Writing and fighting for attention

Writing is not for everyone. It demands a lot of mental gymnastics and plenty of patience. But when you are infected by this disorder, you cannot help it, you have to do it.

I enjoy writing. It stimulates and engages the mind (and God knows that we all need this). If you fail to regularly stimulate your intellect, it will get flabby and become unable to reason or to make intelligent choices. You will just swallow plastic-wrapped, precooked ideas without ever trying to challenge them.

Yet there is writing and writing… and producing a blog is vastly different from concocting a thriller or a love story. When writing a story, you can let your imagination run wild. There are no fences, no rules, no taboos. You are the captain and can run your ship like Blackbeard. Anybody disagreeing with you might have to walk the plank.

When you write for a blog, it is a different story. You have to target a specific audience, using specific words. It is difficult because freelance writers are a dime a dozen, all competing for public attention. To be noticed, you need to hustle and write about a subject that might interest an audience.

To be successful, many blog writers rely on a technique called SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

“Ever heard of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? It’s a theory of psychology that prioritizes the most fundamental human needs (like air, water, and physical safety) over more advanced needs (like esteem and social belonging). The theory is that you can’t achieve the needs at the top without ensuring the more fundamental needs are met first”.

 Most of all, you need to tailor your writing according to precise rules. You want search engines to quickly locate your site. You need to use particular keywords related to what you write about, and findt a subject that people are interested in. And last but not least, you need to come up with an intriguing title that is going to hook your audience.
I learned all this the hard way… plodding along…

Like any creator, after spending some time working on a little piece, I am keen on presenting my labor to public’s appreciation.
But what should I write about to attract a decent audience? Politics? We are all sick of it. Sports? I am mildly interested in this and I know very little about it. Science? Not really… Pétanque? Not until Spring…

The only subject that generates universal interest is sex. A unique word understood and used in practically all European languages.

Unfortunately, I discovered that this subject has been monopolized by a group of very enterprising ladies. If you are curious about any sexual technique, they will teach it to you with elaborate details. There are no taboos anymore. Hand jobs, blowjobs, masturbation, oral sex, anal sex… anything goes…

Consequently,

to be a successful blogger, should I also tackle this subject? Reveal all my past escapades? My visits at the Playboy Mansion?
A big dilemna!

What would Jesus do?

Alain

Subscribe and you might be told…

Are you in permanent denial?

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Mark Twain

It is a torrent rushing across the planet. In our ever-changing society, denial is becoming as prevalent as the common cold. If something is judged reprehensible, difficult to accept, it is denied… vehemently.

Denial

In psychology, denial is when a person cannot or will not accept an unpleasant truth.

And for deniers, the best defense is the attack. They will question the sincerity and the morality of their accusers and try to cast doubt about everything they say.
Deniers of all sorts are legions… and they are passionate. I don’t know what motivates them, but it is certainly not objectivity.

Confronted with tons of evidence, they nevertheless persist in their preposterous assertions.
The moon landing was a hoax, the earth is flat, climate change is a leftist fabrication, the Holocaust never happened, vaccines create autism, evolution is a made-up-story… and more recently, there never was any quid pro quo…

 When faced with a threatening situation, the animal world has two options: fight or flight. While animals usually concede, presumptuous humans often decide to fight.

It is good… and bad.

It is good if you have a strong, honorable case to defend. It is bad, especially when you have a weak argument, to fight overwhelmingly supported evidence.

The motivations and causes of denialism include religion, self-interest (economic, political, or financial), and defense mechanisms meant to protect the psyche of the denialist against mentally disturbing facts and ideas.

In politics, denial is the rule, not the exception. Even when confronted with damning evidence, a politician will deny.
I never met this man, I never slept with her, I didn’t benefit from this…

Deny, deny, deny… is the mantra (a sacred utterance) of the ruling class. It is the ultimate exorcism used to combat any allegations of malfeasance.

 As Joseph Goebbels asserted If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. 

 For everybody’s sake, hopefully not!

If you ever quote me, I will naturally deny saying or writing anything derogatory about the GOP (Government Of Pakistan).

Alai

Subscribe to my quirky blog! It is totally free. No pesky password is required. Your information will never be shared with anyone. Unsubscribing is one click away. Merci!

 

Fashion faux-pas

On January 5, I recorded the Golden Globes awards ceremony to watch at a more convenient time.

Salma Hayek

When looking at such an event, I usually don’t pay too much attention to the self-serving speeches spouted out by the laureates. I focus on what they are wearing and il y a toujours quelque chose qui me chiffonne, there is always something that ruffles my feathers.

An actress does not necessarily have a sense of style or fashion. A thespian is generally good at inhabiting characters, but is not a fashion expert. And they are bound to make mistakes.

A prime example of this kind of faux-pas was Jennifer Lopez; she was wearing a fairly decent dress but… with an enormous bow tied in front of it. Garish and ridiculous. And most probably very uncomfortable.

A lot of her associates showed the same lack of judgment. Kerry Washington (whom I usually like) wore an absolutely tasteless outfit. Why did she have this insane desire to baring her meager breasts? This was not a bit attractive.

Salma Hayek, on the other hand, looked stunning. She sported a very simple outfit showcasing her own Golden Globes. She did not feel the need to expose unnecessary skin. When it comes to fashion, simplicity and restraint are the keys to elegance.

‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ – Leonardo da Vinci

Jody Comer covered up by a green potato sack looked pathetic. Da’Vine Joy Randolph wearing an overworked purple dress looked monstrously ugly… Ellen DeGeneres looked weird… Scarlett Johanssonwearing a red, unflattering deep V-neck dress would have been better inspired to lose her voluminous sweep train. Carol Burnett was wearing an ugly suit and Ellen DeGeneres looked peculiar.

If you have no sense of fashion, you should have the perspicacity to rely on a professional. And there are plenty of those around.
I just happen to know somebody who is doing an excellent job advising women on how to dress and I recommend her. She is called Abi and runs a lively website named “Update Your Style”. Look at it.

 A sense of fashion is not an innate gift. You have or you don’t. If you don’t have it, there is definitely no shame in seeking somebody who could help you to look your best.

To be stylish, above all, keep it simple!

Alain

PS: Subscribe to my quirky blog! It is totally free. No pesky password is required. Your information will never be shared with anyone. Unsubscribing is one click away. Merci!