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Day 12 | Close to home

This week my local health department posted a zip code break down of where the people who have tested positive live. Well folks, turns out my zip code is one of the higher rates of COVID-19 people. Now, there is a mandatory stay-at-home policy until April 14th. So, good news to you all, I get to continue the house arrest chronicles.

Yesterday, I went out for some essential supplies (a chair for my back porch is essential right?) Any who, when I arrived at my local Walmart it was like a scene from a movie or video game. Shopping carts and yellow caution tape were used as a barricade, like those used to steer animals in a one way direction. Once I got in the store, it was practically vacant which is not the normal. I saw people walking around with clear and blue gloves on and masks covering their nose and mouth.

I can no longer avoid the fact that I might not be safe anymore. With trees and flowers beginning to sprout (or is it spring), my allergies have made me question if I’ve got the virus or if its just pollen. I check my temperature when I feel unwell or show any symptoms related to the virus.

So far, I don’t think I have the virus. As more research is published, some people don’t even have symptoms and they test positive which I think is my biggest concern. I like many others don’t want to be the one to infect my loved ones.

Advice:
Stay in, stay well. Wash your hands when you do go out and come back in. Most of all, listen to your local, state officials and not the viral mixed messages that could be spread on social media news feeds. Always check your facts before sharing.

‘Til next time.

-WN

Day 10-11 | Blurred Lines

Since I began working from home, I like many others have now blurred the lines of the work, home life balance. Many are wearing new hats from parents, school teachers and more I’m sure that the lines will be blurred.

I’ve made myself a schedule of when I’m at work vs. at home without actually leaving my space. I set up my desk and when I sit at it — I’m at work and when I’m not well typically I’m not working. I have set up a schedule as to when I should be “off” and when I should be “at work,” but even those lines are blurred. Sure I’ll still answer emails from my phone if it’s something that I can answer and its before/after my working hours.

Example: yesterday I worked later than normal because I had this project I was determined to finish but come to find out it needed further tweaking today, which is fine because it was a minor edit.

My new normal like everyone else’s right now is I’m sure, a bit chaotic in trying to juggle everything while being cooped up. Let’s be honest though, there’s only so much binge watching one can do before they go stir crazy.

We might be closed off from society but I think we should open the windows and let some fresh air in every sunny day. Heck, step outside for a break and take a nice breathe of fresh air. (Currently, I’m sitting on my “back porch” sitting on a stool, listening to an acoustic playlist on Spotify while I type this post. Pretty sure I need to get a regular sized chair soon).

To recap my long tanget, develop a schedule and try to stick to it the best you can. Don’t forget to give yourself some time to break away from work to step outside and get some fresh air.

‘Til next time.

-WN

Day 05-08 — Family

So, I’ve been MIA for a while, no I’m not sick. I’ve disconnected for a bit and spent some much-needed time with family which recharged my batteries. My family lives in a rural area, where they aren’t as focused on COVID-19 as I am (I live in a city with over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19).  This weekend, we just sat around enjoying each other’s company. We sang to some great tunes ranging from mowtown, old country to a few new hits. We didn’t talk about the virus, we just enjoyed each other’s company, having a grand old time.

I played Monopoly Empire with my niece and nephew, played a word matching game, and they helped me cook breakfast. Even though I did have to work a few hours this weekend, it was still refreshing to enjoy my families company than worrying about COVID-19 and being under house arrest.  

My favorite part about this weekend aside from the family karaoke time I’d have to say was holding my niece as she is about two weeks old, and unaware of what is going on in the world around her. My niece and nephew are aware of COVID-19, since my nephew must be home schooled now due to the school being closed but they don’t fully understand the magnitude of it.

My family means the world to me. They bring me such joy when I can see them. Even though we must distance ourselves, it doesn’t take long to just send a text and/or call your family to see how they are doing. Don’t forget about your friends that are like family as well.


‘Til Next Time

-WN

Zoo

This month is such an oddball of a month for me. I have had fall break, next week I go to a conference and then October is gone. Two months left of the year. During fall break I went to the zoo which I enjoy and also detest because the animals should be in a bigger sanctuary and or left in the wild. I love going to the zoo because I’m able to capture photos of the animals. My favorite animal to photograph are the gorillas. Below are my favorite shots I got this zoo trip. Let me know what you think!

 

An Important Lesson

In recent days, I’ve spent majority of my time between my two jobs, school, homework, and YouTube. YouTube has helped me realize that I created Writing Natural to leave some imprint of myself, outside of the typical social media platforms. I wanted people to hear my voice. In doing so I stopped writing to focus more on poetry, because that is what my audience wants. I watched this vlogger on YouTube and he said, “just continue to produce otherwise it was never made” he was referring to photography specifically but I think that this can apply to all aspects of hobbies. If I just write at least three times a week, it doesn’t matter what I produce because there will always be someone listening (or reading). I’ve continued to get support even when I’m not producing any work, which makes me feel awful that I haven’t provided any content in a while.

Thanks for always willing to read my stuff. In the upcoming days that I do post, they will more than likely be about various things outside of poetry. I’d like to get myself back on track with posting at least three times a week. I do love WordPress and the community I have. It’s time to get to work and finish strong, I only have 12 weeks left!

The photo below is one I took while waiting 5 hours for my car to get fixed (not the best day). Let me know what you think!

 

Many Thanks,

Writing Natural.

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Tips on Branching Out

Doing something out of the ordinary or routine can be a pretty scary feeling especially if you are placing yourself in a vulnerable position. This can be nerve racking. When I started this blog a year ago, my only goal was to produce as much poetry or writing I possibly could. In doing so I gained a following. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat I am, how do I continue to grow my following?

  1. Listen to your audience and stats. By doing this you are able to fine tune what content you produce gives you more views and followers.
  2. Make one change at a time. This is key in order to see if something is successful you must make one change at a time. Also, keep that one change in place for a month or two to see the effect it truly has on your audience.
  3. Redesign your website. If you are still fresh, why not redesign your entire interface. Visit your website and ask yourself what is it that you want your readers to pay attention to?
  4. Utilize social media. If you haven’t made any social media account specifically for your blog you are missing a huge opportunity. If something is good and easily available to share on social media, trust me it will spread.
  5. Contact other bloggers like yours. By reaching out to successful people within your genre of blogging you will be able to learn some new tips and tricks.

Here are some other changes that you may want to consider:

  • Making list posts
  • Starting a vlog on YouTube
  • Start a Podcast series
  • Give some advice
  • Encourage interaction with your readers
  • Always, always reply to messages and comments you receive (even if it is late)

I hope this has been somewhat insightful. Please let me know in the comments which tip was most helpful or what you are going to try next.

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5 Tips to Help Blog For 1 Year

1. Be Personal. Your readers are more likely to connect with you if you are personal with them. This also means being honest.

2. Use Categories and Tags. With every post you share you should have at least 1 category and 3 tags. By adding tags you are increasing your chances that your blog will be found by a variety of people

3. Get on a schedule. This will not only help yourself stay organized and keep your blog relevant in your wordpress followers feed this will also let your followers know when to expect your latest post. This can always be adjusted because unexpected events cannot be accounted for.

4. Be Active. In order to gain followers you must be a follower first. Believe in your work and people will find it and also believe in it as well. Join interest groups on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc…

5. Try something new. Don’t be afraid to branch out from your usual posts. Do you typically write serious articles? Why not try writing an article about odd things you see people do.

Bonus: Don’t Give Up. If blogging was easy than everyone would be succeeding at it. Stick with it even if you don’t get the traffic you really want at first, it is okay we all went through it.

Happy Anniversary Writing Natural!

Today marks one year since I started to write a blog for myself. Once I started, I wasn’t sure what I was doing nor was I sure that I would make it an entire year, yet here we are. First off, Thank you to all of my followers, and devoted readers because without you all continuously encouraging me to keep producing new material I would have stopped months ago.

What‘s Next?

I quite can’t say what my next step is because at this moment all I have are ideas sitting at a drawing board with no action behind them. Yes, I will still be creating new material daily. The current ideas on the drawing board are:

  • Renovating my Guest Blogger Series
  • Create more “food for thought” material
  • Incorporate new Social Media (Twitter or Facebook)
  • Produce a Poetry Book (featuring some of my favorite and some follower favorites)
  • Revamp my logo

If you could leave a comment below as to which idea you would like to see most I would definitely appreciate that. Or if you have suggestions leave them below as well! After all, I want my followers to enjoy my writing as much as I do.

Stay tuned this week as I continue to celebrate my Anniversary here on WordPress with some poetry.

Many Thanks,
Writing Natural Name & Slogan

 

10 Tips For Blogging

Since I’ve started this blog, I’ve written two posts pertaining to blog advice which are: 5 Things I wish I knew about WordPress and How To Become a Blogging Champ . I’ll admit at first I was so excited to find out that people were actually taking an interest in my writing. I started to research how to continue to grow my audience. All the advice I read was clearly easier said than done. Since the creation of blog in May 2016, I obtained 200+ followers in just six months. I like think that is a mighty accomplishment.
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In recent days, I’ve received inquires about how I made that happen.Here are some tips that I think are most beneficial.
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1. Find your point. What matters to you? What message do you want to convey to your audience? Why should someone read your post? What do you have to offer?
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2. Condense your posts. Most the time when I read my followers posts I view them on my WordPress app when I’m walking to class or in the car. Brief posts keep your readers coming back.
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3. Feng Shui your web design. It took me a few months to find a design that I felt best fit my blog’s impression. This being said I am looking into redesigning my blog once I hit the one year mark.
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4. Utilize your resources. Ask other bloggers questions. Follow The Daily Post for daily inspiration as well as use the community pool and first friday posts.  Canva.com is a user friendly graphic design web page so you can create fun graphics.
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5. Write a list posts. When I write a tips or list post this seems to drive the most attention. When you write the list be original, creative, and most of all speak with what you know.
6. Write often. If you write and post daily you will drive more people to your blog. This encourages people to take the time out and read your work. This also let’s them know you are a part of the community.
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7. Be Active. Follow people who follow you. Read their posts, comment, and actively engage in their work. If you do this, the more likely that person is to be active on your page and your blog.
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8. Be Patient. I know how much you want to see your numbers grow more and more each day but just give it time. It took me 6 months to gain 200 followers. None of my family, friends, or co-workers knew I was blogging until December 2016. In which I felt most confident in my work.
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9. Be your biggest fan. This might sound odd however, be your biggest fan. Once you write a post go check it out. Re-read it each time someone comments or likes it. Try to see how much they enjoyed it. When a piece is a huge success you know what your audience enjoys hearing from you.
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10. Don’t give up!!! I must stress this enough. First time bloggers end up closing down shop within the first year. This is because lack of inspiration, audience, life gets in the way, etc… If you enjoy blogging then keep it a priority. The good thing about WordPress is you can plan out your posts in advanced, so set some time aside and write like the wind. Then monitor your blog from afar.
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Bonus: Use Social Media. This is something I struggle with because I’ve never used Twitter or Instagram for personal use. I use Facebook personally which works great for me. Social Media is a great way to promote your posts without you having to do too much effort.
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I hope this post has given you some insight as to how to become a more successful blogger. Do you have any tips or advice that isn’t listed here? Please, comment below and share with the community.