So, what do I do all day long when I’m not hanging out at Armand’s in Little Italy drinking beer and thinking deep thoughts about life and writing?
There is a lot of down time in my day. I read a lot. I usually have three books checked out from the public library. I stretch out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head and the radio is on low and I read; but I’m not just reading my library books for pleasure and I’m not just listening to the radio for pleasure. Since the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is a one-person blog, I read books and listen to the radio (classical music, news and sports) in the hope of coming up with an idea I can blog about.
I surf the web. Even when I watch YouTube (usually at night), I’m alert to anything that may give me an idea to blog about.
I check all of my online sources: The Huffington Post, Egotastic All Stars, AOL News, my Mr. Skin/Naked News account and other sources searching for possible ideas.
Sometimes I’ll Google something that I’m interested in and maybe it will give me an idea to blog about.
I’ll check ProBlogger to learn more about being a professional blogger. I’ll try to engage potential readers through my Twitter and Tumblr accounts. The Gazette was banned from Facebook.
I’ll check publications like Paper Magazine in the hopes of learning how to be a better editor/publisher of an online magazine. This is what Wikipedia has to say about Paper Magazine:
Paper, stylized as PAPER, is a New York City-based independent magazine focusing on fashion, pop culture, nightlife, music, art and film. Past cover models include Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Prince, Jeremy Scott, CL, and Jennifer Lopez.
Paper was founded and launched in 1984 by editors Kim Hastreiter and David Hershkovits (with Lucy Sisman and Richard Weigand) as a black and white 16-page fold-out (production was done in the offices of The New York Times).
The magazine has since evolved into a monthly print and digital magazine. Articles, photos, interviews, and news can be found archived on their website.
Paper also has a large social media presence on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
In November 2014, Kim Kardashian was the cover star of the “Break the Internet” issue. Ms. Kardashian was interviewed by Paper contributor Amanda Fortini for the spread “No Filter: An Afternoon with Kim Kardashian.” The photos for the issue were taken by Jean–Paul Goude. The shoot was a re-creation of Goude’s “Champagne Incident”, a series of photographs from his 1982 book Jungle Fever. The cover photo, as well as the rest, feature a fully nude Kim Kardashian.
Since the story was published, it has gotten 34,147,700 unique page-views, which is more than double the amount of page-views Paper normally receives annually.
And of course I’m always “thinking” about the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. I go to bed thinking about it and I wake up in the morning thinking about it. If I walk across the street to the dollar store I wonder if I have anything new to say on this blog about saving money shopping at a dollar store.
This is what I do all day long. And I love it. I’ve finally found my niche.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.