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Thursday Thoughts: Blogging Questions?

I’m relatively new to blogging, only doing it since 2019, and I’d like to get your thoughts on a few things.

Do you blog more than you read others, or are you primarily a reader? I suspect most people on WP write more, but maybe there are more that just enjoy the various offerings.

How often do you update your web pages? I have been working on streamlining my landing page, trying to keep it uncluttered and easy for visitors to find what they need while showcasing my work.

How much storage space do you use. Oh, I still have plenty, but there are a lot of photos and such. If I delete them, then the posts that use them will have the little “image not available” on them.

Do you find the block editor “yell at the screen worthy”?

And now he dirty word: Monetizing

I use my blog to: exercise my writing skills, entertain, inform, and to let people know that I am here. Through my blog, readers can visit my website if what I write is interesting to them. While there, they can: purchase any of my books or merchandise, receive free samples of my books when they sign up for my newsletter, listen to some of the music that I have written, and look for free offerings from other authors I promote. 

I notice that some posts are partial, which if you wish to read the rest, a link is provided that will take you to the writer’s website. Obviously, this will boost the traffic there, but do you tend to pass those over in favor of staying within the WP feeds? I could probably put my posts onto my Medium.com page and get more reads there, but that feels like I’m trying to control where the reader goes.

Do you use your blog primarily for revenue, or is it for the love of writing?

There you go. Discuss.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Open Book Blog Hop: May 11

Twenty-six letters and many possibilities (to go off-topic)

We know a lot of words. I think I read that children can learn upwards of 500 words or more a month when they are in elementary school. This is based on the the fact that by age twelve, the average child should be able to understand about 50,000 words.

That’s a lot of words.

Words change and evolve, appear and disappear, fall out of favor, or become that word that everybody uses until we are all tired of it.

When we listen to someone talk to us, do we hear spaces between the words, just like we see the spaces in a printed line of text? If you pay attention to a speaker, you will realize that there are very few breaks between words. When does one word end and the other begin? That’s for our brain to interpret. Was that a compound word or two separate ones? Listen to a different language being spoken and see if you can hear any breaks.

I decided to dictate what I had just written. I tied to speak fairly quickly. Here is what I got:

we all know a lot of words I think I read that children can learn upwards of 500 words or more a month when they’re in elementary school this is based on the fact that by the age of 12 the average child should be able to understand about five 50,000 words that’s a lot of words words change and evolve appear and disappear fall out of favor or become that word that everyone uses until we’re tired of it when we listen to somebody talk to us do we hear the spaces between the words just like we see the spaces on a printed line of text you pay attention to a speaker you realize that there are very few breaks between the words when does one word end and the other begins As for our brain to interpret was at a compound word or two separate ones listen to a different language mean spoken and see if you can hear any breaks

Other than punctuation, I have to admit it is accurate. Then I noticed that there is a language filter, so being a funny guy, I thought it would be humorous to see what would happen if the computer thought I was speaking a different language. Each time, it gave up after a few sentences (I probably won’t get back on topic…).

French : Oui no – Yeah, that’s all it did.

German: Vino Worms – Wine worms?

Italian: Vino allora words – Wine, then words.  Now that makes sense.

Spanish: Quemar aumentar School eso es bastante factor de abertzales Biblia – Burning increase School that’s pretty bible shed factor. That’s bizzare but it hung in there longer.

Chinese: Wind Word accessories The Children – Sounds like a proverb.

Finnish: Schengenin grande superfood ferber terve new century – OK, now it’s just tossing in whatever, although I heard that Finnish was difficult (the language, not the people. They’re lovely.)

Back to the the topic. Whatever it was…

-Leon

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Music Monday: Nobody’s Perfect

I finally changed the strings on my guitar. Wow. What a difference.

Will that give me motivation to play more? I still enjoy playing, but sometimes it feels too much like a chore.

It takes me a long time to learn a new piece of music (or re-learn something). If I step away for a while or start a new piece of music, the hard work dissipates and I feel I have to start over again. When I finally get to the point where it’s not going to improve anymore, it’s still not to my liking, not because it’s perfect, but because it’s not perfect. I know that my skill set is not set up for perfection.

Nothing is ever perfect though, is it? I wrote a quote that read:

“Perfection leaves you nowhere to go.”

Where do my imperfections lie? I can play a certain part correctly several times, but then make a mistake where I never before. I misplace a finger on a string. I forget a part or section that I thought was memorized. When I go to record one of my pieces, just the pressure of pressing the record button is enough to make it seem that I didn’t practice it at all, so it takes many takes to get a complete piece.

I have been trying to practice and record one of the first pieces that I wrote, “Riviera Galliarde”, and hopefully, by putting my goal in writing, I’ll be able to share it with you very soon.

Stay tuned.

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Second Chance Sunday: May 2 (My Music)

Since I last posted this, many more readers (yes, you) have followed my writing journey. To let you know that I am not all weird cartoons, poetry and science fiction, Here is another side of me:

First posted on February 23. (Yeah. It’s a shorty)

I finally put all my video and audio files on one page. Music, like writing, is meant to be shared, so I hope that you appreciate my creations. Emotions inspire me to write music, so while some of my compositions hopefully will make you smile, there is a sadness in a few, while others may cause you to reflect.

-Leon

My Music and More



Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Weekend Wrap-up: Vax Edition

Got my first dose of the A/Z vaccine yesterday. Others that I knew who got it before me had various degrees of side affects, from mild fever and headaches to the lying-in-bed-kill-me-now-I-need-coffee-but-it-makes-me-wretch-chills-sweats-where-did-the-last-36-hours-go, extreme end of the spectrum.

So, needless to say, I was nervous. Now, you know how when you hear things like that, you automatically think every little twinge/ache/rumble is the beginning of the end. – Was that feeling there before or is that a new thing?

It’s like when I accidentally watched the show on bedbugs and every little movement of hair on my body was obviously an invitation – Why am I sooo itchy?

11:30 – Got the shot. Didn’t hurt (didn’t look)

11:50 – Lovely receptionist (Lori) gives me the boot. “You’re good to go.

2:00 – Why does my upper back hurt?

2:10 – Twinge? Hmmm…

3:00 – Do my eyes hurt or am I just tired…(just tired, just tired , just tired…)

4:00 – Arm kinda sore, I think.

4:30 – Two songs are going through my head: The Waiting is the Hardest Part – Tom Petty (self explanatory) and Every Little Thing – The Police (as in was that a symptom? Wait. What about that?)

5:30 – Eat. Good sign

6:00 – A bit stuffed up, I can feel a headache – or can I? I don’t know anymore… I tried to do some writing (other than this), but not feeling inspired. And I have to write another poem tomorrow. Curse you NaPoWriMo!!! Screw it. I’m just going to watch some TV.

9:00 – Body a bit sore, but could be due to couch posture…

9:30 – Bedtime.

1:34 – Cold sweat

1:45 – Hot sweat

2:03 – Repeat previous two steps several times with a dash of headache

3:36 – OK, I’m up.

4:10 – Doze off, wake-up, doze off, etc.

6:00 – Still not feeling great, but I think the worst is over. Coffee + muffin. Yum.

Some of my highlights (other than poems):

Weird Wednesday: April 21 – Cartoons are back!

Poet Talk with Leon Stevens – Podcast interview with Lisa @prolificpulse

Check out these posts from other bloggers:

Listen To The Band: The Monkees – I came across Clive’s blog this week

Friday Click & Run – 23rd April – Stevie always gives other bloggers a place to post

Earth Day * – A beautiful video to celebrate Earth Day.

Last week for my poetry book contest.


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 12 (Ancient and Future)

NaPoWriMo

Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  “Past and Future.” This prompt challenges you to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.

Ancient and Futures

Oh, snap.
The ancient tweet battle began
He had to wait till the second edition
To burn these so-called Gentlemen

The print’s too small they cried
It hurts my eyes
It’s now impossible
To define ‘Metilii’

Not intended for extended perusal
A reference of all things ancient
I suppose it was folly of me
To list that in the fine print

So, wait two hundred years, you’ll have your wish
Be forewarned you’ll waste your time
Scrolling through a myriad of
Funny animal videos online



Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #Poetry – Lines by Leon : Poems, Prose, and Pictures by Leon Stevens

Thanks to Sally who always does a great job promoting other authors!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

We put a great deal of effort into promoting our new, recent and upcoming books but often our previous releases get sidelined.

In this latest series I am offering authors in theCafe and Bookstorea chance to promote an earlier book (not your most recent) by sharing an excerpt from the book of 500 words. At the end of the post you can find out how to participate.

Today Leon Stevens is sharing some poems from his collection – Lines by Leon : Poems, Prose, and Pictures

About the collection

“A sweetly exotic collection filled with understanding, perception, melancholy, and hope…”
– The Prairies Book Review

Lines by Leon is a selection of poems, prose, and short stories that address the subjects of loss, struggle, and reflection. Inside these thoughtful contemplations are original observations about ego, behaviour, human relations, places, and the environment. Many of the pieces feature a…

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A Shadow — Pen to paper

You are a shadow

Always attached to me

The only escape is to jump high

Yet we always become connected

As I cannot hang onto the sky

Leon Stevens is an author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry: Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020,…

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Shadow — Pen to paper

The sun feels warm on my back

An eight-minute connection

To a maelstrom

I cannot live without

Casting a shadow that is part of me

Stretching out

Following the contours of the earth

Try as it might

It can’t break free

Leon Stevens is an author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first…

Shadow — Pen to paper