Although it may seem odd to some who know me, I do read, listen and digest information. I like to understand, analyse and absorb people’s ideas and ways of thinking. It’s just a nasty rumour that I can only absorb beer.
In an effort to improve my blogging skills, I read a large number of articles and blogs and tried to heed some of the advice. Correct spelling, good grammar with images. Tick. No major problems there. Except that, I love double negatives. Then there was something about permalinks and tagging, which I didn’t understand so I ignored. Then there was some advice about comments, content length, categories and type faces. All great stuff. So good in fact, I took notes.
Then there was this idea about sending my blog to dedicated blog search engines. Oh, this was new. And interesting. So off I went to register my blog. It was then I discovered that I needed to describe my blog in 1000 characters or less. Great! A chance to write about myself. I drafted this clever 999 character description.
‘Derek’s Vandal Blog started with the idea of clearly and narrowly focusing, and concentrating on, anything and everything. If I was asked to describe my writing style, I would think carefully, wait a few seconds, and then answer, I have no idea! There have been so many influences for me that it has ended up as a fruit salad style. Depends what fruits are in season. So this style really suits the blog’s narrow focus.
For some reason, I was created a little over ten years ago at the age of 42, and then just started writing books, novels, poetry, songs and anything else one can do with a pencil and piece of paper. Everything is a bit of a blur before that. A strange blueish blur in fact.
I tend to write best in a horizontal position which makes for a lot of wear and tear on my sofa and annoys everyone around me who would like to use the sofa from time to time. Once they have moved all the books, papers, files, laptops, CDs and cigarette butts, there’s normally enough space for them, but I tend to reclaim my territory quite quickly.
I think that covers everything.’
I posted this everywhere I could. I was so proud of myself. Then I went back to the advice articles, and read the following important advice.
‘Always keep a blog focused on one single topic and never try to cover more than your specific area of knowledge. Keep your writing style consistent and remind your readers of your special expertise.’
Right now? How do I un-publish all those not so clever 999 character blog and personal assassination descriptions?