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Over Enthusiastic Blogger

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So I’ve been re-assessing the way I blog and realised that I’ve been going a little crazy on the posts lately. I read up on some tips and it said that it’s better that you DON’T blog on a daily basis because it can overload your audience (and I don’t want to do this). I thought I was being clever by being so regular (with my posts). I have also realised that because I have blogged so much over the past week or so it looks like my posts are starting to lose meaning and therefore becoming a little pointless.

The quality of my posts have taken a battering as I have noticed when comparing older posts to newer posts. I suppose sometimes you have to take a step back to discover what’s been going wrong. I’m not saying that what I have posted lately is a load of rubbish but it’s just lacking in quantity and detail. I read that the ideal length of a post is 700 words long… too much and it could get boring, too little and it won’t attract people back to your blog. There’s more to this blogging lark than I originally thought and I’m obviously still learning. But to start off with, I’m going to stop with the daily blogging and maybe post every couple of days.

As with the 700 word count thing, I don’t want to push my luck too much and end up rambling on just to reach a target. I’ll just end up boring you and boring myself at the same time. Do you agree with these tips? should I even bother following what others say? Do you follow any useful blogging tips? I’d certainly appreciate some feedback on this slightly confusing topic.

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Post 100

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Well I got there! My 100th post. Quite an accomplishment when you don’t know whether your going to stick with blogging or not. But I love it so much and I don’t know what I would do with my spare time if I didn’t have my blog. I was unsure what to write for my first post so I came up with ‘The Joys of Christmas Shopping’ on the 3rd December 2011. Looking back on it it seems pretty lame. I don’t know why I didn’t write a proper introduction about myself at the time as it seems like such a sudden way to begin things. But generally speaking, I don’t think I’ve done too badly. I started my blog because I love sharing things with people, be it people I know or not. I also love to read other people’s blogs too, sometimes we are influenced and inspired more by total strangers.

Here are 10 of my favourite blog posts I have made since joining WordPress:

  1. Vampires Don’t Sparkle
  2. A big Price to Pay for Being Different
  3. Being Human – The Big Change
  4. Disneyland Paris Parade
  5. A Picture with Meaning
  6. A Super Disappointment
  7. Entertainment Media Show
  8. Mini Tea Signing 2012
  9. Sugar Skull
  10. Paignton Zoo

Here’s to the next 100 posts 🙂

A Big Price to Pay for Being Different

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Every now and then you come across a story that really affects you; and the story that I am about to share with you is no exception. I have no connection what so ever to this girl or her family, I just merely want to help raise awareness about this particular tragedy and others similar and maybe some good can come of it. I blogged this story previously elsewhere a couple of years ago and have adapted it for present readers. It’s now approaching the fifth year anniversary of Sophie’s death and I feel that its more important than ever to spread the word about hate crime and help tackle the problem in the UK and around the world.

I consider myself to be an open-minded person. My taste in music varies and my style changes as often as the wind. Most importantly I am very accepting towards people I meet no matter their background, gender or culture. As the saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’, the same applies to people! I think open-mindedness which includes accepting change and difference is an appealing quality for a human being to have. I would like to think in this day and age that everyone was as open-minded as me although this isn’t the case.

Some people just can’t handle it! and I would describe these people as small-minded and weak. These are people who will go to any lengths to express their disgust toward anyone who appears different or has different views to themselves. The truth is, they don’t know what to expect, they judge the cover before reading the book and assume that they won’t like it.

Now having been part of the alternative scene in the past, I have met many interesting people who have established their own individual styles in order to break away from the “norm” as some people may put it. These people whether they be Goths, Rockers, Emo’s etc are probably the most intelligent and stimulating people I know. On the inside they are no different to anyone else, they just choose not to follow the same old trends. The world would be an incredibly boring place if everyone in it were the same.

Being the sort of person I am, I was sickened and saddened by a story that I had read a few years ago about a girl called Sophie who was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend by a group of teenagers they had met in a park in Lancashire. It is believed that the pair were targeted because of the unique and individual way in which they were dressed. While her boyfriend pulled through and survived the attack, Sophie sadly died on August 24th 2007. Words can’t express how angry this makes me and many others who have heard this tragic story. People shouldn’t have to live in fear because of how they dress… its insane!

Photo taken by Robert Maltby

Sophie’s family and friends have worked hard to raise awareness since her death and strive towards a less violent society by starting a campaign in her memory. The S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has a powerful message attached to it:

Stamp
Out
Prejudice
Hatred
Intolerance
Everywhere

and is growing in popularity through the fun organised events that they put on. To find out more information about the campaign or to donate to the SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION please check out the following sites:

 http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

www.myspace.com/inmemoryofsophie

http://www.facebook.com/thesophielancasterfoundation