I published a post about blogging last week, and a great point was raised by my fellow blogger, Bookstooge; he said he would be interested in learning the reason behind why I recommended connecting a blog to social media in order to share it with more people and invite online traffic. While thinking on this, I began reflecting about the journey my blog has taken me on and how I got to the point I am at today. So this is the story thus far; let’s start a little before the blog even existed and try to understand why it was created. Continue reading “A Blog’s Purpose”
I have been thinking about creating a post with some tips and tricks for blogging for some time now; though I already made a post regarding the unforeseen consequences of blogging, I wanted to give some advice and examples that have helped me gain the dedicated following I have. When I created my blog 3 years ago, WordPress provided a free e-book that gives tips for starting a blog and gaining traction. I will preface my advice by saying I followed a lot of what the e-book said, especially regarding tags and using SEO to get views and draw an audience to my site. What follows is advice I wish had been shared with me when I was first starting out.
You all continue to amaze me! Perpetually Past Due has over 1,600 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content, discussing, sharing your own, and sticking with me as this blog has transformed into something more than I could have ever imagined. As usual, here is a picture of one of my cats being adorable!
As a brief beginning to letting you all know me better, I thought I would make a short post to introduce you to my favorite poem. It is called You are Tired (I Think) by E. E. Cummings. This poem is a comfort to me in times of exhaustion and uncertainty, and I have periodically spent time memorizing it every couple of years; I hope it can give you some solace as well.
You are tired,
Of the always puzzle of living and doing;
And so am I.
Come with me, then,
And we’ll leave it far and far away—
(Only you and I, understand!)
You have played,
And broke the toys you were fondest of,
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and—
So am I.
But I come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
And knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart—
Open to me!
For I will show you the places Nobody knows,
And, if you like,
The perfect places of Sleep.
Ah, come with me!
I’ll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
That floats forever and a day;
I’ll sing you the jacinth song
Of the probable stars;
I will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
Until I find the Only Flower,
Which shall keep (I think) your little heart
While the moon comes out of the sea.
I posted about the change in direction of this blog on Friday, and many of you asked me to keep you posted as to the new site. I am planning on keeping everything together here, under the same domain name for the time being, but the site is now called Perpetually Past Due. My Twitter handle is now @PerpetualPastDu if you want to go give it a follow and the Facebook page has also been updated.
I look forward to sharing more content with you and will start with a new Music Monday post tomorrow! The featured photo is of my family at my sister’s wedding back in September. See? Told you it would get more personal!
I have come to make the difficult decision to stop writing book reviews and posting them on this blog. I started what began as The Past Due Book Review, and later changed to The Past Due Review, in an attempt to continue writing after graduating from college. I used it as a sort of living portfolio in order to build up experience to facilitate finding a job in writing. As I’m sure many of you know, it is difficult to get even an entry level writing job without any prior professional experience, so The Past Due Review was my answer to that problem. I am proud to say that I have begun working where I am able to write and put my skills to use; however, that means this blog has served its original purpose for the time being.
This has all come about at a good time for me because I was beginning to get book fatigue; I was continually checking what page I was on, how it would affect my editorial calendar if I gave myself another week, and I was no longer enjoying the experience of reading. When I did find myself engrossed in a book, I realized how much stress taking my time with it was causing, so I began to consider making this change. With accepting this writing position, I am afforded an opportunity I cannot pass up. I will continue to post Music Mondays for the foreseeable future, but consider this an indefinite hiatus from all book and movie reviews; What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong will be my last book review on the blog.
However, I have decided to continue blogging, albeit through a different name and purpose. I am currently planning content that is more personal and lets you get to know me as a human being a little better. If you came here mainly for reviews, I appreciate all of the time you have given me and wish you the best. If you would like to know my story and thoughts about life, love, and the occurrences therein, look forward to some upcoming posts. A huge shout out to my fellow blogger Amy for unintentionally inspiring me to follow this new path; anyone who enjoys reading enthralling and honest writing should go follow her and read her posts.
I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog; I started this over two years ago with no idea the trajectory it would take on. I have had such an incredible experience being part of this comforting community. As a small token of my appreciation, here is a picture I snapped of Nina sleeping on my legs one afternoon. Rest assured, she woke up shortly after and ran off to chase some imaginary thing in the other room.
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
Some of you may remember back in August when I had my writing featured in Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. I am happy to announce that my writing has also been selected as one of 40 essays from around the country to be published in America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction!
America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction is now available and can be purchased through this link.
Taken from the website’s description of the book:
“There is a troubling catch-22 that exists in the world of publishing: in order to be published – at least by any of the major houses – you must already have been published. Inevitably, this cycle leaves the aspiring writer with the pressing question of where to begin. This is why, in the winter of 2017, we started our Emerging Writers series – to showcase the work of talented writers and poets who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. Nearly two years later, those efforts have culminated in perhaps our most ambitious project to date. In America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, 40 of our favorite up-and-coming writers from across the nation join together to share their words. Covering a wide array of genres and topics, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one essay per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.”
My particular piece, “Why Does Everyone Look So Happy?”, concerns the misrepresentation of people’s lives through social media, and how we can attempt to circumvent it to find our own happiness. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to purchase the book to read my essay and others by my fellow writers.