Wordy C on The Wrath of Cow Pie and How To Cowculate Bull
Buying a brown cow dos not automatically mean it will produce chocolate milk. There are some people in the Rain who would have you believe this fairy tale because in cyberspace anything is possible if one is willing to believe. Like the Goose that lays the Golden Egg, The Chocolate Cow award is the brass ring of stellar blogs. Who doesn't want to be the next Lenn Harley and own a website like HomeFinders.com? Who doesn't know three names of AR Staff? What are the first three things you think of when someone says TLW? If you are addicted to the Rain you subconsciously answered these thoughts without blinking or missing a beat because you can't be here a month and not know. Not knowing means you are not an active participant. If inactive, use the search feature to bring yourself up to speed. You are missing out if you have not read Lenn and TLW. :-)
BTW, there is more to TLW than crap points, ammo and a whip (LOL). Seriously... Give yourself time to get acquainted with your digital peers. It changed my life. Bet it will change yours in a wonderful way. ;-)
Google UFOs. Enjoy the arguments debates. They are very interesting and very compelling. We know they exist. There is a lot we don't understand. Looking forward to the explanations one day. Ezekiel saw the wheels in Chapter 1... (my fave visual) Dr. Rev Jesse Duplantis has Close Encounters of the God Kind creationist explanations that are fun and educational (stellar DVD). Pilots have taken film and pictures. The military is still freaking out about what they can't explain while governments keep pointing fingers at each other convinced new weapons are being manufactured and tested for the ultimate world war. The Blue Book Archives is a fascinating government website.
When it comes to UFOs we just don't know (a) what they are, (b) where they come from and (c) who is manufacturing them. Take out UFOs and feel free to substitute the word Blog Posts, then re-read this sentence again (LOL). Do you know the writers you are reading? Do you know where they are coming from, their true intent? Do you even know if they manufactured their own material?
Hmm... I think I know more about UFOs than the writers in cyberspace (LMAO).
UFOs are the Scientific Unicorn. Do we all subconsciously want to get our hands on one? You betcha! Think of all the free business publicity and historical notoriety not to mention the potential hypothetical money involved when governments and defense contractors start drooling over the rights to reverse engineer the technology of an advanced spacecraft or unicorn genome (LOL). Did I mention MONEY? (LMAO) Rumor has it it makes the world go round (besides gravity and God).
Anything that generates a substantial amount of money will always garner interest. If you maintain your blog well and treat readers right you will eventually discover you can generate a lot of money from several sources of revenue because you've stumbled into the Digital Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: Social Media.
Milk your social media opportunities by creatively marketing content and you open the door to opportunity. When opportunity knocks, your bloggers butt had better be in your digital home ready to respond. You have no idea who is reading you. You have no idea where your blog is going. From Club Chaos to Cosmic Cow Pies, doesn't matter what group you align yourself with. What matters is that the Rain allows you to be found in cyberspace by the entire planet. It's a commercial platform for your mind to find and connect with a business and/or consumer audience. Little kids can find you too. Anyone with access to cyberspace can make your acquaintance at any given moment.
When you introduce yourself, who and what are you introducing? Are you a whole person having a conversation or are you a made up individual trying to convince another person you have what you think they think they need? We are all working professionals in the Rain. Some of us like to play here more than work here but don't let our playtime fool you. Work can be playful and pleasant. It can be anything you make it because the two are not mutually exclusive. In the end, earning and collecting our fee is the goal of every working professional. When we take the time to market ourselves, we do so with this bottom line in mind: making money, paying the bills, making more money...
Like grass, money is green. Stop moo mooing and poo poohing over whether a kid or an elderly person wants to buy your book or do business with you. Stop worrying about whether or not it is greener on the other side because you are squabbling over a members blog post or dueling business titles as if the majority group can rule the minority groups. Earning a living should rule. That's where the money is.
Blogging is what it is: a digital conversation. It has intrinsic value based upon its stated and perceived worth of the reader/consumer. You may have an inflated opinion of yourself and run amuck accordingly or you can just have opinions and let them influence whoever as they may. I tend to think if you tend to your business the way you tend to your lawn people will eventually have a perception about you based upon the curb appeal of your blog. Neglect it, it gets all bald, spotted, brown and weedy and no one will want to be so bothered with sending a dollar or comment your way. Tend to it well and people will buy into what you are selling or at least be comfortable with taking your advice because you appear to have a green thumb and can help them learn how to tend to their own garden of business. I do not measure a blog's success by how many comments it generates, I measure it by how effective the message is and whether it generate readers visiting every day.
Some of you write for brownie points, crap points, AR points, no points (LOL). That's fine. Why you write is your personal and professional business. Have fun with it (or not). The problem I would like to address is the attitude some people take regarding their perception of who is a serious contender for generating business and who is not. (Yes, it is true, I have do-not-have-fun-police and hypocritical-commenter issues - LOL) Got news for you: it is up to the consumer to decide whom they want to work with, not you. Only readers decide who they want to read. We can all suggest where they may like to go because we recommend a writer we like, just be careful when you decide to fling a lot of disparaging remarks about because you don't like something written by your peer or competition.
There are over 5000 groups on ActiveRain. Your blog posts give them an idea of what you are like and how you operate personally and professionally. You can place those thoughts on your AR Dashboard and in Outside Blogs, in Localism and in five groups. You can associate and congregate any way you please in the Rain. The AR Staff publish the rules and have discretion to tweak their business model as they see fit. So the only rules you, as a blogger and guest on a platform, should be making are the rules that affect your writing and personal presentation, not others. Notice how I didn't say you couldn't opine. I simply said you don't get to make rules for people who are not your children living under your roof dependent upon your money for their shelter, food and clothing. Stop treating your peers as if they are recalcitrant children you need to spank (unless you are their mentor or a group founder enforcing your group rules they volunteer to subscribe to).
If your digital group is bigger than my digital group, it doesn't rule me or the bay-bays writing under my digital roof. They are enjoying the blogging benefits associated with my Club Chaos home. Every group is home to a set of writers publishing there. Each group has been given digital real estate by this platform to operate and publish under with a group description that sets the tone or mandate of what the group is about. We are blooming as writers together in these forums. We are exploring a cyber-world filled with opportunity and promise, looking forward every day to being discovered by the public. We are making new friends and creating new business opportunities while freely associating with the writers of our choice.
Some writers don't get this, have no feel for community, spam the forums or are either digitally color blind and can't tell the difference between a cyber-flower and a cyber-weed. Those types of bloggers pull everything living out of a newbie, pollute the content of other writers and/or concrete their ideas like a mantra over other people's creativity. They try to sell the idea that their stone throwing is low maintenance paving to cover erroneous ideas that need to be rooted out by the uninitiated newb, pulled up by their digital roots and cast down in the cyber-dirt to be swept away like the trash they consider it. They think their spam constitutes the freedom to advertise and take offense when founders like me tell them the content is inappropriate for the group. Some people wont post a picture or icon and take offense when I ask them to do something with their blank smurf heads. If you care so little about your blog that you can't take the time to upload a picture, don't be angry when founders freeze your group account and eventually boot you for failing to respond to numerous requests to finish your profile information before posting in the house.
Community Rules are important in the Rain. If you experience a lot of flack as a writer then you may have picked the wrong group to plant your digital garden in or you may be dealing with someone unfamiliar with the rules.
Groups attract writers for a reason. Form or pick a new one if you are not happy. If you, as a blogger, do decide to stay, then stay and put up a fence to keep the wrong people trying to live in your computer from accessing a restricted area: your mind, will, emotions and heart. Once you set your digital perimeter, write what ever you want and warn them if they keep messing with you they may have to face the Wrath of Cow Pie. When you give as good as you get people learn something new about you (LOL). Never be afraid to moderate your comments section or tell a rude person to take a hike.
Did I mention blogging was a bloodsport? I think I did... so do yourself a favor and learn how to fight for your digital reputations because no one is going to fight for your rights with the same passion as you. I do not take using the delete button lightly. I rarely use it, but I will if I must. I am also not beyond dropping the F-bomb, tossing cow pies and kicking out a rant or a rave if you flip my b*tch switch (LMAO).
There is a difference between diversity in opinions and stupidity. Sometimes stupidity can actually be useful if you are quick on your feet with a pithy comeback and their diatribe illustrates your point (I love irony - LOL).
In sum and substance, today's Cow Pie talking point is learning how to cowculate the bull and use it to your advantage to grow your digital garden. I do believe that I just did and if you haven't figured it out by now I am so easily amused (LMAO). Now you go out and do it too (amuse yourself bay-bays). Have fun with it and go check out those links. Dr. Duplantis is mad cool. So are Lenn and TLW. Talk about diversity in thinking (LOL). ;-)
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