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Soad Hacham’s The Ravens Eye

8 Apr

GUEST: Soad Hachami,25 years young love to read,write and bake.I enjoy writing poetry you can find me here on my blog http://www.soadhachami.wordpress.com

ravens-eyes

The ravens’ eye I wish to flee

That stare’th right Inside of me.

That hollow gaze which drills

My mind

Searching for the

Weak inclined

Thought that passes

From my heart.

Waiting lurking

Stalking still

You shall not

Rob me of my will

I will climb

Atop my mountains

Edge

Waiting for my sweet

Revenge

When I shall

Take what is

Mine and keep

My conscience and my heart

Entwined together

They shall never part

For if they do;

I leave the wind

My secret tool

To nudge me

Softly off my

Stool of

Rock and soul.

And then

That fool

With eyes

So grim

Will not bother

Me a-gain.

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Blogging Styles: Don’t Paint Yourself into a Corner

6 Apr

By Guest Author – DCMontreal lives in, not surprisingly, Montreal, Canada and is a freelance writer who blogs at http://dcmontreal.wordpress.com/

Blogging styles vary as much as the bloggers who use them. In this article I will take a look at some of the traditional blogging “rules” and how you can still maintain your blogging style. I once read a definition of fashion that claimed true fashion involves knowing all the rules, but not being afraid to break them. Just a little food for thought as you go about blogging.

Finding your niche; it could be a style

They tell you when you start out testing the waters of the Blogosphere that you should find your niche. Select a topic and stay within the bounds: maybe sports, or fashion, or cars or music. But perhaps your niche is a style rather than a topic. As I have written about before, humor can be a great means of attracting traffic to your blog, and you can be funny about all sorts of things. Your niche could be social commentary which covers a very wide spectrum of interests: from education to gun control, healthcare to women’s rights. All of these provide fodder for humor, or satire, or commentary. So don’t fear being painted into a corner when you consider your niche.

Long versus short posts

I understand some bloggers’ style is to compose long treatises on their subject of expertise. I’m not a big fan of long posts, books, films or winters (I do live in Montreal); think Hemingway not Dickens or Simenon not Proust. Cut to the chase as it were. We live in a world of virtually instant information; we carry iPhones, iPads, tablets and all sorts of devices that help us keep in touch. Many people get their news in 140 character Tweets, bite-size chunks of information. Consider for a moment how the use of words has changed over the years. Have you ever seen a newspaper from the 1890s? They’re chock-a-block with columns of words, not a graphic to be found. As technology developed and allowed for easy photograph inclusion in newspapers, the number of words dropped and pictures started to become more common – the old picture being worth a thousand words concept – right up to the USA Today style of newspaper that is heavy on photos and light on words.

It isn’t all that farfetched to think busy on-the-go people enjoy punchy, shorter blog posts that get to the point quickly. They say that a blog of less than 300 words doesn’t make it to the Google radar and thus affects your traffic, but I’ve had success with short posts in the past and hope to do so again. This concept of terse versus verse upon verse isn’t new. Haiku for instance, the Japanese poetry has been around for centuries. It counts sound units known as “on” or morae (sort of like syllables). Traditional haiku consist of 17 on, in three phrases of five, seven and five on respectively.

Frequency of posts

In keeping with short versus long posts is the issue of posting frequency. This really depends on your schedule and desire. I tend to post daily; sometimes I publish more than one post on a day if the spirit moves me. On days when I’ve been late with my post I’ve been contacted by followers

to see if all is well. So it’s up to you, but remember people are creatures of habit and if you get them interested and expecting a daily post, make sure you deliver.

Remember the competition for readers is fierce and you need to make an impression fast. The old sales adage that it’s easier to hold on to clients, in this case readers, than to find new ones is very true.

Happy blogging!

Jane Sherman; The Distraction Devil

17 Mar

Guest Bio: Jane Sherman received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2011 and lives in Westport, CT.  An excerpt from Chapter 1 of her memoir appeared in Weston Magazine, which includes 7 other magazines in the group.  She blogs at http://hostileentry.com/

“Come on, check Facebook. You know you want to see what’s happened in the last ten minutes with your friends,” the Distraction Devil whispers in my ear as I gaze at the blank page on my computer screen. “No, I’m not going to waste this hour. I want to get a block of new writing down. Get out of my sight!” I reply. “OK, OK — have it your way.” The Distraction Devil slinks to the corner of the room, but he’s still there, weaseling his way back into my head, forcing me listen to his insistent voice. Bing. I hear another email message arriving. I could just see who it’s from. Perhaps it’s work related and I should just glance at it right now. But I resist, sigh and take a deep breath. I relax my shoulders. I ignore the Distraction Devil, who is jumping up and down just behind my shoulders, glowering like a maniac.

“I’ll get you, yet,” he says, gritting his teeth. He isn’t used to being ignored.

“Call from Cooper James,” the telephone announces.

Oh dear, it’s my daughter. I should answer. What if it’s important? What if she wants to talk over something crucial?

The muscles in my neck become tight. I consciously tense and then relax them so that the knot doesn’t develop into a worse spasm.

I don’t answer the phone, even though I want to. Maybe just one game of Solitaire would soothe my frazzled nerves. I know, however, that it’s never just one game. “Why don’t you indulge yourself? You deserve it. A game of Solitaire will relax you,” I hear the devil murmur. “Only one. You can manage that.” I know, however, that it’s never just one game. I glare at him as he turns his head away from me, attempting to conceal a smirk. I look at my desk on both sides of the keyboard. Every piece of paper in the pile on the right side of my desk is important. Still, it’s messy. I don’t like disorganization. I like neat. I should straighten up the pile, discard those papers that I can get rid of and make them line up so at least the pile looks good. My mind wanders even more. The Distraction Devil is still in my head. I hear him snickering behind me. He thinks he’s winning. The kitchen is dangerous territory. Maybe I’d believe that I’m hungry and need to eat something…anything to distract myself from what I truly want to do. “Stop,” I shout to the evil temptation hovering near me. “I choose not to be enticed by all these extraneous activities. Get in the cage, right now! Stay there and don’t say a single word! Don’t even clear your throat or sigh.

So today, I’ve battled the Distraction Devil and won this round. Of course, there’s always tomorrow. He’s using this time to design other techniques to distract me.

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