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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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Weekend Wrap-up: April 17

Wow. Sixteen poems so far. Has it been difficult? Yes and no. Sometimes the prompts from NaPoWriMo seem a bit too specific, but they are just suggestions and I have taken some liberties with them. A few of them I knocked out fairly quick, most took a bit of brainwork.

Here are the first 2 weeks. If you have a moment you can read them on Medium or on my Poem Page: National Poetry Writing Month

NaPoWriMo : Day 7 – Poem with strict syllables 😀
NaPoWriMo : Day 6 – Poem based on line from a book 🤔

NaPoWriMo : Day 5 – Imitation 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 4 – Odd transitional spaces (think Escher)  🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 3 – Use of random words to inspire 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 2 – The road not taken 🤔
NaPoWriMo : Day 1 – April fools 😀

NaPoWriMo: Day 14 Name Origins 😀
NaPoWriMo: Day 13 A news story you wish to see 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 12 Past and Future 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo: Day 11 Letter from the Cat 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 10: Junk Drawers 😀🤔
NaPoWriMo Day 9: A to-do list 😀
NaPoWriMo Day 8: A monologue from a deceased person 🤔

As for regular posts:

Sunday Catch-up: Tools of the Trade – My tool/injury escapade (Yes, I’m fine. Thanks for asking.)

Weird Wednesday: It’s Been Awhile – Yes! Weird Wednesday returned.

Oops, I Did it Again: Author Interview – Another self interview. This time for Lunarian Press

Book news: If you have been reading my posts this week you will know about my book sale. If you haven’t heard:

Two weeks left to get your copy of Lines by Leon!

Click to go to my book page

Notable Posts this week:

Story Info: How Much is Too Much? – Kinda why I mostly write short stories

Writing the short story part 3: extremely short fiction – Sensing a theme?

Alright. Now to write another poem…



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: April 10

What the heck happened to Music Monday? Not finished my composition yet (and I was writing a poem). What the heck happened to Tuesday Thoughts? I had a post ready but I was writing a poem. What the heck happened to Weird Wednesday? Ok you get the idea. so let’s catch up:

Book news: I decided on a new cover design for my book, The Knot at the End of the Rope. I’m pleased at how it turned out. I was going for a 50s/60s sci-fi vibe, and I think I nailed it.

Look for a $0.99 sale April 15

Nine days of poems (not counting today). You can catch up with them all here: National Poetry Writing Month

Free Book Friday (and Book News): April 9 – A few new free book promos

Notable Posts this week:

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Not just notable because I’m in it, but because Sally always uses her platform to promote worthy authors. I’m glad to be a part of it. Thanks, Sally!

What exactly is love? – A short post but Shruba tackles a subject for the ages

Where Do the Good Times Go? – This one brought back memories.  

Alright. Now to write another poem…



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.

Free samples? You bet!

Sign up for my newsletter and receive a free eBook of your choice.

Oh, pick me!
C’mon, space stuff!
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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 27

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

And always good for a chuckle…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-extra-host-sally-cronin-we-are-all-going-to-the-dogs/

Here’s a question: Why do some embedded links show up nice and “linky” while others show up as a URL address?

-Leon


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

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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 20

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

https://artistcoveries.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/in-praise-of-the-lowly-pencil/

https://loveinspirelearn.wordpress.com/2021/02/18/how-to-stay-committed-to-your-goals-and-succeed-in-life/

I created a survey last year for my newsletter subscribers. I was told it was entertaining, so if you have a few moments, stop by: Lines by Leon: The Survey While you are there, you can see my latest newsletter: Feb. 17 Newsletter.

See you Sunday–or Monday, we’ll see.

-Leon


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

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Week-end Wrap Up: Feb. 13

Here are my posts this week, in case you missed any:

I came across a few good blogs as well:

Stuart Aken always has beautiful pictures and great writing prompts

And, I always enjoy Sally’s posts but I couldn’t pick just one.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-laughter-lines


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

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