tempered – a poem.

fall’s fragile fragrance

a reward to devour

and temper madness

 

Poetry Lost Mind Image

A haiku for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/21/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-324-furyslow/.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Throned – a poem

queen’s reign abated

her anguished swarm’s fury hunts

in the bonfire’s flame

*

in the bonfire’s flame

frenzied life is fed and born

a limited drones’ race

*

a limited drones’ race

an heir appears slaying foes

by force of nature

*

by force of nature

with dead foes’ her steps to climb

the new queen is crowned

 

 

Poetry Lost Mind Image

This is a Shi Rensa poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/21/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-324-furyslow/. To learn more about the Shi Rensa and How To Write One, click HERE.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 24 (LOOK) This week, it’s the C rhyme line.

I chose the word LOOK this week to help those who might want to combine it with their haiku for Monday’s Haiku Challenge prompt of (FURY & SLOW).

The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so.

As you may know, if you did write a haiku you can:

  • Take your haiku and carry its theme into your Décima poem.

  • It can either support the haiku, enhance it through the opportunity of more lines, or completely turn the theme on its head and write an argument against the haiku message, which is kind of what a Décima is for.

  • If you wrote a true nature haiku, you could flip its message into one about humans and the man-made world around us, such as politics, society, and even love. Yes, love is a man-made thing. At least among the humans. I suppose it could be a penguin-made thing among the penguins.

  • My haiku had a little bit of intensity in it due to the sadness of this past Friday and the passing of a true legend and a hero to many.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


One last thing before we jump in the creativity pool, check out my weekly Haiku Challenge prompt words (FURY & SLOW this week) that often share a central theme with the Décima Poetry Challenge prompt.


  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for FALL, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc with a choice of a break between line 4 and 5, then being abba accddc, which I use in my example below.


Example, if I say in the subject line of the post:

“…(FALL) This week it’s the B rhyme line.”

my Décima might be…

NO!

As the end wept upon the land,

we could hear the approaching fall.

Justice answered the trumpet’s call,

trusting the fight to her troop’s hand.

 

Fate trembles with haste to expand,

through misdeeds by her shameless foe.

Past foolish decisions now crow,

“Wait—no—this was not meant to be.”

They beg the nation, “Hear our plea.

Heal honor, shout, no…no… NO!”

 

Notice the example prompt word ‘FALL’ is in line 2, the first B line, and its rhyme in is in line 3, matching the rhyming pattern of abba accddc.


For today’s challenge, the word LOOK must be one of the C line words. Then the other C line(s) word(s) must rhyme with LOOK.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.

Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

 

 

 

 

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Bonfire – a poem

queen’s reign abated

her anguished swarm’s fury hunts

in the bonfire’s flame

 

Poetry Lost Mind Image

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/21/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-324-furyslow/.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Décima Challenge 23 Poets Collected

11 links to the Poets from last week’s challenge of FALL and their Décima. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO: The Nature Of Evil – eastelmhurst.a.go.go


http://www.engleson.ca

Wither the Weather

Nature seems in a foul mood,
Fires, hurricanes, floods, and all,
the smoky skies: we enter Fall
anxious …but what should we conclude?

Fatalists state that we are screwed,
the end is near or fairly close.
Optimists won’t say adios
just yet, suggesting we amend
our harmful ways, forestall the end
with green tech plans quite grandiose.


Frank Hubeny:  Fall – Décima – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking


The Hidden Edge: Fall – (Weekly decima challenge #23) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


The Indie She:  https://indishe.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/ronovan-writes-decima-poetry-challenge-prompt-no-23-fall-this-week-its-the-b-rhyme-line/


Like Mercury Colliding:  alternative mentality | like mercury colliding…


Mindfills: https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/soul-food-a-decima/


My Fresh Pages: Life’s Pearls Décima – My Fresh Pages


Mystical Strings: Autumn Dream #Poem | Mystical Strings


Ronovan Writes: NO!


willowdot21: Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 23 (FALL) This week, it’s the B rhyme line. | willowdot21


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NO! – a poem.

NO!

 

As the end wept upon the land,

we could hear the approaching fall.

Justice answered the trumpet’s call,

trusting the fight to her troop’s hand.

 

Fate trembles with haste to expand,

through misdeeds by her shameless foe.

Past foolish decisions now crow,

“Wait—no—this was not meant to be.”

They beg the nation, “Hear our plea.

Heal honor, shout, no…no… NO!”

 

My entry for this week’s Décima Poetry Challenge No. 23 FALL. (A New Challenge here on ronovanwrites.com)

Poetry Lost Mind Image

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 324 FURY&SLOW

Drop by on Wednesday for the Décima Poetry Challenge. Sometimes the two challenges have similar themes you can unite over the week.

Check out the COMMENTS for entries this week, and come back throughout the week to see more links to poems as they come in.

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets.

Click HERE. To learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.



How to write Haiku in English. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Fury, Slow
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help, visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
    • Words have different definitions and you use the definitions that work for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1.  
  2. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  3. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.


The Challenge Words!

Fury&Slow

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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Haiku Challenge 323 Poets Collected.

Links to the 23 Poets from last week’s challenge of CLIP & WINGS and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

I know this is supposed to be a challenge, but I seriously gave myself a headache with these words when it came to writing my own offerings. I finally got the creative juices rolling at 2 AM when I was dozing off to sleep and one line came to me. Thankfully, I remembered it the next morning.

Haiku Poetry Challenge Links Collected Image

Bob Fairfield: https://bobfairfield.org/2020/09/14/ronovan-writes-haiku-challenge-323/


Breathing Shallow Poetry: No Wings to Clip | Breathing Shallow Poetry


CRazY NeRds: Time Video – CᖇazY Neᖇɗs


http://www.engleson.ca:

Fire Virus x 2

Smoke wings feather lungs,
breath less, less breathing, life clipped
of air, of time, of…

The weight of wings, the
choke of air, the flight warped, the
snip of smoke, clip-crushed.

 

Our Times

Smoke wings feather lungs,
Breath less, less breathing, life clipped
Of air, of time, of…

Of air, of time, of
Coronavirus sirens,
Screaming out our days

Screaming out our days,
The blind wander the wasteland,
Led by a fool,

Led by a fool,
Drowning in gold-leafed teardrops:
our salty regret.


Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog – Isis Tratum:   https://geethaprodhom.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/multiverse-exhales/   3 Haiku


Help from Heaven:   Let Children’s Imaginations Be Free – Help from Heaven


The Hidden Edge:  Swoosh! (Weekly Haiku Challenge #323) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It:  Haiku – Clip & Wings ~ 9/14/20 – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It


LSS Attitude of Gratitude:  Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge – Clip & Wings – ❀ Welcome To LSS Attitude of Gratitude❀


MMA Storytime: A Needed Change


Mindfills: https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/shinryoo-a-haiku/          


Mukhamani (Lakshmi Bhat}:   Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 323 Clip&Wings – Mukhamani       


Mystical Strings: “Clipping Changes” Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Challenge #Poem | Mystical Strings   A Shi Rensa

 


Prairie Chat:   Penalty Flag – PrairieChat


Queen Nandini:  My Haikus with the words Clip and Wings | queennandini     4 Haiku


Quilted Poetry:  Opening Night | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 323 – Quilted Poetry


Ronovan Writes:  

To Fly – a poem | ronovanwrites

The mind – a poem | ronovanwrites

Carving a Masterpiece- a poem | ronovanwrites    A Shi Rensa


Scraps From Life: https://scraps-from-life.blogspot.com/2020/09/flying-with-faith.html?m=1   2 Haiku or half a Shi Rensa (I’ll take it.)


scribblans:  Sometimes I Don’t Rhymes: Clip and Wings – Scribblans    2 Haiku


Straight From My Heart:   Our Cities – Straight From My Heart


teleportingweena:  Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge – Clip/Wings | teleportingweena


To Wear A Rainbow: nature | To Wear A Rainbow


WillowDot21:   Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 323 Clip&Wings | willowdot21       


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Caturday Sir Wallace the Cat

My favorite Instacat. Love the breed with its small ears. And those gold eyes. Follow him on Instagram and his big brother mrbentley_thedog, a somewhat famous dog to the stars. Not really but the celebrities that fill in Vancouver seem to like him.

 

View this post on Instagram

No…

A post shared by Sir William Wallace (@sirwallace_thecat) on

 

Sir Wallace the Cat Instagram

Carving a Masterpiece- a Shi Rensa poem

clip these broken wings
to find a new way of flight
put your mind to work

put your mind to work
bringing art from cobwebbed wings
we carve through despair

we carve through despair
to discover a masterpiece
fly beyond limits

fly beyond limits
to create your own meanings
form fierce confidence

Poetry Lost Mind Image

Click HERE to learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/14/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-323-clipwings/.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

The mind – a poem

clip these broken wings

to find a new way of flight

put your mind to work

 

Poetry Lost Mind Image

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/14/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-323-clipwings/.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 23 (FALL) This week, it’s the B rhyme line.

This week’s prompt works perfectly with the Haiku Challenge prompt of (CLIP & WINGS), so you could do a haiku with those words for one post and continue your poetry message/story with the Décima prompt of FALL.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


One last thing before we jump in the creativity pool, check out my weekly Haiku Challenge prompts (CLIP & WINGS this week) that often share a central theme with the Décima Poetry Challenge prompt.


  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for FALL, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc.


For example, if I say, “(NAME) This week it’s the A rhyme line” in the post heading, my Décima might be:

You took time, with a deadeye aim,
because you saw me scratch an itch,
this wound to my head needs a stitch.
Feel so bad, don’t know my own name.
Not hiding, because there’s no shame.
Get ready for when I get healed,
for your ending will be revealed.
It’s too late when you hear the crack.
That’s when it’s time for some payback.
Then I’ll be carried far afield.

Notice the example prompt word ‘name’ is in the fourth line A spot, and its rhymes are in lines one and five, matching the rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc.


For today’s challenge, the word FALL must be one of the B line words. Then the other B line(s) word(s) must rhyme with FALL.

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.

Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

 

 

 

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To Fly – a poem

fly high on loosed wings

away from the nation’s noise,

clip traditions’ hold

 

Poetry Lost Mind Image

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/14/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-323-clipwings/.

 © 2020 Ronovan Hester Copyright reserved. The author asserts his moral and legal rights over this work.

Décima Challenge 22 Poets Collected

10 links to the Poets from last week’s challenge of TIP and their Décima. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO: Satan’s Ball, Or Kneel For the Right Reason – eastelmhurst.a.go.go


http://www.engleson.ca

The Poet When Asked

When asked when he most likely penned
the poem that ensnared the sun,
not unlike a Babe Ruth home run,
he said, that ode’s my sweetest friend.

It’s my heart, my mind, a rich blend
of verse, of dreams, that still of night
when the eye sees beyond the light,
that place outside this earthly plane,
past love, past death, past grief and pain,
a journey where the muse takes flight,
heaven bound to an untold height.


Frank Hubeny:   Blend – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking  


The Hidden Edge: Let’s Dance – (Decima Poetry Challenge #22) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge


Like Mercury Colliding: I Don’t Get It – A Décima | like mercury colliding…


Mindfills: https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/09/14/in-the-end-a-decima/


MMA Storytime: A Blending of the Arts


Mystical Strings: A Simple Gift #Poem | Mystical Strings


Prairie Chat: Bell Ringer – PrairieChat


willowdot21: Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 22 (BLEND) This week, it’s the A rhyme line. | willowdot21


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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 323 Clip&Wings

Drop by on Wednesday for the Décima Poetry Challenge. Sometimes the two challenges have similar themes you can unite over the week.

Check out the COMMENTS for entries this week, and come back throughout the week to see more links to poems as they come in.

Click HERE for last week’s collected links for easy access to the poems of last week’s poets.

Click HERE. To learn about the new style I’ve created called Shi Rensa Haiku and how to write one, maybe even for the challenges.



How to write Haiku in English. And how to do a Pingback.

Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Clip, Wings
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Guidelines:

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.
    • The link above has links on how to write Haibun and Tanka. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you like instead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help, visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
    • Words have different definitions and you use the definitions that work for you Haiku. You can also use SYNONYMS. Go to Thesaurus.com for synonym help.
  1.  
  2. Copy the link of your finished haiku URL and paste in a comment below so we can all go and visit your Haiku.
    • You can do a pingback. What’s a pingback? Place the URL from the address bar up top from this post as a link within your post. Your inclusion of the link encourages others to try the challenge, be creative, and join a community to find friends and more followers (hopefully). I honestly gain nothing with more people visiting the post. I don’t have ads running that generates revenue by your visit or by clicks on whatever WordPress has put up.
    • Click HERE for a detailed post on PINGBACKS.
  3. If you like, copy the image in this post and place it within their post, just to show the Haiku is part of this challenge.
    • I am not saying you need or even should, but if you would like to do so then go ahead.


The Challenge Words!

Clip&Wings

Not sure how to write a Haiku? Click HERE for a quick How to write Haiku Poem in English Form with links to posts for other forms of Haiku.

Much Respect-Much Love

Ronovan


 


 

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Haiku Challenge 322 Poets Collected.

Links to the 22 Poets from last week’s challenge of Day&Flaw and their haiku. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Haiku Poetry Challenge Links Collected Image


Breathing Shallow Poetry: King’s Holy Cup | Breathing Shallow Poetry      


http://www.engleson.ca:

Labour Day Reverie

I sip in the sea,
a cup of minute pleasure,
my coffee and thee.


Geetha Balvannanathan’s Blog – Isis Tratum: https://geethaprodhom.wordpress.com/2020/09/10/my-heart-hummed-wild-songs/


Help from Heaven:  A Love Offering! – Help from Heaven


The Hidden Edge:  Mmmmm! (Haiku Prompt Challenge #322) – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge     


J-Dubs Grin and Bear It: Haiku – Cup & Sip – J-Dubs Grin and Bear It                       


Lillie-Put: The Cup Of Two Sides | Lillie-Put


LSS Attitude of Gratitude: Ronovan Writes Haiku – Sept 7 – #322 – Cup & Sip – ❀ Welcome To LSS Attitude of Gratitude❀          


Mindfills: https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/09/10/is-it-solo-renga/          


Mukhamani (Lakshmi Bhat}: Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 322 Cup&Sip – Mukhamani        


Oneta Hayes: DRINK YOUR FILL | Sweet aroma


Prairie Chat: Haiku Challenge (9/7/20) – PrairieChat 


Queen Nandini:  My Haikus with the words Cup and Sip | queennandini        


Quilted Poetry: Scented Water | #RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt 322 – Quilted Poetry


Ronovan Writes: Disbelief – a poem | ronovanwrites


scribblans: Sometimes I Don’t Rhymes: Cup and Sip – Scribblans


Sketching Words: https://sketchingwords.com/2020/09/07/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-322/ 


Straight From My Heart:  Cups of nature – Straight From My Heart


Sweet Aroma: DRINK YOUR FILL | Sweet aroma


teleportingweena: Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge – Cup/Sip | teleportingweena


Thoughts and Entanglements: First Sip | thoughts and entanglements


WillowDot21: Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 322 Cup&Sip | willowdot21         


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10 TIPS FOR THE CASUAL (or not so casual) BLOGGER

10 TIPS FOR THE CASUAL (or not so casual) BLOGGER

I thought I would do a Blogging Tips post today. This is for both the casual and the blogger who wants to take that next step. Both types can use these tips. Many of these are basic and some are what I’ve picked up along the way. I hope you find something useful.

10 TIPS FOR THE CASUAL (or not so casual) BLOGGER image

I. CREATE CONTENT PEOPLE WANT TO READ

  1. You may have a target audience you would like to reach.
    • Do some looking around to see what other similar blogs as yours are doing and have had success with. Don’t copy them, but take the idea, put your spin on it. With all original content. This should then spark other ideas.
    • When reading or watching whatever type of media is your preference, consider the topics being discussed for posts on your blog.
    • When reading a novel there may be something that gives you an idea for a post. This has happened to me several times with tips on how to write.
    • If you are a writer, then do posts about writing. A poet? Poetry. A carpenter? Carpentry. Baker? Baking.

II. CREATE POSTS THAT ARE LISTS

  1. A numbered list like ‘Ten Ways to Paint Your Nails Without a Nail Polish Brush’ will get you visitors/traffic/hits. I don’t mean traffic just for the day or week you post it, but also off and on for weeks and months to come. I have posts from 6 years ago that still get visits.
  2. Images are a hit or miss now. The pros of blogging and Social Media are saying fewer people want to see your images. If you think about it, it makes sense. I would say most people want a quick and easy-to-read list of information. If they need to scroll down past one image after another, they might leave the page and not visit you again. But if the images are relevant, include them. The list might be ‘The Greatest Album Covers of the 80s’, which would need images.

III. HOW TO POSTS

  1. You can do a post on a popular topic you know about that. Or you can create one about something on-trend right now. But if you see it’s popular, you’re too late, but give it a shot, anyway. Do a post on something you like. It won’t hurt your blog. And if it’s a real dud, that’s what delete is for. Go to a site like Google Trends to see what’s happening now if that’s what you’re looking for.
  2. If you choose something outside of your comfort zone, make certain you have your facts right. But I suggest you stick to what you know and what your blog is about unless it’s about random topics. Then I suppose you can go for it.

IV. CREATE A PROFESSIONAL AND QUALITY POST

  1. After I determine what kind of post I want to do, I spend time with it. For a haiku, a poem of three lines of seventeen syllables, I could spend three minutes, three hours, or longer. I want it to be just as I want it. Sometimes I’ll ignore this rule, rarely, but I do so to keep myself writing. And posting forces me to write. If I’m writing a post about thirteen types of ghosts in cultures around the world, that’ll take a while, because I don’t like to copy another person’s post. I may use part of it for inspiration, and then go off and hunt down more information that I want to use that differs, so mine is unique, or as unique as one can get on the internet.
  2. If I write my poetry, it can be weird, but for poetry that’s okay. It’s a creative art form to let the crazy out sometimes. It’s the healthiest way you can do so.
  3. But when I put out a post like this or a How-To post, I want to make sure it looks and reads as what I call casual-professional. The tone may be casual, but when you look at the structure, the grammar, and the spelling, I want it professional.
  4. If you have Word, go into the settings of the Editor or what most of us call the Spellcheck and customize what you want it to check for.
    •  Or you can use Grammarly.com which is free and has options to check your Word documents and even your post in your WordPress.com Posts editor.
    • There are others, such as ProWritingAid.com/Free, which is like Grammarly. I like the reports you can check out. I may do a post on the sites I’ve found. Both services limit what you can do with the free versions, but they’ve been working for me just fine.
    • I’ve noticed my writing has improved. I recognize the problems as I’m typing, not only punctuation but diction, grammar, and sentence structure, just to name a few. Do I always use the suggestions of a site? No, because sometimes it’s in the dialogue of a book I’m writing. Dialogue does not always stick to the rules. If it did, it would make for a somewhat boring and mechanical tone, but sometimes I might want that.

V. CREATE AN ATTENTION GETTING TITLE

  1. Clickbait? Yes, but in a positive way.
    •  Use the keyword that people are looking for, then build your title around that. Keep it as compact as you can, meaning use as few words as you can, but still let the people know what the post is about, maybe even why to choose your post over someone else’s.
    • Making it unique is including that one descriptive word that you feel stands out about your post.
  2. Don’t do the bait and switch and have barely a mention of what’s in the title. This is self-explanatory.
  3. Don’t have a post that has nothing at all to do with the title.
  4. Have you ever clicked on a great title and ended up reading about two or three paragraphs and been like, ‘This is a lying sack of burning garbage from the backside of a dog?’ Me too. Don’t do that. You’ll lose your regular and faithful visitors that way, not just those first-time visitors.

VI. CHOOSE A FORM OF ENGAGEMENT WITH OTHERS

  1. Reply to comments on your posts but keep it positive. Don’t argue. You can disagree but keep it professional. I’ve had to do this.
  2. Visit other blogs.
    • Engage with the blogger in the comments of a post you like.
    • Engage with other bloggers that make a great comment.
    • While on another blog, never argue or be negative. Always be positive.
    • Only like, comment, or engage in any way, if you truly like the blog and the blogger. And that brings me to the next point.

VII. NEVER FAKE IT

  1. It’s so easy to spot the fakes. You can tell by the words and tone. I can’t explain it, but you’ll figure it out.
  2. Whenever you comment, type what you mean with the words that come to mind. Look at them after you type, and you can always change a word here or there that will make you seem smarter than your thoughts might say on their own. Or that conveys your comment in more precise wording.

VIII. DON’T SWEAT IT

  1. At one time I was doing just about everything to drive the traffic up higher and higher on my blog, but it became too much.
  2. Unless you have an unbelievable amount of energy and organizational skills and commitment, you’ll burn out.
  3. Blog burnout is one of the worst feelings. You want to create posts. You have ideas. But you just can’t write put them in post form.
  4. If you keep writing and you’re doing the other things, then people will visit, it may be slower than on some other blogs, but do what you do and just let whatever happen… happen. Unless you’re looking to be more than a casual blogger.

IX. SOCIAL MEDIA

  1. This will surprise you to hear, and there will be some who might comment and completely disagree with me, but Social Media, at least Twitter, isn’t quite what it once was. I”m not saying to ignore tweeting your post. I’m just saying you need to cultivate relationships and make friends. Somehow create a connection where a reader wants to come back for more. I, fortunately, made friends before I all but abandoned my blog for a long time. Those friends kept the blog alive until I was able to return not to long ago.
  2. If you can find a good group on Twitter to be a part of that will help a lot to make Social Media work for you. Or you can grow a group of TRUE SM FOLLOWERS and by ‘TRUE SM FOLLOWERS’, I mean don’t do the follow-for-follow or the follow back trains. I did that recently as an experiment. Then I stopped.
    • Each week I’ve seen double digits in the number of unfollows. I still have new people following me without me being required to do anything in return, but often the unfollows are higher, but it’s evening out as of the original writing of this post.
    • To find out how many are following or unfollowing, you might try one of the SM hub sites, like TweepsMap.com. It tries to get you to install a browser extension, but I haven’t. I get an email report on how many new followers and unfollowers I had for the week.
    • I knew what the results of the experiment would be, but I wanted to speak about it from experience, which is what I mostly do when I do Blogging Tips or How To posts. Before the experiment, I was gaining followers at a steady pace each week, just not massive increases. But they were TRUE increases and in my area of interests, the literary types mostly, but not always.
  3. Try all the various Social Media possibilities, then monitor your stats each week. If you look at the Referrers section, you can see where most of the clicks are coming from. It’s not bulletproof, but it’s good enough for me.
  4. I would suggest doing some posts through Instagram and note to check your profile for the link you want them to click on. Have a good image, maybe even a very short few seconds telling people to click the link in your profile/bio.
  5. I’ll give you an example. For my basic broadcast to other outlets than my blog, including Social Media, on Monday of the week of this post, my usual biggest day, I received one visitor who clicked on a social media link, and that was a Facebook link. Other bloggers will vary based on how much time and effort they’ve put into whichever SM they are getting those referrers from.
  6. But keep trying until you find your people. I know I’m not a big magnate for Social Media responses. I haven’t ventured into Reddit much, but I’ll try that out to include in a future tips post.
  7. I’ll finish this section off with something I just checked, from back when I was heavily involved in blogging. Back then I was working the blog about eighteen hours a day. And I was doing number I, II, V from above a lot. Outside of my challenges, my next three biggest posts that year were
    1. 10 Tips list
    2. A very Attention-Getting and Timely Titled post
    3. A How-To post.
    4. My referrers that year ranked as #1 Search Engines (11 of them), #2 WordPress.com Reader, #3 Twitter, and #4 Yahoo mail. The Search Engines and WP Reader accounted for 85% of the referrers that year. Twitter was 10% a lot of this percentage came from blog shares that were extremely popular at the time. Every Sunday had this one that would trend in the top 10 on Twitter, and Monday there was another one. But as you can see, Twitter is a different animal than it once was.

X. TAKE IT EASY

  1. If you are like I am now, you want to create excellent posts that you think people will like, post them, and don’t worry about what happens next. Don’t worry about negative comments on your post. You can even deactivate the comments entirely, but that causes some limitations at the time in engagements with the good people. ‘Negative comments’ is my polite way of saying savage beasts who create a diatribe of spittle covered screens. Your friends might give a constructive suggestion, like with your poetry. One did so for one of my recent poems, but they did it in the right way.
  2. If you create a weekly challenge, make certain to visit the participants’ entries. If you like it, then click like, if you don’t then don’t.
  3. Honesty. If nothing else, post and be honest. Don’t lie just to keep them coming back to your challenge.

 

Check out these other posts for more tips:

5 Ways to Grow Your Blog Audience. This one has some of the same information but a lot of different as well.

How to Survive the Blog Life. This is a good one for new bloggers, as well as veterans who are starting to feel weary. 10 things I’ve realized over time that can make you lose heart or lose your mind while blogging.

1 Key to Help People Find Your Blog.  Most of us know what Gravatar is but not everyone is using it to their greatest advantage.

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Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 22 (BLEND) This week, it’s the A rhyme line.

Welcome to the Décima Poetry Challenge. Each week we’ll be attempting a Décima, also known as an Espinela, poem.

If you don’t know how to write a Décima, click HERE to go to a post on How to Write an Espinela or Décima Poem.

Or…

Keep reading and find out, with an example included.


One last thing before we jump in the creativity pool, check out my weekly Haiku Challenge prompts (Cup & Sip this week) that often share a central theme with the Décima Poetry Challenge prompt.


  • To read last week’s Décima Poetry written for the prompt for BLEND, click HERE for all the links in one post.

Back to our scheduled Décima Poetry Challenge what to and what not to do.

If you can’t come up with a Décima using the given prompt, you can use a Synonym instead. I don’t want to stall your creativity, and with the possibility of a synonym, you will certainly write something amazing…or in my case, something that rhymes.

Sites to help:

RhymeZone.com
Thesaurus.com
HowManySyllables.com

Here is the quick description of a Décima:

There are 10 lines of poetry that rhyme. 8 syllables.
There is a set rhyming pattern we must stick to. abbaaccddc

The prompt word given (in the post heading) must appear at the end of one of the given rhyme lines, either A, B, C, or D.

Let’s look at the rhyme pattern once again and you will see what I mean.

The rhyming pattern is abbaaccddc.


For example, if I say, “(NAME) This week it’s the A rhyme line” in the post heading, my Décima might be:

You took time, with a deadeye aim,
because you saw me scratch an itch,
this wound to my head needs a stitch.
Feel so bad, don’t know my own name.
Not hiding, because there’s no shame.
Get ready for when I get healed,
for your ending will be revealed.
It’s too late when you hear the crack.
That’s when it’s time for some payback.
Then I’ll be carried far afield.

Notice the example prompt word ‘name’ is in the fourth line A spot, and its rhymes are in lines one and five, matching the rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc.


For today’s challenge, the word BLEND must be one of the A line words. Then the other A line(s) word(s) must rhyme with BLEND .

Sometimes you break the rhyme into two stanzas using the following rhyme pattern. abba/accddc.

Once you complete your poem and post it on your blog, copy the link and place it in the comments in this post. That way other people can visit your post and check out your poem. You can also put the link of this challenge in your post to let your followers know where to go if they want to participate. This is called a Pingback. This is not mandatory to join in or to put your post link in the comments. Click HERE to find out how to do a Pingback.

Reblogging is great as well.

Some people like to copy and paste the challenge image into their posts. That’s okay with me.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image

 

 

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Disbelief – a poem

savor one sweet sip

from the heart’s cup of belief

weep eternally

Poetry Lost Mind Image

My poem for my Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge. https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/09/07/ronovan-writes-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-322-cupsip/.

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Décima Challenge 21 Poets Collected

11 links to the Poets from last week’s challenge of TIP and their Décima. All links open in a new window when clicked on.

Decima Challenge Poets Collected Image

Charmed Chaos: Lost Charmed Chaos


EASTELMHURST.A.GO.GO: A Gentleman’s Proper Demeanor – eastelmhurst.a.go.go   


http://www.engleson.ca

The Return

I go back there from time to time,
A modest outing to be sure,
Where memory shares so much more,
A passage back to youthful prime.

Each breath I take, a dazzling rhyme,
Each view, high definition clear.
The days, so sharp, they seem so near,
yet know that I’ve but touched the tip
of remembrance with such a trip;
fleeting, it might well disappear.


Frank Hubeny: Tip – Poetry, Short Prose and Walking   


The Hidden Edge: Tip – A flash fiction, decima – Laura McHarrie @ The Hidden Edge   


The Indie She:  https://indishe.wordpress.com/2020/09/03/ronovan-writes-tip-this-week-its-the-d-rhyme-line/


Mindfills: https://mindfills.wordpress.com/2020/09/04/serenity-a-decima/


My Fresh Pages: Iceberg’s Tip Décima – My Fresh Pages


Prairie Chat: Outhouse Blues – PrairieChat  


Ronovan Writes: But Never the Biebs- a poem. | ronovanwrites 


willowdot21: Ronovan Writes (TIP) This week, it’s the D rhyme line. | willowdot21


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