I’m back to blogging. Yes, caretaker duties have slowed me down. Plus, I am doing Ebay and Etsy to increase my retirement fund. But blogging just should not be stopped. Don’t you agree?
I am convinced that we baby boomers should keep a pad and pencil, Ipod or IPad around to jot down blogging post ideas. When we do get our hot hands on a computer keyboard we should try to create a post from some of our ideas. But, that all sounds good when your eyes and body are not tired.
Tonight I decided to upgrade my version of WordPress and some of the plug-ins. Time to get back to blogging. I will not give up! I am a baby boomer and we know about resilience.
Yet, we all need encouragement from each other. So, if you noticed that I have not blogged in a few nano months please encourage me. I will also try to encourage you.
Are you planning to look at blogs about the two Superbowl giants Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers this week? If yes, I thought you would enjoy looking at some popular blogs dedicated to the teams. So I have listed five (5) blogs for each team and the current post. Perhaps it may give you ideas about doing your own fan blog.
In addition, be sure to post comments to these sites. Not only does your opinion count but it is what we baby boomer bloggers have in abundance. Right? In addition, hit that like button on Facebook, Digg it, Tweet it and all the other good social bookmarket and social network things we can do. Enjoy the game this weekend.
Online news articles from news sites are one of the best ways to get blog food for your blog. If you have a blog that focuses on opinions, politics or events you can do a search on that topic and glean the recent articles that appear. You can then make your own commentary and link to that particular site.
Also, while you are there sign up with the site. You can start with a very social media friendly site like CNN. As a of fact I just went over to their site and saw a fellow baby boomer blogger Inez Bracy.
She was under the section called “Friends Activity”. This is a section on CNN where using Facebook, you can see what your friends are recommending and sharing on CNN. Inez was sharing an article post on CNN about the shorthand language used by teens when referring to drug and alcohol use.
So you can go and connect using your Facebook and allow CNN’s software to grab your information. Now this entitles you to post a link to the video, blog, or make a comment on a blog post and get the link back to your site. There is also a section where you can grab the permalink on a particular blog post and reference it on your blog. That’s where YOUR blog is fed blog food from CNN.
Check out the pictures below showing the blog section of CNN and the place where you get the permalink.
After you click on one of the blog posts you will see the permalink option. (Note: A permalink is a shortlink with the name and or date of the post in the link. You use this link to post in your blog when referring to the post on the news site.)
After you click on the permalink the resulting url is below:
Go ahead just type in your State or major city into the search engine, i.e, “Detroit news” and search around for a registration or sign up button. If the site is not social media savvy move on to the next one. Be sure to participate in the social bookmarking and social networking opportunities.
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Trust me when I say that you will find an article related to your niche topic. Some sites will also have lots of blog posts. Try to find out how you can post your blog articles and link to the site. In addition you may have to go down to the bottom and look hard for it but there may be an option to post your videos!!!!!
Is there a DYFS organization for neglected blogs? DYFS stands for Division of Youth and Family Services. The provide intervention for children that are neglected plus more.
So, my idea is to create a group that will help neglected blogs. So, the name I came up with so far is HTBB. Which means, Help This Blogging Boomer.
Now, I am going to be completely honest with you. Someone should call HTBB on me right now. I mean if my neighbors knew they could call this group for intervention because I have neglected some of my blogs.
The question is should HTTB put them under someone elses care for a while? Should I get help to maintain, sustain and entertain them? Frankly, I know I am not alone so I am on a mission.
Since I am the founder of HTTB I am seeking volunteers to help me help other baby boomer bloggers. How?
First we will start with ourselves.
Look at all your blogs and note the last time you created a post. Be bold and post the answer, with the name of the blogs, as a comment. Ok, here is transparency, I promise to tell you, as part of my own therapy, before the end of the week.