Blogging Subjects- Help is Here(Hopefully)

  I’ve hit a wall- one that refuses to collapse unless I bring in Mr.Gorbachov or the Hulk; either way, I hit the point in my “blogging career” where inspiration isn’t a wide and flowing river, but a trickling stream that offers nothing but pity.

  We all come to this soon enough, now, what you do in response is what matters. If you decide to give up altogether, then that won’t get anything done; but if you try to find a solution, then you might hit the jackpot.

  Writing daily is a good practice, but for those busy folks, writing on occasion is alright, too.

  Writing ideas. Coming up with something to write and post isn’t always easy, so here are a few simple examples to set your mind at ease and give you a small helping hand.

  1.)Nature. Describe the scenery around you- it can help give your readers a feel of where you live, and can even bring you closer to them through possible similarities.

  2.)Childhood Reminiscence. Post something a little more personal- maybe a funny occasion when you were younger, something that you looked forward to, or even a heart-gripping story. You could write about your favorite pet, elementary school, or best friend.

  3.)Opinions. Start a discussion about technology, environmentalists, famous singers and actors, or anything with which you have a genuine interest.

  4.)Review Movies, Books, Etc. If you’ve read a book, seen a movie, listened to a song, or done a drawing or arts and crafts object, voice the description of it and state your likes and dislikes while trying not to give spoilers(unless you’ve included a spoiler warning).

  5.)Lists. You can never have too many lists. Lists… well, list, your likes and can be helpful for others who are searching for something. Make a list of the top 10 books you recommend for others to read and why, or do the same with any other topic. The length and subject is up to you.

  6.)Gathering Resources. Leave feedback on other Blogger’s posts and ask for advice. Read their posts and study the topics that they cover, why they do so, and how they format it. Everyone has a different style, but looking at their way of doing things might inspire you to make some changes or write about something new.

  7.)Facts. Not all blogs are educational, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t post random facts like why flamingos are pink and other things.

  8.)Awareness. Not everyone has time to watch the news in the morning, listen to the radio, or even pick up a newspaper. Watching the news and writing down the important and current events can help keep others up to date, and make you a semi-journalist.

  9.)Cultural Studies. If there’s a country or culture that you’re fascinated with, do a little research and post about that. Let others know about India, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Spain, or any place that you like. It doesn’t have to be a full-on report. Just include some common facts, maybe photos, why you like this place, the system of currency, or some unknown facts and opinions.

  10.)Target: Stomach. A lot of people love cooking, and eating the food that’s cooked. Jotting down clear steps to making a dish that you like or want to try can appeal to a great deal of people and give you something to write about.

  11.)Secret Talent. Maybe you have something that you’re really good at. Don’t keep it all to yourself. If you’re talented, be proud and tell people.

  12.)Everyday. Write about your day- why it was good, why it was bad, what the weather was like, if you met anyone new, what you did that made you smile, anything and everything that happens to you in a single day.

  13.)Arts and Crafts. Share D.I.Y(Do It Yourself) projects that you liked and want other to know about. Explain the hard or easy process and be sure to tell everyone how to do it and how it turned out, whether it was a failure or a success.

  14.)Quotations. Quote things from others- famous or not- that go with your mood, style, or anything else.

  15.)Support. Share information about a charity or at-home-cause that really calls to you. Include things like what they’re supporting, how to help the cause, other social media pages to follow, like, contact, etc., and what you can do to help.

  16.)Dreamland. Dreams can either be weird, or completely normal; then again, our thoughts on what normal actually is varies. Describe a dream that you had(old or new) that you want to share. Cover the dream itself and how you acted when you woke up.

  17.)It’s a Drabble. A Drabble is a short, fictional post of only 100 words. It’s a good challenge for writers and those who are interested in writing, and it helps the mind. You can create an account at Drablr.com.

  18.)Shopping Hauls. Focus on what arrived in the mail or was bought at a store. Clothing, jewelry, any accessories, shoes, art supplies, you hobby supplies- use your stuff at a shopping session and share with your readers. There’s Miss A, eBay, Amazon, Milanoo, Goodwill, Barnes and Noble, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, h.Naoto, Hot Topic, and so many other hauls.

  19.)Faith. Religion. Share your beliefs and what you think is right.

  That’s all I have for now. Hopefully this served its purpose and I’ve lit a fire under you. Good luck, and happy hunting fellow bloggers and readers.

15 Questions I’m Asking Others

  Introduction: In my opinion, the best part about making friends is getting to know them better. I’m just that type of person– I want to know other’s interests and dislikes. (M.A. is “my answer).

  1.)What’s your favorite color? Royal blue.

  2.)If you could visit three different places, where would you go? Japan, Rome, and Germany.

  3.)What’s your favorite movie? Jurassic Park(the first movie).

  4.)What’s your favorite song? “Use Your Love” by The Outfield, or “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode.

  5.)Do you have a favorite animal? Either felines(both domestic and wild) or squirrels.

  6.)Are you allergic to anything? Yes– Cats, dogs, and two types of plants.

  7.)If you were given $10 million, what’s the first thing you would buy? Life insurance for my family members, or presents for them.

  8.)What’s your favorite book? The Firm by John Grisham.

  9.)Do you enjoy sports? It depends on which sport it is.

  10.)How many languages do you speak? Three as of a few months ago.

  11.)What do you like about blogging or reading other’s blogs? I love getting to see how creative other people are– and most of the times, they’re very inspirational.

  12.)What freaks you out? Cockroaches.

  13.)What’s your favorite movie/song genre? Horror and crime/thriller and Rock.

  14.)What are your life goals? To get at least some of my smaller works or articles published in a magazine or place for them, and to finish my course with flying colors.

  15.)Do you have a bucket list? Definitely.

Learning to Prioritize

  I’m not sure about other people and their habits, but I am sure that for me, prioritizing things on a list or handling large sums of money and success is always hard. I never know whether or not to indulge a little, or use my shared paycheck only for my family and my necessities.

  Just like I never know if I should buy the groceries or pay the bills first. I have trouble deciding little things like this.

  Prioritizing(which means putting those things which are more important before anything else) isn’t always easy. I know this firsthand.

  Let’s say you’ve worked really hard and you get your paycheck. There’s a semi-expensive pair of shoes that you’re just dyeing to buy; but you only have a little bit of money left over after paying all the bills. Do you try to squeeze as much money as possible out of that check, maybe missing a light or water payment, or do you put your needs first?

Easy Tips to a Successful Blog

  If you’ve reviewed any of my other posts, then you’ll know that I covered “Strategic Blogging” in one of them.

  So I’ve thought about this, and finally decided to write a post that’ll help anyone have a successful blog.

  Write about something which your readers can relate to. If you write about everyday situations and events and topics, it’ll be easier for your readers to understand where you’re coming from and they’ll be able to appreciate it.

  Post easy tutorials. Posting a tutorial or simple “How-To” can help and urge your readers to comment on the turn-out, and they’ll likely look to you if your information is credible.

  Engage with your readers. Reply to comments left on anything you’ve published, and be open to constructive criticism. Remember, you want feedback from your readers– don’t get upset because someone doesn’t agree with what you’ve written.

  Be a good sport. Sharing other posts from fellow bloggers can “up” your views or even get on people’s good side.

  Host competitions. A competition can be a good way to get some publicity. It’ll also help get more feedback and spread the word of your blog.

  Express your opinions on other articles. Leaving a genuine comment on someone’s post can get them to notice you and maybe read a few of your posts.

  Write reviews. Review a movie, book, or song. Share your opinions with others and ask for their own.

  Share a life experience. Tell your readers about a trip you took, or a funny story. Tell them something embarrassing or triumphant.

Top 25 Songs I Recommend for the Open-Minded

  I’ve decided to make a list of songs that I believe to be exceptional. It could be because of the lyrics, meaning, rhythm and beat, or vocals. Not all of them will be American(English) songs– some will be Japanese, Spanish, or Instrumentals. I hereby present you with my compilation.

  1.)The Invisible Wall(by The GazettE). This song is partly in English, and some Japanese. I found it hard to understand most of the English with Ruki’s(the lead singer) accent unfortunately, but you can always look up the lyrics. It’s more on the heavy metal side of things and presents an air of truth about the ugliness of human nature.

  2.)Safe and Sound(by Capital Cities). This song falls under the “pop” and most likely “old themed” genre. The rhythm is upbeat and the lyrics state that no matter what happens, they’ll be “safe and sound.”

  3.)Wheel in the Sky(by Bon Jovi). This is an older song, but the vocals are amazing.

  4.)Hate Me(by Blue October). I love this song– the message that Blue October depicted through these lyrics was something that everyone can relate to at one time: the loss of someone who that person loved, and all the things that he/she wished they could’ve done right.

  5.)Like a G6(by Far East Movement). I don’t necessarily understand the lyrics, but the tune is just so catchy that I find myself singing along whenever I hear it.

  6.)Siempre Juntos(by Romo ONE ft. Eikem). This song is in Spanish. For those us of who speak and understand the Spanish language, then we know what the title means; but if you have difficulty with it, the title means “Together Forever.” I love the meaning– the singer talks about how he loves this woman so much, and even if she passes away, he’ll always love her. Listening to it makes my teary most of the times.

  7.)Bittersweet Symphony(by The Verve). The violins and other instruments are great. I love how the vocals and instruments work so well together in this particular song.

  8.)Reila(by The GazettE). Yes, another Japanese song, and by the same band nonetheless. The lyrics convey the message of losing a loved one. In the PV(music video), you see memories of the band about a girl. It is later found out that “Reila” has committed suicide. The last lyric line, when translated into English, says the following: “You’ll come back to me tomorrow, right?” There are numerous rumors surrounding whether or not “Reila” was a real person.

  9.)100 Years(by Five for Fighting). I love the meaning of this song, which has to do with the life of any person and how they spend their time. It states “when you only got 100 years to live.”

  10.)Blow Me Away(by Breaking Benjamin). Vocals are more than amazing. I loved every aspect of this piece.

  11.)Madness(by Muse). Techno mixed with more great vocals is just the best combination. The lyrics also have an appreciated meaning.

  12.)Enjoy the Silence(by Depeche Mode). Another old song, and definitely a classic. It has “good vibrations”, as some might describe it(that statement is in now way to be considered offensive).

  13.)Everybody Wants to Rule the World(by Tears for Fears). Here we have another classic. The rhythm is an A plus.

  14.)You Get What You Give(by New Radicals). The tune is so very catchy, and the lyrics generalize our need to feel accepted.

  15.)Demons(by Imagine Dragons). I’m a huge fan of this band. Almost every song that they’ve released has been a big hit with me, this one especially. It was based off of someone with cancer, who has since passed.

  16.)It’s Not Over(by Daughtry). Lyrics– heart touching. The singer states the following in one part: “this love is killing me, but it’s the only one– it’s not over”, and “when you slammed the front door shut, a lot of others opened up” in another place.

  17.)Midnight City(by M83). It consists of pure techno and a few inaudible words in the background– but I listen to it for the awesome beat.

  18.)Time(by Pink Floyd). It states how time seems to fly, and “you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking” and “shorter of breath and one day, closer to death.”

  19.)Fall Apart(by John Wilson). This is a Christian/any religion song that’s based on an experience of coming to God. I like the lyrics and vocal work.

  20.)In the End(by Linkin Park). I’m also a big fan of Linkin Park, as they often get into all sorts of subjects that anyone can relate to.

  21.)Masquerade(by Versailles). A Japanese band that’s “theatrical”, to say the least. Part of the reason for the list title including “open-mindedness” is that a few of the songs are out of the ordinary. Versailles has several songs worth listening to.

  22.)Mysterious Ways(by U2). I love the beat and the entirety of the song.

  23.)Sail(by AWOLNATION). I like the music and vocals– the lyrics are good, too.

  24.)Breakeven(by The Script). This song is more on the soft side. The meaning includes how when two people move in different directions, the pain is never equal.

  25.)Sleeping with a Friend(by Neon Trees). I don’t necessarily agree with the lyrics, but the vocals and beat is very catchy and something easy to sing along to.

  Well, that wraps up this list. If there’s a song that you love and feel that I should listen to, leave a comment and I’ll definitely check it out. Also, if you have another list preference or suggestion, I’ll look over it and do some research.