The value of a good headline/ title for your post

TODAY’S QUOTE 

“On the average five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.” — David Ogilvy

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I think it was almost a year ago that Mason of Mason’s Menagerie, a blogging friend gave me very good advice. He remarked that when I titled my post with the name of the blogging challenge/ prompt I was writing for, it looked like I was reblogging that post and not an original response from me.

That got me thinking about how I chose a title/ heading for my post. I changed my habit of using the name of the challenge in my header and instead would use an interesting phrase for my title. Believe me, it changed my stats and more people started reading my posts.

I agree with this statement that an eye/ attention grabbing headline/ title to the blog post is more likely to attract readers. Just make sure that the headline should not be misleading.

So yes, it makes a great difference when you use an interesting title/ header for your posts. Make it intriguing, interesting, or catchy. It always should reflect the content of your posts but don’t go for ordinary!

Written for; Blogging Insights NF # 55 — Headlines, hosted by Tanya

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Sharing My World- 26 September’22

Welcome back Melanie, our gracious host for SYW

QUESTIONS

Would you rather have no nose, or no arms? (apologies to Fandango, who is olfactory challenged)..

If I had no nose, I’d look like Lord Voldemort! Though it would be a great look to frighten my enemies, it would mar my looks. On the other hand, having no arms would be highly inconvenient. But perhaps Melanie meant firearms, and in that case, I’d gladly pick this option to be without any firearms.

What is your spirit animal? (Mine –> 🐺 Lone of course 😉 )

I absolutely have no idea what is a spirit animal! I just took the quiz and guess what…

I am a snake!

This is rather disconcerting!

Do you think cavemen had nightmares about cavewomen? 🥍 💪🏼😱

I think they had other frightening things to have nightmares about. Perhaps the women had nightmares about the cavemen.

Where did the name Pina Colada come from?

Pina from pineapple

Colada from coconut (?)

That’s what I put in my pina colada. No alcohol for us, though I believe the original drink has a generous measure of it.

GRATITUDE SECTION

How thankful are you for good health, should you enjoy such a state of being?

Now this question has very interesting timing. Just yesterday ( Monday) I was at the end of my patience because since Friday I’ve had stabbing sharp pain in my operated foot when I put it at a certain angle while walking or just standing. I was so upset at this new development and saw the doctor on Monday. He was very sympathetic and offered to give me an injection in my heel where the pain was originating. After the injection, I can walk normally without fear of pain. I’m very grateful for this improvement in my health. I hope the pain is gone for good. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

Beautiful red petunias

So glad to have to back Melanie. Thanks for these fun questions.

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One letter a week- Z- Zeus the Zonkey

Place – Zoo

Emotion – zeal

Adjective – zippy

Verb – zing

My animal – Zonkey

Zeus was born in the zoo. His dad was a zebra and his mom was a donkey. He was very cute and attracted the crowds, especially children because of his zippy zeal.

One day he was zipping around in his zing and somehow of the other went out of his enclosure.

The warden was quite upset that his prized exhibit was missing. He zoned the zoo into areas and deployed many assistants to look for Zeus the Zonkey. Finally one vigilant employee found him in the enclosure of the zebras, hiding among the grownups.

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Written for Deb of Nopes, not Pam’s One letter per week challenge- Z

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Friday Faithfuls – Writing for multiple prompts

This week Jim asks our opinion about writing a post using Multiple prompts;

“The whole purpose of a writing prompt is to inspire bloggers to write and be original and resourceful. If you write posts where you respond to multiple prompts, I would love to hear your thoughts on this

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When I started to blog and discovered the daily prompts, I really enjoyed using as many of them as I could in one post/ poem. It challenged my imagination and often the results were admired by my readers.

Sometimes the prompts were so divergent that they wouldn’t go together no matter what I did so I’d leave the ones which didn’t fit in. Same challenge was faced when I used to do the wordle, that was posted twice on the weekend.

By doing these multi-prompt posts, I learned a lot about writing. I learned to use my imagination to think out ways to fit in all these prompts. But when one does daily prompts, it can be stressful as some of the prompts came in very late for me ( I live in a different time zone) and gradually I stopped doing them. Another reason was that I cut down my daily posts from 4 to 2.

These days I do weekly, monthly or bi-weekly prompts and usually pre-schedule my post the day before. That way I make my writing stress free. At times I use two images in the same post if they fit together. Or one of the prompt image with my Wednesday quote post. The reason for this is that I don’t want to post more than twice a day. I sometimes do post more but it’s not my regular schedule.

Another interesting,g point that Jim brought up was that do I feel obligated to respond to prompts hosted by those bloggers who are regular participants in my 2 challenges ( WDYS and Sunday Poser)? Yes that is a consideration at times. It’s sort of a courtesy that many bloggers show each other.

So that is my take on handling multiple prompts. What about you? Do you write in response to challenge or prompts?

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Written for Friday Faithfuls- Multiple prompts, hosted by Jim

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Reblog; Enjoy this brilliant , fun poem from Maria in response to WDYS # 153; Magnificent Me — Maria Michaela Poetry

Image credit: Arleen Wiese @ Unsplash Leos they say, are pridefulThey also like to be the center of attentionYet here I amA LeoSitting quietlyNot wanting to be noticedJust being my magnificent self© Maria Michaela For the visually challenged reader, the above image is of a white Lion, staring directly into the camera. Behind him, the […]

Magnificent Me — Maria Michaela Poetry

Reblog; First in this week in response to WDYS # 153, a profound take from Mich! Eyes — michnavs

Eyes “there’s just so much life in your eyes,” you said. “oh, well darling, that is because i’ve witnessed my own death, and up to this moment i’m still fighting for my dear life,” i replied. “i’m hoping my eyes could save me.” “ah! no, i’m hoping you’d see it, and you’ll save me from […]

Eyes — michnavs

What do you see # 153 September 26,2022

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt

Rules;

  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • Paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with

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Or

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Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image credit: Arleen Wiese @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, this image is of a white Lion, staring directly into the camera. Behind him, the wires of an enclosure can be seen.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.


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WDYS # 152 -A Roundup post

This week I posted my response on Tuesday, my mother’s death anniversary.

Fantastic entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

David; Mother and child

Punam; Mother’s embrace

Reena; Entwines

Diana; Mother’s love

Keith; Story time

Jane; Reflection

Jim; The center of human feelings

The novel reader; What do you see # 152

Grace; Bond

Isadora; A child is born

Sylvia; Motherhood Quadrille

Eugenia; Moonlit dreams

Christine; Dear baby

Ami; Mother’s birthday

Audrine; First love

Chaya; A miracle

Benjamin; How does it feel?

Suzette; Cradle

Maria; Hush little baby

Lakshmi; Everyday moments

Yinglan; Before it’s too late

Brenda; New beginnings

Sadje; 55 years without you

Ken; Source of comfort

Sandy; Hope held close

Tessa; What do you see # 152

Hammad; A life of 14 days

Brandon; Be

Sangeetha; It was

Fandango; We’ll be fine

Carol; To my amazing mom

Inkdrop; Snug as a bug

Nancy; An aunt’s lament

Jules; Destiny’s children; bound and released

O’Nika; Love and acceptance

Goutam; Spirit of endurance

Michnavs; In heaven

Pamelap; Lullaby cuddles

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.

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Sunday Poser # 99

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

What criteria of behavior you set for yourself?

I’ve often felt that we are harder on ourselves than we are on others. When it comes to how we behave with others, we are more critical of even the slightest misstep than if the same thing is done by others.

It used to be true for me. That is a past tense that I’ve used. Now I’m more forgiving towards myself. Courtesy is a must, greeting others with a smile, keeping my anger in control, not blaming others when I can be ( and am) at fault, owning up to my faults and blunders, and trying to always be kind; these are some of my standards that are essential. But when, and I do, slip up, I don’t torture myself. I’d apologize for my mistakes and move on. We all are human and hence make mistakes, so we should forgive ourselves too.

Do you set the bar high? Or do you give yourself leeway as you’d give to a friend, family member or a stranger?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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