Hello E.M, yeah, I know I’m kinda late again posting on Sunday’s prompt during the week. But, life’s activities get in the way sometimes.
I’m glad that you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, I stopped by my mother’s house, but couldn’t stay too long because I had to leave to fulfil my obligations at the second gig counseling at the support facility. I felt a bit sorry for one of the residents whose three children were removed from her custody due to her mental capacity. She has lost all contact with them, and on this day was feeling a bit depressed and sorry for herself. A sad note, but on the flip side, no matter what takes place in your life that you feel is challenging, there are others who have it worse. It makes one feel humble that their life problems isn’t so bad after all.
Without further adieu, let’s get into this week’s theme: Your Blog.
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog on January 2, 2015. I started in part because the Yahoo group called Mindfocus that I created and was moderating was deleted by Yahoo with no explanation. At that point in time, Yahoo started to delete groups with themes on seduction, mind control etc.
Also, when I used to post on other platforms, if the moderator don’t agree with you, or people get upset over a post, it would get deleted or censored. So to get my thoughts and messages out without hindrance, I created the blog.
I didn’t know which host to use, but I settled with Word Press because it was the first link that came up when I was doing a search to decide which hosting service to use. Being that it was the first link, I thought it might be a popular host.
Fortunate for me that my feeling were correct.
- Did you start with a theme, or did it come later on?
I didn’t have a theme per say, but the first post was an introduction of the blog’s purpose (click here to view it).
My intent was to write about the same subjects that was covered on my yahoo group, those subjects were: seduction (sexual & otherwise), mind control, the paranormal, hypnosis, astral projection, dreams, propaganda and influences on behavior.
But things evolved to include creative writing, and writing prompts put out by other bloggers. I also talk about my experiences while interning in a psychiatric facility and experiences serving in Iraq.
It led to the writing of four books. Look below at the end of this post, you’ll see the book covers, if you would like to purchase one click on the book cover.
Plus, I decided not to make any political posts, I didn’t want to politicalize the blog. It creates too much discord, and I didn’t want political events overshadowing the other topics. However, from time to time I do post stuff on political matters, although not frequently. I can’t remember the last time I did.
- What is your favorite post that you have ever written on your blog?
I don’t have any one favorite post; what I find is that if I put out a post on something that I like and maybe put a bit more effort and attention on that post, my thoughts and feelings are that readers are going to like it. But that post usually don’t do as well as I expected it to do.
But, on the other hand, when I post something that I think is lame, not really thought out, putting together crude ideas, or something that don’t really take an effort to create. Something random out of the blue. I get the biggest response, with people complementing me for a job well done.
I’m still figuring this one out.
- Do you share your blog with friends and family, or do you keep your blogging world separate from them?
At first when I started, I wanted to be anonymous, didn’t want to know how some family and friends would take it. In my experience there are some things that you can’t discuss with family or friends, especially if they don’t understand the stuff that you are talking about. Instead of giving encouragement, they tend to ridicule, negatively criticize and make jokes.
Perhaps they don’t want you to succeed, grow and evolve, where those same family and friends are stagnated. Perhaps they see you as the same person you were when you was ignorant in certain areas, but resent your growth because deep down they know that you would eventually make no time to spend with them.
Since Google hijacked media platforms and linking them together. It became harder to keep social media activities away from family and friends.
Plus, I wanted more exposure. So I let loose and started to share the blog content on my social media sites, reaching those who I know and those who I don’t.
- What is the best advice you could give someone who is new to blogging?
I would tell them that the sky is the limit do and say whatever they want, take constructive criticism from others bloggers they tend to help you improve what you do.
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