Living without you…

Cyranny’s Cove!

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Living without you
by my side, just down the street
in the next town, a stone’s throw
away…

Living without you
dinner in town, at the movies
with the friends, a quiet night
at home,

Living without you
buying presents, just because
worrying that I didn’t love you
enough, never enough

Living without you
writing love letters, delivering them
by hand, watching your face
light up,

Living without you
denies me of these
and other things,
denies me of your presence,
your touch, your words,
your words

Living without you
makes me write
these words,
not hand
delivered,
not seeing your
expression,
not feeling
your touch,
nor hearing your laugh,
not spending
my life
with
you,

because,

I am,

Living without you…..

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What is it about Big Bend?

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“According to Apache legend, after creating the universe, the Great Spirit tossed a large pile of leftover boulders and debris on the Big Bend.”

“Oh, so you’ve been to Big Bend . . .”

Yes. I’ve been so many times that I have lost count. I was married in Marathon, Texas, about 70 miles north of the ranger station. When I die, it is where I want my ashes spread.

Poster by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius done in the style of the WPA posters of the 1930's. Poster by Doug Leen and Brian Maebius done in the style of the WPA posters of the 1930’s. Available through the Big Bend Natural History Association.

What is it about the Big Bend?

The park’s name comes from the 100 mile long big bend in the Rio Grande river that forms the Texas-Chihuahua-Coahuila border. At over 1,250 square miles, Big Bend is approximately the size of Rhode Island. It’s so remote that it remains the least visited of the National Parks in…

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Something Huge Has Happened and How It Could Benefit You!

Something huge has happened!!  Did humankind develop a cure for the common cold? NO!  Has someone finally found an efficient way to organize pots and pans in the cupboard?  NO!

My Twitter page broke 9,000 followers!  And to celebrate I am going to feature one lucky person on my page by writing a post with links to that person’s blog page!

9000TwitterHere is how you can get featured:

  1. Follow me on Twitter.  Not on Twitter??  It’s easy and free so register now!
  2. Like and retweet my latest vlog pinned at the top of my page titled “Why Take Action When You Can Just Complain?”
  3. Then leave a comment and link to your Twitter page in the thread on this post explaining to me why you think your blog would be a good feature.

I will then randomly select one lucky blogger to receive a full-length feature on my page to be published on Friday morning!  It’s that easy, but you MUST do all 3 above.  Good luck!

Unbiblical Principles

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Th3 Platform

If you wanted to see a Christian movie, you should have seen Is Genesis History?. This movie is wrong on so many levels according to numerous reviews by prominent Christian leaders. While I did not watch the movie, I read extensive reviews about the underlying themes and principles that were presented. With grief, I concluded that this was a gross misrepresentation of the Bible and who God is.

The biggest problem with this movie is the notion that there is no hell and that everyone can get to heaven. Somehow the author believes that the love of God cannot permit people to suffer eternal damnation in hell: essentially that love supersedes justice. This of course completely false and while I do not believe that people who went to see this movie walked out believing that this is the way God works, it is a shame that this was even…

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Off Track

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Kitcats Designs

I have been off track lately feeling just overwhelmed with life in general unfortunately  my blog has been on the lower list of my priorities  I hate to admit it,  but honestly it’s true. I am certain all my friends out there can relate, those days were you just want to throw in the towel….

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I am in some need of some organizational skills for my blogging. I would greatly appreciate the help or advice on how others stay on track. it seems like I was going along  just fine and then life happen and it just seems like my concentration and  motivation just went to the waste side.

I have a calendar especially for blogging but it doesn’t  quite work if I put things in it. So I ask if any of you use a calendar and if so how do you use it?

Thank in advance my friends!!…

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Daily Inspiration: Pay it Backward

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The Purple Almond

Just a quick post tonight…

about the impact of

one simple random act of kindness.

Enjoy!

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A chance…

Do you follow Cyranny’s Cove?

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Let us take a chance my love

and throw caution to the wind

Let us grab the moment and say that

this day, this minute, this time is ours

to use, to the limits of our love and longing

not looking back nor having regrets, about what was

might have been, should have been, never would be,

Should be, want to be, has to be…

I want what you want

the want of those things, that we share

and cultivate, those little dreams, which have blossomed

like love’s seedlings, nurtured with our loving hands

supported and protected, loved and cherished

the want of something so beautiful,

the want of seeing you at my waking moments

when the day’s tiredness becomes washed away with your smile

the ultimate pleasure of lying by your side, telling you

how lucky I was, I am, I continue to be with you

by my side,

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INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO FOR THE WEEK : March 14

This is One More Shot Please!

ONE MORE SHOT PLEASE

No matter where you are from, how underdeveloped or terrible the circumstances, don’t ever let society tell you “You can’t do anything great in your life.” We are all capable of creating futures for ourselves, even if it means overriding our ego to ask for help. Never be ashamed of the people who raised you and brought you where you are in life. One day, when you are successful, you will proudly show the world your background and inspire everyone else who have it harder than you, to persevere.  You can show them that they too have a chance of succeeding.

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How to Produce Powerful Blog Content No One Can Ignore

images-8I haven’t written a blog tips/advice post in quite some time and I’m still perplexed as to why some blogs get these massive followings while others do not.  And because I get so many emails about this topic I find myself thinking about it-a lot!  On the surface it appears that most blogs with high follower numbers have something of quality to say or offer up great insight on a particular topic.  In short they have something unique to offer the reader/follower.  They take the time to conduct research and show an understanding of the article’s topic.  For instance, I follow a marketing blog whose author has incredible vision and insight into helping others reach larger audiences and to grow digitally.  His expertise in all things marketing make for eye-opening articles that make me want to read what he writes next.  Because of his unique perspective he draws readers.

My contemplation has led to a few thoughts on how to produce powerful blog content that no one can ignore: design specific, well-researched, detailed, personal, well-written content which helps people understand how to do something better in their lives or how to be better in their lives.  Remember all those times I’ve said “seek to add value to the lives of others”?

There are plenty of blogs which offer a nurturing, supporting voice.  And being comforted in your time of need is nice.  There are also tons of blogs which express strong, sometimes over-the-top opinions and/or criticize others in order to provoke outrage.  They stand on the porch and play the role of Captain Obvious or call your dog ugly.  Their opinions might provoke people, but they don’t really offer up a solution or help in any way other than to voice their opinion.  But the blogs I believe will always receive the highest numbers are those which specifically help others to better themselves or help them to better understand a certain topic or help people solve problems.  And I’m talking about detailed, specific help not general information they can get anywhere else.

I hope that last part sinks in.

If you create generic top-5 lists that 50 other blogs have already talked about, then your message is going to get washed out.  What if you took a specific topic and then drilled-down to cover a specific point inside that topic?  The problem with this is most bloggers don’t want to take the time to do the detailed research necessary to create their own original thought.  And it is only by having original, solution-based thoughts that will get others to buy in to what you are doing on your page, which gives you a greater chance of growing.

Imagine for a moment that you are operating a business.  If you are selling what everyone else is selling then it is going to be tough to remain viable.  But if you are smart and your business solves a problem for people then it will be a must-have product, which will help create a tribe of people who will only buy from you.  Such should be your mindset as it relates to your page.

I will offer up an example from my page.  I often write or create YouTube videos documenting how I changed my life’s direction by implementing 14 specific habits aimed at my goals of more personal and professional success.  A couple of years ago I created an entire series in which I discussed the 14 habits I implemented to help change my life.  I discussed these habits one-by-one in detail with statistics and how developing those habits completely transformed my life.  To date that series collectively still brings me tens of thousands of views every year via Google search.  There have been plenty of people to discuss those habits individually, but I’ve not seen any other blog package them together and then go in-depth as to how they have affected their life’s direction.

I believe many bloggers fail, burn out or flounder because they don’t go deep enough. They offer up opinion, but they don’t back up their opinion with factual data or cite specific research points.  Having an opinion is important, but what people are looking for are articles that help them make a decision or help them to make their lives better.  When you are able to support your view with factual data, then you make a strong and convincing argument which helps to build your credibility and makes you an authority on the subject.

“Seek to add value to the lives of others.”

I have a personal mission statement that I use as the standard for any article or video I produce: “Does this content add value to the life of someone who may read or view?”  And if it adds value: “How does this content add value?”  Then more specifically: “Could this article cause someone to think or see life in such a new way that it would cause them to comment?”   If the content does not meet these basic criteria, then I don’t hit publish.  I go back to the board and rethink, edit, add, develop, etc.

Seth Godin lays this idea out in a video he produced many, many years ago-2003 I believe-in which he stated that in order for someone to take the time to remark on your content, the content must be worthy of making a remark; it must be “remarkable”. Simply stated, your content must be good enough to be worthy of someone making a comment.  If people are not commenting it might be a sign that your content is too ordinary which means it is invisible.

And it is this idea that I try to convey to people when they email me asking for help growing their blog.  You must take the time to prepare your content.  You must pay attention to small details.  You must learn to get a strong point across in a short article or video.  If you are throwing together posts and saying something that others have said a thousand times, then people are going to move right past your post and move on to the next option.  If your content is ordinary, then it is invisible; never forget this fact.

With all that said, maybe you need to start taking more time to produce specific, well-researched content that has some originality.  Generic, ordinary content will produce generic, ordinary feedback.  And if your goal is to draw more eyes to your post then it might be time for you to start putting more thought into what you publish.  Develop a set of criteria, a checklist that your post must pass before hitting publish.  Learn how to develop solid SEO titles, use quality pics and then publish well-planned content.

When your message is powerful there is no way people will ignore it!