“For, how I now detest this Vetiver. I could not care to write, what-so-ever.”
I sit back, listening to classy jazz, what they call “Italian Lounge Music.” The kind with flutes, bongoes, all that pizzazz. That’s why I love it; that’s why I choose it.
And I sit at my desk, pondering rhyme. How to configure my latest update: My remix of poems written past-time. Scrambling because I am running late.
“Ah, no, just throw it out!” I told myself. “The recreation just won’t do today.” Looking over my years of fragrance wealth, this post about Guerlain – it’s in my way.
For, how I now detest this Vetiver. I could not care to write, what-so-ever.
Poets, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I often take old poems and “remix” them for new posts. However, I came across one that I just had no desire to – one about the cologne Guerlain Vetiver. That’s because I went from loving it – to not being able to stand it. I am not sure what happened, but it left me with no taste to write!
Friends, I have been blogging now for a few years and on a couple different sites. I blog about poetry, but you might be blogging about anything else. And, also like most of you, I started with barely any idea of what I was doing and learned along the way. So I wanted to stop and share with you all some of the most important tips that I have learned
1: Setting Up.
A. Start on WordPress.
WordPress is by far the most popular and easiest place to start. One benefit is that you can start for free. But another benefit is that it has a large community for you to interact with, which is much better than just starting on an individual website by itself.
B. Pick a Memorable Name.
Your name doesn’t have to be amazing or witty. Just don’t make it so complicated that people can’t remember you, or your web address so long that it’s hard for people to type in. Be memorable, not complicated.
C. Focus on Content, Not Layout.
I have seen a lot of blogs that have become very popular while having sites that were, honestly, not that good. That’s because people are here to read your posts, not look at your site design. And most people don’t expect a personal blog to look professional (they might prefer it not to).
A. Find a Poetry Format that Works for You.
Cracking the poetry code is an important part of how to start a poetry blog. You can make it up as you go or choose classic, structured style like Haikus or Sonnets. Click here for a great source describing different forms of poetry from “Every Writers Resource.”
B. Pick a Word or Topic to Write From.
Start with an idea, a trending topic, or even challenge yourself with a word from the dictionary. And incorporate that word or idea into your title. Yoast’s Google Search Expander is a tool I regularly use for title suggestions.
C. Or, Do the Exact Opposite.
Or, don’t try to overthink it; do the opposite. Write whatever you feel until a topic comes out naturally from your words.
Blogs are meant for interaction. So be sure to read, comment on, and follow other blogs. Also, find posts relevant to yours, and see who comments on them. Those are the king of bloggers you want to connect with.
B. Use Good Tag Words.
If you want your post to be seen, especially on WordPress, you need to “tag” it with words people are searching for. WordPress will actually provide for you the top tags currently being used by clicking here.
C. Be Real.
Speak from your heart. This is one of the best tips I learned from my interview with famous [perfume] blogger, Jeremy Fragrance.
These are just a fe of the main tips I wanted to share and I wanted to keep this post simple. But I have many other articles about additional tips. So, when you are ready for more, check out the Writing Tips section of my blog.
Poets, I was just having some fun with this poem! Can you guess any elements of tempo or rhythm I was using? Sometimes it’s fun just to play with the artistic elements of poetry.
If you haven’t yet, please check out my last post, Sunsets of Beauty. It’s just a simple Haiku I wrote that came to mind after I saw a great picture on Unspalsh.com. If you haven’t yet checked it out yet, Unplash.com is a great place to find free, royalty-free pictures for your blog. All that they ask is that they give the artist credit, which I try to do whenever possible. If there are other sites that you like to use, please let me know if the comments section!
Poets, I’m listening to Italian lounge music [click the link to listen, yourself], the sun is shining outside, and this picture hit me just right. Who is ready to go into the weekend with some sunshine and relaxation? Have any special plans for Easter? Let me know in the comments section below.
Speaking of Italian, check out this cool post I found that highlights the Southern part of Italy – Calabria – which is where my family originally came from: “Why Calabria in Southern Italy?” by Imagine Earth Travel.
And if you haven’t yet, check out my other latest poem, “To Be a Drop in the Sea.” That one, too, began with a picture that hit me just right.
Yes, I’m just a drop in the sea. But won’t you let me be?
Sometimes I like being alone. I’ll see you back at home.
Poets, did you ever just want some peace and quiet? Maybe it’s been a busy day. Maybe you just want a minute by yourself to write a poem. Tell us about it in the comments section!
Today I read a great poem by one of my favorite blogs, The Rendezvous Club, and I wanted to share it with you -> “Eating Soil.” It takes you on a short poetic story that becomes very heartfelt half-way through.
Today I am going to give you some of my best writers block ideas. But, there’s just two things I want to say before I start. (1) Sometimes it’s easy to have our own “formula” to write; a certain method or approach that we take. But if your creative fluids are running dry, don’t be afraid to try a new method. That is what this post is all about. (2) And, secondly, poetry is not meant to be cerebral – it’s emotional. So when I write a first draft of a poem, I don’t worry about logic, grammer, rhyming or syllables. My primary concern is to only write out of my heart. Then, I go back later and redraft it for grammer, rhyming and counting syllables if I want. But, really, all those cerebral aspects are just optional when it comes to poetry.
So, without further delay, my first and best advice is very simple:
Let the music take you there.
That’s my tip (very simple). Do you have a song that really moves your heart? That touches your soul? Then I challenge you to do this. Turn that music on in your headphones, close your eyes, and let the words start flowing from your soul. Let the pen translate the feelings that are rising in you. And let the music take you there.
But, if music is not really your thing, don’t worry. I have a second tip that works just as well.
Let a picture inspire.
My second tip is also great. If you need writers block ideas, then try finding a picture that really grabs your attention or really pulls on your emotions. Then, just focus on that picture, and write what comes from your heart. For example, what does the picture below bring to your mind?
Listen to the silence.
The third tip I have for you is this: Just sit in silence and see what words come to you. If music isn’t inspiring you, if pictures aren’t bringing any words to you, then maybe you just need to sit and listen. You may be surprised what words start coming to you.
*Side Note: Nature is a great place to stop and listen.
This is a challenge I give to you for writers block ideas.
Next time you need writers block ideas, I challenge you to let the music take you there. Or find a picture and let it inspire. You may be surprised where you end up.