a vase on my kitchen table, most or all of them from local cemeteries.

Do you think that was wrong or was it just thrifty recycling?

Does SEO Influence Your Writing?

One Question Interview #2:

When writing your posts how much does SEO, traffic and marketing come into your thoughts versus just writing a great post? Give an idea of your ratio for writing well versus writing for traffic. I know everyone has it on their minds at least a little. Even writing a personal journal I would be thinking about who might read it (though I’d usually be long dead and blameless by then).

Ken Writing: I’m afraid I don’t think of SEO at all (I know I should).

Sixmats: I’ve been more aware of SEO lately and if I can change something like the title to help I will. But I don’t go overboard and write my posts around it because if I do, the posts look fake and really amateurish.

A Frog to Kiss: If I write something technical, or informational, then yes I do keep SEO in mind and utilize the All In One SEO pack WP plugin-adding keywords. If it’s humor/personal related, I don’t- in fact, I’ve learned sometimes keywords aren’t necessary. My earlier posts were never SEO optimized, yet, some how, Google picks them up when someone is searching for “Oprah’s Camel Toe” or “women with hairy nipples.” Rednecks are a popular topic, too.

Canucklehead: For me its a non-issue. It has taken me a LONG time to get to this point but I can now honestly say that I write only for myself. To be fair, I am aware of and writing for an audience – but I don’t consider SEO, marketing or any of those factors. I write what I want and what interests me and then hope others enjoy it as well. As will be clear to anyone who reads my blog, I quite often don’t even have a subject in mind when I start typing. Its a difficult mindset to adopt but I have enjoyed writing more since the change.

The Thin Red Line: I think about SEO in how I title and keyword my posts but not too much in the actual writing of them.

The Eye Spies: I think about SEO and do try to incorporate some of the “best practices” into my posts. I do well on some and not so well on others. I use an SEO plugin that’s supposed to help, but confess to not always filling it out.

I seem to do better with choosing long tail keywords than with anything else.

Freaky Frugalite: I don’t think about SEO.

SEO thinks about me.

(Got that from Chuck Norris)

Actually, SEO doesn’t matter to me much as I write. I tend to write in a stream-of-consciousness-oh-my-gawd-what-is-she-wailing-about-now kind of prose. But I find that keywords just come out. Does that sound wacky? I just seem to naturally place the suitable words that bring in the traffic. That, and my profligate verbage where I have, say, 3-4 words for every 1 necessary, helps in the cause.

I have a travel blog that gets a lot of traffic from search engines– it’s a favorite for travelers, historians, and genealogists, and is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins good for SEO health, I guess.

PictureFlick: I gave up obsessing over SEO, marketing and traffic a few jumps back. While I just make pictures now, instead of “painting a picture” with keyword rich text, my only thought to anything resembling SEO at posting time would be tagging my images.

Why? ’cause it’s a great way for someone (clicking on the tags) to find mini-albums full of related pics. If that helps with SEO: cool. If not? Wasn’t worried anyway! All in all, I make pics (posts) for the sake of making pics (posts). Nothing more, nothing less; everything extra is just icing.

30 Something and Searching: I don’t always think about it. It depends on the post. If it is more personal to me, I just write more for feel and readability. I know I have regular readers so I think more about them. Other posts though, that are more social, I try to consider marketing and reaching a broader audience. Example, yesterday and today I posted about a mammogram and my personal experience…I didn’t try to market that so much. Not that I don’t want people to read it, but it just wasn’t my goal to draw in mass readers. Others, like a post about today.com, or in the past about the Octomom, I did as much as I could to use SEO and market it. But as a personal diary, I don’t have mass market on the brain all the time. Plus, I don’t always have the time to do the marketing that I should…

Old Red Pen: I illustrate. It doesn’t SEO well. I don’t care.

Generic Salutations

“Guys, come check this out…”

Some people dislike that kind of generic greeting; some people (like my Mother) are offended by it actually. After all, roughly half the population of the planet are not guys. It’s also a very casual way to address someone, unless you know them quite well.

There aren’t a lot of great options for situations when you are addressing a group of people you don’t know. However, a better option would be “Dear Reader” or some variation of that as it applies to the letter or email you are sending. It isn’t as generic or overly casual and it directs your email to whoever is reading it rather than anonymous ‘guys’.

All the Pretty, Glossy Pages

Boil away my fat, to find my bones underneath.
Cut away my fat, to find blood under my skin.
Drain away my fat, to find the muscles within.
I’m in there, right here, where you can’t see me.
Because in your world, I just don’t fit in.

What would you do, how far would you go to fit in and model yourself after the people who look so good, seem to have everything and be beloved by all? I think of it as the magazine lifestyle where it all looks so shiny and new on those glossy pages. We bring home those magazines to read them in private, to give ourselves a few moments to feel part of it. But life intrudes and even the glossy looking people aren’t really glossy all the time.

Misplaced in the Past from the Future

hillbilliesEvery new generation in each new century thinks they have it much better than their ancestors in the past. We have the modern conveniences. We have medicine, indoor plumbing, opposable thumbs… When we look back we see ourselves as better off. Isn’t it funny that each generation thinks the same and yet each generation takes their turn at becoming the past. A generation to come will look at us and think how we must have struggled without all the modern conveniences. How backwards our health care was, how did we live without all the medicines and cures they have.

Put yourself in the past and look forward to our future. How do things look? What would you most wish to bring back with you into the past and how would that change the future (to have something modern brought into the past)?