In the 50s to 60s, it was door-to-door salesman from vacuum to insurance and everything in between. In the 70s thru the 80s, it was mass mailings where your mailbox may held two pieces of bonafide mail you wanted to read. Starting in 90s it was the age of telemarketers which continues today. Now with the internet being huge, it's spams.
I hit delete or spam on most of them. There is one exception. That's where my blog is concerned. I must sift through EIGHTY pieces of Spam a day. Why do I put myself through the this? Even though spams are regurgitated mass e-mail to anyone who does not have a filter in place, some have points for thought. No, I don't take them all that seriously so you don't have to call those nice, young men wearing white coats.
They do have some key thinking points for me like...
- Blog header
- Is the title of my blog effective
- The overall look and feel of my blog
No, I'm not going to change the look or background of this blog because it works for me right now. The good Lord knows, and my readers, this blog format has gone through numerous changes over the last couple years
The logo and design are a bit trickier. I am too much! Literarally.
My blog header is Murphey Saga because < cue the soap opera music> my life is a bad soap opera.
My tag line about writing but life gets in the way, is true and something all writers face. I didn't only write about writing or strictly for my readers, but how life impacts everything we attempt to do. A real picture of the writing life, family, and about me. Isn't that what people want to know?
As far as titles of my blogs go, I'll admit sometimes they need a little help. I've seen the "7 Ways to Improve the Widget" type titles and may actually click on them. But mostly it is inane clicking and browse reading.
That's just not me. I like to chat and that's the way I approach my blog. I believe in the soft sell and relationships. Now don't get me wrong, I can do the hard sell. I was once described as being able to sell salt to man man in the middle of the Dead Sea. At times, that approach is necessary, but in a "Meet the author" type website?
Yes, this blog is a sales tool. Over on the right, I have my books and where to get them, about the author, book trailers, and assorted other sales pitch things. If someone wants to take the time to read it. Yes, I mention certain books I've written and writing because that's what I do, I am a writer, but I am so much more.
Because I'm an eclectic, but focus individual. I write about everything. Be it my stroke, my writing, my family, or vent about injustices or food for thought. That's my content. I could focus all my attention on one aspect or other but then I would be writing thirty blogs instead of just two with bleed overs in both. Sometimes with some adjustments one blog written will have ramifications on the other one, and I'll cheat and publish it on both sites. Wherever life impacts me at any given moment, that's what I write about.