I really enjoyed this. It speaks a lot about my habit. I too have to write each day or I dry up inside, or in my brain or … wherever it is the creative juices reside. I picked up a journal today, leather-bound — wildebeest I think. Someplace in Africa. The pages aren’t paper they are cotton. Oh man with an excellent pen (I prefer Pentel Liquid Gel) and it FLOWS. No scratching, no smearing like on paper, even good copy paper (except maybe HP 32# 96 white presentation paper — 1/2 ream is $9 from Amazon but it is nice). But this cotton is so much better than anything. If I had to admit, I would say that is one reason I write — so I can feel the ink sliding onto the paper.

But of course I can’t read what I write — penmanship is atrocious. But OK. Yeah, you spoke to my brain and my heart.

I picked up my second journal, printed off about 10 pages of instructions and I am going to try a short story. First one in maybe 40 years. We’ll see what really shows up on the page when I scratch all the white stuff off to reveal the ink.

I don’t know what I would do without Pro Writing Aid. I tried a free one — not the same. But that’s OK. I don’t smoke anymore so the writing stuff may come close to evening out.

Which is one of the really good things? I ordered a journal from Amazon but they sent me two. ‘Keep the second one!” OK will do. So I’m going to put it to use today.

I still have a lot, a lot of headlines to write and old posts to use a rewriter on but that will come. I sure hope that headline app draws viewers. I’ve been coming up ZEROS. But the app grades your headline. It also comes with emotional words and power words to pump up the headlines.

I have read that worry about keywords etc with blog posts is pretty much a waste of time and energy. Makes sense. I have to learn to grab readers right off the first glance at the material. There aren’t more than 1,000 words per post. I used to write 1500 to 2000 but I heard some comments that people didn’t have enough time to devote to reading them. I suppose. By the time I get the links in and all the documentation each is probably 1/2 read.

I guess I have to rethink my whole process. But that’s OK. I’ve done it 5 times already.

Thanks for your article. Keep on Keepin’ On. 1st Sergeant Steve Dalton will probably understand that one.

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