‎Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) directed by Tommy Lee Wallace • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd

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‎Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) directed by Tommy Lee Wallace • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd

‎Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) directed by Tommy Lee Wallace • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd

‎Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) directed by Tommy Lee Wallace • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd

‎Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) directed by Tommy Lee Wallace • Reviews, film + cast • Letterboxd

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20 Blogging Tips

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Since I’ve been doing this blogging thing for over ten years now, I must have learned some things about it right? Not really. Just kidding. I’d say I have, though I wish I knew more. Blogging is an ever evolving practice and therefore can be a really confusing undertaking.

There are some simple things I’ve learned that make blogging more meaningful to me. They don’t necessarily improve traffic or income. I’ll leave those tips for the pros to give.

Here’s a short list of 20 things I came up with that are helpful to me, use ’em or toss ’em:

25 Blogging Tips

  1. Define what you want out of blogging.
  2. Set goals.
  3. Measure progress toward goals.
  4. Create a cool “About” page.
  5. Create attractive titles using related search terms.
  6. Pick a simple theme (I recommend one created by WordPress.org ie; Twenty Fifteen) and test, test, test.
  7. Use paragraph breaks about every 10 sentences or so. Do not write a whole page with no breaks.
  8. Embrace the mentality that posts have a 12-24 hour shelf life. Don’t expect it to be read after that.
  9. Write posts expecting them to be read years from now.
  10. Read other blogs.
  11. Subscribe to blogs that subscribe to yours.
  12. Comment on other blogs.
  13. Pay attention to what your “niche” is and become the resident expert.
  14. Use pictures when possible. Get yourself a good camera or get good at iPhoneography.
  15. Value real readers over “click through” traffic by replying to comments and commenting back.
  16. Provide entertainment.
  17. Every year or so, get a good quality profile picture on your blog.
  18. Be relaxed when you blog (it shows).
  19. Use Google Analytics or other service to find out which topics get the most reads.
  20. Enjoy yourself, try to not make blogging a chore.
  21. (bonus) Try blogging from Starbucks.

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If you have any tips, please share with me in the comments!

Watch the Front for an Hour

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Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Source: Sink or Swim | The Daily Post

I was told to watch the front for an hour when I was 17 working at the Alpha Beta Service Deli bakery. I had people telling me I was far too young to be in charge. Everything seemed to go wrong, but I survived. When in charge of people thenceforward, I decided to never do that. Fostering people’s growth while protecting them is a far better way to go about training them than sink or swim.

No (Some) Thing Really Matters to Me

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Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

Source: Resolved | The Daily Post

When you dig deep you find out what really matters. Dating as much as possible doesn’t matter. Going through the Bible in a year doesn’t matter. Doing pushups kind of matters, running kind of matters, being open to others’ points of view REALLY matters. Loving others including your wife and showing actions that represent that love REALLY matters. Reading a certain list of hip titles kind of matters. Getting a college degree really matters. Scheduling a time in each day to practice relaxation or meditation really matters.

Letting go of false morals foisted on you by tradition mattered more to me than almost anything. Being conscious of your heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing really matters. Doing a job of value really matters. Creating blog posts that are of value to my readers really matters. I kept all those resolutions and now you have my report as to which ones matter.

Pres. Clinton’s Pipe

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Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice. Thanks for the great idea, Diamond Mike Watson!

Source: Unpopular | The Daily Post

So we were in a garage playing music and smoking pot roundabout 1988. I had a buddy who played with me sometimes who was laughing at me that I had “homework.” He told me as he was huffing his pipe and taking speaking breaths in between that he was sure Bill Clinton was going to make college free so that’s why he was “waiting.”

Well, last I heard he was still waiting.

Fearless Fantasies

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How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

Source: Fearless Fantasies | The Daily Post

Life without fear is stepping right up to solutions at the doctor’s office and the dentist. It’s accepting a request to play a song you’ve only heard on Spotify but never practiced -and getting applause-. Life without fear is curiosity about what is around the bend, you don’t hold back.

Watching a horror movie without fear is becoming a Fangoria and fan and saying to yourself, “How’d they DO that?” Of course, without pain, we start to rot from our injuries we ignore because of lack of pain. Sometimes, pain is our friend and at all times it’s okay to be scared in a horror movie. Pain gets a bad rap.

Pain is a megaphone reminding us to take care. Sometimes even a small amount of fear works that way. Zombies have no pain or fear for example. And, let’s face it, there are things we should be afraid of like physically hurting ourselves or losing our jobs -so we work hard to keep them-. A life without fear has its advantages but how much ibuprofen can you take before your limbs start falling off? There’s a place for fear. The good person ponders it and decides what is real and what needs to be ignored.