How to Start a Poetry Blog | 9 Best Tips for Beginners

Let’s Get Started! How to Start a Poetry Blog:

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).

2: Writing.

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. 

If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, check out my post Writers Block Ideas | 3 Best Tips.

3: Expand Your Base.

A. Blogs are a Community.

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.

Want to read more about getting connected? Check out my post Get Connected | 3 Best Blogging Tips.

In Conclusion.

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. 

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2019. All rights reserved.

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Writers Block Ideas | 3 Best Tips

Writers Block Ideas

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?

writers block ideas

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.

If you liked this post, check out Whinney’s post “Writers Block!”  Also, check out my post “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected.”

Featured Photos by Steve Johnson and Ales Dusa on Unsplash.

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Jeremy Fragrance Interview & Blogging Tips

The Jeremy Fragrance Interview & Blogging Tips.

Before we begin, you can find more from Jeremy Fragrance by clicking on the links below:

http://www.youtube.com/jeremyfragrance
http://www.facebook.com/jeremyfragrance
http://www.jeremyfragrance.com

Let’s start off…

Today we are looking at a special Jeremy Fragrance interview, the number one fragrance Youtuber and video blogger. What do fragrances and poetry have in common? And what advice does Jeremy Fragrance have for fellow bloggers?

Jeremy Fragrance Interview & Blogging Tips | September 5, 2018.
  • What to Choose?

Joey: Let’s start off with the obvious question: What are the best fragrances for poets, men and women, and why?

Jeremy: I say some nice Whiskey and Smokey Tobacco Fragrances. Creates an atmosphere of an Oldschool Gentleman that thinks about life and what he has seen in life. Good example: Lord George by Penhaligons.

  • Big News!

Joey: So you’ll coming out with your own specially designed fragrance that will be for sale in the near future. Do you have any specific, “poetic” tag lines in mind for the promotion of your new fragrance?

Jeremy: No we keep it very strict simply efficient, we don’t do much on logos or fancy poetry lines all we want to do is to help people smell absolutely modern, very sexy, long lasting and save them time with the trust in our brand.

  • Exciting Readers.

Joey: Now, when you’re creating your videos, you’re doing something that is actually quite similar to what we do with poetry. You stand up in front of a mic and speak out words; words that are designed to create excitement and emotion in your viewers. So what tips would you have for us poets in creating that same sort of excitement and emotion inside the readers?

Jeremy: Speak with your heart, which is hard these days.

  • Blogging Tips.

Joey: Nonetheless, you have such a successful video blog – the top of your genre. So what one tip would you give to fellow bloggers who want help growing their blogs?

Jeremy: I made it my way, I wasn’t happy with the current market situation and did it how I wanted to see it as an end consumer. you can take this every market and business idea, this mindset.

  • Final Question of the Jeremy Fragrance Interview.

Joey: So now, one final question. What song or poem, lyrically, has really touched you the most and why?

Jeremy: A song by the Western Star who sang I hurt myself today, you feel every sentence he sings from his heart. its johnny cash.

Thank You!

Poets, I want to give a special thanks to Jeremy for participating in the Jeremy Fragrance Interview & Blogging Tips, and to you all for reading it. Be sure to check out all of his links listed above. And also stay tuned for the release of his very own fragrance line. This post may be a little different from the ones we regularly read in the poetry community, but it was still enjoyable and there is a lot to learn in it!

If you liked this article, also check out “Why Perfume Is My Essential Accessory” by Simple Ula, as well as my own article, “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected”

Featured Photo Copyright Jeremy Fragrance, 2018. Used With Permission.

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Rhythm and Rhyme | Writing Tips for Beginners

Why Rhythm and Rhyme?

Why is rhythm and rhyme important? In music, lyrics follow the tempo and melody of the song. But when you are just reading a poem, you lose much of that flavor. Therefore, you’ll want to make your poem interesting to the reader in other ways. That is where rhyme and rhythm come in:

Rhyme and Rhythm: The Rhyme

Rhyming helps tie your words together and makes your lines feel like they really belong. It lets the reader know that your words are intentional, and it just sounds pleasant to the ear. If you’d like a more full definition, I found a great one on the The Poetry Foundation website.

I’m sure we are all familiar with rhyming patterns. But have you tried getting a little creative with them? For example, try a consistent A- B – A -B pattern, an A – A – B – B pattern, or an A – B – B – C – A pattern. In poetry, you are free to do what you like. I just recommend making it intentional, as it will make your poem more pleasant to the reader.  

Rhythm and Rhyme – the Rythm

Rhythm can be a little bit more tricky, because it involves not only counting syllables, but also which syllables are emphasized and which are not. But when you pull it off right, it can be really great. If you’d like a more exhaustive definition of Rhythm, please check out this great post from Young Writers.

So, make a rhythm by setting each line to 7, 10, or 12 syllables each. If you want to add a deeper level, give it a dimeter emphasis. That’s where ever second syllable is emphasized. You may even find it more fun challenging yourself in these new ways.

Personally, I prefer to not have each line contain the same amount of syllables. This makes it feel much more natural. However, I do still like to keep a pattern. So I will rotate the amount of syllables. One of my favorite approaches is using 7 – 6 – 7 – 6 syllable lines, with dimeter and an A – B – A – B rhyming pattern. Check it out in my post “Remember that You’re Loved!”

The last tip here is just to change it up! Like adding a chorus or bridge to a song, try adding section to your poem that uses a different rhyme or rhythm. This will keep it fresh to the reader! 

Poets, I wanted to end this post with just one special quote. It’s inspired from a movie that I think many of us love and remember: Cool Runnings (1993). . . There is just one thing I want from you all, and that is to. . .

“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme. Get on up, it’s poetry time!”

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Why Write Poetry? | Top 3 Reasons

Why Write Poetry?

Many of you fellow bloggers and readers out there are wondering, “Why write poetry?” Well, I’ve been writing poetry for a few years now and I’m going to give you the top three reasons that I do: Writing has therapeutic benefits, mental benefits, and, on a blogging website, helps you to connect with other writers

Writing Poetry is Therapeutic.

The first reason that I write poetry is that it’s therapeutic; it’s a release of emotions. Sometimes you don’t know how much you have built up on the inside until you start writing. But, be careful: Once you start letting it out, it can be overwhelming.

Writing Poetry is a Mental Exercise

Writing poetry also forces you to exercise your mind. You have to think and you have to practice your writing and grammar skills. It also helps you to challenge yourself to become better at something.

Writing Poetry on a Blogging Website Connects You with Other Poets

I love being able to connect with other writers on WordPress. I’m able to learn from other writers, relate with them, and also get new ideas. In addition, we’re able to give each other constructive feedback and encouragement to keep writing.

In Conclusion of Why Write Poetry. . .

If you haven’t starting writing poetry yet, I hope you give it a try. If you already do write poetry, I hope this gives you encouragement to keep writing and to broaden your horizons. I hope you all gain the therapeutic benefits, mental benefits, and connections to others through writing poetry.

Featured photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

If you liked reading this poem, also check out “Writing Poetry” by Kanzen Sakura, as well as my post “Jeremy Fragrance Interview and Blogging Tips.”

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Get Connected | 3 Best Blogging Tips

It’s Time to Get Connected.

Why is your blog not growing? Because you’re like a person who builds a website, but forgets to connect their computer to the internet! In other words, there is no connection of traffic for people to see your blog. But don’t worry, I have three easy steps for you to follow that can help greatly increase your blog exposure, “This is How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected.”

It’s time to get connected!

1. Make Friends!

That’s right, I said it! Make friends with some strangers on WordPress (or wherever you happen to blog)! Before you know it, you’ll be a part of a whole support group of fellow bloggers, with everyone supporting each other’s pages.

How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected

2. Be a Commentor, Not a Spectator!

Don’t you love when someone comments on your blog? Doesn’t it draw your attention to the commentor’s blog and build a feeling of friendship between you two?  So go ahead and comment on other blogs that you like! Also, plenty of other people viewing those blogs will see you and your comments. So make sure it’s a comment worth reading!

3. Learn to Link to Get Connected!

See a blog that you like? Make a link to it in one of your own posts! This is a great way to, again, make friends. Those links also build more exposure to each others’ blogs since the link will show on both posts! It’s like a web of connections, bringing greater exposure to everyone involved. A win-win!

Are You Ready to Get Connected?

Thank you for reading “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Get Connected.” Check out my original post, “How to Start a Poetry Blog | Best Tips for Beginners,” for the full set of blogging tips!

One creative way to get connected is by interviewing another writer! Check out Vita Brevis’ “Poet Profile: An Interview with Walt Page.” When I stumbled upon this post, I not only grew an appreciation for Vita Brevis, but also for Walt Page who, as a result, I began to “follow.” He then began to follow me as well. Just one great example of growing through a web of connections.

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